A land of magnificent landscapes and immense scenic beauty, there is never a dearth of idyllic getaways when you are in Switzerland. Mount Pilatus or Pilatus as it is also known is one such getaway and the ideal mountain adventure from the picturesque town of Lucerne.
A jagged mountain that overlooks Lucerne, Pilatus offers some stunning views of the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne region. One can reach the top of Mount Pilatus using any of the options which include hiking, cable car ride or the cogwheel railway depending on the season you are travelling. Taking the the world’s steepest cogwheel railway all the way up to Pilatus Kulm at an altitude of 2’132 meters above sea level is arguably the best option if you are travelling in the summer months.
With a gradient of almost 48% in places, this railway line is a an engineering marvel. As you ascend, one can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape which includes lush green vegetation, magnificent rock formations and even pine forests. At the peak, you can spend hours enjoying the view of the mountain peaks and lakes on clear days while savouring a gourmet meal. You can choose to hike around or just relax amidst all the serenity.
On your way back, you can choose to take the Dragon Ride aerial cableway before alighting at Fräkmüntegg for some adventure. This one houses the largest rope park in Central Switzerland and there are options for camping, barbecue etc. On your way back, take a ride on the exciting gondola cableway to Krienseregg and then Kriens to complete your adventure.
A perfect outing for the entire family, this one must be on your list when you visit Lucerne. It also forms for an insightful day trip from Zurich.