Pilatus Kulm, Schlossweg, Kriens
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Pilatus Kulm, Schlossweg, Kriens

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Pilatus, also often referred to as Mount Pilatus, is a mountain massif overlooking Lucerne in Central Switzerland. It is composed of several peaks, of which the highest (6,983 ft) is named Tomlishorn. The whole mountain range stretches at least from the Lopper just opposite from Stansstad to the east as far as at least to the Mittaggüpfi (6,289 ft) and the Risetestock (5,771 ft) to the west on the border between LU and OW. The highest peak, Tomlishorn (6,983 ft), and the other peaks, such as Widderfeld (6,811 ft) even further west than the Tomlishorn on the border between LU and OW, Matthorn (6,690 ft) to the south, the Klimsenhorn (6,253 ft) to the north (UW), and Rosegg (6,476 ft) and Windegg (5,489 ft) to the east, both on the border of UW and OW, should only be approached with appropriate Alpine hiking equipment.

The top can be reached with the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, from Alpnachstad, operating from May to November (depending on snow conditions) and the whole year with the aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways from Kriens. Tomlishorn is located about 1.3 km to the southeast of the top cable car and cog railway station. Two other peaks, closer to the stations are called Esel (Donkey, 6,949 ft), which lies just east over the railway station, the one on the west side is called Oberhaupt (Head-Leader, 6,906 ft). During the summer, the “Golden Round Trip” — a popular route for tourists — involves taking a boat from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, going up on the cogwheel railway, coming down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, and taking a bus back to Lucerne.

  • A very beautiful location with great view of the Swiss mountain ranges.
  • Visibility greatly depends on where you stand on the mountain, can be good view of the sunset but can also have obvious obstruction by the peaks.
  • The cable car at Kriens can be reached by the Number 1 bus that leaves from Lucerne central train station. It is then a short 10 minute walk to the cable car, following the Pilatus signs. Though its score is majorly deducted because the last funicular of the day will be departed before the sunset happens which means you won’t be able to watch it unless you are staying at the hotel at the top (or you can try camping?).
  • Only the people staying in the hotel will be there to watch sunset with you so crowd number is limited.
Pilatus Kulm, Schlossweg, Kriens
Photo Source: Thierry Hennet
Pilatus Kulm, Schlossweg, Kriens
Photo Source: Stephan Gürtler

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