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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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  • We went early to the station, the trip to the top was easy, it was cloudy day but we could see the mountains, the view was amazing, the whole experience was marvelous. 
    We went early to the station, the trip to the top was easy, it was cloudy day but we could see the mountains, the view was amazing, the whole experience was marvelous.  more »
  • Guided by a forecast that predicted glorious clear sunny conditions we arrived at Lucerne Station at 7.30am. Then to nearby Trolley-Bus 1 and after 11 stops to Kriens Zentrum Pilatus and a short... 
    Guided by a forecast that predicted glorious clear sunny conditions we arrived at Lucerne Station at 7.30am. Then to nearby Trolley-Bus 1 and after 11 stops to Kriens Zentrum Pilatus and a short...  more »
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  • 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

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