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Mt Pilatus, Lucerne
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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. Put Mt Pilatus into our Lucerne holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lucerne.
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  • 72 for up and down? This is one of the most expensive cable cars where I was. Is probably the excessive tourism. Very bad. Mount Pilatus and the views themselves are beautiful, no question.
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  • Departure from Kriens (parking on site). HS COG train as heavy snowfall the previous days. High price (chf 72 / adult) but worth if view unobstructed, so check weather and webcam directly on the website.
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  • This is a trip well worth it. Take the trouble to climb to the peak. You won't be disappointed. Even for us oldies, it is possible. We could not see much due to fog, but the experience will not be for...  more »