Discover (from December to March) the frozen enchantment of Central Switzerland in a full day Photography Winter Tour combined in an unforgettable experience Mount Rigi ‘Queen of the Swiss Mountains’ and Lucerne, the most beautiful from all Swiss cities. Experience three different transportations modes with Europe’s first cogwheel train up the steep mountainside to the summit of Switzerland’s most magnificent natural landmark; an aerial cable car ride to soak up sweeping alpine vistas and an inspiring boat trip through the magnificent Lake Lucerne. Explore charismatic cities with dramatic mountain scenery and historical highlights. The perfect swiss scenic journey plenty of photography opportunities from the beginning to the end! This Invigorating day adventure includes photography tips and a private group photo-shooting on every location along the tour.
We’ve thought of every detail to make this a perfect trip!
What to Expect
The journey begins with a lovely trip through the beautiful Lake Lucerne towards Vitznau. Then continues by Europe‘s first cogwheel train up to the summit to Rigi-Kulm (1,800m / 6,000ft). From Rigi Kulm we walk a short incline to the top and enjoy a 360 degree view of Swiss alps to the South & East and country view on a clear day to France on the West and the Black Forest in Germany to the North. We will assist you along the tour with photography tips to improve your images and we will also do a photo-shooting at the best Vantage points at Rigi Kulm.
After being inspired by jaw-dropping Alpine Vistas at Rigi Kulm, take the 1 hour walking trail “Rigi Classic” down to “Rigi Kaltbad” (we can also adapt this trail to your requests and do just the half of it and then take the train to Kaltbad for instance). This easy high-altitude walk features magnificent views over the Swiss plateau to the Black Forest, and the Alps, as well as a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of Lake Lucerne and Lake Zug. Minimum effort for maximum reward – the entire trail is a gentle descent. The panoramic view from the lookout at Känzeli is simply fantastic. Even Queen Victoria of England had nothing but praise for this spectacular location when she visited back in 1868. We could also descent on a “Sledge” instead of walking down the classic trail if you want to, either way, you will enjoy the panoramic view over Central Switzerland and the stunning winter Alpine Landscape. This is just the perfect setting for an unforgettable swiss experience!
Your knowledgeable guide takes you to the best locations around Mount Rigi for optimizing your photography, depending upon the available light and time of year. Your guide also offers insight into the area’s history and traditions.
From Rigi Kaltbad descent on an aerial cable car. it’s almost like flying! The Rigi Kaltbad – Weggis “Gondola” floats high above the forest, offering views right down to Lake Lucerne and as far as the majestic peaks of the Bernese Alps, including the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Gasp as you rest your eyes on striking, snow-smothered panoramas of the Swiss Alps followed by a leisurely boat ride (45 min) to Lucerne and then set out to discover the important monuments and pretty attractions of the city; explore the Old Town, stroll across Chapel Bridge, visit the Lion monument, old city wall and then we will end up the tour at the Lucerne castle to enjoy the high views over the charming city of Lucerne, the Lake and the Alps! We offer you a life-enriching Photography day tour where a mystical, white winter paradise awaits you. We can ensure you will get outstanding Images from the Swiss Alps!
- Wonderful photographic images wherever you look.
- Enjoy the remarkable 360º panorama vistas from the Alps and lake Luzern.
- Seven hour full escorted private tour
- Tour Accompanied by a professional travel photographer to show you how to take better pictures and will photograph you and your group in this amazing landscape
- Mt Rigi and Lucerne City combined tour
- Private tour
- Take the walking trail “Rigi Classic” or take the shortest sledging run on Mt. Rigi
- Full Escorted Private tour
- Professional, multilingual guide – English, Spanish, German
- Professional Photography shooting on location
- Private on-line gallery to download all images taken along the tour
- 30 post processed images with professional photography software
- Lift ticket to the Castle of Lucerne
- Walking trail “Rigi Classic” (if snow conditions permitted)
- Food and beverages
- Personal expenses
- Extra winter activities (Sledge hire CHF 25 of which CHF 10 is a deposit that is refunded)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Travel insurance
- Transportation cost per person round trip Lucerne – Rigi Kulm – Lucerne: CHF 65.60 (Bus, cable cars)
- Adults with Swiss Travel Pass is valid for free travel. The Junior Card for children 6-16 is also valid, children under 6 years travel for free,
- Winter day ticket kids (6-16 years) CHF 25.00, Adults round tip Lucerne-Rigi Kulm-Lucerne CHF 140 (boat trip in 1st class, cogwheel train, aerial cable car) per person.
