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The Rigi Goethe Path

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Summit attackers watch out: this 600 meters of altitude difference require a certain hiking profile and good shoes.
moderate
Distance 5.9 km
3:00 h
699 m
117 m
1,797 m
1,166 m

Conquer the Queen of the Mountains in the footsteps of the great poet of world literature! The Rigi Railway takes you comfortably to the starting point of Romiti. From Rigi First, the mountain trail first leads over lush mountain meadows and then through beautiful mixed forests to heights with spectacular views. Above Kloesterli, where Goethe stayed, it crosses the Arth-Rigi railway line. The crowning ascent via Staffel to the Rigi summit follows, where the fantastic 360° panoramic view will make you forget any strain in no time. The poet-prince took the way to the summit on his first Swiss journey (1775) under his feet and was very enthusiastic. Come and let yourself convinced.

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

This quiet hike is off from the mainstream, you will experience peace and relaxation.
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Update: May 27, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,797 m
Lowest point
1,166 m
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Track types

Nature trail 42.49%Path 32.07%Road 25.43%
Nature trail
2.5 km
Path
1.9 km
Road
1.5 km
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Rest stops

Kessiboden-Stubli
Alpwirtschaft Obere First
Rigi Kulm-Hotel
Restaurant Bahnhöfli
Rigi Pic Snack & Shop
Gasthaus Rigi-Bärenstube
Chalet Schild
Felsentor Gartenwirtschaft

Tips and hints

 

 

Start

Romiti Felsentor (1,197 m)
Coordinates:
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2'678'825E 1'210'035N
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47.036665, 8.475772
DMS
47°02'12.0"N 8°28'32.8"E
UTM
32T 460172 5209371
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Destination

Rigi Kulm

Turn-by-turn directions

Romiti (1198 m) – Oeraebnet (1167 m) - First (1453 m) – Riedboden (1441 m) – Staffel (1604 m) – Rigi Kulm (1797 m)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Romiti, the starting point of this hike, is easily accessiable via Vitznau by cogwheel train. 

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Getting there

A4 highway -  exit Küssnacht -  direction to Weggis - Vitznau 

Parking

At Rigi Railway Vitznau station you will find parking spaces for a fee.

Further information about getting there 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

SwissGrid
2'678'825E 1'210'035N
DD
47.036665, 8.475772
DMS
47°02'12.0"N 8°28'32.8"E
UTM
32T 460172 5209371
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

High profiled hiking boots or trakking boots, rain coat, drinks, food and walking sticks, when possible.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.9 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
699 m
Descent
117 m
Highest point
1,797 m
Lowest point
1,166 m
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