Mount Rigi (from regina, Latin for queen) is famous for spectacular views of the Alps and the easy access. The majestic mountain lies between Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug and Lake Lauerz. The cogwheel railway leaving from Vitznau is Europe's first mountain railway. Don’t forget to bring a jacket as it can be chilly at 1,800 metres above sea level. At the top there are several restaurants, around 120 kilometres of hiking trails and covered picnic and barbecue spots. Hikers have the option of walking down just part of the way, as the train has several stops where you can jump back on. You can also combine it with the aerial cable car from Rigi Kaltbad to Weggis, for instance on a round trip by boat from Lucerne to Vitznau, with return from Weggis. Accessible all year round. The train and bus connection to Vitznau takes about 1 hour, by ship it's just as fast.
From Vitznau roughly 09:00 - 22:00; from Weggis daily 08:00 - 19:00; from Arth-Goldau 08:00 - 18:00 (16:00 in winter). Check website for exact timetables.