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Rigi Kulm Ridge

Hiking Trail · Central Switzerland
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Rigi Kulm – Kulmhütte – upper Schwändihütte – Des Alpes – Rigi Klösterli

This spectacular hiking trail is all downhill. Sturdy shoes are recommended as the trail is quite steep in some parts and includes a decrease in altitude of 400 metres between Rigi Kulm and Rigi Klösterli. The last section between Des Alpes and Rigi Klösterli features an asphalt path.

easy
Distance 4.1 km
1:15 h
12 m
444 m
1,752 m
1,311 m

This route is ideal if you're keen to avoid the well-beaten paths and get back to nature for some peace and quiet. It starts off with a clear view above the tree line of the majestic Mythen mountains and the impressive landslide area at Rossberg. Today you can still see where 20 million cubic metres of rock came crashing down in 1806 and buried the village of Goldau. The lower part of the trail takes you through romantic mountain forests on the way to Klösterli. This is where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe stayed when he first visited Switzerland in 1775. Inspired by the enchanting Mt. Rigi, he felt "surrounded by the splendour of the world".

For your information

In order to let our next generation also could enjoy the beauty of the Rigi, we would like to ask you to dispose of your own waste in the waste bins which are located at all of the stations of RIGI BAHNEN AG. Thank you.

Author’s recommendation

Geniessen Sie auf dieser Wanderung die Stille der Natur.
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Update: April 19, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Rigi Kulm, 1,752 m
Lowest point
Rigi Klösterli, 1,311 m
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Rest stops

Rigi Kulm-Hotel
Alpwirtschaft Chäserenholz
Restaurant Zum goldenen Hirschen

Start

Rigi Kulm (1,747 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'679'414E 1'212'102N
DD
47.055189, 8.483884
DMS
47°03'18.7"N 8°29'02.0"E
UTM
32T 460802 5211426
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Destination

Rigi Klösterli

Turn-by-turn directions

Rigi Kulm (1752 m) – Kulmhütte (1673 m) – Obere Schwändihütte (1473 m) – Rigi Klösterli (1302 m)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Good accessible by train and bus

Rigi Kulm, the starting point of the hike, can be easily reached via Vitznau or Goldau with the cogwheel railway.

Getting there

From Vitznau: A4 exit Küssnacht am Rigi, follow the signs to Vitznau

From Goldau: A4 exit Goldau, follow the signs to the open air parking lot A4 of RIGI BAHNEN AG

Parking

There are plenty parking spaces avaliable at valley stations. Fees apply.

However, we recommend public transport instead of cars: lean back, be stress-free and do something good for the environment.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'679'414E 1'212'102N
DD
47.055189, 8.483884
DMS
47°03'18.7"N 8°29'02.0"E
UTM
32T 460802 5211426
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Festes Schuhwerk ist für die etwas steileren Stellen zwischen Rigi Kulm und Rigi Klösterli empfehlenswert.  

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.1 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
12 m
Descent
444 m
Highest point
1,752 m
Lowest point
1,311 m
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