Mount Pilatus, Lucerne

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Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens/Lucerne, Switzerland +41 (0)41 329 11 11
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    Views Around Mount Pilatus Observation Deck

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2015

    this will be pictures of the various views you can see at the observation deck of Pilatus kulm atop Mount Pilatus.

    the Outside Observation Deck of Pilatus Kulm is the best way to enjoy an uninterrupted 360 view of the scenery around mount Pilatus and the areas beyond it like the swiss alps, lake Lucerne, the hiking and alpine trails and forests and even the other lakes towns like Interlaken (if you have a really powerful optical zoom camera) unless there are hordes of people competing for the space around the open air viewing deck specially in the peak tourist seasons. you can go around the impromptu ice cave beside it and hake a little hike and take pictures as there are sections of the cave which are open and have vista points as well. Pilatus Kulm is located 2132 meters (7,000 feet) above sea level.

    Address: Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens/Lucerne, Switzerland

    Directions: A2 motorway following signs for Lucerne; take 'Luzern Süd/Kriens' exit.

    Phone: +41 (0)41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Mount Pilatus Observation Deck

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2015

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    the Outside Observation Deck of Pilatus Kulm is the best way to enjoy an uninterrupted 360 view of the scenery around mount Pilatus and the areas beyond it like the swiss alps, lake Lucerne, the hiking and alpine trails and forests and even the other lakes towns like Interlaken (if you have a really powerful optical zoom camera) unless there are hordes of people competing for the space around the open air viewing deck specially in the peak tourist seasons. you can go around the impromptu ice cave beside it and hake a little hike and take pictures as there are sections of the cave which are open and have vista points as well.

    Pilatus Kulm is the top of Mount Pilatus and where the common Stations of the Pilatus Cable Car and the Cogwheel Railway converge (although located at separate sides of the complex and is connected via a concrete walkway. Pilatus Kulm also houses a Hotel, several restaurant facilities, souvenir shops, Pilatus mini museum, a carved cave like pathway around the mountain where you can view around, an open viewing deck where you can see 360 degree vies of the swiss alps, lake Lucerne, and beyond. Pilatus Kulm is located 2132 meters (7,000 feet) above sea level.

    Address: Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens/Lucerne, Switzerland

    Directions: A2 motorway following signs for Lucerne; take 'Luzern Süd/Kriens' exit.

    Phone: +41 (0)41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Esel Summit and Observation Deck

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2015

    like what I've Said, The Mountain actually is composed of several summits of which the highest (2,128 meters or 6982 feet) is named Tomlishorn (on the far side of the observation deck) and Esel Summit (2,119 meters or 6952 feet), where the Cogwheel Railway Station is located. The mountain is part of the Emmanthal Branch of the Swiss Alps and is 15 kilometers away from the Downtown of Lucerne and if you want to go to the top of Essel Summit, they way there is at the back of the Round Building that hosts both the cogwheel and cable car stations at opposite sides where a concrete round like stepway connects tht buidling it to the observation (about 240 steps) up to the top of the summit where there is an observation deck . the pathway is slippery at times so that they posted caution signs for people who want to go to the top and down.

    Address: Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens/Lucerne, Switzerland

    Directions: A2 motorway following signs for Lucerne; take 'Luzern Süd/Kriens' exit.

    Phone: +41 (0)41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Tomlishorn Summit and Observation Deck

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2015

    The Mountain actually is composed of several summits of which the highest (2,128 meters or 6982 feet) is named Tomlishorn (on the far side of the observation deck) and Esel Summit (2,119 meters or 6952 feet), where the Cogwheel Railway Station is located. The mountain is part of the Emmanthal Branch of the Swiss Alps and is 15 kilometers away from the Downtown of Lucerne and the Tomlinson Summit has a concrete stepway connecting it to the observation (about 200 steps) up to the top of the summit where there is an observation deck and a weather radar dome and telephone dish. the pathway is slippery at times so that they posted caution signs for people who want to go to the top and down.

    Address: Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens/Lucerne, Switzerland

    Directions: A2 motorway following signs for Lucerne; take 'Luzern Süd/Kriens' exit.

    Phone: +41 (0)41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Mount Pilatus (Kriens View)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2015

    this will be pictures of mount Pilatus from various areas in Kriens.

    the famed Mount Pilatus, which overlooks the City of Lucerne which legend says either that A Dragon Lives on the Mountain (medieval legend) or that Pontius Pilate who famously washed his hands in the Punishment of Jesus Christ, was buried here. The Mountain actually is composed of several summits of which the highest (2,128 meters or 6982 feet) is named Tomlishorn (on the far side of the observation deck) and Esel Summit (2,119 meters or 6952 feet), where the Cogwheel Railway Station is located. The mountain is part of the Emmanthal Branch of the Swiss Alps and is 15 kilometers away from the Downtown of Lucerne.

