Backed by the Rigi massif, this small resort lies in a sheltered bay on the north shore of Lake Lucerne. Besides its watersports facilities, Vitznau’s main attraction is as a base from which to hike through the woods and Alpine pastures of the Rigi massif. Vitznau is also the base station of the oldest rack railway in Europe. It opened in 1871 and leads up to just below the summit of Rigi-Kulm (1,798 m/5,900 ft), the highest peak in the Rigi massif. The view from this vantage point is breathtaking. Surrounded by the waters of Lake Lucerne, and the Zugersee, the Rigi massif appears to be an island, and in clear weather the distant snowcapped peaks of the Alps are visible in the far southwest.
Vitznau Photo Gallery