Mount Pilatus - Central Switzerland
A stunning journey to 2,132m by the world's steepest cog railway
From Lucerne 117 Sfr or 58 Sfr with your Half Fare Card. FREE with the Swiss Travel Pass and the Tell Pass.
Whether you take the world's steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad or the panorama gondolas and aerial cableway from Kriens, Mount Pilatus offers a unique alpine experience, with lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. There are some magnificent panoramic views to be enjoyed en route and at the summit of Lucerne's 'Dragon Mountain'.
Restaurants: The Bellevue is a self-service restaurant offering typical Swiss and international fare. The panoramic terrace provides incomparable views of the central Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne. Next to it is the Panorama Grill, serving an extensive selection of freshly prepared culinary offerings. The Hotel Pilatus-Kulm takes great pleasure in serving you on their sun terrace. Relax in the mountain air while you sample the delights of the Cheminée Saal and Dohlenstübli menus.
Switzerland's longest toboggan run: The spectacular descent on Switzerland's longest summer toboggan run begins at the Fräkmüntegg summit terminus. The numerous twists, turns and 'dragon's dens' (tunnels!) along the 1350-metre stainless steel run promise adrenaline-packed fun.
Hiking: Embark on a breathtaking voyage of discovery and you find walks and hikes to suit all ages and abilities. Please click here for a map of the popular hiking trails in the Mount Pilatus area.
Pilatus Rope Park: There are 10 trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Each trail consists of between six and eleven features requiring balancing and climbing, as well as thrilling aerial ropeways.
Monkey Trees: The easiest climb suits children from the age of eight, while even experienced visitors will find the hardest trees a challenge. It ends with a gentle abseil to the ground.
Powerfan–The Freefall Adventure: A real rush of adrenalin! The Powerfan is a patented system that allows you to 'freefall' 20 metres without the sensation of being held. A few metres from the end of your fall, a braking mechanism takes over that allows you to land gently without any jarring or bouncing.
Located in the heart of Switzerland, Mount Pilatus has excellent transport connections.
The most popular route is the Golden Round Trip which starts with a bus ride from Lucerne to Kriens. Change here to the panorama gondola up to the mid station of Fräkmüntegg and then the state-of-the-art Dragon Ride gondola to the summit of Pilatus. Once you have explored the mountain, the journey home starts with the spectacular ride on the world's steepest cog railway - you will be amazed by the panoramic views of the Alps! The train arrives at Alpnachstad and from here you can enjoy a relaxing boat trip back to Lucerne.
You can, of course, enjoy the Golden Round Trip in the opposite direction.
Pilatus Golden Round Trip Video
Please click on the image to watch a two minute video of the wonderful Mount Pilatus and the Golden Round Trip. An unforgettable day out.
More things to see and do in Central Switzerland
There are so many wonderful days out to enjoy in this beautiful area. There are incomparable mountain vistas to enjoy, leisurely cruises on a nostalgic paddle steamer, walks through stunning scenery and a whole host of fabulous journeys on mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars.
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Your choice of resorts and hotels in Central Switzerland
Not sure where to base yourself for this wonderful excursion? You can find out more about the Central Switzerland region, the selection of resorts and the list of hotels on this website. Alternatively we will be happy to help you with your holiday plans on 0800 619 1200.