Mount Pilatus

Majestically rising above Lucerne, Mount Pilatus is a fusion of alpine wonders, myths, and breathtaking panoramas, beckoning adventurers and dreamers alike to its soaring peaks. Read more

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Visit Mount Pilatus in 2024

Mount Pilatus, with its towering height of 2,128 meters, dominates the landscape of Central Switzerland. Named after the legend that suggests Pontius Pilate may have been buried there, the mountain has long been shrouded in tales of dragons, spirits, and hidden treasures. Its multifaceted personality offers both adrenaline-packed adventures and serene escapes. In summer, it's a haven for hikers, climbers, and paragliders, while in winter, it transforms into a snowy wonderland for snowshoeing and skiing. The Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway, provides an exhilarating journey to the summit, revealing sweeping vistas of Lake Lucerne, the Swiss Plateau, and a grand panorama of the Alps.
Mount Pilatus, with its rich tapestry of myths, adventures, and landscapes, is more than just a mountain. It's an experience, an invitation to transcend the ordinary and touch the very heart of Swiss alpine majesty.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Mount Pilatus

Pilatus Railway

Experience the thrill of ascending the mountain aboard the world's steepest cogwheel railway, an engineering marvel that promises unforgettable views.

Dragon Path & Dragon Gallery

Delve into the mountain's mythical side by exploring the Dragon Path, adorned with sculptures and information about the legends surrounding Mount Pilatus.

Pilatus Kulm

At the mountain's summit, this historic hotel and viewing platform offers 360-degree panoramas, gourmet dining, and a chance to sleep under the stars.

Aerial Cableway & Panorama Gondolas

Descend the mountain in style, enjoying bird's-eye views of the alpine landscapes through these modern and spacious gondolas.

Krienseregg Adventure Park

A paradise for families, this park near the base station offers playgrounds, picnic areas, and the longest summer toboggan run in Switzerland.

Hiking Trails

With routes ranging from leisurely walks to challenging hikes, Mount Pilatus offers trails like the "Flower Trail" and "Esel," each providing unique perspectives of the mountain.

Pilatus Rope Park

Test your agility and adventurous spirit in this aerial obstacle course, suspended amidst the trees and offering varying degrees of challenge.

Chapel of St. Nicholas

Located near the summit, this serene chapel stands as a testament to the spiritual significance of the mountain, offering a space for reflection.


The southernmost peak of Mount Pilatus, Tomlishorn provides hikers with a sense of accomplishment and panoramic views stretching across Switzerland.

Summer Concerts at Pilatus Kulm

Immerse yourself in musical enchantment during the summer concert series, where the melodies of various artists meld seamlessly with the mountain's natural acoustics.

What else to visit
In and around Mount Pilatus

Glasi Hergiswil Museum (4.34 km)

Step into a world of shimmering reflections at Glasi Hergiswil, Switzerland's last hand-blown glass factory, where age-old craftsmanship meets contemporary design, creating enchanting pieces of art.

Lucerne (8.86 km)

Surrounded by the peaks of the Alps and fringed by the shores of Lake Vierwaldstättersee, Lucerne is a Swiss jewel full of history, culture and natural beauty.

Zurich (28.65 km)

Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, is the epitome of elegance and culture. Explore the ancient streets of the historic centre, visit renowned museums and galleries and enjoy panoramic views of the city surrounded by the picturesque Alps.

Zug (28.8 km)

Nestled by the Zugersee's pristine waters, Zug is a captivating Swiss gem, where medieval charm seamlessly blends with modern allure. Known for its picturesque landscapes and rich history, Zug is a destination that whispers timeless tales.

Hallwyl Castle (38.52 km)

Nestled on two islands in Lake Hallwil, the majestic Hallwyl Castle beckons visitors to delve into Switzerland's rich history. With its well-preserved architecture and stunning surroundings, it offers a fairy tale setting right out of a storybook.

Langenberg Wildlife Park (40.5 km)

Nestled amidst the pristine landscapes of Switzerland, Langenberg Wildlife Park offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the lives of Europe's native wildlife.

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