The Classic Rigi Tour

Winter Hiking
2.9 km
Travel time
approx. 1h
Tour details
Tour details
The Classic Rigi Tour
Photo: Gäste-Service Rigi
The Classic Rigi Tour
Richtung Staffelhöhe
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unknown
The Classic Rigi Tour
Rigi Kulm
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unknown
The Classic Rigi Tour
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unknown
The Classic Rigi Tour
Rigi Staffel
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unknown
The Classic Rigi Tour
Staffel Richtung Staffelhöhe
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Unknown

Rigi Kulm – Staffel – Staffelhoehe – Kaenzeli – Rigi Kaltbad

Discover the winter magic of the Rigi now. This route is very popular for the hikers of all ages. You will march steadily downhill and go over more than 300 metres in altitude.

This leisure mountain hike offers magnificent views over the Central of Switzerland up to the Black Forest and the Vosges mountains. Let yourself be enchanted by those spectacular views of Lake Lucerne and Lake Zug. What awaits you is a maximal pleasure with minimal effort, as the path leads steadily downhill. Attention: Possibly road closures between Staffelhoehe and Chaenzeli by in unfavorable weather conditions. The panoramic view from the Kaenzeli vista point is simply fantastic. Queen Victoria of England has visited there already in 1868 and praised the majestic panorama.

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 inspired from 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 Kulm
Point of arrival
Rigi Kaltbad (via Kaenzeli)
2 / 6
312 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, April, November, December
Rigi Kulm (1797 m) – Staffel (1604 m) – Staffelhoehe (1565 m) – Kaenzeli (1464 m) – Rigi Kaltbad (1436 m)
Safety information

Please always follow the marked winter hiking trails.

The section between Staffelhoehe and Chaenzeli is not trail-prepared.

High profiled hiking boots or trakking boots, rain jacket, drink, food and walking sticks when possible. 
Author’s advice
Hot sausages in cold snow? Thanks to the ceiled fireplaces, which make the winter barbecue-fun also possible by icy temperatures and in snow.
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Good to know


At all Rigi valley stations and Goldau A4 Rigi railway station, you will find parking spaces at a fee.

Further information on parking

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

Arrival / Return journey

A4 highway - exit Küssnacht am Rigi - Vitznau

A4 highway - exit Goldau - A4 parking Rigi stations 

Accessible by bus and train
Public transport

Rigi Kulm, the starting point of the hike, is easily accessible from Vitznau or Goldau with the cogwheel train by Rigi Mountain Railways.

Click here to timetable