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The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section

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Rigi First – Unterstetten – Hinder Dossen – Rigi Scheidegg

This hiking trail starts at the Rigi Woelfertschen-First station and follows the route of the former Rigi-Kaltbad-Scheidegg railway. Many contemporary witnesses recall this historical railway. 

easy
Distance 6.9 km
2:10 h
245 m
72 m
1,643 m
1,424 m

This mountain trail along the former Rigi-Kaltbad-Scheidegg railway is very popular and beautiful. Hike leisurely over the mighty railway bridge Unterstetten and experience a piece of railway history. You will pass by an old couch, which today in use as a holiday residence, a short tunnel and a water filling station for the steam locomotives. The magnificent panorama of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains are your constant companions.

Rich green hills, wild meadows and interesting rock formations line the path. The magnificent panorama with its dazzling lakes and sublime Alps in the background looks like out of a painting. On the way you will find lovely resting places and fireplaces to linger. If you prefer a cosy break, visit one of the alpine restaurants are also a good choice. The route to your destination Rigi-Scheidegg remains diversified, exciting and picturesque.

For your information 

You can find the current operating status of the railways and hiking trails here 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

I highly recommend a refreshment break in the Restaurant Unterstetten, where you have a magnificent view over Lake Lucerne.
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Update: February 11, 2022
Difficulty
easy
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Landscape
Highest point
1,643 m
Lowest point
1,424 m
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Track types

Dirt road 59.74%Forested/wild trail 39.73%Path 0.51%
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4.1 km
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2.7 km
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Rest stops

Gasthaus Rigi-Bärenstube
Alpwirtschaft Obere First
Chalet Schild
Berghaus Unterstetten
Berggasthaus Rigi Scheidegg
Berggasthaus Rigi-Burggeist
Rigi Burggeist playground

Tips and hints

Requirements for wheelchair users: difficult

During the last 300 metres there is a gradient of approx. 14%. An accompanying person is recommended.

Start

Woelfertschen-Rigi First Station (1,469 m)
Coordinates:
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2'678'876E 1'211'191N
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47.047061, 8.476644
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47°02'49.4"N 8°28'35.9"E
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32T 460246 5210526
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Destination

Rigi-Scheidegg

Turn-by-turn directions

Rigi First (1453 m) – Unterstetten ( 1451 m) – Hinder Dossen (1546 m) – Rigi Scheidegg (1656 m) 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Arrival is convenient by public transport. Click here to timetable

Travel barrier-free: from Arth-Goldau railway station you can reach the Rigi mountain railway station within 5 minutes, which will take you to the Rigi Wolfertschen-First stop. For transport with the Rigi Bahn, you must register at least 1 hour in advance (Tel: +41 (0)41 399 87 87). Special couches available for groups of up to 20 wheelchairs. The staff will be happy to help you get in and out.

Getting there

A4 highway - exit Goldau 

Parking

At Rigi mountain railway stations (Goldau and Kraebel) there are parking spaces available for a fee.

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

Further information about how to get there and parking

Wheelchair-accessible parking spaces are available in Goldau and in Kraebel.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'678'876E 1'211'191N
DD
47.047061, 8.476644
DMS
47°02'49.4"N 8°28'35.9"E
UTM
32T 460246 5210526
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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
easy
Distance
6.9 km
Duration
2:10 h
Ascent
245 m
Descent
72 m
Highest point
1,643 m
Lowest point
1,424 m
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