Mt. Pilatus


Emblem of central Switzerland and home mountain to the town of Lucerne, that’s Pilatus – from where the scenic "Golden Round Trip" by steamboat, red funicular rail and cableway back to the start makes a memorable trip.

Once a legendary mountain associated with dragons, Pilatus today is a popular excursion point with viewing platform and place of adventure at the door to Lucerne.  Here the world’s steepest cog wheel railway runs from Alpnachstad through the woods, fields and walls of rock on a maximum 48 percent climb. Gondola and a cableway on the north side connect Kriens with Pilatus Kulm.

Altitude: 2119m

Accessibility: Gondola from Kriens (Lucerne) via Krienseregg to Fräkmuntegg, cableway to Pilatus Kulm

Cog wheel railway from Alpnachstad (boat or train from Lucerne) to Pilatus Kulm

View: Lake and town of Lucerne, Rigi, Bürgenstock, Titlis, Stanserhorn; Central and Bernese Alps


Secure rock path to Oberhaupt and short hikes to the Tomlishorn Tomlishorn;  High rope-park and the longest toboggan run on the Fräkmüntegg, rock gallery, Ibex observations

Culinary aspects: Evening summit-rendezvous in summer (from Alpnachstad), Fondue enjoyment on the Pilatus incl. return journeys in winter

Winter: Cableways travel to Kriens in winter (taking over from the cog wheel train); Fräkmüntegg–Krienseregg toboggan run