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A Tour to Valley and Summit - Mt. Rigi Section

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
8.2 km
Travel time
3 h
A Tour to Valley and Summit - Mt. Rigi Section
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
A Tour to Valley and Summit - Mt. Rigi Section
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
A Tour to Valley and Summit - Mt. Rigi Section
Aussicht Känzeli
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
A Tour to Valley and Summit - Mt. Rigi Section
Weg Richtung Chäserenholz
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
A Tour to Valley and Summit - Mt. Rigi Section
Chäserenholz
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
A Tour to Valley and Summit - Mt. Rigi Section
Ausicht auf den Vierwaldstättersee
Photo: Schwyz Tourismus
A Tour to Valley and Summit - Mt. Rigi Section
Photo: Schwyz Tourismus
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Rigi Kaltbad - Kaenzeli - Rigi Kulm - Chaeserenholz - Rigi Kloesterli

A route full of highlights. From the view at Rigi Kaenzeli where Queen Victoria of England was already thrilled during her visit in 1868. 

The hike starts at the "village square" Rigi Kaltbad. After the rock chapel, this flat path leads from Rigi Kaltbad through secluded forest areas, past interesting rock formations, to the Kaenzeli vista point. There you have a majestic view of Lake Lucerne and the crowning panorama of the Alps.

From here you will hike uphill all the time to Rigi Staffelhöhe. After 100 metres of altitude difference you will reach Rigi Kulm, the highest peak of the Rigi with a spectacular 360° panoramic view. On the descent to Rigi Klösterli you should definitely stop by the well-known cheese dairy Chaeserenholz and taste the tasty alp cheese. The trail continues to Ober-Schwändi and finally to Rigi Klösterli. In Rigi Klösterli the 300 year old chapel "Maria zum Schnee" is worth a visit. The pretty pilgrimage chapel is one of the most beautiful mountain chapels in the world.

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.

 

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Rigi Kaltbad
Point of arrival
Rigi Kloesterli
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
3 / 6
Ascent
332 m
Descent
458 m
Best Time of Year
May, June, July, August, September, October
Directions

Rigi Kaltbad (1437 m) – Kaenzeli (1464 m) - Rigi Staffel (1604 m) - Rigi Kulm (1797 m) - Chaeserenholz (1577 m) - Rigi Kloesterli (1302 m)

Equipment

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

Author’s advice

My Recommedation is having a break at the Kaenzeli vista point to enjoy the magnificent view.

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Good to know

Parking

At the stations of the Mt.Rigi Railways you will find parking spaces for a fee.

Further information on 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.

 

Arrival / Return journey

A4 highway, exit Brunnen, direction Vitznau - Weggis

A4 highway, exit Küssnacht, direction Weggis - Vitznau

Accessible by bus and train
Yes
Public transport

From Weggis via cable car to Rigi Kaltbad

From Vitznau via train to Rigi Kaltbad

 

Shortcut with mountain railways

With presenting of your personal Schwyzer Valley and Summit Tourpass, you will receive a 20% discount on single rides with the mountain railways (can not combined with other discounts)

 

Rigi Kaltbad - Rigi Kulm / time savings approx. 1h 30min

Rigi Kulm - Rigi Klösterli / time savings about 1h 15min