We’ve brought you the best lakes and rivers in Switzerland but what’s a Swiss summer experience without Swiss mountains and a stay in a typical Swiss hotel?

Located at the heart of Central Switzerland, Mount Rigi is easily accessible from all four points of the compass. From hiking trails to breathtaking views, from miniature golf to mineral baths, Mount Rigi is the perfect place for couples, families and nature lovers, especially during the warmer months. It is no wonder that Mount Rigi has been the quintessential Swiss mountain destination since the 18th century, attracting the likes of Mark Twain and Johann Wolfgang Goethe.


A trip to Mount Rigi is made even better with a stay at one of its hotels in the mountain to fully experience the wonders of nature. If you’re looking for a typically Swiss hotel in Mount Rigi with delicious local food, look no further than the Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss.


Built in 1906, this family owned 3-star Swiss hotel in Mount Rigi sits at 1550 meters above sea level. The Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss is a children and pet-friendly hotel offering its guests a typically Swiss experience. The original building is now used as the family home and staff quarters. It also houses the reception area and a little shop.  A newer wing, using predominantly Swiss wood, has been built to house the 19 guestrooms for the hotel in Mount Rigi.


There are 2 family rooms that can accommodate up to 4 persons, 2 single rooms and 15 double occupancy rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The Southern wing rooms offers panoramic views across the Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne while the Northern wing rooms face the Swiss plateau with views over Zug. 

Inside the Double Bedroom with Balcony at Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss
Double Bedroom with Balcony at Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss
En-suite bathroom with a tub at Krauter Hotel Edelweiss
En-suite bathroom with a tub

All rooms come with a complimentary carafe of herb-infused water, herbal footbath, homemade hand soap and organic body wash & shampoo. There is also free wi-fi in all rooms, flat-screen TV, radio, writing desk, mood lighting and books about Mount Rigi for your reading pleasure.  You can also select your choice of pillows including Tempur pillows.

Some of the homemade snacks available to all guests at the Snack Corner in Krauter Hotel Edelweiss
Some of the complimentary homemade snacks available to all guests at the Snack Corner

There are no minibars in the rooms as an effort to conserve energy. However, there is a big fridge fully stocked with Swiss wines and beers as well as complimentary snacks and organic fruits at the Snack Corner on the first floor of the hotel.

Children up to 12 years stay for free in the room with two adults (maximum of 2 children). Baby cots are provided at no cost. Dogs are also permitted in the hotel.

whirlpool jacuzzi overlooking the swiss alps
Spa at Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss

A small spa is also available with a whirlpool filled with fresh water, a sauna and massage services – all with a stunning view of the Swiss Alps!


The hotel’s guests tend to come for a couple of days to hike up Mount Rigi and relax over leisurely meals often with their dogs and kids. The restaurant is buzzing during lunch time with visitors to Mount Rigi. In the afternoons, it is generally less busy with everyone going on hikes and exploring the mountain. Weekends tend to get busier and the restaurants are usually packed with bigger groups and couples.

As a family run business, you’ll come across the owners’ children playing in the restaurant and reception areas during the day. There is a homestay feel to the place.

The vibe in this quaint hotel in Mount Rigi is casual, even in the gourmet restaurant during the evenings.


Restaurant Regina Montium

The One Michelin Star Gourmet Restaurant Regina Montium, under the helm of Chef Benjamin Just, exclusively uses Swiss products and mostly organic ingredients for its entire menu. Drawing inspiration from the fresh herbs found in the Rigi Herb Garden, Chef Just creates original recipes using traditional Swiss and modern techniques that ensures the flavours of the herbs and fresh produce remain the centerpiece of each dish.

Chef Benjamin Just taking inspiration from fresh herbs in the garden
Chef Benjamin Just
regina montium restaurant interior and three courses of food
Restaurant Regina Montium
beautifully plated food samplings created by chef benjamin just of regina montium
A sample selection of the 9-Course Surprise Menu

The creations are seasonal depending on the produce available and are carefully paired with alcoholic beverages and wines selected from all around Switzerland. The Chef’s 5 or 9-Course tasting menu is a surprise each day but you can expect fresh fish caught from Lake Lucerne, organic beef from the local farm, artisanal cheese and homemade condiments using herbs from the garden.

Spoonfuls of Oyster Leaf accompanied by freshly caught fish from Lake Lucerne
Spoonfuls of Oyster Leaf with Aloe Vera accompanied by freshly caught Mackerel from Lake Lucerne

Your taste buds will be delighted with all the fresh produce, elevated by the use of herbs. One of the standout herbs on the tasting menu this season is the Oyster Leaf (Mertensia maritima) paired with Aloe Vera. This precious spoonful tasted like the real deal, replicating the oyster’s brininess and earthiness.

Restaurant Regina Montium is closed every Monday and Tuesday and reservations are highly recommended for dinner service on Fridays and Saturdays.

Panorama Restaurant

This casual outdoor dining restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Central Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne below. The sun deck offers plenty of sunshine and fresh mountain air and is perfect for summer months.

