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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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  • Took train from Brunnen to Lucerne. Bought tickets for mt Pilatus which included the train to the cogwheel train then return to Lucerne via gondola and bus. We had tea and snacks at the summit. It....  more »
  • September, no snow, but definitely a place to visit even before the ski season has started. The cable car(s) to the top provide some lovely views of the local area and good views looking back to...  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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