The Rigi Schwändi Trail

Winter Hiking
3.6 km
Travel time
1 ½ h
The Rigi Schwändi Trail

Rigi Klösterli – untere Schwändihütte – Schwändi – Alp Chäserenholz – Rigi Kulm

A short hike, which has it in itself. Over a distance of about 4 km you will climb almost 500 metres.

This challenging route is suitable for mountain climbers who like to take a mountain walk. From the pilgrimage site of Rigi Klösterli, with its Baroque chapel worth seeing, the path leads steadily uphill to Alp Schwändi. On Chäserenholz you should definitely visit the local alpine dairyman and try his tasty Rigi cheese. The idyllic Alpbeiz invites you to take a well-earned break. Enjoy the view of the snow-covered mountain peaks before tackling the last ascent.

Finally you reach Rigi Kulm, the highest point of the Rigi, where the panoramic view of the Mittelland and the Alps will reward the efforts of this summit tour.


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 Klösterli
Point of arrival
Rigi Kulm
5 / 6
486 m
23 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, December

Rigi Klösterli (1302 m) – untere Schwändihütte (1409 m) – Schwändi (1473 m) – Alp Chäserenholz (1577 m) – Rigi Kulm (1797 m

Safety information

Please always follow the marked winter hiking routes.


High profile winter equipments: hiking boots, rain coat, drinks, food, possibly walking stocks.

Author’s advice

In the Chäserenholz alpine farm I enjoy a piece of Rigi cheese and a cup of fine coffee.

GPX Download

Click on the altitude profile

Good to know

At the Goldau A4 station of Rigi railways there are parking spaces available for a fee.

Further information about how to get there and parking

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

Arrival / Return journey
Goldau: A4 highway, exit Goldau, follow the road sign to car park A4 of Rigi Railways
Accessible by bus and train
Public transport
Rigi Klösterli, the starting point of this hike, is easily accessible via Goldau with the Rigi Railway.

Click here to timetable

Further information & links

In the Chäserenholz alpine farm I enjoy a piece of Rigi cheese and a cup of fine coffee.