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Rigi - The Path of Mark Twain

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  • Mark Twain Denkmal in Weggis
    / Mark Twain Denkmal in Weggis
    Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
  • / Durch eine mystische Waldlichtung gehts zum Felsentor
    Photo: Wanderblondies, RIGI BAHNEN AG
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Weggis - Felsentor - Rigi Kaltbad - Rigi Staffel - Rigi Kulm

In the footsteps of Mark Twain. This panoramic mountain hiking trail offers everything for a beautiful hiking day. After the ascent with appx. 1,350 metres of altitude difference, you will be rewarded with fantastic views for this strenuous hike.

moderate
Distance 10.8 km
5:50 h
1,361 m
28 m
1,767 m
439 m

Before passengers could comfortably reach the Queen of the Mountains with the first mountain railway in Europe from 1871 onwards, they took this traditional hiking trail from Weggis. So did the world-famous writer and globetrotter Mark Twain. In his book "A Trip to Mt. Rigi" he describes his ascent, which took him three days at that time. On the steep section during this path, 8 information boards invite you to take a breather. The signs take you into the world of the humorous and witty author, who magically describes the Rigi. This passage at the Felsentor is particularly romantic, almost mystical, where massive rock pillars pile up in the lightened mountain forest. From Rigi Kaltbad the hike leads along winding paths to the summit at 1,800 m above sea level.

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

My own favourite place to relax is at the Felsentor (the rock gate), where I let the mystical atmosphere flow around me and absorb strength for the way further. The perfect place for just being alone. 
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Author
Gäste-Service Rigi / Schwyzer Wanderwege
Update: April 20, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,767 m
Lowest point
439 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Felsentor Gartenwirtschaft
Panorama Restaurant
Rigistübli
Hotel-Restaurant Alpina
Hotel Restaurant Alpina
Klanghotel Bergsonne
Chalet Schild
Gasthaus Rigi-Bärenstube
Restaurant BärgGnuss
Restaurant Bahnhöfli
Kessiboden-Stubli
Rigi Pic Snack & Shop
Rigi Kulm-Hotel

Tips and hints

In the Footsteps of Mark Twain

Start

Weggis (439 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'676'064E 1'209'326N
DD
47.030612, 8.439326
DMS
47°01'50.2"N 8°26'21.6"E
UTM
32T 457398 5208718
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Destination

Rigi Kulm

Turn-by-turn directions

Weggis (435 m) – Felsentor (1120 m) – Rigi Kaltbad (1436 m) – Rigi Staffel (1604 m)– Rigi Kulm (1797 m)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Get here is convenient by bus or boat from Küssnacht or from Brunnen.

Click here for the timetable

Getting there

exit Küssnacht, direction Weggis village

exit Schwyz, direction Brunnen - Gersau - Weggis village

However, we recommend you to arrive by public transportations instead of cars: just lean back, enjoy and do something good for the environment.

Parking

In Weggis village you will find parking spaces for a fee.

Further information on parking

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'676'064E 1'209'326N
DD
47.030612, 8.439326
DMS
47°01'50.2"N 8°26'21.6"E
UTM
32T 457398 5208718
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

High profiled hiking boots or trakking boots, rain jacket, drink, food and walking sticks when possible. 

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.8 km
Duration
5:50 h
Ascent
1,361 m
Descent
28 m
Highest point
1,767 m
Lowest point
439 m
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