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The Rigi Scheidegg Path

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  • Dorf Gersau.
    / Dorf Gersau.
    Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
  • / Sicht vom Gätterlipass Richtung Rigi-Scheidegg.
    Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
  • / Wanderer unterwegs beim Burggeist.
    Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
  • / Burggeist ob Gersau.
    Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
  • / Fereiensiedlung Rigi-Scheidegg.
    Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
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Gersau - Gätterlipass - Chellensack - Hoecheli - Rigi Burggeist - Rigi Scheidegg

This scenic tour takes you from the "Old Fryen Republic" of Gersau to Rigi Scheidegg, where you will be rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view of the Alps and central of Switzerland.

Distance 7.7 km
4:00 h
1,201 m
15 m
1,627 m
434 m

At the beginning of this hiking trail, it leads you from the lake to the former silk factory. A geological information board provides information how the water generates electricity power for the silk factory. After a steep ascent you will reach remote cottages, which are still inhabited and managed all year round. The trail leads through the Schlaetterwald forest to Gaetterli - a traditional mountain inn.

Alternatively, there is a mountain path leads to the Hochflue vista point or down to Lauerzersee and Goldau. The hiking trail to Alp Chellensack and on to Hoecheli leads past lush green meadows and the typical orchids,, which is also known as Rigirollen. Along the mountain ridge you will have an impressive panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and Lake Lucerne. After this impressive mountain hike you will reach the cosy mountain inn Rigi Burggeist. After another half hour you will be arrived at your destination: the magnificent vista point of Rigi Scheidegg Arche.


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

I suggest to plan enough time to enjoy this fantastic 360° view on the Rigi Scheidegg Arche.
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Update: July 17, 2020
Highest point
1,627 m
Lowest point
434 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Seehotel Schwert
Steak House
Hotis Seerestaurant Pauli
Gasthaus Tübli
Restaurant Traube
Berggasthaus Rigi Scheidegg
Alpencafè Rigi Maison

Tips and hints

Use the aerial cable car Obergschwend-Rigi Burggeist for a shortcut.

The Kraebel-Rigi Scheidegg aerial cableway is recommended for the return journey.

Click here to find the current timetable



Gersau (441 m)
2'682'754E 1'204'991N
46.990823, 8.526544
46°59'27.0"N 8°31'35.6"E
32T 463999 5204253



Turn-by-turn directions

Gersau (435 m) - Gätterlipass (1189 m) - Chellensack (1225 m) - Höcheli (1437 m) - Rigi Burggeist (1551 m) - Rigi Scheidegg (1656 m)


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Arrive conveniently by bus and train:

By SBB Swiss national railway to Brunnen train station, then take the bus Line 2 from Brunnen to Gersau

SBB Timetable


Getting there

A4 highway, main road (Seestrasse), Gersau 

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


In Gersau you will find parking spaces for a fee.


2'682'754E 1'204'991N
46.990823, 8.526544
46°59'27.0"N 8°31'35.6"E
32T 463999 5204253
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.

Questions and answers

Question from Outdoor Interactive · September 08, 2020 · Community
Hallo miteinander, evtl. blöde Frage, aber wie kommt man von Rigi Scheidegg am besten wieder hinunter nach Gersau? Vielen Dank für jegliche Antworten/Tipps MfG
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Answered by Urs Betschart · March 30, 2021 · Community
Der Rückweg beinhaltet auch noch wandern, je nach Variante: - Zurück zur Seilbahn Rigi Burggeist - Obergschwend und danach den unteren Teil der Wanderung hinunter nach Gersau. Der Busbetrieb von und nach Gersau wurde leider wieder eingestellt. - Mit der Seilbahn nach Rigi Kräbel hinunter, umsteigen auf die Rigi-Bahn nach Goldau, dort zum Bahnhof Arth-Goldau begeben und mit der S-Bahn nach Brunnen fahren und auf den Bus nach Gersau umsteigen. - Von Rigi Scheidegg hinunter zu den Hinterbergen wandern, mit der Seilbahn nach Vitznau hinunterfahren, dort auf den Bus oder Schiff umsteigen, der / das sie nach Gersau bringt.


Luca Prezioso
May 18, 2020 · Community
Camminata stupenda! Partenza dal caratteristico paesino sul lago di Lucerna, e poi 1200 metri di dislivello fino alla cresta. All'inizio il percorso passa per un bosco, poi si passa per dei prati con vista sul lago e alla fine si arriva sulla cresta con una stupenda vista sui laghi di Lucerna e Zugo. Volendo si può proseguire alle altre creste (+2h circa) e c'è una cabinovia. L'andata dura circa 4h, per il ritorno tagliando ci possono volere anche meno di 3h.
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Emmanuel Auperin
June 18, 2018 · Community
Jolis paysages, montées assez raides par moment
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7.7 km
4:00 h
1,201 m
15 m
Highest point
1,627 m
Lowest point
434 m
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