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Cross-Country Skiing

Panorama Cross-Country Skiing Trail

Cross-Country Skiing · Central Switzerland
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Rigi Kaltbad - First - Unterstetten - Rigi Scheidegg 

Cross-country skiers will find probably the most scenic trail in the northern hemisphere here.

Classic
moderate
8.6 km
2:30 h
248 m
37 m

The 7 km long, classically prepared cross-country trail takes you from Rigi Kaltbad to Rigi Scheidegg and follows by the mostly flat route of the former Rigi-Scheidegg railway. You will start at Rigi Kaltbad, where you can use deposit compartments and changing rooms. Via Rigi First you will reach Rigi Scheidegg after 7 kilometres. The panoramic views of the Alps, Lake Lucerne and the Schwyz basin are just breathtaking . A sporty treat for body and soul awaits you. You can rent the cross-country skiing equipment in the sport shop at Rigi Kaltbad.

For your information 

You can find the current operating status of the railways and hiking trails here .

In order to let our next generation also be inspired from the Queen of the Mountains, may we ask you to dispose of your own waste at Rigi Stations. Thank you.

Author’s recommendation

At the end of this hike, I recommend to take a refreshment with local delicacies  in the mountain inn Rigi Scheidegg and enjoy this wonderful view.
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Author
Gäste-Service Rigi / Schwyzer Wanderwege
Updated: August 27, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,654 m
Lowest point
1,429 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Rigi Kaltbad
Hotel Rigi-First
Rigi Burggeist
Berghaus Unterstetten
Hotel Restaurant Alpina
Berggasthaus Rigi-Burggeist
Berggasthaus Rigi Scheidegg
Chalet Schild
Alpencafè Rigi Maison
Panorama Restaurant
Gratalp Stübli
Klanghotel Bergsonne

Safety information

Please always follow the marked cross-country skiing trail.

Start

Rigi Kaltbad (1,437 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.044108, 8.466831
DMS
47°02'38.8"N 8°28'00.6"E
UTM
32T 459498 5210203
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Destination

Rigi Scheidegg

Turn-by-turn directions

Rigi Kaltbad (1436 m) – First (1453 m) – Unterstetten (1451 m) – Hinder Dossen (1546 m) – Rigi Scheidegg (1656 m)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

From Vitznau or Weggis, you can reach Rigi Kaltbad, the starting point of the hike, either by cogwheel train or aerial cable car.

Click here to timetable

Getting there

A4 highway, exit Küssnacht, direction Weggis - Vitznau 

A4 highway, exit Brunnen, direction Vitznau - Weggis

 

Parking

Parking spaces are avaliable at Rigi valley stations for a fee.

Further information on arrival and parking

However, we recommend you to arrive by public transportations instead of cars: just lean back, enjoy and do something good for the environment.

Coordinates

DD
47.044108, 8.466831
DMS
47°02'38.8"N 8°28'00.6"E
UTM
32T 459498 5210203
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Winter suitable cross-country skiing equipments, drinks. 

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crosscountry skiing technique
Classic
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.6 km
Duration
2:30h
Ascent
248 m
Descent
37 m
Public transport friendly Classic Point-to-point Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent

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