Once a legendary mountain associated with dragons, today the Pilatus is a popular excursion point, viewing platform and place of adventure at the door to Lucerne. And 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 rail and a cableway on the north side unite Kriens with Pilatus Kulm.
High ropes park and the longest toboggan run on the Fräkmüntegg, rock gallery, ibex observations and short hikes to the Tomlishorn as well as newly renovated Hotel Pilatus-Kulm add further adventure to scenic excursions to Lucerne’s home mountain above lovely Lake Lucerne.
The “Golden Round Trip” by boat from Lucerne, on the red cog railway and back by cable car is considered a classic tour.
Gondola railway 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
Attractions: Secure rock path to Oberhaupt, Esel and Tomlishorn; high ropes park and summer toboganning on the Fräkmüntegg
Culinary aspects: Evening summit-rendezvous in summer (from Alpnachstad)
Overnight stays: Hotel Pilatus-Kulm: 27 modern rooms and 3 Suites
Groups: Restaurant Queen Victoria 120, Cheminée Saal 70, Dohlenstübli 36, sun terrace 200, Restaurant Bellevue 160 places
Large and small seminar rooms with modern infrastructure
Winter: Cableways travel to Kriens in winter (taking over from the cog wheel train); Fräkmüntegg–Kriens toboggan run
Special comments: The world’s steepest cog-wheel railway and trips from Alpnachstad to Pilatus through spectacular walls of rock.