CHF 590 (up to 6 persons)
Transportation cost per person: Winter day ticket kids (6-16 years) CHF 25.00, Adults round tip Lucerne-Rigi Kulm-Lucerne CHF 140 (boat trip in 1st class, cogwheel train, aerial cable car)
Our pricing is per Tour NOT per person so if there are 3 or more in your group, you’ll probably pay less than if you took a big tour.
Book your excursion here or contact us directly to +41 76 2618641
Departure time and meeting point:
– At the “Torbogen” Big arch monument in front of the train station.
– We will leave early morning to get the most of the day. We can also leave later if you want to.
– Duration: 7 hours
This tour is designed to everyone with interest in nature and photography enthusiasts as well as for unexperienced hikers.
The Photo Tour is not a photography course, it means i will show you the best spots to take outstanding images and also will photograph you with my professional camera and process them in my photo software. All images taken along the tour will be available for you to download in a private on-line gallery. All cameras and smart phones are welcome.
Altitude: (1,800m / 6,000ft)
Season: From December to March
The half kilometer long run promises plenty of fun, especially for families. Bring your own waterproof winter boots!
Rigi Kulm Rental Centre
At Rigi Kulm, right next to the top station of the mountain railway, is the Rigi Kulm rental centre where you can hire items like sledges and snowshoes.
The following equipment can be hired from the Rigi Kulm rental centre:
- Padded sledges
- Sledges with child seats
- Snowshoes & sticks
Sledge hire CHF 25 (of which CHF 10 is a deposit that is refunded)
Snowshoe hire CHF 40 (of which CHF 20 is a deposit that is refunded)
Hired equipment must be returned in either Rigi Kulm, Rigi Staffel or Rigi Klösterli by 5 p.m. on the same day. Your deposit will not be refunded if the equipment is returned damaged.
Good waterproof footwear, warm clothes, gloves and a hat are recommended. (Clothing cannot be hired locally)
The rental centre is staffed every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the ski lifts are operating.
Is this Tour for you?
This tour is intended for amateur as well as serious photography enthusiasts with an interest to visit and photograph the beauty of the Swiss Alps together with its many traditions and culture . No prior expertise or experience in photography is necessary, as your photographer-guide will be there to assist you at every level. You may carry any camera – a simple aim-and-shoot or a DSLR. Travel enthusiasts who are not photographers but keen to experience the multiple facets of Switzerland can also benefit from the tour.
Can I bring my non-photographer partner with me?
Yes, you can. We visit many beautiful places in Switzerland. Having a good time during the trip is as much on the agenda as photography is. Your partner will enjoy the journey with us.
I am not a keen photographer. But I want to visit Switzerland. Can I still join?
Yes. The answer is exactly the same as in the case of previous question. We visit many beautiful places in Switzerland with a spectacular natural wonders, we witness the best Alpine Festivals during the whole year and always with the idea in mind of having long lasting memories in all our photo tours. For us fun is as much on the agenda as photography is!
Photography course/tour e-Gift card
Give someone you know a PD e-Gift Card, good toward any of our Lucerne Photography Private Courses or Photography Workshops & Tours. For those in a rush or living outside Switzerland, we will send you a printable eCard. PD e-Gift Cards are fully transferable and have NO expiration date. They are available in any amount from CHF 49 – CFH 950. It makes a great gift for someone who loves photography or travel. Order now, or email us for more information.