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Discover Switzerland - Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus is one of the main Attractions of Central Switzerland and is located 14 km to the south of Lucerne. 

Towering over the City of Lucerne and Lake Lucerne, also known as the Vierwaldstättersee, the views from the top of the mountains are some of the most unforgettable experiences one can have of Switzerland.


Its name comes from the Middle Ages when the Lucerne mayors forbade traveling on the mountain because they thought his slopes were haunted by Pont's Pilate's ghost. Even for many years after the ban was lifted, few people were brave enough to climb the mountain.


Today, climbing the mountain is one of the most popular climbing expeditions in Switzerland. The best way to get there is by using the Cable Car from the Village of Kriens or through the Railways, more specifically the Cogwheel Train, operating from Allpnachstad.

The Cogwheel Train climbs from Alpnachstad to the top and is a railroad with one of the world's largest slopes that travels at a maximum of 48 degrees - the coolest train ride you can ever have!


Most visitors decide to use both of them, one on the way up and another back to Lucerne.

For an even better experience, it is recommended to go a step further, and on your Trip to Pilatus also include the Boat trip on Lake Lucerne.

This is known as The Golden Roundtrip and is also available as a Tour and Excursion, either from Lucerne or Zurich.


Activities on Pilatus

On top of Mount Pilatus, you will find the Pilatus Kulm Hotel, a 3-star Hotel offering views like hardly any other Hotel in Europe.

Restaurants, Bars and shops are also to be found on Mount Pilatus, as well as several hiking Trails which are very popular with hikers and nature lovers from around the world.


How to get to Mount Pilatus

As elsewhere in Switzerland, you can get a single ticket which will cover the whole Pilatus trip, tickets can be purchased at Pilatus Bergbahnen and unfortunately are not available online.

The Prices to Pilatus from Kriens or Alpnachstad start at 72 CHF for Adults and 36 CHF for Children.

Owners of Swiss Travel Pass will get a 50% discount. Full Price List can be found here.

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