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A Tour to Valley and Summit - Mt. Rigi Section

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  • Ausicht auf den Vierwaldstättersee
    / Ausicht auf den Vierwaldstättersee
    Photo: Schwyz Tourismus
  • / Aussicht Känzeli
    Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
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    Photo: Schwyz Tourismus
  • / Weg Richtung Chäserenholz
    Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
  • / Chäserenholz
    Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
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    Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
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    Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
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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. 

Distance 8 km
2:45 h
371 m
495 m
1,761 m
1,311 m

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.


Author’s recommendation

My Recommedation is having a break at the Kaenzeli vista point to enjoy the magnificent view.
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Update: September 05, 2019


Rigi Kaltbad (1,437 m)
2'678'110E 1'210'851N
47.044093, 8.466499
47°02'38.7"N 8°27'59.4"E
32T 459473 5210202


Rigi Kloesterli

Turn-by-turn directions

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


all notes on protected areas

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

Getting there

A4 highway, exit Brunnen, direction Vitznau - Weggis

A4 highway, exit Küssnacht, direction Weggis - Vitznau


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.



2'678'110E 1'210'851N
47.044093, 8.466499
47°02'38.7"N 8°27'59.4"E
32T 459473 5210202
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Stefan Aregger
October 16, 2016 · Community
Sehr schönes Panorama. Guter Mix von Auf- und Abstieg.
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Kirche von Arth-Goldau
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Panorama von der Rigi
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Kirche von Arth-Goldau
Panorama von der Rigi
Rigi Staffel

8 km
2:45 h
371 m
495 m
Highest point
1,761 m
Lowest point
1,311 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cableway ascent/descent


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