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Lakes Route
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Alpine Panorama Route
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The world's steepest rack-and-pinion railway runs from Alpnachstad to the summit of Mount Pilatus at 2,106 m above sea level, one of Switzerland's most spectacular viewpoints with a panorama encompassing Lucerne, the Alpine chain and the Central Swiss lakes.
Lucerne's very own mountain was long regarded as the source of treacherous storms and floods and as the home of dragons and lindworms, and climbing it was forbidden. According to legend, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Jerusalem when Jesus was alive, is said to have been buried in the lake at the mountain's summit, and so the mountain took its name from him.

When Alpine tourism began to flourish in the 19th century, travellers started to show interest in the mountain. The 4618-meter railway line from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm was opened in 1889 and is still the world's steepest rack-and-pinion railway with a gradient of 48%. The ascent past Alpine meadows in full bloom, bubbling mountain streams and steep rocky cliffs is a very special experience.

From Lucerne, the mountain can be reached on a gondola railway offering panoramic views and an aerial cableway via Krienseregg and Fräkmüntegg. The «Golden Tour» is a marvellous opportunity for rail and boat enthusiasts: from Lucerne up to the Pilatus via aerial cableway, back down to Alpnach on the rack-and-pinion railway and then back to Lucerne by boat. The midway stations at Fräkmüntegg and Krienseregg offer attractions for families and adventure sports lovers, with Switzerland's largest summer toboggan run as well as the largest suspension rope park in Central Switzerland; there is also a large children's playground with various barbecue facilities and picnic spots.

Pilatus Kulm, a mighty 2,106 meters above sea level, is renowned as one of Switzerland's most spectacular viewpoints. The world is literally at your feet when you stand here, and the panoramic views from any one of the three peaks (Esel, Oberhaupt and Tomlishorn), are especially impressive. In 10 to 30 minutes, a walk along well-constructed pathways rewards you with a view that sweeps across the Alpine massif from Säntis to the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau, over the Jura and all the way to the Black Forest. Far below you stretch the deep blue waters of the two branches of Lake Lucerne and five more lakes in Central Switzerland. Below the Oberhaupt, there is an artificial cliff gallery, 500 m in length, with magnificent views of the country below and a Dragons' Path designed by the artist Hans Erni. A variety of restaurants and hotels ensure that visitors to Pilatus Kulm are well looked after. Anyone who spends a night up here will cherish lasting memories of the star-spangled heavens and the sunrise.

Active sports enthusiasts will find countless opportunities on the Pilatus: hiking, biking, climbing and paragliding are all on offer. When you cross the chain towards the south along the high hiking path, you can spot the ibexes which were resettled here in the 1960s. The route passes by places steeped in legend, such as the former Lake Pilatus and the Mondmilchloch, a cavern more than 100 m in length which can be accessed on foot. During winter, the Pilatus offers sunshine and a view onto the sea of mist below. A 6-km sledge run links the Fräkmüntegg and Kriens.

Highlights

  • Rack railway: still the world's steepest rack-and-pinion railway with a gradient of 48%, it carried its first passengers to Pilatus Kulm in 1889.
  • The Golden Tour: from Lucerne via viewing gondola, aerial cableway and rack-and-pinion railway across the Pilatus to Alpnachstad, and back by boat – or vice-versa.
  • The longest summer toboggan run in Switzerland and the largest suspension rope park in Central Switzerland at Fränkmüntegg.
  • Sunset Dinner on Pilatus Kulm at 2132 meters above sea level (on Saturdays in July and August).
The world's steepest rack-and-pinion railway runs from Alpnachstad to the summit of Mount Pilatus at 2,106 m above sea level, one of Switzerland's most spectacular viewpoints with a panorama encompassing Lucerne, the Alpine chain and the Central Swiss lakes.
Lucerne's very own mountain was long regarded as the source of treacherous storms and floods and as the home of dragons and lindworms, and climbing it was forbidden. According to legend, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Jerusalem when Jesus was alive, is said to have been buried in the lake at the mountain's summit, and so the mountain took its name from him.

