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Mt Pilatus Experience with the world's steepest Cogwheel Railway

  • Ascend to the top of Mt Pilatus via gondola and aerial cableway
  • Spectacular views of alpine scenery, the Alps and Lake Lucerne
  • Participate in outdoor activities in Fräkmüntegg
Mt Pilatus Experience with the world's steepest Cogwheel Railway
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Ascend Mt Pilatus in an alpine gondola during this 35-minute trip from Lucerne. Board at the valley station in Kriens, marvel at the panoramic views over the pre-alpine landscape to Fräkmüntegg. Transfer to the 'Dragon Ride' aerial cableway for another 5-minute ride, ending up at 7000 feet (2132 meters) above sea level for epic views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps. Descend via the world's steepest cogwheel railway, passing lush meadows, mountain streams and sheer rock faces on the way to your destination at Alpnachstad.
What to Expect
Make your way to the valley station in Kriens, where you will board the gondola for the 30-minute ride over the pre-alpine landscape up to Fräkmüntegg. Parties with small children can disembark halfway up, at Krienseregg, where the Pilu Land playground is located.

Upon arrival at Fräkmüntegg, spend some time participating in the many outdoor activities offered, such as agility climbing in the ropes park or a ride on Switzerland's longest summer toboggan. 

Continue up the mountain with a ride on the aerial cableway 'Dragon Ride'. Relax in the spacious cockpit and take photos out the large windows that make you feel like you're in a helicopter. The 5-minute ride takes you to the top, with views of the Alps and Lake Lucerne. Choose to remain inside the panoramic gallery, make the short climb up one of the peaks (5-10 minutes), relax on the terrace or eat a meal at the onsite restaurants (own expense).

Descend via the world's steepest cogway railroad. Aboard this train dating from 1889, pass lush alpine scenery on the way to your destination at Alpnachstad.

Check 'Additional Info' to see the annual departure timetable for both stations.
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1 - 5 of 6 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago
Boat ride and cable cars

We took a boat ride from lucerne along the lake. Views were great and the trip was enjoyable. Got on the cogwheel and began to climb up the mountain. It was a great scenic trip all around. The gondola ride up to the top made...More

Thank Matt j
Reviewed 9 August 2018
Pilatus Visit with Cable car

We took bus no. 1 from Lucerne to Kriens, my children had the Kinder-card (a good deal if you are in the city using public transportation with children) so we did not pay for them; however one still has to do the line to get...More

4  Thank Ninecat
Reviewed 6 August 2018
What a View From the Top

I have been on quite a few gondolas in my day but the ride and the senic views of the farms and houses with some people waving and seeing the treks going up on there torturus hike to the summit was worthit About 2/3 of...More

3  Thank atravelingsingle
Reviewed 6 August 2018
Spectacular Mt Pilatus

Getting to the top of the mountain was a wonderful experience, the cogwheel railway is an experience in itself. The views along the way are breathtaking and exhilerating and everything was so green and lush. The cows with their big bright noisy bells added to...More

4  Thank happysolo_12
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

My family and I spent the day on the full mountain tour. We started in Kriena at the valley station, took the gondola ride to the summit, then took the train down the other side. Breathtaking views and fun for the entire family. We brought...More

2  Thank Michael K
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10 September 2018|
Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
It’s a short 5-min or so walk.