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Weggis – the village between lake and mountain

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Weggis on Lake Lucerne

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Weggis on Lake Lucerne

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Weggis on Lake Lucerne

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This pretty holiday resort at the south-west foot of the Rigi dips its toes in the clear waters of Lake Lucerne and consists of several municipal areas. It lies between alt. 434 m (surface of Lake Lucerne) and alt. 1659 m (Rotstock Rigi Kaltbad).

The sunny promontory has long been a place where life is considered good. As Weggis is protected from cold northern winds, its mild climate allows Mediterranean plants such as palm trees, chestnuts and orchids to thrive.

Excursions

Paddle steamers still ply the length and breadth of Lake Lucerne. Car-free Rigi Kaltbad, a few minutes' ride away by aerial cableway, is especially popular with walkers and nature lovers. Thanks to all this, Weggis offers a high quality of life and a wide range of leisure activities much appreciated by locals and visitors alike.

History

The village first appears in historical accounts in 1116. The establishment of a direct north-south trading route via the Gotthard Pass in the 12th century led to a huge rise in water-borne traffic the length of the lake, which Weggis was able to take advantage of. Tourism began to flourish in 1820 with the "Rigi carriers": bearing sedan chairs or leading horses, they conveyed the first mountain tourists up the Rigi.

 

Location and contact

Tourist Information Weggis
Luzern Tourismus AG
Seestrasse 5
6353 Weggis
+41 (0)41 227 18 00
weggisluzern.com
www.weggis-vitznau.ch
Location partly accessible/usable