Ascent and descent of Mount Pilatus | from Kriens or Alpnachstad

Provided By: Pilatus-Bahnen AG

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Beautiful view of the surrounding Swiss Alps

Being carried by the cable car to the heights of the mountains

Pilatusbahn: ride the world's steepest cogwheel railroad

Admire the Pilatus region at 2,132 m.a.s.l.


Welcome to one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Switzerland! The Pilatus offers an unforgettable experience for everyone in the middle of the Swiss Alps. Your ticket allows you to start your journey up Lucerne's most popular mountain either in Kriens or Alpnachstad

From Kriens, you will experience a panoramic gondola ride in a panoramic quad gondola to the intermediate station Fräkmüntegg. For about 30 minutes you will float over an incomparable natural scenery consisting of forests and green alpine meadows. You cover an altitude difference of 899m until you make a short stop in Fräkmüntegg and change to the cable car "Dragon Ride". The floor-to-ceiling windows of the large cabin almost give you the feeling of flying over the mountain scenery. You can enjoy the breathtaking view for just under four minutes before you reach the summit of Mount Pilatus.
Once on Pilatus, you have a wealth of activities at your disposal. A staircase leads you from the Pilatus Kulm station to the highest vantage point on Pilatus: the Esel viewing platform. Just a short walk further in the direction of the seminar, you can also visit the Oberhaupt viewing platform, and let yourself be enchanted by the stunning view of Lucerne and the surrounding area. It is more comfortable on the well-known Panorama Terrace, where you can enjoy a coffee or a hearty lunch in the adjacent Bellevue Restaurant. The Pilatus-Kulm restaurant also offers delicious dishes in a historical atmosphere. Whether you want to discover the myths and legends surrounding Mount Pilatus on the Dragon Trail, take a look at the panorama gallery or simply take a walk to the individual attractions: on Mount Pilatus, all your wishes are open to you!

The descent takes you on the steepest rack railroad in the world, the Pilatusbahn, to Alpnachstad. The railroad is still unsurpassed in its gradient of 48% and was presented for the first time at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889. The wonderfully nostalgic train takes you over flowery meadows and through forest scenery down into the valley to the terminus at Alpnachstad. Once you have reached the bottom, you have all the options for your journey home (train, boat) at your disposal in the immediate vicinity

If you decide to start the tour from Alpnachstad, you can take the rack railroad to Pilatus Kulm and later travel back down to the valley with the gondola and cable car from Pilatus Kulm to Kriens. The ticket is valid for both starting points.

Experience the world of Pilatus up close, relaxed and according to your wishes.


  • Parking fees in Kriens or Alpnachstad are not included.
  • Self-guided tour, departure times can be chosen by yourself within the timetable
  • Good shoes and weather appropriate clothing, as well as sun protection are recommended at this altitude
  • In case of revisions on the various railroads, the tour may change slightly

Meeting Points

Hofmättelistrasse 1, 6055 Alpnach, Switzerland