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The Rigi Ridge Hike

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Urmiberg - Gaetterlipass - Rigi Burggeist - Rigi Scheidegg - Unterstetten - Rigi Kaltbad 

This beautiful hike begins with some strenuous ascents to Rigi Scheidegg. On the route of the former Rigi-Scheidegg railway leads you to Rigi Kaltbad.

difficult
Distance 13.5 km
5:00 h
848 m
536 m

Arrived at the mountain station of the cable car Brunnen - Urmiberg, this tour leads you first over the gently curved southern ridge of the Rigi. The lakes of Zug and Lauerz greet you from the valley, and the eastern Alps with the Saentis massif sit enthroned on the horizon. This first exhausting section leads you from Gaetterli to Rigi Scheidegg, where you are rewarded with a fantastic 360° panoramic view. 

On the second section you will cross romantic hills and meadows. The lake route leads into the rock path, which leads you along the vertically sloping Nagelfluhwand and offers spectacular views of Lake Lucerne. The final passage from Rigi First to Rigi Kaltbad is on the route of the former Rigi-Scheidegg Railway.

 

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

After the strenuous ascents, you can indulge yourself with local specialities at the mountain guesthouse Rigi Burggeist or Rigi Scheidegg.
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Gäste-Service Rigi / Schwyzer Wanderwege
Update: May 27, 2019
Difficulty
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Highest point
1,647 m
Lowest point
1,134 m
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Rest Stop

Berghaus Unterstetten
Alpwirtschaft Obere First
Restaurant SunSet
Berggasthaus Rigi-Burggeist
Berggasthaus Rigi Scheidegg
Panorama Restaurant
Rigistübli
Gasthaus Rigi-Bärenstube
Chalet Schild
Alpencafè Rigi Maison
Hotel Restaurant Alpina
Klanghotel Bergsonne

Tips and hints

 

 

Start

Mountain Station Brunnen - Urmiberg (1,133 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'687'515E 1'207'421N
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47.012064, 8.589582
DMS
47°00'43.4"N 8°35'22.5"E
UTM
32T 468804 5206586
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Destination

Rigi Kaltbad

Turn-by-turn directions

Urmiberg (1196 m) - Gottertli (1395 m) - Gätterlipass (1189 m) - Rigi Burggeist (1551 m) - Rigi Scheidegg (1656 m) -Hinter Dosse (1546 m) - Unterstetten (1451 m) - Rigi Kaltbad (1436 m)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Arrival conveniently by train and bus:

By train to Brunnen. Then take the bus in the direction of Gersau. Get off at the Urmiberg stop.

Click here to timetable

Getting there

Mit dem PW auf der A4 Richtung Brunnen. Danach Richtung Gersau (Umfahrungsstrasse Brunnen) bis in die Hopfräben fahren.

 

Parking

There are parking spaces avaliable direct at the Station Urmiberg. Fees apply.

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
2'687'515E 1'207'421N
DD
47.012064, 8.589582
DMS
47°00'43.4"N 8°35'22.5"E
UTM
32T 468804 5206586
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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Rating

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Fabienne Fuchs
June 12, 2021 · Community
Schöne Tour, nicht überloffen, kurze steile Strecken. Wunderschöne Aussicht
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When did you do this route? June 12, 2021
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Andrea Frost
June 29, 2019 · Community
Vielen Dank für diesen großartigen Tourentipp, den ich heute gemacht habe! Ich bin selbst aus Bayern, wo es auch schöne Berge hat, aber seit fünf Jahren komme ich nach Weggis zum Wandern und bin jedesmal total glücklich. Das einzige, was mich gewundert hat, war, dass es bei mir 18 km waren und nicht nur 12-13 km... keine Ahnung woher dieser Unterschied kommt, aber es hat sich mehr als gelohnt! Danke nochmals! Andrea
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
13.5 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
848 m
Descent
536 m
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