The Rigi Classic

Winter Hiking
4.1 km
Travel time
1 ½ h
The Rigi Classic
Photo: Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Classic
Richtung Staffelhöhe
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unbekannt
The Rigi Classic
Rigi Kulm
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unbekannt
The Rigi Classic
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unbekannt
The Rigi Classic
Rigi Staffel
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unbekannt
The Rigi Classic
Staffel Richtung Staffelhöhe
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unbekannt
Rigi Kulm – Staffel – Staffelhöhe – Känzeli – Rigi Kaltbad

Discover the winter magic of the Rigi now. This route is very popular with hikers of all ages. You will march steadily downhill and cover more than 300 metres in altitude.

This effortless mountain hike offers magnificent views over the Central of Switzerland up to the Black Forest and the Vosges mountains. Let yourself be enchanted by those spectacular views of Lake Lucerne and Lake Zug. What awaits you is a high entertainment with minimal effort, as the path leads steadily downhill. Attention: Possibly road closes between Staffelhöhe and Chänzeli by bad weather. The panoramic view from the Känzeli vista point is also simply fantastic. Queen Victoria of England was already there in 1868 and praised the majestic panorama.


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
Winter Hiking
Starting point
Rigi Kulm
Point of arrival
Rigi Kaltbad (via Känzeli)
2 / 6
15 m
325 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, April, November, December
Rigi Kulm (1797 m) – Staffel (1604 m) – Staffelhöhe (1565 m) – Känzeli (1464 m) – Rigi Kaltbad (1436 m
Safety information
Please always follow the marked winter hiking trails.

The hiking trail between Staffelhöhe and Chänzeli is not prepared.

High profile hiking boots or trakking boots, rain jacket, drink, food and possibly walking sticks.
Author’s advice
Hot sausages in the cold snow? Thanks to the covered fireplaces, make the winter barbecue fun also possible by icy temperatures and in snow.
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Good to know

At all Rigi valley stations and Goldau A4 Rigi railway station, you will find parking spaces at a fee.

Further information on 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
A4 highway, take the exit Küssnacht am Rigi, follow the signs to Vitznau

A4 highway, exit Goldau, follow the signs to the A4 parking of the Rigi Railways

Accessible by bus and train
Public transport
Rigi Kulm, the starting point of the hike, is easily accessible via Vitznau or Goldau with the cog railway.

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