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Mt Pilatus, Lucerne

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Must see · Ski Area · Wildlife Area
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. Put Mt Pilatus on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lucerne travel route builder app.
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  • OMG, the view it is amazing! I wish we could stay longer but already took almost the last cable car down to the station. When we bought the tickets wheater was fine, before we got there it was...  more »
  • It is a must to make Mount Pilatus a mandatory stop in your itinerary if you're after spectacular views and a one-of-a-kind experience. There are so many things to discover when visiting Pilatus: you....  more »
  • Don't miss this if you are traveling to Lucerne!
  • Super views. Make sure to visit at least both peaks

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