When Alpine tourism began to flourish in the 19th century, travellers started to show interest in the mountain. The 4618-meter railway line from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm was opened in 1889 and is still the world's steepest rack-and-pinion railway with a gradient of 48%. The ascent past Alpine meadows in full bloom, bubbling mountain streams and steep rocky cliffs is a very special experience.

From Lucerne, the mountain can be reached on a gondola railway offering panoramic views and an aerial cableway via Krienseregg and Fräkmüntegg. The «Golden Tour» is a marvellous opportunity for rail and boat enthusiasts: from Lucerne up to the Pilatus via aerial cableway, back down to Alpnach on the rack-and-pinion railway and then back to Lucerne by boat. The midway stations at Fräkmüntegg and Krienseregg offer attractions for families and adventure sports lovers, with Switzerland's largest summer toboggan run as well as the largest suspension rope park in Central Switzerland; there is also a large children's playground with various barbecue facilities and picnic spots.

Pilatus Kulm, a mighty 2,106 meters above sea level, is renowned as one of Switzerland's most spectacular viewpoints. The world is literally at your feet when you stand here, and the panoramic views from any one of the three peaks (Esel, Oberhaupt and Tomlishorn), are especially impressive. In 10 to 30 minutes, a walk along well-constructed pathways rewards you with a view that sweeps across the Alpine massif from Säntis to the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau, over the Jura and all the way to the Black Forest. Far below you stretch the deep blue waters of the two branches of Lake Lucerne and five more lakes in Central Switzerland. Below the Oberhaupt, there is an artificial cliff gallery, 500 m in length, with magnificent views of the country below and a Dragons' Path designed by the artist Hans Erni. A variety of restaurants and hotels ensure that visitors to Pilatus Kulm are well looked after. Anyone who spends a night up here will cherish lasting memories of the star-spangled heavens and the sunrise.

Active sports enthusiasts will find countless opportunities on the Pilatus: hiking, biking, climbing and paragliding are all on offer. When you cross the chain towards the south along the high hiking path, you can spot the ibexes which were resettled here in the 1960s. The route passes by places steeped in legend, such as the former Lake Pilatus and the Mondmilchloch, a cavern more than 100 m in length which can be accessed on foot. During winter, the Pilatus offers sunshine and a view onto the sea of mist below. A 6-km sledge run links the Fräkmüntegg and Kriens.

Highlights

  • Rack railway: still the world's steepest rack-and-pinion railway with a gradient of 48%, it carried its first passengers to Pilatus Kulm in 1889.
  • The Golden Tour: from Lucerne via viewing gondola, aerial cableway and rack-and-pinion railway across the Pilatus to Alpnachstad, and back by boat – or vice-versa.
  • The longest summer toboggan run in Switzerland and the largest suspension rope park in Central Switzerland at Fränkmüntegg.
  • Sunset Dinner on Pilatus Kulm at 2132 meters above sea level (on Saturdays in July and August).

Arrival and return Pilatus

Adresse

Pilatus-Bahnen
Schlossweg 1
6010 Kriens/Luzern
Tel. +41 (0)41 329 11 11
info@pilatus.ch
www.pilatus.ch

Services

Accommodation

Bio Hof Eggmatt
Bio Hof Eggmatt
Alpnach Dorf
Landgasthof Schlüssel Alpnach
Landgasthof Schlüssel Alpnach
Alpnach Dorf
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Hiking in

Pilatus
Obwaldner Höhenweg
Obwaldner Höhenweg
Stage 1, Alpnachstad (Pilatus)–Langis
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Cycling in

Pilatus
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 6, Sarnen–Zug
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 4, Flüelen–Sörenberg
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Wichelseerundfahrt
Wichelseerundfahrt
Route 703, Sarnen–Wichelsee–Alpnach–Sarnen
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Mountain biking in

Pilatus
o-tour Bike West