The Rigi Ridge Hike




13.49 km long
difficulty: difficult
condition: difficult
Great panorama
  • 05:00 h
  • 848 m
  • 536 m
  • 1,134 m
  • 1,647 m
  • 513 m
  • 13.49 km
  • start: Mountain Station Brunnen - Urmiberg
  • destination: Rigi Kaltbad

Urmiberg - Gaetterlipass - Rigi Burggeist - Rigi Scheidegg - Unterstetten - Rigi Kaltbad 

This beautiful hike begins with some strenuous ascents to Rigi Scheidegg. On the route of the former Rigi-Scheidegg railway leads you to Rigi Kaltbad.

Arrived at the mountain station of the cable car Brunnen - Urmiberg, this tour leads you first over the gently curved southern ridge of the Rigi. The lakes of Zug and Lauerz greet you from the valley, and the eastern Alps with the Saentis massif sit enthroned on the horizon. This first exhausting section leads you from Gaetterli to Rigi Scheidegg, where you are rewarded with a fantastic 360° panoramic view. 

On the second section you will cross romantic hills and meadows. The lake route leads into the rock path, which leads you along the vertically sloping Nagelfluhwand and offers spectacular views of Lake Lucerne. The final passage from Rigi First to Rigi Kaltbad is on the route of the former Rigi-Scheidegg Railway.


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


Urmiberg (1196 m) - Gottertli (1395 m) - Gätterlipass (1189 m) - Rigi Burggeist (1551 m) - Rigi Scheidegg (1656 m) -Hinter Dosse (1546 m) - Unterstetten (1451 m) - Rigi Kaltbad (1436 m)

Tour information

  • Stop at an Inn


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


Mit dem PW auf der A4 Richtung Brunnen. Danach Richtung Gersau (Umfahrungsstrasse Brunnen) bis in die Hopfräben fahren.


There are parking spaces avaliable direct at the Station Urmiberg. Fees apply.

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

Arrival conveniently by train and bus:

By train to Brunnen. Then take the bus in the direction of Gersau. Get off at the Urmiberg stop.

Click here to timetable

Additional information




Gäste-Service Rigi / Schwyzer Wanderwege


Schwyzer Wanderwege


After the strenuous ascents, you can indulge yourself with local specialities at the mountain guesthouse Rigi Burggeist or Rigi Scheidegg.


Getting there
The Rigi Ridge Hike
6423 Seewen