Option: from above track to
For experienced Hikers!
Seeboden to Rigi Kulm by Abeggenhuettli, Baenderweg
("Kroki3.pdf" 106 kB)
The downloadable map shows a selection of lovely hiking
||The Rigi mountain chain as seen from the Schwyz area
Chraebel-Daechli: (1 hour) By this new,
marvelous section of track, hikers have got a interesting starting point
for a range of Rigi tours: Hikers with private car can park almost directly at
the hiking track, train users may skip the lower part (Goldau-Chraebel) of the track which
is Bitumen road.|
Scheidegg: The comfortable way to reach
Scheidegg is by using the cable car from Chraebel (above Goldau). The easy walking track
from Scheidegg to Unterstetten, Rigi First, Kaltbad used to be a railway
Kaltbad has a Railway station with connections (red trains) to
Vitznau and Rigi Kulm. A cable car connects Weggis. The jetty in
Vitznau is next to the Rigi train station, so returning to Luzern by
(steam) ship is very popular.
Rigi First is a train stop too, with connections to Chraebel -
Goldau and Rigi Kulm (blue trains).
This hike is less known than the other ones. We're more or less
moving from west to east. Urmiberg
with "Timpel" and the small cable car from Brunnen allows a
spectacular view into the mountains of Schwyz, Uri and Nidwalden.|
Above route, starting in Brunnen, then proceeding to Timpel(Urmiberg)
and on by Gaetterli-Burggeist (below Scheidegg). Then following the
track to Fruttli or Kloesterli to the Train stations of Arth-Rigibahn.|
From Vitznau it's a steep climb on a
good walking track either directly to Kaltbad or by Hinterbergen/Unterstetten.
In summer you should start early in the morning. Afternoons can get a bit hot.
On the track by Hinterbergen you'll pass a path to the cave at Steigelfadbalm.
This cave was just a few thousand years ago inhabited by cave people. |
As an option, for Hinterbergen (www.hinterbergen.ch)
you may use the small cable car (a second cable car connects Wissiflue,
interesting tracks lead to Chaenzeli and Kaltbad. Nearing the upper
end, stairs are part of the steep but marvelous climb. |
|Seebodenalp: This plain is
not only popular as starting point for climbing Rigi, it's also a lovely place
just for strolling, maybe to Altruedisegg (www.ruodisegg.ch),
an almost flat, well kept gravel road. Access to Seebodenalp is easy, either by private car
(toll parking) or by cable car from Kuessnacht. The cable car station is about 500 m towards
|A Winter walk: Rigi offers some 35 Km of well prepared Winter walking
tracks as well ski slopes and Toboggan runs.|
steady climb to the top and to Rigi Staffel.|
Bull: Enjoying the hikes, the sights, the smells on Rigi might bring up some
memories, perhaps makes one dream...
Here is the story of a young bull that cheated his butcher...
Schwingfest: As on many mountains,
there are some festivity's going on, especially during the summer months.
An important event is the "Rigi Schwinget", wrestling in a
splendid arena-like spot at Rigi Staffel.
|Rigi Berglauf (Traegerlauf):
Traegerlauf: In the beginning of the development of mountain
tourism, Ladies were carried on chairs to the top of Rigi.
remembrance to this times and to the carriers ("Traeger"),
every year in August a championship is held:
a run from Arth to the top of Rigi, (although without sedans).
Distance 11.3 km, difference in altitude 1380 m.
The fastest make it in about 1 hour!
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Getting to Craebel
Private car: Exit "Goldau" on "A4" (from Zug,
that's shortly after the second tunnel), directly after exit there follows a
large parking lot on the right (toll), this is the parking with train stop
"A4", but proceeding straight on, at Chraebel
cable car station and Rigibahn stop "Chraebel", there is another large
parking (a lower and a upper lot), toll parking: CHF 5.- per 24 Hours (May 2007). The Hiking track
to Daechli begins just across the train tracks.
Train users: In the Zug "Tageskarte" Arth Goldau is
included. Treat yourself with a the short Rigibahn trip to Chraebel (two stops),
since the lower part of the road is Bitumen.
Chraebel - Daechli
track from Chraebel to the "old" Daechli track runs along the lower
shoulder of Chraebelwand. On the forest track a couple of small creeks have to
be crossed. A wooden bridge covers the ravine of the Rigiaa creek. The little
river has done quite a bit of work.
