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Mt. Rigi, Switzerland - 12th June 2009

By: Apperveilchen

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After getting off the Seilbahn (aerial lift) we climbed up some way and over to the north. Here you can see Küssnacht (and the house we are staying in if you look closely) and part of Lake Lucerne.
A bit to the east is the Zuger See.
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Somewhat higher still is a railway station where one can take an old little steam train up to the top. I however am tougher than that and took the hiking path. It was exhausting! I need to get into better shape and get into better shape and get used to this altitude. The summit is at about 1'797,5 m.
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Finally on the top of the mountain! I need a rest now.
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This radio mast was also visible from the garden, so you know how high we are now.
Here’s the view to the north with Lake Zug and the Ägerisee beyond it.
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Here’s the view towards the east towards Lake Lauerzer and the town Schwyz in the distance.

South, over Lake Lucerne with the snow covered Titlis.
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On the way back down, a bit below the summit is this hotel/restaurant and the Swiss flag is nicely recognisable in the wind.
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The trains from different directions, including the little steam train come up to here.
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There it is on the way up again. Doesn’t it all look like a big model train landscape? Only second and third class wagons are available right now.
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Many years ago the tourists were carried up here in sedan chairs. The locals were unhappy about the railroad lines because of the loss of income.

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When I got there it was still in the little station. There are the bags of coal to make it run. 
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I talked to the Schaffner (conductor, here with the original bag and a tailored uniform after the original one from 1901) and he told me that this is the last train with a steam engine where the boiler is upright. It used to be in the traffic museum in Lucerne but this summer it operates here as a special event.
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* Posted Jun 13, 2009, 7:40 pm Last edited Jun 13, 2009, 8:05 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] Go to the top of the page


 

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