In the central part of Switzerland overlooking Lucerne is the Pilatus; a range of two-thousand meter mountains that guard the cantons of Obwalden, Nidwalden and Lucerne like silent vigilantes. Accessible from each of these cantons, these mountains and the Lake Lucerne make up one of the most breathtaking destinations in this part of Switzerland.
Getting in Pilatus Kulm
The S2 motorway connects Lucerne with the rest of the country. Watch out for signs that will direct you to Lucerne. Take the exit that says Luzern Süd/Kriens. There are trains running all the way to Lucerne as well. Take the No. 1 bus after you arrive at Lucerne. It will drop you at Kriens. If you want to take the cog railway then change at Lucerne for Alpnachstad.
Getting in to Pilatus is a journey that you will never forget. This is where you will find the world’s steepest cog railway line. The journey starts at Alpnachstad. After negotiating a steep 48 ˚ incline you arrive at Pilatus Kulm. The ride, however, is closed during the winter months. The alternate is the gondola ride that starts at Kriens and goes till Fräkmuntegg. You could alternatively opt for the newer aerial cableway for a breezier ride.
Famous mountains to see from Pilatus
The highest mountains of the Pilatus are the Tomlishorn (2128 meters), Esel Donkey (2118 meters) and the Oberhaupt (2105 meters) are some of the most breathtaking natural sights that you can savor at Pilatus. But while these are some distance away and hiking to the top will require special preparations, you can always enjoy Lake Lucerne, which is comparatively a easier attraction to reach.
Pilatus: Things To Do
When at Lucerne one thing that you should never miss for the world is the cableway ride. There is an older gondola cable, but the relatively new Dragon Ride now cuts down travel time to the top of the Pilatus to just a few minutes. The new Dragon Ride has been designed aesthetically, giving it a similar feel as if you are inside a cockpit, flying through the air, skimming over the mountain side and the thick foliage. Within a few minutes you cover a steep rise of over 700 meters. For the slightly adventurous there is a rock trail that takes you all the way to the top of the Tomlishorn, Esel and the Oberhaupt. Toboggan runs are available during the summer as well. For the honeymoon couples, who cannot take their eyes off each other, Pilatus has plenty of pathways for a romantic walk.
Pilatus, with its gentle two-thousanders and the lovely Lucerne Lake is a wonderful destination for a lovely family weekend together. Pilatus is more about just the mountain side and the snowy peaks. You can set off for a short hike, take the toboggan ride (during summers) or just enjoy being a bird skimming over the mountain side in the aerial gondola. For refreshments explore one of the dozen restaurants offering a sumptuous collection of local and international cuisines.