Daechli with the Terrace offers a superb
view down to the Zugersee, Arth, Goldau over to Walchwilerberg and to
Presently May 2007, Restaurant open Fr-Sun
Daechli, a choice of various tours:
| To Rigi Kulm (3 hrs) by
or by Resti, Gruenholz, Schwaendi, Chaesernholz, Kulmhuette (at Chaesernholz
Gruobi Fireplace and shelter);
|to Staffel (2 hrs) by Kloesterli,
Des Alpes |
or by Kloesterli, First;
| to Scheidegg (2.5 hrs) by Fruttli, Rothenflue
Allmig, Roemer-Huette, Obermatt, Hinterdossen|
or Kloesterli, Unterstetten;
| to Kaltbad (2 hrs) by Kloesterli,
or Hinterdossen (3.5 hrs; by scenic "Seeweg" or former rail track).
Somewhat below Scheidegg, beautifully located, is Burggeist (Restaurant,
Rooms). Directly from the Restaurant a Cable car runs to Gschwaend, above
On the way from Chraebel to Daechli, crossing Rigiaa gorge:
Opening the small door reveals the picture of a potential sponsor and
Account for contributions:
|Snow mountains, Uri Rotstock
||On the road Scheidegg - First
Here is a proposal for an easy, enjoyable route. There are a couple of
restaurants where you can rest and enjoy the sights. The "Wanderweg"
is well marked (yellow signs). There are a couple of different routes.
|Zug - Arth Goldau (train)
|Chraebel-Scheidegg (cable car)
|Scheidegg-Unterstetten-First-Kaltbad (easy route)
From Zug to Arth Goldau it's a lovely train ride along Zugersee.
The main route from Scheidegg is a well kept
gravel road. It used to be the railway track. An alternative track is uphill, passing
the little church and a Restaurant.
Later the grass track, after a descent, joins the other road.
At Goldau, Rigibahn is at one end of the SBB station, in a building
across the railway line. Get off the train at Chraebel (second stop after Goldau) for the
car to Scheidegg. Usually the lower station is not occupied. Check timetable on the wall. Before
departure time is up, or if there are at least 8 people, ring the telephone
bell on the wall or inside the cable car and enter the cable car (the cabin
door will close automatically). Ticketing is at upper station.
At this junction, to the left, there is a smaller
path which follows the lakeside of the hill Dossen. With good shoes this
is a track (Bergweg) with fantastic views over lake, alps and into the mountain
Walking on the main track you will soon pass the old
rail road tunnel. At Unterstetten, the two tracks merge again.
After passing Unterstetten (Restaurant) and "First"
(Restaurant and short track to Rigibahn station "First") you reach
Kaltbad, a small mountain village with shop, Restaurants and hotels. There is
also a cable car to Weggis. Here you meet the other Rigibahn track down to
Vitznau (terminating near the ship station).
If you are a romantic, there is a chance to pick a steam
ship. On Vierwaldstaettersee there is a whole fleet of renovated
steamships. At Luzern pick any train with direction Zurich. All the trains will stop in
If you prefer to use your car:
Take A4 (direction Gotthard).
- After Exit, on main road turn right. After 50 meter turn right again (sign "Rigi").
After another 50 m there is the large parking lot and train station for
Rigi Bahn (subject to toll).
- Instead of the mentioned parking, drive on, up to the lower station of the cable
car Chraebel-Scheidegg with parking (toll).
In order to get back to your car:
Shorten the route at "First" and catch the Rigibahn there (10
min from Restaurant).
Alternatively: at "First" climb the hill (Rotstock) and catch
the train at "Staffel".
As another option, walk on to Kaltbad and from there, either by train or
walking, get to "Staffel" and then by Rigibahn down to the
Of course, there are also walking tracks down to the parking lots.
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|Scheidegg - Urmiberg
|Zug-Arth Goldau (SBB or Bus)
Arth Goldau-Chraebel (Rigi-Bahn)
|Chraebel-Scheidegg (cable car)
|Urmiberg-Brunnen (cable car)
or Boat to Luzern
Leaving the cable car station at Scheidegg, we use the gravel road that brings
us soon to the turnoff for Burggeist/Gaetterli.
At Burggeist (Restaurant and
cable car to Gschwaend above Gersau, www.gersau.ch) we'll choose the lovely hiking track to the
left, towards Gaetterli. It follows the rim of the Rigi mountain, allowing
Rossberg and the rock wall caused by the landslide of 1806 is to our left. A bit
to the South the Mythen peaks dominate the view. In front of us is Rigi Hochfluh with
Vitznauerstock (for some it's the Gersauerstock) to the right.
