Auf dem Bild sieht man schöne Berge und ein bewölkter Himmel. Man sieht den Vierwaldstättersee. Verschiedene Bäume und einen Wald sind zu sehen.

Rigi Chestnut round trip

A scenic cruise and delightful walk from Gersau to Vitznau

Combine a relaxing cruise on Lake Lucerne with an idyllic countryside ramble. This exciting excursion starts with a journey by boat from Lucerne to Gersau, letting you enjoy the tranquility of the water and the stunning Alpine views. You arrive in the historic town of Gersau and then embark on an inspiring stroll along the shores of the lake and around the foot of Mount Rigi to Vitznau. The well-marked and well-maintained walking trail will take you past old chestnut trees and through lush fields. Much of the walk is on level terrain, though there are some gradients as well. Once you arrive in Vitznau, you may take the boat back to Lucerne. Refreshments are available on our ships or ashore.

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Ein Panoramabild von der Rigi aus beim Känzeli. Auf dem Bild sieht man den schönen Vierwaldstättersee. Mit blick auf das Stanserhorn, Bürgenstock und Pilatus.

More about the Rigi Trail

Hiking trail

This popular walking trail and hiking path is famous for its grand old chestnut trees and follows the foot of Mount Rigi from the south side to the north. The entire path leads from Brunnen along Lake Lucerne to Immensee on the banks of Lake Zug, circling around the world famous «Queen of the Mountains». Along the entire trail there are numerous scenic vantage points and beautiful spots in nature.

Auf dem Bild sieht man eine wunderschöne Aussicht auf den Vierwaldstättersee und den Pilatus. Man sieht die Region Weggis und Vitznau.

Route of the round-trip

Lucerne - Gersau - Vitznau - Lucerne

We recommend the 10:12 boat departure from Lucerne, which arrives at Gersau at 11:45.

The nature walk from Gersau to Vitznau will take about 2.5 hours. The first part of the walking trail takes you through fields and forests. After a while you will reach the «Menschenacher'' vantage point at an altitude of 750 m above sea level. From this beautiful panoramic spot you will have great views of the lake and the surrounding scenery, including many of the most famous peaks in the region.

After the lookout, the trail features several inclines, taking you past Alpine flora and fauna. Once you reach Unterlinden the alignment is once again on level terrain, before entering Vitznau on the paved Gotthardstrasse. For this final stretch, you will be walking right along the banks of the lake, with fine views to the west. From Vitznau your most convenient connection back to Lucerne will be the 14:49 boat departure. 



Length of the walk from Vitznau to Gersau: 7.0 km

Duration of the total excursion: about 5 hours

Duration of the walk: about 2.5 hours

Vertical incline of the trail: 222 m

Vertical decline of the trail: 207 m

Gear: Proper walking shoes or hiking boots with matching clothing

Dates Daily, all year long
Duration About 5 hours
Route Lucerne - Gersau - Vitznau - Lucerne
Timetable Click here
Catering Depending on which boat departure you select, some ships offer a full restaurant service, others just have small snacks and drinks available.
Winter prices 11.12.22 - 28.02.23 Tickets in 2nd class:
With Swiss Half-Fare Card (Halbtax): CHF 31.50
Without: CHF 51.00

Tickets in 1st class:
With Swiss Half-Fare Card (Halbtax): CHF 48.50
Without: CHF 80.00

The Swiss Travel Pass, GA/AG Card and Junior Card are all valid!
Prices from 01.03.23 Tickets in 2nd class:
With Swiss Half-Fare Card (Halbtax): CHF 31.50
Without: CHF 63.00

Tickets in 1st class:
With Swiss Half-Fare Card (Halbtax): CHF 48.50
Without: CHF 97.00

The Swiss Travel Pass, GA/AG Card and Junior Card are all valid!
Group For all group reservations, please give us a call at our main telephone number +41 (0)41 367 67 67 or use our electronic contact form
Reservation Online bookings can only be made through the use of a credit card and for a maximum of 9 people.

Frequently asked questions

This varies, depending on the time of the year.

Summer & autumn: 18.10

Spring & winter: 17.49


Yes, it is possible to make this round-trip during all four seasons. Our boats operate 365 days a year on Lake Lucerne.

The walking trail from Gersau to Vitznau is not ideally suited for either wheelchairs or buggies, as part of the alignment is not paved and only on natural terrain. Our ships are fully accessible though for both wheelchairs and buggies and there are plenty of other suitable itineraries on and around Lake Lucerne that are barrier-free.

It is possible to purchase drinks and small snacks on all of our ships, while our larger vessels even offer a full dining service in the attractive onboard restaurants. Enjoy typical Swiss hospitality as you gently glide over the lake! You will also find pleasant countryside restaurants and cafes in both Gersau and Vitznau. For the actual walk through nature between Gersau and Vitznau, we recommend that you bring along some bottles of water.

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