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Mt Pilatus Experience with the world's steepest Cogwheel Railway

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US$ 59.71
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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
    2h 15m
    Return Details
    Kriens or Alpnachstad
    • Cable car ride (except during maintenance)
    • Cogwheel train ride (from mid May to November 17th)
    • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
    • 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
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    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 3 days ago

    We had a most wonderful time riding the gondola and aerial cableway to the top of the mountain and riding the cogwheel railway down. The views riding both ways were magnificent as were the views from the top. We were greeted with several inches of...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank RodScore
    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    Great experience! Took my family ages range from 68 to 8 years old. We all had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed the stop with all the activities right before the peak of the mountain.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank sherieking
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    There was a lot of pretty views in the gondola riding up the mountain. Unfortunately we went on a day it was snowing/raining on the mountain. So once we got the top we were only could see fog. Lot of fun though.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank amber23589
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Great ride up on the extremely steep Cogwheel Railway. Wonderful views from the summit. Lovely cafe serving hot soup, sandwiches & wine & beers. A great day out.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank DavidFlorence
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The absolute best thing you can do in Switzerland. An incredible experience you will talk about for months... A "must do".

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank bschleic921
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    14 October 2019|
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    Response from bschleic921 | Reviewed this property |
    Yes, it will be a great experience for you.
    30 September 2019|
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    Response from Lupe M | Reviewed this property |
    The hotel at the top of the Mountain is Mt. Pilatus Kuln, the Ameron & the Astoria Lucerne are also hotels that in close to city central. The hotels offer free public bus transportation to visitors.
    26 September 2019|
    Response from Crvan | Reviewed this property |
    There are various departure times so it would be best to look at the schedule. I am sure you could find something online. When we were there we had only a small wait. Another source would to ask at your hotel for more... More
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