About Mount Rigi walking
Beautiful Mount Rigi is perfect for enjoying walks with scenic views over the lake and surrounding mountains.
Find some of our favourites below or click here for the main Rigi information page.
Rigi Kaltbad - First - 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.
Time: 35 minutes - Distance: 2.1km - Altitude: 1,433-1,485m - 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 form of spa therapy which now lives on in the modern Mineral Baths and Spa. 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.
Time: 30 minutes - Distance: 1.4km - Altitude: 1,433-1,465m - Level: Easy
Rigi Staffel – Kaltbad – First – Felsenweg
This nature tour offers both stunning views and fascinating insights into the diverse plant life and geology of Mount Rigi. During the flowering season, around 200 species of plants are signposted on the side of the walking trail, some of which are incredibly rare. A free floral trail brochure with plenty of pictures is available from the Rigi Bahn valley stations and the Tourist Information Centre in Kaltbad. Between Kaltbad and First, there's an information board explaining how the 'Queen of the Mountains' was formed. On this part of the trail the typical Mount Rigi rock - Nagelfluh - is clearly visible.
Time: 2 hours - Distance: 7.3km - Altitude: 1,314-1,603m - Level: Easy
Rigi Kulm – Staffel – Seebodenalp
This pleasant descent from the summit of Mount Rigi is one of the most popular walking trails on the 'Queen of the Mountains'. It features a captivating view of the Alps and the Swiss plateau, yet isn't excessively strenuous even though from Rigi Staffel onwards the path becomes very steep. Back in 1868, this route was even completed by Queen Victoria – albeit on horseback. Take a break when you reach Seebodenalp, before you catch an aerial cable car back down to Küssnacht.
Time: 1½ hours - Distance: 4.3km - Altitude: 1,021-1,752m - Level: Moderate
Klösterli - Schwändi - Chäserenholz - Rigi Kulm
A more challenging route for hikers. From the pilgrimage site at Rigi Klösterli with its beautiful baroque chapel, the trail climbs steadily towards Alp Schwändi. The path lies below the tree line and is frequently shaded by the mountain forest. At Chäserenholz the alpine herdsmen sell their full-bodied Rigi cheese and there's a covered picnic area where you can take a well-earned break and enjoy the majestic panoramic view. Tackle the final ascent to Mount Rigi's highest peak, where your efforts will be rewarded by a 360° view of the Swiss plateau and the Alps.
Time: 1½ hours - Distance: 3.7km - Altitude: 1,294-1,752m - Level: Moderate
Weggis - Felsentor - Kaltbad - Staffel - Rigi Kulm
This route was formerly used to reach the summit from Weggis before Europe's first mountain railway was built in 1871. Mark Twain was among the many early visitors to walk this trail. He describes the three-day climb in his book 'A Trip to Mount. Rigi'. The ascent is at times quite steep and there are 8 information boards where you can catch your breath and read about the author and his trip. The path through Felsentor is particularly romantic, with massive rocks rising up from the forest floor. From Kaltbad, the trail winds its way to the summit at 1,800m above sea level.
Time: 5 hours - Distance: 10.4km - Altitude: 440-1,798m - Level: Difficult
There are a number of ways to reach Rigi, including cruising to Weggis, Goldau or Vitznau, with onward connecting cable car/train journeys to your walk start point.
Please note that the Weggis-Rigi Kaltbad cable car is closed mid April-mid May and for the first 2 weeks of November.