Mount Pilatus rises high above the city of Lucerne giving wonderful views of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps. At 6,992 ft (2,132 m) high, it has 2 cable cars, the world's steepest cog-railway, hotels, restaurants and lots of outdoor activities. People come here to toboggan, sledge, mountain bike and for the excellent hiking. There is a Rope Park for treetop adventures.
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.
To ride up on the cablecars, take trolley-bus no. 1 from Lucerne Railway Station towards Kriens. Get off at stop Linde/Pilatus, then it's an easy 5 minute walk. To go on the cog-railway, go to Alpnachstad by train from Lucerne Station (look for the Pilatus sign) or by boat from landing stage 2 which takes about 90 minutes. From May-October, the boat and cog-railway is by far the most scenic option.