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Mt Pilatus, Lucerne

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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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  • Beautiful view but the staff were quite angry and rude. Created a rather uncomfortable experience on numerous occasions. A couple of times was addressed rudely before I even opened my mouth... "Sir... 
    Beautiful view but the staff were quite angry and rude. Created a rather uncomfortable experience on numerous occasions. A couple of times was addressed rudely before I even opened my mouth... "Sir...  more »
  • traveled up the mountain by tram and gondola, enjoying a snack at the top and a short film. Very interesting to see the photos of the workers who provided and built the system to get up the... 
    traveled up the mountain by tram and gondola, enjoying a snack at the top and a short film. Very interesting to see the photos of the workers who provided and built the system to get up the...  more »
  • We took a boat ride across Lake Lucerne, and then the railway up - and I mean UP - the mountain! The views along the way are incredible (look for the cows, and imagine how they climb that... 
    We took a boat ride across Lake Lucerne, and then the railway up - and I mean UP - the mountain! The views along the way are incredible (look for the cows, and imagine how they climb that...  more »
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  • The views from the top is just breathtaking. So easily reachable from Lucerne town centre. We went up the cable car and down via the steepest tram. Everywhere you look is so awe inspiring. Beautiful!
  • Stunning views and the freshest air you could dream of! The cow bells can be heard everywhere. We went up in the first car, so it wasn't busy at all. Make sure to bring walking shoes, as the hike up to the top can be a bit daunting.
  • Serene view, 4 hours to hike . Beautiful view through cable car. Recommended to cover the top
  • Number 1 attraction in Luzern... 360 view is breathtaking.. you can see all lakes around.. Be careful last gondola is at 16:30...
  • What an amazing view from the top! Several opportunities to get some incredible photos. There are different paths to take to get some good vantage points. There’s also a small bar inside which allows you to have a couple drinks and take in the views. We took the cogwheel train up and then took the cable car down on the other side. Both offer stunning views you can’t pass up.

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