Easily accessible by public transport from Lucerne, Mount Pilatus is the ideal adventure mountain for the entire family.
The world’s steepest cog railway starts its climb at Alpnachstad and tackles a maximum gradient of 48 percent, thereby passing forests, meadows and rock faces. On the north side, a gondola cableway and an aerial cableway connect Kriens to Pilatus Kulm.
With the new aerial cableway Dragon Ride, guests are practically flying up to Pilatus. It takes the cableway a mere 3.5 minutes to reach Pilatus (2073 m a.s.l.) from the intermediate station Fräkmüntegg (1416 m a.s.l.). Thanks to spacious seating, a cockpit-like structure and large windows, the cableway offers a unique view of Lucerne and its lake.
|Altitude:||2073 m a.s.l.
|Arrival:||Gondola from Kriens (Lucerne) via Krienseregg to Fräkmuntegg, aerial cableway to Pilatus Kulm or cog railway (only during summer) from Alpnachstad (boat or railway from Lucerne) to Pilatus Kulm
|Timetable:||Operates year-round, although the cogwheel train operates only during the summer season.
|Travel duration to summit:||app. 40 mins
|Attractions:||Rock trail and secure tracks to Oberhaupt, Esel and Tomlishorn; rope park and summer toboggan run Fräkmüntegg
|Food & beverage:||Evening summit rendezvous in summer (from Alpnachstad), Restaurant Krienseregg and Restaurant Chalet, Hotel Pilatus-Kulm
|Specials:||The world’s steepest cog railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus (48 % gradient), spectacular passage “Eselwand”.
Reduced rate mountain rail ascent with the Swiss Travel Pass/GA travelcard. Buy your tickets on arrival at the station.
4 to 8 hours (full day)
Children, Families, Groups, Individual, Couples