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 Lucerne BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $148
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $163
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $110
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Mt Pilatus Reviews
The best scenery in Luzern is very easy to reach: just take a cable car or cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus. It’s just SO beautiful, more beautiful than any other viewing platforms I’ve visited before... more »
We did the tour on our own from luzern to mount Pilatus. With all tickets included for bus, cogwheels and boat cruise it was a few hundred dollars each but a well spent full day and worth it... 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.
Super awesome mountain with insane views from the top! I currently live in the Rockies in the US so I was very excited to see the mountains in Switzerland. The views did not disappoint including this one. I was not expecting a train ride and great food at the top but I was nonetheless pleasantly surprised. The mountains in Switzerland are absolutely gorgeous and should not be missed!
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