29 peaks over 4,000m high surround the rocky ridge between the Findel and Gorner Glaciers, 1,500m above Zermatt. Today, Europe's highest open-air cog railway runs from Zermatt station to the Gornergrat in about half an hour – at 24-minute intervals every single day.
Central Switzerland's most popular scenic mountain stands like a peninsula between the three lakes of Lucerne, Zug and Lauerz. It didn't take long for the Rigi to earn a reputation as a typical hiking mountain – scientists and poets conquered the summit, where a guesthouse was first built in 1815.
Since 1906, the funicular railway has carried residents and guests from the centre of Locarno up through the gorge to Orselina, the starting point of today's designer cable car to Cardada. The panoramic chairlift makes the final ascent to Cimetta, situated high above Lake Maggiore at 1,450m.