The Rigi Goethe Path




5.90 km long
difficulty: medium
condition: medium
  • 03:00 h
  • 699 m
  • 117 m
  • 1,166 m
  • 1,797 m
  • 631 m
  • 5.90 km
  • start: Romiti Felsentor
  • destination: Rigi Kulm

Summit attackers watch out: this 600 meters of altitude difference require a certain hiking profile and good shoes.

Conquer the Queen of the Mountains in the footsteps of the great poet of world literature! The Rigi Railway takes you comfortably to the starting point of Romiti. From Rigi First, the mountain trail first leads over lush mountain meadows and then through beautiful mixed forests to heights with spectacular views. Above Kloesterli, where Goethe stayed, it crosses the Arth-Rigi railway line. The crowning ascent via Staffel to the Rigi summit follows, where the fantastic 360° panoramic view will make you forget any strain in no time. The poet-prince took the way to the summit on his first Swiss journey (1775) under his feet and was very enthusiastic. Come and let yourself convinced.

For your information 

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


Best season

depending on the weather


Romiti (1198 m) – Oeraebnet (1167 m) - First (1453 m) – Riedboden (1441 m) – Staffel (1604 m) – Rigi Kulm (1797 m)

Tour information

  • Cultural Interesting

  • Stop at an Inn

  • Summit


High profiled hiking boots or trakking boots, rain coat, drinks, food and walking sticks, when possible.


A4 highway -  exit Küssnacht -  direction to Weggis - Vitznau 

At Rigi Railway Vitznau station you will find parking spaces for a fee.

Further information about getting there and parking

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

Romiti, the starting point of this hike, is easily accessiable via Vitznau by cogwheel train. 

Click here to timetable

Additional information




Gäste-Service Rigi / Schwyzer Wanderwege


Schwyzer Wanderwege


This quiet hike is off from the mainstream, you will experience peace and relaxation.


Getting there
The Rigi Goethe Path
6356 Rigi Kaltbad