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. 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 .
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  • We were happy to get the ½ price cost for this with our Swiss Pass. The train was very efficient and not as concerning as we’d expected for two people who do not care for heights. . Its worth the trip...  more »
  • Went up on the Cog Wheel railway, steepest ever! Views at the summit were fantastic. Lovely cafe serving soup & sandwiches, wine, beers, soft drinks & hot drinks. Then back down on two types of cable ...  more »
  • The went here for the morning. We went early and had a great time. It is a little expensive to go up there but if you can do the whole day trip. The food cost at the top was good but just have coffee ...  more »
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  • Heaven on earth! So so beautiful
  • Superb place...unique cog wheel steepest railway. nice view points. Good binocular at peak.
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  • Great place to visit snow clad peak, very near to Luzern and very well connected. Great coffee at restaurant at the peak.
  • Breathtaking views. Gondolas, cable car, and can train highly recommended.
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