At Soeren we
choose again the track to the left. We're still following the rim. The track is
crossing some patches of forest. The walking is very comfortable, the descent is
Finally we reach Chellensack and after 100m on the Bitumen road
we're at Gaetterli. The Restaurant is well known and there must be thousands
of people who have celebrated here, stayed over night in the
dormitory's, perhaps even slept.
For people looking for a challenge, the
climb of Rigi Hochfluh can be recommended. But be warned, the track is very steep and the
shoes should have a good grip.
The track to Urmiberg is to the left,
almost flat. After Rohrboden the road is ascending steadily. We circumvent
rocky Rigi Hochfluh.
Rigi Hochfluh, Scheidegg, Kulm
At Egg we reach the point where the sight opens to
the South. For Gottertli we can choose the track right up the grass hill,
or proceed on the road. At the turn off for Timpel it's the other short
climb to Gottertli with a superb view.
Fronalpstock, Seelisberg, Niederbauen
The last part to Timpel and the
Cable car station is at first rather flat, then there follows a steeper
descent. The Restaurant right at the cable car station offers a fantastic
view into the mountains of Central Switzerland and the Urnersee.
Alternatively we may use the track down to Brunnen
by way of lovely little Restaurant Baerfallen. See baerfallen.ch.vu
and keep your finger ready on the sound control. There is a video-view of
the panorama as well. With slow modems the flashes need some time for
How to get to Baerfallen from Brunnen:
From Brunnen Railway Station pass "Migros Markt". Next road left
direction "Wilen" and over the wooden bridge. Then turn left
(don't go towards Wilen) and walk upwards towards Doerfli. After some 30
Minutes you reach the end of the Bitumen road. Now a serpentine track (10
turns, then left) brings you in another 30 Minutes right into Baerfallen.
Always keep left. (Translation from Baerfallen Site)
|Zug - Brunnen (SBB)
|Brunnen SBB Stn.-Urmiberg Cable car Stn.
|Urmiberg Cable car to Timpel
Walk to Timpel
|Fruttli or Kloesterli - Goldau (ARB)
Goldau - Zug (SBB or Bus)
Link to active map:
From Brunnen Railway station walk along the local Shopping
Center to the covered wooden Bridge over river Muotha. On the other side
of the river, follow the road downriver or use the footpath on the Dam, to the Base station
of Urmiberg Cable car.
The climb to Timpel is, all the way, pretty steep and takes about 2
From the top station it's another climb to Gottertli, with
fantastic view and a resting place with shelter (a Gruobi) and fireplace.
From here to Gaetterli it's an easy walk.
Gaetterli-Burggeist asks again for some climbing, but then with the short ascent
from Burggeist to Kaltbad-Scheidegg road we're done.
The track Hinterdossen to Fruttli by Roemerhuette and
Rothenflue Allmig is steeper and for the most part a "Bergweg",
while the track Hinterdossen to Kloesterli, (also by Roemerhuette) is a
cart track and quite comfortable.
Remark: The sign post near Roemerhuette doesn't show the track to
Kloesterli (27.5.08) and because it's just a Grass
track it can easily been missed: it runs slightly to the left, almost flat,
but after 50 m the track is clearly visible.
After Burggeist of course the alternative is to climb up to Scheidegg for
the Cable car to Chraebel with the connection to Art Rigi Bahn.
At Hinterdossen instead of using the steeper track down to
Roemerhuette, stay on the Kaltbad-Scheidegg road, comfortable but a bit
longer. Then some 50m after the Tunnel-Exit a short, although initially steep, small gravel road takes off down to Roemerhuette. This descent is
then the one mentioned above.
From Gaetterli, or from Burggeist by Cable car, down to Gschwaend.
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Map: Wanderkarte Luzern Pilatus und Umgebung 1:25000 (part
"Hinterbergen" unfortunately is not on the map)
Here a route that is a bit more demanding then the Scheidegg route. The "Wanderweg"
is well marked (yellow signs and white/red/white markers).
||Vitznau, Buochserhorn, Stanserhorn
|Vitznau (ship, car)
|Vitznau (ship, car)
If you want to cut part of the rather steep ascent, there is
a small cable car 300 m from the Vitznau jetty/Rigi Bahn station to
(Another cable car at the same place goes up to "Wissiflue",
another lovely spot).