    There are several ways to go to the mountain such as hiking routes in Kriens area and the Cogwheel Railway in Alpnachstad and the Cable Car in Kriens and the popular route during summer is going to the mountain via the Golden Round Trip, which is composed of using a boat from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, going up on the cogwheel railway, coming down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, and taking a bus back to Lucerne.

    Address: Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens/Lucerne, Switzerland

    Directions: A2 motorway following signs for Lucerne; take 'Luzern Süd/Kriens' exit.

    Phone: +41 (0)41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Mount Pilatus (Lake Lucerne View)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2015

    this will be my pictures of Mount Pilatus from Lake Lucerne.

    this will be my Mount Pilatus Lucerne View

    the famed Mount Pilatus, which overlooks the City of Lucerne which legend says either that A Dragon Lives on the Mountain (medieval legend) or that Pontius Pilate who famously washed his hands in the Punishment of Jesus Christ, was buried here. The Mountain actually is composed of several summits of which the highest (2,128 meters or 6982 feet) is named Tomlishorn (on the far side of the observation deck) and Esel Summit (2,119 meters or 6952 feet), where the Cogwheel Railway Station is located. The mountain is part of the Emmanthal Branch of the Swiss Alps and is 15 kilometers away from the Downtown of Lucerne.

    There are several ways to go to the mountain such as hiking routes in Kriens area and the Cogwheel Railway in Alpnachstad and the Cable Car in Kriens and the popular route during summer is going to the mountain via the Golden Round Trip, which is composed of using a boat from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, going up on the cogwheel railway, coming down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, and taking a bus back to Lucerne.

    Address: Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens/Lucerne, Switzerland

    Directions: A2 motorway following signs for Lucerne; take 'Luzern Süd/Kriens' exit.

    Phone: +41 (0)41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Mount Pilatus

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    this will be my Mount Pilatus Lucerne View

    the famed Mount Pilatus, which overlooks the City of Lucerne which legend says either that A Dragon Lives on the Mountain (medieval legend) or that Pontius Pilate who famously washed his hands in the Punishment of Jesus Christ, was buried here. The Mountain actually is composed of several summits of which the highest (2,128 meters or 6982 feet) is named Tomlishorn (on the far side of the observation deck) and Esel Summit (2,119 meters or 6952 feet), where the Cogwheel Railway Station is located. The mountain is part of the Emmanthal Branch of the Swiss Alps and is 15 kilometers away from the Downtown of Lucerne.

    There are several ways to go to the mountain such as hiking routes in Kriens area and the Cogwheel Railway in Alpnachstad and the Cable Car in Kriens and the popular route during summer is going to the mountain via the Golden Round Trip, which is composed of using a boat from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, going up on the cogwheel railway, coming down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, and taking a bus back to Lucerne.

    Address: Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens/Lucerne, Switzerland

    Directions: A2 motorway following signs for Lucerne; take 'Luzern Süd/Kriens' exit.

    Phone: +41 (0)41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    Central Swiss Alps (Mount Pilatus View)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 12, 2015

    Off course, Mount Pilatus is a favorite attraction for tourist not only because it is part of the attraction of Lucerne but since the Mountain is the nearest to Lucerne Highest Observation Deck where you can see the magnificent Central Swiss Alps in It's Glory as it is only 15 kilometers away from Lucerne, unlike Stanserhorn which is 24 kilometers away and Rigi which is 22 kilometers away and Mount Titlis in Engelberg which is 36 kilometers away (but it has the best views of the swiss alps as well).

    Pilatus Kulm is the top of Mount Pilatus and where the common Stations of the Pilatus Cable Car and the Cogwheel Railway converge (although located at separate sides of the complex and is connected via a concrete walkway. Pilatus Kulm also houses a Hotel, several restaurant facilities, souvenir shops, Pilatus mini museum, a carved cave like pathway around the mountain where you can view around, an open viewing deck where you can see 360 degree vies of the swiss alps, lake Lucerne, and beyond. Pilatus Kulm is located 2132 meters (7,000 feet) above sea level.

    according to Wikipedia:

    The Swiss Alps extend over both the Western Alps and the Eastern Alps, encompassing an area sometimes called Central Alps.[1] While the northern ranges from the Bernese Alps to the Appenzell Alps are entirely in Switzerland, the southern ranges from the Mont Blanc massif to the Bernina massif are shared with other countries such as France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein.

    The Swiss Alps comprise all the mountains of Switzerland over 2,000 metres above sea level and almost all the highest mountains of the Alps, such as Monte Rosa (4,634 m), the Dom (4,545 m), the Lyskamm (4,527 m), the Weisshorn (4,506 m) and the Matterhorn (4,478 m).

    Address: Schlossweg 1, 6010 Kriens/Lucerne, Switzerland

    Directions: A2 motorway following signs for Lucerne; take 'Luzern Süd/Kriens' exit.

