Weggis

Lucerne - Lake Lucerne Region

Park Hotel Weggis

Park Hotel Weggis

Alterszentrum Hofmatt - Weggis

Alterszentrum Hofmatt - Weggis

The small, idyllic holiday resort of Weggis lies at an altitude of 435 metres on the shore of Lake Lucerne and at the foot of the renowned Rigi. Weggis offers tranquillity and relaxation in front of a beautiful lake and mountain panorama. The region on the southern flank of the Rigi is often termed the ‘Riviera’ of central Switzerland.

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“The most charming place…“ It is true. Even in the past, many people raved about Weggis: above all, the American author and travel writer Mark Twain. In 1897 he wrote that Weggis was the “loveliest place” he had ever visited.

The climate in Weggis is extremely mild and the resort usually benefits from many sunny days. On certain days, the presence of the ‘föhn’, a warm down wind, leads to particularly clear views across Lake Lucerne. The Rigi, thanks to its position embedded between the Zugersee, Lauerzersee and Lake Lucerne, offers outstanding views and is a popular walking region.

Before mountain rail- and cableways were constructed on the Rigi, Weggis was already an important starting point for sedan chair bearers who carried their affluent guests up to the summit from here. Since the construction of a panoramic cableway from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad, this has been the fastest way to ascend the «Queen of the mountains» from Lucerne. By this route, it takes just under 10 minutes to reach the vista-rich resort of Rigi Kaltbad at 1450 metres above sea level from the lakeshore. Still part of the parish area of Weggis, Rigi Kaltbad is the villagey centre of the island of sunshine and holiday experiences that is the Rigi. From Rigi Kaltbad, a rack railway leads further up to Rigi-Kulm.

Summer

The magnificent, historic paddlewheel steamers and comfortable saloon motor vessels of the Lake Lucerne Shipping Company regularly pull in at Weggis on their routes. The most popular excursion destinations in central Switzerland can be reached by ship: for example, Bürgenstock, Pilatus, Klewenalp and Stanserhorn, and naturally also Lucerne.

Highlights

  • Rigi – it is called the «Queen of mountains» and ranks among the most popular excursion destinations in Switzerland. From Weggis, the Rigi is easily accessible using the cableway.
  • Lake Lucerne – historic paddlewheel steamers and saloon motor vessels invite guests to discover the landscape from onboard ship.
  • Bürgenstock – wonderful views across Lake Lucerne, sometimes even to Weggis, can be enjoyed from the magnificent, car-free peninsula at 1200 metres above sea level.
  • Lucerne – a 45 minute cruise separates Weggis from the lively, central Swiss metropolis of Lucerne, an excursion destination that is well worth seeing, with a beguiling range of shopping attractions
  • Mark Twain Trail - the 12-kilometer theme trail leads from Weggis to Rigi Kulm.

Top Events

  • Rose Festival – first held in 1926, the Rose Festival has developed into a summer festival by the lake from what was originally a ball festival. A lively mix of a festival, food stalls and entertainment (July).
  • Heirassa Festival – Today Heirassa has become a cult! Celebrate the work of the magnificent composer Alois “Heirassa” Schilliger with us for three days. Over 30 concerts with the best folk music await you (June).
  • Riviera Latina Festival – open-air festival at the lake boardwalk in Weggis with exciting highlights from Latin America (Pentecost)
  • China Festival: Encounters with China from a cultural, culinary and economic perspective (January/February)

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