The path to Schwanden-Gaebetswil is quite steep, but well kept and well signed.
The views are great.
Two other options are: Gaebetswil-Hinterbergen and St.Antoni-Hinterbergen,
both paths beginning near the two cable car stations. (Hinterbergen is on the eastern verge of the map, Chriesbaumberg).
Above the last houses, at Schwanden, we have the choice of following the track straight
on to Kaltbad, or to turn right towards Gaebetswil/Wissiflue.
Turning right, this narrow track is leading into the forest and is sometimes hardly
recognizable, but every now and then there are red/white markers.
Gaebetswil is a fine lookout.
We follow the sign "Steigelfadbalm / Hinterbergen". After 20 Minutes there is a sign and a short track to
"Steigelfadbalm" with a cave in which about
10'000 years ago cave
people used to live (20 Minutes return). There is another, larger
cave at Gruobisbalm, on the way to Kaltbad (train stop).
We follow the track to
From Hinterbergen (lovely Restaurant overlooking the lake)
the steep track proceeds on to the Alp Gletti. Soon the path crosses the alp meadows and all the
sweat is forgotten, the sight fantastic, - and hardly climbing anymore.
Where the path merges with the track "Seeweg" Scheidegg - Kaltbad we turn left towards Unterstetten
Unterstetten near the high bridge is a Restaurant which seems to be
glued on to the rocks. On the terrace, under the old maple trees you have a
breathtaking view over the lake into the mountains.
From Unterstetten we may follow the "Felsenweg" high above the
lake or, by choosing the right track, the old railway track. On this track an old Railway car
(private) can still be seen.
At "First" we have the option of taking the train down to Goldau
(the railway station is a
short and easy walk from the Restaurant) or proceeding to
Kaltbad for the train down to Vitznau. Of course, there are also walking
Kaltbad is a small mountain village with shop,
Restaurants and hotels. There is also a cable car down to Weggis.
|Rock wall with cave
View from the cave over the lake
|Steigelfadbalm: About hundred
years ago this cave was discovered. There is prove, that this cave has
been inhabited by cave people. Obviously the cave has also been used by
The place here is still a good
shelter against weather and intruders - and the view is beautiful. At the time
of the Cave People there was probably a
glacier or two nearby. The alps are a relatively young mountain chain
Don't expect a big tourist attraction. A small board on the rock wall
is telling some facts. A fireplace proves that the place is popular also
for the people of today.
Another reminder of the Ice Age you can find in
the city of Luzern. At the Gletschergarten you see glacier mills. There is
also an interesting photomontage showing Hofkirche at that time.
Cave at Steigelfad
you were fascinated too by the novel (4 books) of Jean M. Auel: "The Clan of
the Cave Bears", "The Valley of the Horses", "The Mammoth
Hunters", "The Plains
of Passage". Now here is the cave to the book (although Ayla's cave
was some thousand miles to the east).
The novel takes you by the hand and gives you the opportunity to watch the
live of a baby girl in the Ice age growing up and living in different
parts and with different peoples.
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A good starting place for hikers with car is the parking at the cable
car station (toll).
From there the first part is on the Bitumen road, ascending to Zingeli.
It's also a tiny part of the "Rigi Lehnenweg" covering the lower
part of Rigi from Kuessnacht by Weggis - Vitznau to Gersau.
Shortly after the track coming up from Weggis is cutting the Bitumen road,
the hiking track is turning off to the right. After a wide bow the
comfortable small road hits the edge of woods. For a while the trail runs
now along that shady vegetation.
At Tannenberg there would be a short track up to Mueseralp.
Unfortunately due to severe slides the tracks presently is destroyed and
therefore closed (June 2006). The Info - board proposes to continue to
Schlierberg - Raeb. That's accepted, but nevertheless I chose the long
detour by Gaellen to Mueseralp.
At Mueseralp there are two options, whereby Geissrueggen will cause
some more sweat:
Steiglen path with a couple of stairs:|
A look ahead tells us what's to be expected: a pretty steep climb in
the rock walls! But it is worth the sweat. The reward is some
fantastic but safe climbs and fantastic vistas.
|The track by Geissrueggen: |
The first part from Mueseralp is to the left, straight up along the forest
Somewhat to the left there is a "Findling", an erratic block
that was transported by the former Reuss glacier and was left on the
present place some million of years ago.
