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Round Hike Rigi Burggeist (6.0km)

Snowshoeing · Central Switzerland
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  • Berggasthaus Rigi Burggeist
    / Berggasthaus Rigi Burggeist
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  • / Aussicht Rigi Scheidegg
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  • / Schneeschuh Burggeist
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Rigi Burggeist - Hinter Dossen - Schneealp - Scheidegg (viewpoint) - Scheidegghütttli - Rigi Burggeist

An insider tip for all snowshoe lovers is the Rigi Scheidegg-Burggeist area. Here you can enjoy the absolute peace and quiet of the alpine world.

moderate
Distance 4 km
2:00 h
155 m
155 m

Central Switzerland: panoramic snowshoe circular hike

The Scheidegg roud walk can be used as a hiking trail or as a snowshoe trail. The starting and finishing point of the hike is Rigi Burggeist. Along the way you will cover about 100 metres in altitude and the hike takes between 90-120 minutes, depending on your fitness level. The paths are not groomed and will give you a special hiking experience. Snowshoes and sticks can be rented at the Rigi Burggeist mountain inn. You can also get a map for this snowshoe tour at the mountain inn.

For your information

You can find the current operating status of the lifts and sledge runs here.

In order to let our next generation also could enjoy the beauty of the Rigi, we would like to ask you to dispose of your own waste in the waste bins which are located at all of the stations of RIGI BAHNEN AG. Thank you.

Author’s recommendation

I recommend you enjoy a fine Gersau cheesepie in the mountain inn Scheidegg or Burggeist.
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Update: November 01, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,653 m
Lowest point
1,546 m
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Rest Stop

Berggasthaus Rigi-Burggeist
Berggasthaus Rigi Scheidegg

Safety information

Please always stay on the marked trails.

Tips and hints

For the sake of the wild animals:In winter, wild animals need quiet retreats to survive. Please stay on the toboggan run so that the those animals are not disturbed.

Start

Rigi Burggeist (1,550 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'682'549E 1'208'832N
DD
47.025394, 8.524537
DMS
47°01'31.4"N 8°31'28.3"E
UTM
32T 463869 5208095
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Destination

Rigi Burggeist

Turn-by-turn directions

Rigi Burggeist (1551 m) - Hinter Doessen (1545 m) - Schneealp - Scheidegg (1656 m) (viewpoint) - Scheidegghütttli (1597 m) - Rigi Burggeist(1551 m)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Good accessible by train and bus

Rigi Burggeist, the starting point of this snowshoe hike, can be reached via Goldau with the Kräbel-Rigi Scheidegg cable car. The short walk from Rigi Scheidegg to Rigi Burggeist takes 15 minutes.

Here to timetable

Getting there

Via Brunnen - Gersau - Obergschwend.

With the Obergschwend-Rigi Burggeist cable car to Rigi Burggeist.

Parking

There are plenty parking spaces avaliable at the cable car station. Fees apply.

However, we recommend public transport instead of cars: lean back, be stress-free and do something good for the environment.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'682'549E 1'208'832N
DD
47.025394, 8.524537
DMS
47°01'31.4"N 8°31'28.3"E
UTM
32T 463869 5208095
w3w 
///enrolling.retina.commoners
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy winter equipment: weather-adjusted winter outdoor clothing, hiking boots with a good profile, food & drinks.

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
155 m
Descent
155 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Insider tip Circular route Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
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