There really is only one way to experience Pilatus properly – and that one way is actually three modes of transport: the Golden Roundtrip. Sail across beautiful Lake Lucerne before the steepest cogwheel railway in the world takes you to the mountain’s summit, gently gliding down via aerial cableway afterwards. Factor in time to visit Fräkmüntegg on the way up (or down), where you’ll find activities and entertainment to keep everyone happy, including two rope parks (one suitable for children aged 4-8, the other catering for older children), Switzerland’s first ‘dragon glider’ and one of the longest toboggan runs in the country. If you’re still feeling energised after all that, take advantage of the many great hiking opportunities around Pilatus. There are paths to suit everyone, whether you want a short, easy stroll or a trail to really test your walking boots and your calves.
However you choose to see Pilatus, remember that it doesn’t have to be just a daytrip. Why not avoid rushing and give the whole family time to experience it in full, by staying overnight at Pilatus Kulm Hotels, set at 2,132 metres above sea level near the mountain’s peak. It’s a truly unique venue, with over 50 rooms (split between the Hotel Bellevue and Hotel Pilatus-Kulm) offering stunning views of the surrounding Alpine landscape.
Please note: Pilatus will reopen on June 8. Please check the Pilatus website for the latest opening schedule.