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Mt Pilatus Experience with the world's steepest Cogwheel Railway

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to the valley station in Kriens, where you will board the gondola for the 30-minute ride over the pre-alpine landscape up to Fräkmüntegg. Parties with small children can disembark halfway up, at Krienseregg, where the Pilu Land playground is located.

    Upon arrival at Fräkmüntegg, spend some time participating in the many outdoor activities offered, such as agility climbing in the ropes park or a ride on Switzerland's longest summer toboggan. 

    Continue up the mountain with a ride on the aerial cableway 'Dragon Ride'. Relax in the spacious cockpit and take photos out the large windows that make you feel like you're in a helicopter. The 5-minute ride takes you to the top, with views of the Alps and Lake Lucerne. Choose to remain inside the panoramic gallery, make the short climb up one of the peaks (5-10 minutes), relax on the terrace or eat a meal at the onsite restaurants (own expense).

    Descend via the world's steepest cogway railroad. Aboard this train dating from 1889, pass lush alpine scenery on the way to your destination at Alpnachstad.

    Check 'Additional Info' to see the annual departure timetable for both stations.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Mount Pilatus, PILATUS-BAHNEN AG Schlossweg 1 Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland
    Duration
    2h 15m
    Return Details
    Kriens or Alpnachstad
    Inclusions
    • Cable car ride (except during maintenance)
    • Cogwheel train ride (from mid May to November 17th)
    • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
    Exclusions
    • The listed price does not include a CHF 5 parking fee (per day)
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Don't miss the last transportation down to the valley.
    • Operates in almost all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
    • Cableways are not in operation in the case of storms
    • Only printed vouchers will be accepted
    • Please note: You can start the tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
    • The gondolas are closed for maintenance from 21 October to 8 November 2019; access from Alpnachstad only.
    • The cogwheel train is closed from 18 November to mid-May; access from Kriens only
    • It is not possible to book a specific time slot
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    When we visited, the cogwheel train was not operating so we took the cable car both ways. When we disembarked at the Fräkmüntegg station (about halfway up to the top), we stopped and had a decent lunch at the station restaurant with the outstanding views...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Crvan
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    We took a bus from the city centre and got off and walked a couple hundred metres to the entrance. We exchanged our voucher for the ticket and the entrance. Then took the cable car right to the top and the cog wheel train back...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank samblatch1
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    The place gives you a spectacular view of Lake Geneva & the city of Geneva Switzerland especially when you have a clear day like we did. There are a variety of ways you can experience the mountain from easy to challenging hiking trails, a luge...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Lupe M
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    We chose the cogwheel train from Alpnach to ascend Mt. Pilatus because we found there were lots of gondola options on other mountains and the cogwheel train seemed unique. It was! The negatives: - They don't let people pre-book and purchase tickets. So when we...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    2  Thank ellenmac
    Reviewed 17 August 2019

    First you take the gondola approximately 80 percentile of the way up the mountain and the views are just incredible. The final ascend is via the dragon air tram which is the best part and will make you gasp. I despise heights and did fine....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank maria32772
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    alicele88
    24 August 2019|
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    Response from Pilatus-Railways |
    Hi! Yes, you can take the panorama gondolas and the cable car instead. The panorama gondolas take you from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg and from there you can take the cable car to the top. Return the same way.
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    Shahab B
    8 August 2019|
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    Response from Pilatus-Railways |
    Hi! Yes, it's up to you at what time you take the cogwheel railway back down. Just make sure to catch the latest departure on that day.
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