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Rigi Walking - Central Switzerland A selection of mountain walks

Rigi Kaltbad - Lower Firstweg - First - Upper Firstweg - Rigi Kaltbad


This easy walk goes from the village square in Kaltbad to Rigi First, with some of the walk on an asphalted track. Along the way, there are benches with lovely views and a playground; indeed the path is accessible for prams and wheelchairs. You should note particularly the Reform church designed by Zurich architect Ernst Giesel, the typical gompholite rock faces and an information point about the origins and geology of Mount Rigi. From the sunshine terrace in First, the idyllic upper Firstweg takes you back to Kaltbad… a lovely round trip that is not at all strenuous.


Walking time: 35 minutes          Distance: 2.1km 
Altitude: 1,433-1,485m              Level: Easy

Rigi Kaltbad - Lower Firstweg - First - Rigi Wölfertschen-First station


This easy summer walk on a level footpath offers relaxation and enjoyment. On the first part of the route, you'll be impressed by the fantastic view down to Lake Lucerne and towards the Alps, with permanently snow-capped peaks on the southern horizon. The broad path here follows the route of the former Scheidegg railway. Then from Bärenstube First, the path passes through a lightly wooded area with views of the two Mythen peaks, towering majestically over the Schwyz Valley. This walk is ideal for leisure walkers and is also easy to manage with a pram.

Walking time: 30 minutes          Distance: 2.1km 
Altitude: 1,433-1,480m              Level: Easy

Rigi Kaltbad - Känzeli Viewpoint - Rigi Kaltbad


At the start of this easy walk, the rock chapel is worth a visit. The Kaltbad spring gushes from a crevace in the rock here, and has been attracting tourists since the 16th century. It was the first and most Spartan form of spa therapy which now lives on in the modern Mineral Baths and Spa, stunningly designed by top architect Mario Botta. The level trail leads through lush woodland, past interesting rock formations and to the magnificent viewpoint of Känzeli. There a wonderful all-round view opens up of the Kreuztrichter (the central point of Lake Lucerne),  Lucerne itself and the majestic panorama of the Alps. In 1868, Queen Victoria visited this spot and described her enthusiasm in her diary.

Walking time: 30 minutes          Distance: 1.4km 
Altitude: 1,433-1,465m              Level: Easy


Rigi Kaltbad - Rigiland Playground - Känzeli Viewpoint - Rigi Kaltbad

Just below the aerial cable car station, the Rigiland adventure playground entices the youngest visitors to explore and enjoy a picnic here. You can enjoy a refreshing Kneipp walk in the Rigi spring water pool or a game of minigolf on the adjacent course. Walk to the Känzeli viewpoint for breathtaking views down on to Lake Lucerne. The level trail then takes you through the fascinating Grandwald with its mysterious rock formations. Watch ou for the shy Rigi 'Wildmannli', cheerful figures greeting you from beside the path. You can obtain a brochure containing magical stories about these quaint little chaps at the tourist office in Kaltbad.

Walking time: 30 minutes          Distance: 2.3km 
Altitude: 1,433-1,456m              Level: Easy

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More things to see and do in Central Switzerland

There are so many wonderful days out to enjoy in this beautiful area. There are incomparable mountain vistas to enjoy, leisurely cruises on a nostalgic paddle steamer, walks through stunning scenery and a whole host of fabulous journeys on mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars.

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