Today’s walk starts at the Rigi Kulm train station just below the 1791m summit. To reach Rigi Kulm, take the cable car from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad (around 10min journey time). Here you will change and take the cog railway (the stuff of Swiss chocolate box images), to Rigi Kulm train station (12 min journey).
If you are feeling energetic, you can walk from Rigi Kaltbad to Rigi Kulm. Walking time would be around 60 minutes with around 300m of ascent over 3km. The climb is steady and although well paved, is uphill all the way. The route does give excellent views across to the lake and you will walk close to the train tracks in parts so you will get to see the train travelling up and down the mountain. A steep, testing walk with excellent views, there are plenty of rest stops on the way up to Rigi Kulm. Please see seperate map/GPS track for this option.
On arrival at Rigi Kulm Station, take time to enjoy the far reaching views across the rolling green alpine valleys, over the lake and to the distant snowy peaks. From here, your route descends on a wide gravel track (be careful of the loose surface), through farms, alpine cafes and via the villages Rigi Klosterli, Rigi First, finishing at Rigi Kaltbad where you will return by cable car to Weggis. A superb day of walking which encompasses the engineering feats of Swiss mountain travel, stunning mountain views and plenty of opportunities to sample locally produced alpine cheese gives you the perfect taste of Switzerland’s mountain culture.
Always be prepared for a change in conditions and do wear weather appropriate kit. Always carry enough food and water with you and personal kit that is necessary to your well being. Good, sturdy walking shoes are required and if you usually walk with poles, you may like to use these today.
The routes are well marked and generally in very good condition. Much of the descent today will be on gravel tracks, so be careful of loose stones underfoot. You will be walking through fields where cows and other livestock graze. Although docile, do keep your distance and walk calmly when passing through fields of cows. Be vigilant of cows when passing cows with calves.
You will walk through hillside villages and along country and farm roads. Please always be mindful of traffic, especially on sections that have no pedestrian footpath.
Point of Interest
1) Rigi Railways. If you're a rail afficionado or not, the feat of Swiss engineering is mightly impressive. Taking passengers up Rigi Kulm since 1871, the cog railway takes just under 15 minutes from Rigi Kaltbad to under the summit of Rigi Kulm (1797m). Cute red carriages steadily climb up the mountainside, taking you back to an era when this was cutting edge travel.
2) Mineralbad and Spa Kaltbad. If you want to rest and relax after your walk there is no better way than to book into the Mineralbad and Spa hotel in Kaltbad. You don't have to be an overnight guest to use the facilties. You can select various packages, depending on your preference. Bathe in soothing waters with panoramic views of the alps. For prices and reservations you can contact the hotel http://www.mineralbad-rigikaltbad.ch/oeffnungszeiten.asp
3) Alpkaeserei Chesereholz Around a km from begining your walk, this farmhouse and cafe offers great views from their terrace and an extensive menu of locally produced cheese. With the majority of todays walk downhill, you've plenty of time for a long lunch of goats and cows cheese before walking it all off.
This tour is available on the following itineraries:
Always check the weather before leaving Weggis. You will ascend 1300m by cable car and train to reach Rigi Kulm and therefore expect a change of conditions on arrival at Rigi Kulm. It's always useful to pack extra wind and waterproof layers along with sun protection. Do wear clothes comfortable for walking, ones which have quick drying properties are excellent in very hot or wet conditions. Good footwear is essential. A good sturdy walking shoe will suffice but you may prefer to wear boots. You may also like to use walking poles today to help soften some of the descents on the knees.
Do take a supply of food and drink with you and any necessary medication, together with a very simple first aid kit.
Please refer to the kit provided in your information pack for a list of other suggested items.
Lastly - don't forget your maps and route notes!