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Tell Trail stage 3: Brunnen - Rigi Kaltbad - Lucerne

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  • On the way on the Rigi
    / On the way on the Rigi
    Photo: Switzerland Tourism / Silvano Zeiter, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Ankunft in Luzern
    Photo: Switzerland Tourism / Silvano Zeiter, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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The third stage of the Tell Trail leads from Brunnen over the Gätterli pass to Rigi Kaltbad. Then it's a cog railway ride down to Vitznau followed by a boat trip to Lucerne.
moderate
37.8 km
5:00 h
843 m
534 m
A wonderful panorama of the nearby peaks accompanies you along the entire route today. From the shores of Lake Lucerne in Brunnen, you float up to the Urmiberg by cable car. This is followed by a challenging hike over the Gätterli pass, past the Berggasthaus Burggeist mountain inn. Lots of photo opportunities, including at the Känzeli vantage point. The views of fjord-like Lake Lucerne are overwhelming. Shortly afterwards you reach Rigi Kaltbad. Take the cog railway down to Vitznau and the boat to Lucerne.

 

Walking time: approx. 5 hours | Distance: 16 km (not including cableway, railway and boat) | Total elevation gain: 843 m ( including cableway, etc.: 1,537 m) | Total elevation loss: 430  m (including cableway, etc.: 1,537 m)

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,657 m
Lowest point
432 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Timpelweid
Rigi Burggeist
Berggasthaus Rigi-Burggeist
Alpwirtschaft Chäserenholz
Berggasthaus Rigi Scheidegg
Gasthaus Rigi-Bärenstube
Restaurant Gätterlipass
Hotel Edelweiss
Hotel Rigi Kaltbad
Restaurant Bahnhöfli
Berghaus Unterstetten
Hotel Alpina
Rigi Kulm-Hotel
Hotel Restaurant Alpina
Bistro by Regina Montium
Panorama Restaurant
Restaurant BärgGnuss
Gourmet Restaurant Regina Montium
Gratalp Stübli
Hotel Rigi Kulm
Kessiboden

Safety information

T3: demanding mountain hiking. 

 

• Good surefootedness

• Average navigation skills

• Elementary alpine experience

Tips, hints and links

This stage is part of the long-distance Tell Trail, which runs through the whole of Central Switzerland in eight stages.

 

Further information on the Tell Trail: www.luzern.com/telltrail

Start

Brunnen - landing stage (435 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'688'745E 1'205'400N
DD
46.993731, 8.605365
DMS
46°59'37.4"N 8°36'19.3"E
UTM
32T 469994 5204543
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Destination

Lucerne

Turn-by-turn directions

A wonderful panorama of the nearby peaks accompanies you along the entire route today. From the shores of Lake Lucerne in Brunnen, you float up to the Urmiberg by cable car. This is followed by a challenging hike over the Gätterli pass, past the Berggasthaus Burggeist mountain inn. Lots of photo opportunities, including at the Känzeli vantage point. The views of fjord-like Lake Lucerne are overwhelming. Shortly afterwards you reach Rigi Kaltbad. Take the cog railway down to Vitznau and the boat to Lucerne.

Note

Wildlife refuge Rigi Hochflue: December 01 - March 31
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Mit dem Zug oder per Schiff nach Brunnen.

Parking

Auf dem Gemeindeparkplatz in Brunnen stehen Parkplätze zur Verfügung.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'688'745E 1'205'400N
DD
46.993731, 8.605365
DMS
46°59'37.4"N 8°36'19.3"E
UTM
32T 469994 5204543
w3w 
///groomed.roaming.sometimes
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy footwear.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
37.8 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
843 m
Descent
534 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent

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