Stunning Hike, Scenic Cruise, Relaxing spa ... a day to remember
It is that time of the year when you would usually stay at home, hibernate, do a netflix marathon and devour sizeable quantities of home made popcorn with caramelized cinnamon & Grand Marnier topping (recipe available upon request) ... but not on this day.
As promised here a relatively easy hike with truly stunning views over the majestic Urner lake. This is one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland and our hike will take us to numerous viewing points.
Once we complete our hike 11km hike (elevation gain of 450m) that will take us 3,5 hours, we will hop on a cruise ship. During the 1,5 hours boad ride we will have the time to enjoy the turquoise waters, look upon the snow covered mountains views, eat our picnic lunch and mingle. There is also a restaurant aboard, for those who trust others with their food.
Once we arrive in Vitznau we will have a small walk before taking the iron horse (train) to the world famous Rigi Kaltbad (no worries it is a hot thermal spa), with steam bath, sauna, relaxation room, outdoor pool, whirlpool, .... after 2 hours of soaking in the various puddles, time to embark on the return journey back to Zürich.
Here the detailed itinerary:
08:30 Protected content
09:37 Hike alongside the Urner lake until Tellsplatte (3,5 hours)
13:16 Boat from Tellsplatte to Vitznau
14:49 Vitzau Harbor arrival then 26min walk to the Vitznau train station
15:15 Vitznau train station departure
15:33 Arrival Rigi Kaltbad (chill & relax for 2,5 hours)
18:00 Train from Rigi Kaltbad to Rigi Stafel 18:07
18:09 Depature Rigi Stafel
18:48 Arrival Arth-Goldau
19:13 Departure Arth-Goldau
19:51 Arrival Zürich HB
What to bring:
Swim suit, towel, change of clothes, picnic lunch, water, snacks & a smile at all times
What to wear:
Check the weather and dress accordingly, comfortable hiking shoes, rain stopper, light backpack, no live stock ...
Train/boat tickets required:
Zürich - Brunnen 13.50 CHF
Tellsplatte - Rigi Kaltbad 33 CHF
Rigi Kaltbad - Zürich 30 CHF
Check if there are special prices for a day pass available or a companion ticket since the total amounts to almost 75 CHF.
Please note: I consider the hike to be relatively easy, but we still need to go at a certain speed since we must catch the boat. This also means we will not stop for a break before 13:16. If you cannot control your stomach and want to break for lunch before 13:16, it will simply not happen. This hike will take place in all weather conditions (includes snowstorm, hurricanes and typhoons).
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