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The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
6.9 km
Travel time
2 ½ h
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg
Der Wanderweg am Dossen.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg
Tunnel am Dossen.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg
Der Wanderweg verläuft auf der Alpstrasse.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg
Überbleibsel der Bahnverbindung First-Scheidegg.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg
Wegpartie bei Unterstetten.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg
Viadukt Unterstetten
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg
Verzweigung Unterstetten
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg
Luftseilbahn Kräbel - Rigi Scheidegg
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
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Rigi First – Unterstetten – Hinder Dossen – Rigi Scheidegg

This hiking trail starts at the Rigi Wölfertschen-First station and follows the route of the former Rigi-Kaltbad-Scheidegg railway. Many contemporary witnesses recall the old railway.

This mountain trail along the former Rigi-Kaltbad-Scheidegg railway is very popular and beautiful. Hike leisurely over the mighty railway bridge Unterstetten and experience a piece of railway history. You will pass an old couch, which today in use as a holiday residence, a short tunnel and a water filling station for the steam locomotives. The magnificent panorama of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains is your constant companion.

Rich green hills, wild meadows and interesting rock formations line the path. The magnificent panorama with its dazzling lakes and sublime Alps in the background looks like out of a painting. On the way you will find lovely resting places and fireplaces to linger. If you prefer a cosy break, the alpine restaurants are also a good choice. The route to your destination Rigi-Scheidegg remains diversified, exciting and picturesque.

Hints

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
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Wölfertschen-Rigi First Station
Point of arrival
Rigi-Scheidegg
Difficulty
Easy
Condition
2 / 6
Ascent
245 m
Descent
72 m
Best Time of Year
May, June, July, August, September, October
Directions
Rigi First (1453 m) – Unterstetten ( 1451 m) – Hinder Dossen (1546 m) – Rigi Scheidegg (1656 m) 
Equipment
High profile hiking boots or trakking boots, rain coat, drinks, food, possibly walking stocks.
Author’s advice
I have to recommend a refreshment break at the Restaurant Unterstetten, where you have a magnificent view of Lake Lucerne.
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Good to know

Parking
 At Rigi stations (Goldau and Kräbel) there are parking spaces available for a fee.

However, we recommend public transport instead of cars: lean back, enjoy and do something good for the environment.

Further information about how to get there and parking

Wheelchair-accessible parking spaces are available in Goldau and in Kräbel.

Arrival / Return journey
Via A4 highway, exit Goldau 
Accessible by bus and train
No
Public transport
Arrival is convenient by public transport. Click here to timetable

Travel barrier-free: from Arth-Goldau railway station you can reach the Rigi trainstation within 5 minutes, which will take you to the Rigi Wölfertschen-First stop. For transport with the Rigi Bahn, you must register at least 1 hour in advance (Tel: +41 (0)41 399 87 87). Special couches available for groups of up to 20 wheelchairs. The staff will be happy to help you get in and out.

Further information & links
Requirements for wheelchair users: heavy

On the last 300 metres it encounters a gradient of approx. 14%. An accompanying person is recommended.