High alpine path from Rigi Kaltbad to Urmiberg


Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi

Mt.Rigi offers a cornucopia of hikes but the hike from Rigi- Kaltbad to the Urmiberg is one of the prettiest and most popular ones. One can glean up to four lakes simultaneously, as well as a splendid alpine panorama. Along the way, cozy mountain inns offer snacks and meals.

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Technical information

Starting point: Rigi-Kaltbad
Destination: Aerial cable-car Urmiberg
Return from Urmiberg to Brunnen by aerial cable-car. There, take the bus to Vitznau and take the cogwheel train up to Rigi-Kaltbad
Walking time: 4 h 10 min
Season: June through October
Altitude difference/Condition: 370 m ascent and 670 m descent / intermediate to difficult
Place to eat: Rigi-Kaltbad, First, Scheidegg, Burggeist, Gätterli, Urmiberg


The high alpine route begins quite flat, as it leaves Rigi- Kaltbad in direction of Rigi-Scheidegg. Be sure to take a look at Lake Luzern deep below. At the Hinter Dossen turn left, always hiking towards Rigi-Scheidegg. This area is quite busy if the weather is good. From here on, follow the directional signs indicating Brunnen/ Urmiberg. At the "Gätterli" the trail forks off to the Urmiberg cable-car, which is built right into the cliff. Once more, one gets a great view of Lake Uri and the Uri Alps before the small aerial cable-car hits Brunnen on the shores of Lake Luzern.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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