Breathtaking Alpine scenery, enchanting Swiss towns and extraordinary mountain railways come together to create a truly unforgettable tour, all from a serene base on the glittering shores of Lake Lucerne.… see more
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With a line from Vitznau and a line from Arth both running to
the summit of Mount Rigi, the Mount Rigi Mountain Railway
is one of the world's only mountain railways with multiple
branches. The Vitznau branch was the first stretch - in fact it was
the first mountain railway in Europe, with services beginning in
1871. Whilst this railway proved popular, it was not easy to access
from the other approach to the mountain, and it was decided that
there should be another line from Arth. Construction on this
stretch was swift, and trains began running to the summit in
Each line affords wonderful panoramas over the Alps in their short run (just less than five miles) to the summit. Today, the Mount Rigi Mountain Railway is diesel-hauled, having been electrified as early as 1906. However, on rare special occasions, the original steam engines are used to make the journey.
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