Looking up, about 50 m ahead, the white of a Wanderweg sign is
visible along the rim we're ascending. After the alp-hut Mueseralp
the track remains steep and still follows a straight line. Finally at
the marker "1238 m" the path makes a sharp right turn to the
rock wall. In the forest now and with a couple of stairs we're in for the final climb
A popular Restaurant is right
at the cable car station and a rural summer Restaurant at Altruedisegg. Once on
Rigi there are many options for extended walks and a couple of Restaurants too.
If you came by public transport, you may choose to descend to Weggis, Vitznau or
If you want to use your car, you can drive up to Seebodenalp and park the car
there (parking fee about Fr 3.- /6 hrs).
||Nostalgia train and Pilatus, at Rigi-Staffel
The first part of the proposed route is more or less flat until Altruedisegg.
Then the track is leading steady upwards until you reach Chaenzeli. From there
it's a short, flat piece to Kaltbad. For Staffelhoehe/Staffel it's another short
climb (30 min), but you're rewarded with pretty views.
|Zug-Rotkreuz-Kuessnacht (train, bus)
|Kuessnacht-cable car (walk)
|Seebodenalp-Kuessnacht (cable car)
|Rigi Chaenzeli (15 Min. from Kaltbad) is a beautiful lookout.
Alternatively there is a steeper route from Seebodenalp to Rigi Staffel. From the Cable car or
parking the path leads to the rocky face of Rigi Kulm. The walk to Rigi Staffel
takes about 1.5 hrs. From Staffel there are many options, e.g. to Kulm, to
First, to Kaltbad, down to Goldau, Vitznau.
From Staffel to Kulm there is a Bitumen road (45 min) along the two
railway tracks. But you've got an
alternative as well (1 hr). Take the road along the Kiosk and the
Restaurant. After about 150 m on the Bitumen road, a track on the left leads
smoothly up to Kulmhuette. The sign reads "Alpweg" and "Rigi
Kulm". From Kulmhuette it's a short, although a bit steep
gravel road up to the peak.
Ca 2.5 hrs
There are more then 35 km of prepared hiking tracks for normal hiking
boots (I usually have my spike bands with me). Flat sections or ones
with a slope may be chosen.
This walk starts at the Rigi Bahn stop "First-Kaltbad" (or
"Woelfertschen") on the Goldau Line. Almost flat, the path runs
along the southern slope of Rotstock and in less then 15 Minutes we're at
"First". The view over Lake Lucerne to the mountain chain from
Gitschen over Uri-Rotstock and Titlis to the Berne alps and on to Pilatus is
Directly at the Restaurant ("Baerenstuebli") the
runs a bit above and parallel to the "main road", although
first there is a short climb.
After some 15 Minutes, near Restaurant "Bergsonne", a
shortcut brings us to Kaltbad village with Rigi Bahn Station, Restaurants
and the cable car to Weggis.
From there, on a almost flat track we reach Chaenzeli with a superb view into
alps and a large part of the "Mittelland".
to Staffelhoehe and Staffel (45 Min), the road is now ascending quite
a bit, but we're awarded with extraordinary views.
At Staffel, the descent to Kloesterli is a bit steeper (40 Min). An
alternative may be to rent a Toboggan, (there are separate tracks for
Skiing, tobogganing, hiking), or
proceed up to Kulm (45 Min) and use the train to Goldau.
(2.5 h) This hike is marked as "Kulm Trail" from Kloesterli
by Staendli-Unterschwaendi-Oberschwaendi-Chaeserenholz-Kulmhuette-Rigi Kulm. It is also a winter trail.
From the station at Kloesterli we start down the road,
passing the chapel and over to the Ski lift Staendli. Then, on the other
side of creek (Rigiaa) we proceed down to the turnoff on the left with the steep
climb towards Schwaendi.
The trail is for the most part on good gravel road.
It's a steady climb over alpine meadows. Between Oberschwaendi (Schochenhuette) and
Chaeserenholz we're mainly on a grass track. At Chaeserenholz, the
"Gruobi" invites for a rest. During Alp time, cheese (produced
here) and other products are available in the Alp hut nearby.
For the part Kulm to Staffel- Railway station I chose the way back to
Kulmhuette and then turning right for a pleasant walk, passing the
"Gruobi" (=resting place) at Schinenfluh on the way to Staffel.