Rigi

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Rigi
Rigi-Kulm
Sign on top of the Rigi mountain.jpg

Lauerzersee.jpg
Rigi behind Lake Lauerz
Elevation1,798 m (5,899 ft)
Prominence1,290 m (4,230 ft)[1]
Isolation13.1 km (8.1 mi)[2]
Location
Rigi is located in Switzerland
Rigi
Rigi
Location in Switzerland
LocationSchwyz, Switzerland
RangeNorth-Eastern Swiss Alps
Coordinates47°03′24″N 8°29′08″E / 47.05667°N 8.48556°E / 47.05667; 8.48556Coordinates: 47°03′24″N 8°29′08″E / 47.05667°N 8.48556°E / 47.05667; 8.48556
Climbing
Easiest routeTrain and Cable-car
 
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For other places with the same name, see Rigi (disambiguation).
Rigi
Rigi-Kulm
Sign on top of the Rigi mountain.jpg

Lauerzersee.jpg
Rigi behind Lake Lauerz
Elevation1,798 m (5,899 ft)
Prominence1,290 m (4,230 ft)[1]
Isolation13.1 km (8.1 mi)[2]
Location
Rigi is located in Switzerland
Rigi
Rigi
Location in Switzerland
LocationSchwyz, Switzerland
RangeNorth-Eastern Swiss Alps
Coordinates47°03′24″N 8°29′08″E / 47.05667°N 8.48556°E / 47.05667; 8.48556Coordinates: 47°03′24″N 8°29′08″E / 47.05667°N 8.48556°E / 47.05667; 8.48556
Climbing
Easiest routeTrain and Cable-car
Rigi 3D
Postcard from Rigi (1906).

Rigi is a massif in central Switzerland. It is also known as the "Queen of the Mountains." The highest peak at 1,797.5 meters is the Rigi Kulm, easily accessible by public transport. It offers many activities such as skiing or sledging in the winter, and hiking in the summer.

Peaks[edit]

Name of peakHeight above sea (in meter)Canton
Rigi-Kulm1,797.5Schwyz
Rigi Hochflue1,698Schwyz
Rigi Dossen1,685Lucerne/Schwyz border
Rotstock
Rigi Scheidegg

Etymology[edit]

The name "Rigi" comes from Riginen which is the stratification that is clearly visible on the north-side of the mountain and is one of the identifying characteristics of Mt. Rigi. During the early days of tourism in the Alps, it was said that the name came from the Latin Regina montium-"Queen of the Mountains", this however is not accurate, as the first known use of Riginen dates back to 1384. The oldest known naming of the mountain at all is from 1368: in pede montis riginam ("at the feet of mount Rigina".)

Transportation[edit]

There are multiple public transportation options available to ascend Mt. Rigi:

Recreation[edit]

Mt. Rigi offers an area for recreation and sports measuring approximately 90 square kilometres (35 sq mi) offering a variety of well-maintained walking trails or mountain hikes where visitors can have a panoramic view of 150 km (93 mi) from various marked points. There are also numerous public grilling stations located near the hiking trails.

Mt. Rigi is also a perfect destination for people practicing winter sports and other winter recreation activities. The following equipment can be rented at Sport Center in Rigi Kulm: airboards, toboggans, snowshoes, walking sticks. Gloves, ski caps, socks, ski goggles and more can be purchased at same location.

Trails
Snowshoe trails1.5/3/4.5 km
Winter trails35 km
Cross-country ski run7 km
Airboarding/Tobogganing
Airboard run3.6 km
Toboggan run Kulm-Staffel4 km
Toboggan run Kulm-Schawandi3.6 km
Ski/Snowboard area
Altitude1300–1800 m
Ski run, easy3.9 km
Entire ski runs9 km

Mt. Rigi in culture[edit]

Mt. Rigi has been featured in many works of art, including both paintings and literary publications. Perhaps the most famous paintings of the Rigi were a series by JMW Turner, including The Blue Rigi, Sunrise, several of which are in the collection of the Tate Britain art gallery in London.[3]

Mark Twain also visited Rigi during his tour of Central Europe in the late 1870s, and wrote about his travels in his "A Tramp Abroad." There is a Catskills resort called the Rigi Kulm in Abraham Cahan's novel The Rise of David Levinsky (1917).

Geology[edit]

Technically, the Rigi is not a part of the Alps, and belongs instead to the Swiss plateau. It is mostly composed of molasse and other conglomerate, as opposed to the Bündner schist and flysch of the Alps.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swisstopo maps
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is north of the Buochserhorn.
  3. ^ "The Blue Rigi, Sunrise, Joseph Mallord William Turner". Tate, London. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 

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