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The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
6.9 km
Travel time
2 ½ h
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Der Wanderweg am Dossen.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Tunnel am Dossen.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Der Wanderweg verläuft auf der Alpstrasse.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Überbleibsel der Bahnverbindung First-Scheidegg.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Wegpartie bei Unterstetten.
Photo: Erhard Gick, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Viadukt Unterstetten
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Verzweigung Unterstetten
Photo: Rita Baggenstos, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
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 Woelfertschen-First station and follows the route of the former Rigi-Kaltbad-Scheidegg railway. Many contemporary witnesses recall this historical 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 by 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 are your constant companions.

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, visit one of the alpine restaurants are also a good choice. The route to your destination Rigi-Scheidegg remains diversified, exciting and picturesque.

For your information 

You can find the current operating status of the railways and hiking trails here here.

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

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Woelfertschen-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 profiled hiking boots or trakking boots, rain coat, drinks, food and walking sticks, when possible.

Author’s advice

I highly recommend a refreshment break in the Restaurant Unterstetten, where you have a magnificent view over Lake Lucerne.

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Good to know

Parking

At Rigi mountain railway stations (Goldau and Kraebel) there are parking spaces available for a fee.

However, we recommend you to arrive by public transportations instead of cars: just 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 Kraebel.

Arrival / Return journey

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 mountain railway station within 5 minutes, which will take you to the Rigi Wolfertschen-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: difficult

During the last 300 metres there is a gradient of approx. 14%. An accompanying person is recommended.