Mount Pilatus - Central Switzerland

Fabulous mountain journey close to Lucerne

Gondola ride to Pilatus
About Mount Pilatus

Available: all year round. 

Travel Costs

Tell Pass: FREE 

Half Fare Card: 60 Sfr from Lucerne

Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount from Alpnachstad

Whether you take the world's steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad (48% gradient) or the panorama gondolas and aerial cableway from Kriens, Mount Pilatus offers a unique alpine experience. Enjoy the 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 2,132m summit of Lucerne's 'Dragon Mountain'.

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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. 


Embark on a breathtaking voyage of discovery. On Pilatus you will find walks and hikes to suit all ages and abilities.

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.

Please note that the cog railway operates mid-May to mid November.  Please check before travel for maintenance closures. 


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Pilatus railway

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