Excursions Switzerland: Pilatus

Lucerne’s «own» mountain has so many stunning sides: the aerial cableway and panorama gondolas from Kriens to Pilatus Kulm with stunning views - breathtaking panoramic views over the lakes of Central Switzerland, not to mention the Alps - no fewer than 73 mountain peaks (count them for yourself!) - the local specialities, A-la-carte menus and international delicacies in the homely restaurants on Pilatus Kulm - one-of-a-kind accommodation facilities at 2132 metres above sea level in the Hotel Bellevue or the Hotel Pilatus-Kulm which is steeped in history and romance - and finally a trip on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway from Pilatus Kulm to Alpnachstad or Kriens.

At a glance


  • Travel from Kriens/Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm and back down either way


Adults: from CHF 72.00
Swiss Half Fare Card: from CHF 36.00
Children 6-16 without STS Family Card: from CHF 36.00
Subject to change


Good to know

  • Bus No. 1 from Lucerne rail station direction Kriens to the stop «Zentrum Pilatus»
  • The service of the gondolas and aerial cableway is closed for maintenance from 19 October to 06 November 2020.
  • Wheelchair users and groups need a reservation


  • Steepest cogwheel railway in the world (48 %) from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm
  • Accommodation facilities in the hotels at Pilatus
  • Pilatus Seilpark - the biggest suspension rope park in Central Switzerland on the Fräkmüntegg (open April to November).
  • 6 km sleigh run in winter (middle of December to end of March)
  • DrachenMoor - Krienseregg nature experience (themed path)
  • Fantastic children’s playground at the Krienseregg
  • Switzerland’s longest summer toboggan run on the Fräkmüntegg