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. Put Mt Pilatus on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lucerne travel route builder app.
Tours to Mt Pilatus
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $177
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Self-Guided Mt Pilatus Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $119
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Mt Pilatus reviews
High recommend visiting the mountain, so many great activities and the cable car was amazing especially with kids. We were lucky enough to have hardly anybody up there at the same time, so it felt... more »
Hi, yesterday we visited Pilatus via Alpnachstad to Kriens. It was a wonderful trip. However there are some down side point to consider. 1. The SBB ticket is not your ticket until up to Pilatus... more »
An adventure not to miss in this lifetime. One of the most beautiful places on earth. Breathtaking, magical, beautiful from start of trip to get there to the trip back down. Incredible. Wow. The train ride alone makes this trip worthwhile. A hidden gem in this world. Transportation in Europe is made easy to get around and to get to places in general. I will be back with even more excitement and awe and look forward even more to seeing these spectacular views once again.
Amazing views, paragliding, mountain birds, mountain cable cars climbing up the mountain one after one fr the tunnel below! Another thing must not missed, thought only few staircase steps will reach the top round n round the mountain footpath without the rod is another challenge but not scary just a bit loose stones here n there! Once you up there you feel proud n happy, just enjoying the view! Surrounding magnificent view make you feel like you are at Himalayan rather than Switzerland!
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