Mount Pilatus, Lucerne
No trip to Switzerland would be complete without a trip up a mountain - luckily Mount Pilatus is accessible to everyone.
Mount Pilatus, Lucerne
Thanks to the Alps, Switzerland is home to some of the most breathtaking views nature has to offer. As an added bonus, the Swiss' famous efficiency has allowed adventure seekers of all kinds to experience its wonders. Wether you want to test your body's, and mind's, limits by spending the day(s) climbing up a mountain, or are just looking to take a casual gondola ride to the top, Mount Pilatus has you covered.
Located just 20 minutes from the beautiful city of Lucerne, Pilatus conquerers have a variety of options to ascend the mountain. The most popular starts in Kriens, where you can buy a ticket to get to the top in less than an hour. A small cable car takes you over traditional Swiss farms set among lush forests and colourful crops to the first base.
If you prefer interacting with the land rather than just taking pictures, this is your (first) stop. Home to central Switzerland's largest rope park, including suspended trails and monkey trees, zip-lining, a summer toboggan run, and delicious food, you'll have a hard time finding a more jaw-dropping view while you get your heart rate up.
From here you can continue up in the 3.5 minute "Dragon Ride" gondola - with a rather steep angle - not for the faint of heart. The views (and the swaying cable car) will have you aching for the top.
Once you've arrived at Pilatus, just take it all in. In the spring and early summer, you can gaze across the snow-capped Alps towards France and Italy. Turn around for a staggering view of Lucerne Lake, and watch it seemingly melt into the mountains. The sky is clearest in the fall, and if you're lucky, you'll spot some wildlife, like the Capricorn, Red Deer, or Marmot.
Those looking for a more gut-wrenching descent are welcome to take the world's steepest cogwheel railway back down the opposite side of the mountain. The steep descent means this option is only open from spring to fall, so check online before you plan. Note: this train ends at a different location than the cable car starts, so plan accordingly.
The athletes among us may want to try their hand at the slower route. Multiple trails on both sides of the mountain allow you to leisurely walk, bike, or hard-core hike this natural beauty. The well-marked trails have many rest stops along the way, from oversized parks, to restaurants, to a bench among the trees.
No matter how you get to the top - you don't want to miss Pilatus.