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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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  • It is possible to take the train or walk (walk) to reach the Summit. There is a beautiful view of
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  • Breathtaking views! Good ski slopes, Alpine restaurants and different kinds of sports. Really great!
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  • Rise a foot from eigenthal 1 h 50 or via train or cable car, and you get has an amazing top good restaurant and hotel impressive for sunrises
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  • Really nice view, even that it was cloudy but you could see the rest of the peaks around. It's very peaceful up there. The restaurant at the top didn't have too many options but there is another one before you reach the top that seems to be better
  • very beautiful place, must visit if you come to Lucerne
  • THIS WAS AMAZING. The view is 10/10. Have a beer on top and enjoy. Too bad they closed the gondolas for repair the week i was there! Recomended
  • Coolest place I've been. Took the Cog train up and gondolas down on the golden express ticket. Easily worth it.
  • Breath taking views. I would highly recommend this to anyone. The hike up to the highest point is something you should definitely consider once you arrive.