Rumor has it that the mountain is named after Pontius Pilate who they say was thrown into a nearby lake and haunts the mountain. More likely is that the name comes from the Latin word for cloud-covered, pileatus. It was made famous by the composer Richard Wagner in the 19th century and Britain's Queen Victoria rode up here on horseback.
A perfectly organized day that exceeded our expectations.
Wonderful tour! Our guide was very kind and knowledgeable. I recommend this tour as a quick way to see Lucerne and some pretty countryside as well as Mt. Pilatus. The cable car was closed but we took the cogwheel and saw the beautiful mountain side!
Absolutely beautiful scenery. It's a must see, but the tour group seemed disorganised. 4 people had to stand in the coach as there wasn't enough seating. Also 2nd leg of funicular was very overcrowded, it was really uncomfortable