Panorama Restaurant terrace with its panaromic view of the Swiss Alps
Panorama Restaurant terrace with its panaromic view of the Swiss Alps

A popular option for lunch in Mount Rigi, the Panorama Restaurant serves up regional specialties using only Swiss ingredients including homegrown herbs and vegetables from the garden. Portions are generous and everything is homemade.

Enjoy typical Rigi classics such as sweet crepes or savoury galettes while taking in the panoramic surroundings.


Kräuter in German literally translates to Herb in English. It comes as no surprise where the name Kräuter Hotel comes from. Upon arrival at the hotel, one of the first things you will notice is the expansive herb garden right by the train tracks. 

Krauter Hotel Edelweiss owner and herb specialist, Gregor Vörös, in the Alpine herb garden with secnis views the swiss alps behind
Hotel owner and herb specialist, Gregor Vörös, in the Alpine herb garden

The Rigi herb garden is located at 1550 meters above sea level. With over 450 different edible herbs and plants in this alpine garden, you’ll discover various types of edible leaves, berries and even Mediterranean and Asian variants growing high in the Swiss mountains.

tour group learning about the herbs and plants in the krauter hotel edelweiss alpine herb garden
Rigi Herb Garden Group Tour

The garden is open to the public and you can wander around freely to discover the aromas and fragrances or request for a guided tour from Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss to learn more about the various plants, its tastes and origins.  Most of the herbs and vegetables are used in the hotel’s restaurants on a daily basis so you’ll also get to see where part of your food comes from. 

The Rigi herb garden is open from May to October from 09: 00-17: 00. Admission free.



The fact that the entire area atop Mount Rigi is car-free, one has the chance to breathe in fresh mountain air and enjoy the tranquility of the hotel and its surroundings.

Relaxing footbath with a view on the hotel balcony

The in-room herbal footbath is also a welcome treat for the feet after a long day of hiking.

selection of bottles and jars of homemade condiments and mixers for sale at Krauter Hotel Edelweiss shop
Selection of homemade products in the shop

We also liked the little shop in the hotel selling homemade products using herbs from the alpine herb garden such as Elderflower Berry Mustard, Kombucha Vinegar to alcoholic mixers. All products are free from preservatives, colouring and artificial flavours, which you get to sample in the menu.

yellow rigi cola made from herbs in a clear glass with the swiss alps in the background
Rigi Cola

We recommend trying the Rigi Cola while you’re there. Made from the Artemisia Cola Plant, this isn’t your typical soft drink.


Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss is offering a special Dine & Stay promotion throughout September to October 2018 as below:

2 Nights Package for CHF620.00 for two persons

3 Nights Package for CHF900.00 for two persons

4 Nights Package for CHF1190.00 for two persons

Package includes a double balcony room for two persons, daily buffet breakfast and 4-course gourmet dinner throughout the stay. Guests who wish to experience the 9-Course Gourmet Menu at the One Michelin Star Restaurant Regina Montium can do so at a discounted rate of CHF90.00 per person (Usual Price CHF105.00 per person).

For bookings on Saturday to Sunday, there will be a surcharge of CHF20.00 per person. This surcharge does not apply to bookings under the 4 Nights Package.



Staffelhöhenweg 61, 6356 Rigi Kaltbad (View in Google Maps)


Cars are not allowed up on Mount Rigi. The only ways to get up the mountain is either by cogwheel railway or by cable car, depending on where you want to stop. The best option to get to Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss is by cogwheel railway from Vitznau.

By Car

-A4 motorway : Exit (no. 36) at Küssnacht,  and take the main road to Vitznau
-A2 motorway :  Exit (no. 36) at Altdorf/Flüelen, Axenstrasse to Brunnen, and take the main road to Vitznau

Covered parking spots are available next to the train station and costs CHF8/day.

By Train

SBB Trains depart from train stations across Switzerland. The nearest stops to Vitznau would be via Brunnen or Küssnacht am Rigi where you’ll have to take a bus to Vitznau (see below).

Alternatively, take the train to Arth-Goldau followed by the cog railway to Rigi Staffel. From there, you either walk 10-minutes downhill to the hotel or wait for the cogwheel train heading down to the direction of Vitznau and exit at the first stop at Staffelhöhe Station. Search your preferred route and the best prices here.

By Bus

Take Bus No. 2 from Schwyz, Brunnen, Gersau, Weggis or Küssnacht towards Vitznau.

By Ferry

Ferries leave regularly from Lucerne (approximately 1 hour) and other towns around Lake Lucerne. Disembark at Vitznau Pier and  walk across to the Rigi Bahn Train Station. Check out the ferry timetable here: SGV timetable

cogwheel train at vitznau station
VItznau Station

Upon reaching Vitznau, make your way to the Rigi Bahn Train Station. Tickets can be purchased on the day itself or online here. Alight at Staffelhöhe Station and you will immediately see Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss.

Scenic views of Lake Lucerne and the swiss alps from the cogwheel railway ride up to Mount Rigi
Scenic views from the cogwheel railway ride up to Mount Rigi

Top Tip: Sit on the left side of the train going uphill for the best views.

You haven’t really been to Switzerland until you truly experience a typically Swiss hotel in Mount Rigi and the Kräuter Hotel Edelweiss promises just that!

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