The world’s steepest cog railway starts its climb at Alpnachstad and tackles a maximum gradient of 48 percent, thereby passing forests, meadows and rock faces. On the north side, a gondola cableway and an aerial cableway connect Kriens to Pilatus Kulm.
With the new aerial cableway Dragon Ride, guests are practically flying up to Pilatus. It takes the cableway a mere 3.5 minutes to reach Pilatus (2,132 m a.s.l.) from the intermediate station Fräkmüntegg (1,416 m a.s.l.). Thanks to spacious seating, a cockpit-like structure and large windows, the cableway offers a unique view of Lucerne and its lake.
And the best thing is: Pilatus is now fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass.
Altitude: 2,132 m a.s.l.
Arrival: Gondola from Kriens (Lucerne) via Krienseregg to Fräkmuntegg, aerial cableway to Pilatus Kulm or cog railway (only during summer) from Alpnachstad (boat or train from Lucerne) to Pilatus Kulm
Timetable: Operates year-round (cog railway only during the summer season)
Travel duration to summit: App. 40 min
Attractions: Rock trail and secure tracks to Oberhaupt, Esel and Tomlishorn; rope park and summer toboggan run Fräkmüntegg
Food & beverage: Evening summit rendezvous in summer (from Alpnachstad), Restaurant Krienseregg and Restaurant Chalet, Hotel Pilatus-Kulm
Special: Fully included in the Swiss Travel Pass; the world’s steepest cog railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus (48 % gradient), spectacular passage “Eselwand”
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