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The Rigi-Kloesterli Path

Winter hiking · Central Switzerland
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m 1500 1450 1400 1350 1300 2,0 1,8 1,6 1,4 1,2 1,0 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 km Klanghotel Bergsonne Alpwirtschaft Heirihütte Chalet Schild Hotel Rigi-First Hotel Rigi Kaltbad Rigi Klösterli

Rigi Kaltbad - First - Rigi Kloesterli 

Off your way on this easy hike, where you can spot a magnificent view of Lake Lucerne and the mighty Alpine peaks.

easy
Distance 2.1 km
0:45 h
21 m
139 m
1,454 m
1,316 m

Along this route of the former Rigi-Scheidegg Railway, this leisure but panoramic path with continued a completely another route leads to Rigi First. The snow-capped Alpine peaks greet you from the southern shore of the lake. From Rigi First a descent follows to the cosy Heiri-Hütte alpine restaurant, which invites you to a hearty Älpler snack. Then the walk continues downhill in elegant meanders to the historic pilgrimage site of Klösterli, where many Capuchin monks once lived. The pretty pilgrimage chapel "Maria zum Schnee" (built in 1689) is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain chapels in the world. With the cogwheel train you will reach Goldau - the traffic junction of the region.

 

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 inspired from the Queen of the Mountains, may we ask you to dispose of the waste at Rigi Stations. Thank you.

Author’s recommendation

I suggest you to stop over in Hotel zum goldenen Hirschen. This hotel is located at the end of your hike.
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Gäste-Service Rigi / Schwyzer Wanderwege
Update: August 27, 2019
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
1,454 m
Lowest point
1,316 m
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Rest Stop

Hotel Rigi Kaltbad
Rigi Kaltbad
Alpwirtschaft Obere First
Hotel Rigi-First
Restaurant Zum goldenen Hirschen
Chalet Schild
Alpwirtschaft Heirihütte
Hotel Restaurant Alpina
Klanghotel Bergsonne

Safety information

Please always follow the marked winter hiking trails.

Start

Rigi Kaltbad (1,437 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'678'115E 1'210'853N
DD
47.044112, 8.466572
DMS
47°02'38.8"N 8°27'59.7"E
UTM
32T 459479 5210204
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Destination

Rigi Kloesterli

Turn-by-turn directions

Rigi Kaltbad (1436 m) - First (1443 m) - Rigi Kloesterli (1302 m)    

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Rigi Kaltbad, the starting point of the hike, can be reached via Vitznau by cog railway or cable car from Weggis.

Click here to timetable

Getting there

A4 highway - exit Küssnacht - direction Weggis - Vitznau 

A4 highway - exit Brunnen - direction Vitznau - Weggis

 

Parking

At Rigi valley stations you will find parking spaces at a fee.

Further information on parking

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

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'678'115E 1'210'853N
DD
47.044112, 8.466572
DMS
47°02'38.8"N 8°27'59.7"E
UTM
32T 459479 5210204
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • 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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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
easy
Distance
2.1 km
Duration
0:45 h
Ascent
21 m
Descent
139 m
Highest point
1,454 m
Lowest point
1,316 m
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