For panoramic views of Lucerne and the surrounding region, take the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the top of Mt Pilatus. During medieval times locals believed that a dragon lived at the summit of this soaring massif; several 17th-century accounts tell of a winged creature flying between the mount's caves. Today the towering mountain draws visitors with its walking trails, which range from extremely steep and challenging scrambles for serious adrenaline junkies, to easy hikes for everyone else. On clear days the hiking paths offer views that stretch as far as the Black Forest in southwestern Germany. You can also reach the summit by riding the aerial cableway or the panorama gondola, departing from the town of Kriens. The cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm only operates from mid-May till mid-November. The cable-car and gondola from Kriens up to Pilatus operates also in winter. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Mt Pilatus by using our Lucerne attractions planning website.
Tours To Mt Pilatus
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $171
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $115
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Mt Pilatus Reviews
The staff at the bottom of the mountain gondola station said that the hiking trails at the summit were open but once we reached the top, only 1 was open & another was open for about 50 yards... more »
My friends and I drove to the address of Pilatus given on our reserved tickets from Lucerne. We later realized this was a mistake, take the train/public transportation from Lucerne to Alpnachstad... more »
Words don't do Mt. Pilatus justice. The place is simply stunning. The gondola ride to the top was thrilling and beautiful. Once we reached the top, the views were second to none. Seeing the lake in the distance, the forest stretching away for miles. Seeing mountains jutting up on all sides. Sheer cliffs, falling over a thousand feet. It's definitely not for the faint of heart. Make sure you take the small path just past the hotel, the one that says "travel at your own risk". You won't regret it. The food up here was great too. Expensive, but great. If you're in the area, then you absolutely have to visit Mt. Pilatus.
Words cannot describe Mount Pilatus. This is a magical place to experience. The views are incredible. Check the weather before making the trip. If the weather looks good, don’t waste any time before heading up the mountain. You’ll want to spend a few hours at the peak just admiring the view.
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