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Route of Rigi Tell

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  • Rigi Kaltbad
    / Rigi Kaltbad
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Weg Richtung Känzeli
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Wanderweg Richtung Räbalp
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Wanderweg Richtung Räbalp
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Wanderweg Richtung Seebodenalp
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Wanderweg Richtung Seebodenalp
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Alpwirtschaft Räb
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Wegweiser auf dem Weg
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Aussicht über Küssnacht am Rigi
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Alp Ruodisegg
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Spazierweg Richtung Seebodenalp
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
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  • / Seebodenalp
    Photo: Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Aussicht auf Rigi Kulm
    Photo: RALPH WELLINGwelling.ch, Gäste-Service Rigi
m 1500 1000 500 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Rigistübli Hotel Restaurant Rigi Seebodenalp Alpwirtschaft Ruodisegg Känzeli Feuerstelle Rigi Seebodenalp Alpwirtschaft Räbalp Seebodenalp Restaurant Alpenhof

Rigi Kaltbad – Känzeli – Alp Räb – Chrüzboden – Alp Ruodisegg – Seebodenalp - Küssnacht am Rigi

Be prepared for a difference in altitude of 1000 metres from the starting point in Rigi Kaltbad to the end of the trail in Küssnacht. Between the lookout at Känzeli and Räbalp parts of the trail are particularly steep but not dangerous.

moderate
Distance 8.5 km
3:00 h
49 m
1,038 m

The walk to the fantastic lookout at Känzeli is initially flat, so you can get off to a gentle start. The view from the lookout of Lake Lucerne's Kreuztrichter basin is unforgettable. There's also a memorial featuring Goethe's diary entry about his visit to Mt. Rigi. From Känzeli, the trail follows the same route taken by Queen Victoria of England (on horseback) in 1886: a steep but safe descent through the shady Mt. Rigi forest takes you via Alp Räb and Chrüzboden to the cosy alpine pub Ruedisegg. From there the trail flattens out again until Seebodenalp, then descends gently to Küssnacht where William Tell finished off Gessler with his crossbow in a narrow sunken lane.

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

Mein persönlicher Tipp: Geniessen Sie beim Känzeli die einmalige Aussicht auf den Kreuztrichter des Vierwaldstättersees.
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Gäste-Service Rigi
Update: April 24, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,484 m
Lowest point
448 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Alpenhof
Hotel Restaurant Alpina
Hotel Restaurant Rigi Seebodenalp
Alpwirtschaft Ruodisegg
Alpwirtschaft Räbalp
Rigistübli

Tips and hints

Ein Besuch der geschichtsträchtigen Hohlen Gasse lohnt sich.

Start

Rigi Kaltbad (1,437 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'678'107E 1'210'852N
DD
47.044097, 8.466459
DMS
47°02'38.7"N 8°27'59.3"E
UTM
32T 459470 5210202
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Destination

Küssnacht am Rigi

Turn-by-turn directions

Rigi Kaltbad (1436 m) – Känzeli (1464 m) – Alp Räb (1124 m) – Chrüzboden (1056 m) – Alp Ruodisegg (1040 m) – Seebodenalp (1020 m) - Küssnacht am Rigi (456 m)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Good accessible by train and bus

The station Rigi Kaltbad can be easily reached by cog railway from Vitznau or by cable car from Weggis.

Here to timetable

Getting there

A4 exit Küssnacht am Rigi, follow the signs to Weggis or Vitznau

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
2'678'107E 1'210'852N
DD
47.044097, 8.466459
DMS
47°02'38.7"N 8°27'59.3"E
UTM
32T 459470 5210202
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Festes Schuhwerk und witterungsbedingte Kleidung empfohlen.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.5 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
49 m
Descent
1,038 m
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