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    From Immensee to Weggis on the Rigi Lehnenweg

    Immensee - Küssnacht a. Rigi - Greppen - Weggis

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    From Immensee to Weggis on the Rigi Lehnenweg

    Immensee - Küssnacht a. Rigi - Greppen - Weggis

    Published on 04.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk

    The Rigi Lehnenweg is a very charming and relatively easy walk parallel to the Küssnacht arm of Lake Lucerne that gives you a very nice taste of this pastoral landscape. The trail takes you through meadows and farms and orchards and right past the farm buildings where on occasion you might even be able to buy some local produce directly from the farmer.

    If starting the walk on the Immensee side, you always have Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus in your sights, until you come out above Weggis for a stunning panorama view of Mount Bürgenstock and the Nidwalden Alps. The walk ends at the boat dock in Weggis where you can catch a bus home or continue with a boat ride on Lake Lucerne.

    The area between Immensee and Küssnacht is of historical interest because allegedly it was here (in the Hohle Gasse Alley) that the legendary William Tell ambushed the tyrannical Austrian Governor Gessler, which eventually led to the formation of the Swiss Confederacy. From Immensee train station it is about a 10-minute walk to this alley, or if coming by bus from Küssnacht you can access it at the “Immensee, Hohle Gasse” bus stop. In either case, there is a very nice interactive talking display (near the main road) in several languages summarizing the history of this alley and the historical chapel (built around 1530).

    Along the route as you approach Küssnacht are the Gesslerburg Ruins, allegedly the former residence of said tyrannical Governor.

    If there is little snow in winter, then this walk/hike can be done all year round.



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    Published on 04.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 19.11.2014

    Route Details 

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    Central Switzerland
    Time Required
    2 hours 45 minutes
    10 km
    300 m
    330 m
    Season Start / Season End
    January - December
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Bone Mill and Gesslerburg Ruins in Küssnacht, Hohle Gasse and William Tell Chapel in Immensee
    Starting Point
    Immensee Train Station
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Weggis Boat Station
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Alpenhof above Küssnacht a.Rigi

    Route Description 

    Best suggestion is to download and print the elevation map and follow the trajectory. The following summary is approximate only. Most of the trail is marked "Rigilehnenweg"

    00:00 Start at Immensee Train Station.

    00:10 Arrive at the Hohle Gasse Chapel. Descend along the covered path to the information pavilion for the history on the area, then return to the chapel. Follow the trail marker to Küssnacht (?)

    00:20 Reach the farm road junction at the power line tower. Turn right and follow the Rigilehnenweg signs to Küssnacht.

    00:40 Reach the old Bone Mill in Küssnacht (bones ground for glue and bonemeal). From here you can take a detour up the small hill to view the Gesslerburg Ruins, allegedly the home of the tyrannical Austrian Governor Gessler, the notorious nemesis of the legendary William Tell. At the mill, continue up the road away from the lake.

    00:55 Alpenhof Restaurant. This is a very nice Alp Restaurant with reasonable priced food, especially the salad bar and the ice cream (large portions).

    01:45 Reach the Chestnut Park in Greppen. Continue in the direction of Weggis.

    02:40 Reach Weggis Boat Station





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