Panorama cross-country skiing trail

Cross-Country Skiing
8.6 km
Travel time
2 ½ h
Panorama cross-country skiing trail
Photo: Schwyzer Wanderwege
Panorama cross-country skiing trail
Photo: Schwyzer Wanderwege
Panorama cross-country skiing trail
Photo: Schwyzer Wanderwege
Rigi Kaltbad - First - Unterstetten - Rigi Scheidegg 

Cross-country skiers will find what is probably the most scenic trail in the northern hemisphere here on the Rigi.

The 7 km long, classically prepared cross-country trail takes you from Rigi Kaltbad to Rigi Scheidegg and follows by the mostly flat route of the former Rigi-Scheidegg railway. You will start at Rigi Kaltbad, where you can use deposit compartments and changing rooms. Via Rigi First you will reach Rigi Scheidegg after 7 kilometres. The panoramic views of the Alps, Lake Lucerne and the Schwyz basin are just breathtaking . A sporty treat for body and soul awaits you. You can rent the cross-country skiing equipment in the sport shop at Rigi Kaltbad.


You can find the up-to-date operating status of the railways and hiking trails here.

In order to let our next generation also enjoy the Queen of the Mountains, may we ask you to dispose of the waste at Rigi Stations. Thank you.

Technical details

Tour type
Cross-Country Skiing
Starting point
Rigi Kaltbad
Point of arrival
Rigi Scheidegg
3 / 6
248 m
37 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, December
Rigi Kaltbad (1436 m) – First (1453 m) – Unterstetten (1451 m) – Hinder Dossen (1546 m) – Rigi Scheidegg (1656 m)
Safety information
Please always follow the marked cross-country skiing trail.
Winter suitable cross-country skiing equipment, drinks. 
Author’s advice
At the end of the hike I recommend to take a refreshment with local products in the mountain inn Rigi Scheidegg and enjoy the wonderful view.
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Good to know

Parking spaces are avaliable at Rigi valley stations . Fees apply. 

Further information about arrival and parking

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

Arrival / Return journey
Take the exit Küssnacht from A4 highway, then direction to Weggis - Vitznau 

Take the exit Brunnen from A4 highway, then direction to  Vitznau - Weggis


Accessible by bus and train
Public transport
Rigi Kaltbad, the starting point of the hike, can be reached via Vitznau by cog railway or cable car from Weggis.

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