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  • Address: Switzerland
  • Hours: Cog-railway open May - Oct 10am - 5pm
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.

Practical Info

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.

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne, Lucerne, null
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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Enjoy a day of Alpine adventure in Switzerland on this half-day, summer trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Begin your journey toward the skies with a 30-minute ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $125.27
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full day ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Mount Pilatus Tour from Lucerne with Private Guide, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Mount Pilatus Tour from Lucerne with Private Guide

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Spend a day around Lucerne and on Mount Pilatus with your private tour guide, just you and your guide! Enjoy a one-hour boat trip from Lucerne to Alpnachstad ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: Flexible

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Mt. Pilatus Winter Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Mt. Pilatus Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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Join this partly guided coach tour from Zurich to Mount Pilatus for a full day's winter wonderland on one of Switzerland's most majestic mountains. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour

This full guided private photography day tour to Mount Pilatus will take you to some of the best locations in Switzerland which offer the best image ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne, Lucerne, Photography Tours
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Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne

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Combine Lucerne’s landmark mountain with a cruise on Lake Lucerne – an absolute must of your visit to the Lake Lucerne Region. Taking the cruise ship right in ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $111.59
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland, Lucerne, Attraction Tickets
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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland

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Venture from Lucerne through the Swiss Alps to the highest point in Europe! On this unforgettable day trip with a multi-lingual guide, travel by coach through ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Mt Pilatus Experience with Gondola Ride from Lucerne, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Mt Pilatus Experience with Gondola Ride from Lucerne

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Lucerne’s landmark mountain – a unique mountain experience and an absolute must of your visit to the Lake Lucerne Region. Start at the valley station in ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.64
Mt. Pilatus Winter Day Trip from Lucerne, Lucerne, Attraction Tickets
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Mt. Pilatus Winter Day Trip from Lucerne

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Join this partly guided coach tour from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus for a half-day winter wonderland adventure on one of Switzerland's most majestic mountains! ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $125.27
Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise, Zurich, Day Trips
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Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

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Spend a day in the pretty city of Lucerne on a day trip from Zurich, enjoying a short city tour, Lake Lucerne cruise and plenty of free time. After traveling ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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