    Phone: +41 (0)41 329 11 11

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch/en/

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    The view from on high.....Mt Pilatus

    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 24, 2011

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    Probably the best view of Lucerne and its surrounds can be seen on a clear day from atop Mt Pilatus.

    In summer there are many hiking and walking trails to explore which will amaze and delight the true devotees of these activities. For those of us who are less energetic, the view is more than enough to suffice, not to mention the cafe and of course the means of transport to get there.

    I chose the Golden Tour which begins with a boat trip on fabulous Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad where we transferred to the Pilatus Bahn which of course is the steepest cog wheel railway in Europe. What an amazing journey that is, with views of the valley and the lake that will take your breath away. The return trip includes a cable car ride followed by a two stop ride on a very efficient gondola system. I must admit however, that jumping on and off the gondola is not for the faint hearted or for those of us with arthritic knees. Somehow I managed, but I really don't know how. In any event the gondolas leave you at Kriens, about 500 meters from the public bus which takes you back to Lucerne

    Address: Boat terminal near the Hauptbahnhof

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch

    Transfer to the Cog Wheel train View from the Cog Wheel The treacherous gondolas
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    Pilatus is Up There

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 17, 2010

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    It is a famed mountain in a chain of known names, mostly because it stands at 7,000 feet, but also because of the cog rail leading to the top. The rail is around 100 years and is to be the steepest grade in Europe. An experience just as great is taking the cable car back down. It is a pitch where you have to lean backward, so as not to fall in forward and fall out. Ha!. Or, you could walk up. It takes over 5 hours in normal walking.
    The view at the top is an absolutely fabulous on a clear day, and I believe 1/2 probably are in summer months. The Eiger is another well known mountain that is not too far as the eye sees. Many climbers trek for many hours in this area. The weather can be much cooler on top, even in the fall. Snow lingers here for most of the year.

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch

    looking down the rim to the end of the range cable car shot of shed on farm with cows tunnel alcove to get around to other side for view Chapel for climbers to pray getting down is easier View of the trek up there
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    View like Olympus

    by DSwede Updated Dec 14, 2009

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    Mt Pilatus, the wonderfully magnificent mountain that looks down on Lucerne, is an easy day excursion. There are a few ways to get to the top, one is to take a bus to the cable car and come up the north side. Otherwise, you can take a train or boat to the south and take the world’s steepest cable car to the top. The view from the top is equal to the eagle’s, but can be cold and windy if in bad weather. The top of the mountain has a large patio with restaurants and several paths for walking around the various mountain faces. The exercise freaks can even hike up to the top.

    I bought the round-trip boat, to cogwheel, to the cable car return to Lucern for $35 on-line.

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch

    View of Luzern from Above
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    Esel's Peak....

    by barbskie Updated Aug 9, 2008

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    Do not miss this short trail about 10 minutes walk. It is 2406 m high a.s.l(6943 ft) located over the station. Enjoy a spectacular 360 degree panorama of the alpine ranges, the Black Forest, Saentis and the view over six lakes.It is a kind of slight fitness after a meal :)

    1st photo: The topmost of Esel Peak
    2nd photo: The trail
    3rd photo: The whole view of Esel Peak
    4th photo: Esel Peak with the Hotel and Restaurant Building
    5th photo: At the plattform

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch

    A reward topview...zooming our Ida ;)
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    Cogwheel train ride....

    by barbskie Updated Aug 9, 2008

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    A great experience having rides in a cogwheel train up to the summit. The railway is the world's steepest with its 48 % gradient passing throug five tunnels. At the top you enjoy the unforgetable view over the surrounding mountains and lakes. An ideal mountain in Central Switzerland for family excursions, sport lovers and adventurers. I visited the place thrice already but seems the next trip is on my mind. I'd like to make the trail to Tomlishorn. Hope i can do it.

    Address: Aplnachstad, Lucerne

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch

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    Somptuous Pilatus!

    by Tripack Written Aug 8, 2008

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    A must do during your Swiss stay on an half or full day trip!

    From the top at 2'312 meters absl, you will reward by a 360° takebreathing panaromic view on the Central Switzerland.

    The trip to the Pilatus is itself an great experience with the historic paddle steamer, the steepest cogwheel railway, the impressive zigzag walking trail and the aerial cable car ride.

    Discover more on my Pilatus climb up!

    Website: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/29312/a8a33/

    View from Mount Pilatus on Luzern surroundings Pilatus view from Luzern Lake Cableway up to the Mount Pilatus Cable car top station The famous Pilatus dragon
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    Oberhaupt Peak

    by barbskie Updated Aug 29, 2007

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    It is an easy short walk from the station level. Another spot to enjoy a spectacular 360 degree panorama like the ESEL PEAK. Of course, it depends upon the day's weather conditions. The alpine ranges of some famous spots could be seen from here like; the Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau,Black Forest, Saentis, the lakes of Lucerne, Rot,Hallwill,Baldegg and Sempach.

    Website: http://www.pilatus.ch

    Oberhaupt Peak

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