The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section

Hiking Trail
6.4 km
Travel time
approx. 2 ½ h
Tour details
Tour details
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Welch traumhafte Aussichten beim Rigi Felsenweg.
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Fotograf Gaudenz Danuser, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Es erwarten Sie traumhafte Ausblicke.
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Viadukt Unterstetten
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Schwyzer Wanderwege
The Rigi Panorama Path, Rigi First - Rigi Scheidegg section
Auf der Wanderung geht es entlang dem Felsenweg.
Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Schwyzer Wanderwege

Rigi First – Unterstetten – Hinder Dossen – Rigi Scheidegg

This hiking trail starts at the Rigi Woelfertschen-First station and follows the route of the former Rigi-Kaltbad-Scheidegg railway. Many contemporary witnesses recall this historical railway. 

This mountain trail along the former Rigi-Kaltbad-Scheidegg railway is very popular and beautiful. Hike leisurely over the mighty railway bridge Unterstetten and experience a piece of railway history. You will pass by an old couch, which today in use as a holiday residence, a short tunnel and a water filling station for the steam locomotives. The magnificent panorama of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains are your constant companions.

Rich green hills, wild meadows and interesting rock formations line the path. The magnificent panorama with its dazzling lakes and sublime Alps in the background looks like out of a painting. On the way you will find lovely resting places and fireplaces to linger. If you prefer a cosy break, visit one of the alpine restaurants are also a good choice. The route to your destination Rigi-Scheidegg remains diversified, exciting and picturesque.

For your information 

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

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Woelfertschen-Rigi First Station
Point of arrival
2 / 6
245 m
72 m
Best Time of Year
May, June, July, August, September, October

Rigi First (1453 m) – Unterstetten ( 1451 m) – Hinder Dossen (1546 m) – Rigi Scheidegg (1656 m) 

Safety information
The path is closed in winter

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

Author’s advice

I highly recommend a refreshment break in the Restaurant Unterstetten, where you have a magnificent view over Lake Lucerne.

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Good to know


At Rigi mountain railway stations (Goldau and Kraebel) there are parking spaces available for a fee.

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

Further information about how to get there and parking

Wheelchair-accessible parking spaces are available in Goldau and in Kraebel.

Arrival / Return journey
A4 highway - exit Goldau 
Accessible by bus and train
Public transport
Arrival is convenient by public transport. Click here to timetable


The hiking ticket for this hike includes the following train journeys:

  • from Kräbel to Rigi Scheidegg with the cable car
  • from Wölfertschen to Kräbel with the cogwheel train

The timetables of the Rigi Railways can be found here.

Further information & links

Requirements for wheelchair users: difficult

During the last 300 metres there is a gradient of approx. 14%. An accompanying person is recommended.