77 Rigi–Reuss–Klettgau
77 Rigi–Reuss–Klettgau

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Rigi–Reuss–Klettgau

Stage 1, Brunnen–Rotkreuz

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Rigi–Reuss–Klettgau

Motorway noise gives way to a nightingale’s song, reeds sway gently on lovely Lauerzersee lake, overgrown landslide boulders in the animal park, trains run to a precise timetable at Arth-Goldau railway station and huge villas may be admired on Zugersee shores.
Magnificent hotels were built in Brunnen during the Belle Époque era, which now serve as a reminder of the beginning of tourism. Because the eastern shore of Lake Uri was once too steep for a road, travellers had to take a boat to reach Flüelen. Much has changed since then. Whether for the better, is another matter entirely. In any event, despite regular traffic jams, it is faster to take the road (Axenstrasse) to Flüelen than a boat. This section of the tour leads away from Lake Lucerne right from the start. You cross the Muota River on the way to Lake Lauerz with Grosser and Kleiner Mythen towering over you. Some say that the noise from the motorway couldn’t possibly spoil the amazing views of lake and mountains, but – unfortunately – this is not quite true.

Still, some things never change. With Mt. Rigi and Rossberg mountain in the background, you now continue riding through one of Switzerland’s most spectacular and interesting moorlands. The way the lake area with its extensive reed meadows interrelates with the traces remaining from the Goldau landslide of 1806 is an impressive sight, according to the information panel in the Sägel-Schutt nature reserve on Lake Lauerz. If you listen carefully as you make your way through the reeds you may hear the squawk of a tree frog or possibly the twittering of a siskin. Perhaps you might even see a large red damselfly zip by. But none of that at the Arth-Goldau train station. There is too much activity going on at this lively traffic hub. Train travellers look forward to their trip to the south or to a ride on the Arth-Rigi cog railway, which will take them to the “Queen of the Mountains”. On the other side of the station are the Nature and Animal Park Goldau and the landslide museum. Beside the Italian museum in Plurs, it is the only one of its kind in Europe. The building was constructed in 1956 and documents the natural disaster where over 450 people and countless animals died. The showpieces of the small museum, if that’s what you want to call them in the face of such a tragic event, are three topographic models showing the valley before and after the accident (note the opening hours).

There is nothing like that on Lake Zug. It is also a bit warmer here and with a more Mediterranean feeling. Screeching gulls, black gleaming cormorants, graceful swans, and wealthy people. All of them appear to be at home between the lake and “Shadow Mountain”, as Mt. Rigi is sometimes called. A little further on you come to Immensee with its charming old town centre. The last section, now with slight ups and downs again, leads up to Meierskappel. You can catch some lovely views of Lake Zug on the way. And when you finally zoom down to Rotkreuz, look at all the Swiss flags flapping in the wind.
Motorway noise gives way to a nightingale’s song, reeds sway gently on lovely Lauerzersee lake, overgrown landslide boulders in the animal park, trains run to a precise timetable at Arth-Goldau railway station and huge villas may be admired on Zugersee shores.
Magnificent hotels were built in Brunnen during the Belle Époque era, which now serve as a reminder of the beginning of tourism. Because the eastern shore of Lake Uri was once too steep for a road, travellers had to take a boat to reach Flüelen. Much has changed since then. Whether for the better, is another matter entirely. In any event, despite regular traffic jams, it is faster to take the road (Axenstrasse) to Flüelen than a boat. This section of the tour leads away from Lake Lucerne right from the start. You cross the Muota River on the way to Lake Lauerz with Grosser and Kleiner Mythen towering over you. Some say that the noise from the motorway couldn’t possibly spoil the amazing views of lake and mountains, but – unfortunately – this is not quite true.

Still, some things never change. With Mt. Rigi and Rossberg mountain in the background, you now continue riding through one of Switzerland’s most spectacular and interesting moorlands. The way the lake area with its extensive reed meadows interrelates with the traces remaining from the Goldau landslide of 1806 is an impressive sight, according to the information panel in the Sägel-Schutt nature reserve on Lake Lauerz. If you listen carefully as you make your way through the reeds you may hear the squawk of a tree frog or possibly the twittering of a siskin. Perhaps you might even see a large red damselfly zip by. But none of that at the Arth-Goldau train station. There is too much activity going on at this lively traffic hub. Train travellers look forward to their trip to the south or to a ride on the Arth-Rigi cog railway, which will take them to the “Queen of the Mountains”. On the other side of the station are the Nature and Animal Park Goldau and the landslide museum. Beside the Italian museum in Plurs, it is the only one of its kind in Europe. The building was constructed in 1956 and documents the natural disaster where over 450 people and countless animals died. The showpieces of the small museum, if that’s what you want to call them in the face of such a tragic event, are three topographic models showing the valley before and after the accident (note the opening hours).

There is nothing like that on Lake Zug. It is also a bit warmer here and with a more Mediterranean feeling. Screeching gulls, black gleaming cormorants, graceful swans, and wealthy people. All of them appear to be at home between the lake and “Shadow Mountain”, as Mt. Rigi is sometimes called. A little further on you come to Immensee with its charming old town centre. The last section, now with slight ups and downs again, leads up to Meierskappel. You can catch some lovely views of Lake Zug on the way. And when you finally zoom down to Rotkreuz, look at all the Swiss flags flapping in the wind.
31 km
Asphalted: 30 km
Natural surface: 1 km
320 m | 340 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Brunnen
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main roads Lauerz, Goldau–Arth–Fischchratten and Ellbögli–Flänn
Diversion, Ingenbohl
Duration
25.07.2022 - 31.05.2023
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Rotkreuz
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Services

Accommodation

Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Brunnen
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Brunnen
City-Hotel
City-Hotel
Brunnen
Chlosterhof
Chlosterhof
Brunnen
Ferienhof Rüti
Ferienhof Rüti
Morschach
Hirschen Backpackers.Hotel.Pub...
Hirschen Backpackers.Hotel.Pub...
Schwyz
be und mee - bed and breakfast
be und mee - bed and breakfast
Rigi Kaltbad
Kollers-Hoftreff
Kollers-Hoftreff
Meierskappel
Hotel Garni an der Reuss
Hotel Garni an der Reuss
Gisikon
Aparthotel Rotkreuz
Aparthotel Rotkreuz
Rotkreuz
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Places

Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Brunnen
Brunnen
Morschach
Morschach
Schwyz
Schwyz
Arth-Goldau
Arth-Goldau
Rigi
Rigi
Küssnacht am Rigi
Küssnacht am Rigi
Rotkreuz
Rotkreuz
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Places of interest

Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Swiss Holiday Park
Swiss Holiday Park
Rütli
Rütli
Aussichtsparadies Stoos-Fronalpstock
Aussichtsparadies Stoos-Fronalpstock
Rotenflue cable car
Rotenflue cable car
Forum of Swiss History Schwyz
Forum of Swiss History Schwyz
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
Goldauer Rigiweg (Goldau–Rigi Kulm)
Goldauer Rigiweg (Goldau–Rigi Kulm)
Rigi Railways
Rigi Railways
Rigi rope park
Rigi rope park
Hohle Gasse
Hohle Gasse
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Swimming

Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Hünenberg lido
Hünenberg lido
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Signalization

Signalization
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