Pilatus – Alpine Outpost

Station Krienseregg

Station Krienseregg

Kriens - Blick auf Pilatus

Kriens - Blick auf Pilatus

Blick auf die Rigi, Luzern, Kriens, Horw, Bürgenstock, Schweiz, Berge, Luzern Allmend Hochhäuser

Blick auf die Rigi, Luzern, Kriens, Horw, Bürgenstock, Schweiz, Berge, Luzern Allmend Hochhäuser

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.

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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.


Altitude: 2119m
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), Fondue enjoyment on the Pilatus incl. return journeys in winter
Overnight stays: Hotel Pilatus-Kulm: 27 modern rooms
Groups: Restaurant Queen Victoria 120, Cheminée Saal 70, Dohlenstübli 30, 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–Krienseregg toboggan run
Special comments: The world’s steepest cog-wheel railway and trips from Alpnachstad to Pilatus through spectacular walls of rock.


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    I did the trip up Mount Pilatus years ago from Lucerne...we boarded a ship very early in the morning, the scenery was breathtaking!!! We arrived in Alpnachstad, and rode the cogwheeled train up the mountain. Goats and Cows everywhere, it was so charming and fun. The train let us off, and we hiked a bit further to reach the summit, where the trail was very steep at times... At the end of our time on Mount Pilatus, we rode a gondola car to an area where there was a huge Luge/sledding track, and we flew down at alarming speed!!! It was incredible. We took another gondola to the bottom of the mountain, and explored the village for the rest of the day! I HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone wanting a good time for little money!

    Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 8:15 PM

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