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. 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 $127
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $107
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Silver Round Trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $89
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Mt Pilatus Reviews
I was surprised to see so much snow in May. The wind and snow made for a unique experience. I was not expecting it to be as cold as it was; it is a good idea to bring an additional coat or warm pants ... more »
We went racing off to Mt. Pilatus early in the morning because the web cams said it was clear. Sadly by the time the bus dropped us off at the road the winds up to the gondola, it was too late. Clouds... more »
What an amazing place! beside the snow and the panoramic view, you can have a trip in the frozen forest. Fantastic adventure. There also some playground and attractions for kids. Recommend to have Swiss pass so it will be free tour with the car cables.
It is really an amazing cable car experience there... I visited the place in April and the experience was amazing... There was a time when I was literally above the clouds... Seeing some ravens and feeding them when I was at the peak was an amazing and rare experience too...
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