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Mount Pilatus Tour

Mount Pilatus Tour Packages
Country: Switzerland
City: Lucerne
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours

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Emblem of central Switzerland and a home mountain to the town of Lucerne – that’s Pilatus.

Your journey starts in Lucerne. First, it goes by steam boat on the Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. There, you take the world’s steepest cogwheel (maximum 48 percent climb) which takes you right to the top of Mount Pilatus.

From the top you will enjoy the stunning scenery and view of Alpine peaks and beautiful Lake Lucerne. Then you can have lunch at the Pilatus Kulm Mountain hotel which was first opened in 1890.

In the afternoon, way down to Kriens by aerial panorama gondola and aerial cableways. In Kriens a five-minute walk takes you to bus no. 1 for the trip back to Lucerne.

From a geological aspect, Mount Pilatus is the northernmost branch of the Alps. The geological edge of the Alps stretches right through Lake Lucerne. Along this border run the sedimentary layers which traverse the whole of Switzerland and, with the lakes in the Alpine foothills, create some of Switzerland's most stunning scenery. The geological development of the rock on Mount Pilatus displays the characteristic features of erosion and weathering which make the mountain the landmark of Central Switzerland.

Pilatus is one of the most legendary places in Central Switzerland and one of the most beautiful. A few local legends about the origin of the name exist, one claim that a dragon rock supposedly fell from the sky in the year 1420. Another is that the mountain looks like the belly of a large man, Pilate, lying on his back and was thus named for him.

The mountain massif of Pilatus, which towers above the region with its 2,132 meters in height, indubitably captures the imagination. Even today Pilatus is a source of mystical discoveries and is home to places of natural beauty that are steeped in legend and lore.

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