Friday, April 13, 2012

Mount Pilatus Tour at Lucerne, Switzerland


Lucerne town is very well-known for its major attraction of Mount Titlis and Mount Pilatus in Switzerland. Mount Titlis is located at 10,000 feet in the Urner Alps of Switzerland. Mount Titlis is famous for the world's first revolving cable car with 360-degree panoramic views of the snow-covered valleys, glaciers, lakes, forests and mountains in Switzerland. On the other hand, Mount Pilatus is located at 7,000 feet which allows you to enjoy the stunning scenic views in a gondola, cable car and the world's steepest cogwheel train ride. 

Switzerland is famous for its advanced technology in building the world-class highway tunnels through  mountains and panoramic cable cars to take visitors to the top of mountains to enjoy the spectacular view of Switzerland. Thus, you should take this opportunity to ride on the panoramic cable car and Locher cogwheel train at the major tourist attraction sites in Switzerland. However, it's not advisable to ride on cable car and cogwheel train when the weather is not permitted such as raining and snowing. Moreover, Locher cogwheel train is closed throughout the winter season at Mount Pilatus thus, you need to plan this trip properly to avoid any disappointment.

Since I was staying in Lucerne town for a night thus, I took this opportunity to visit Mount Pilatus. The ticket booth at Mount Pilatus opens at 8:30am so, try to be there as early as possible since the big crowd of visitors and tour groups begin to form in a long line by 9:00am onwards. 

You can begin the trip by taking a ride in a panorama cable gondola from the ticket booth, which is known as Kriens section. The cable gondola will take you to Frakmuntegg station. You will be amazed with the stunning panoramic views during your 30 minutes cable gondola ride from Kriens to Frakmuntegg stations. Then, you need to change from cable gondola to the aerial cableway at Frakmuntegg station. The aerial cableway will take you to the top of Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in a five minutes ride.

Do try to take a ride on the Locher cogwheel train to Alpnachstad station once you have finished enjoying the spectacular view at Pilatus Kulm. It's the world's steepest cogwheel train which runs between 9-12km/h and takes about 30 minutes per ride. The locher cogwheel train operates between May to November yearly and closes throughout the winter season. As the cogwheel train moves on the steepest mountain, all the seats are built on 45 degree angle in order to provide comfort and safety for the passengers while riding on the cogwheel train.

As you get off from the locher cogwheel train, you are actually exiting at Alpnachstad station, which is facing the Lake Lucerne. You can try to take a ferry ride and head back to Lucerne town. You can purchase the Golden Round Trip (combined tickets), which includes the ride on cable cars, cogwheel train and boat ride to Lucerne town at this official website of Mount Pilatus here.



*** I will share my photographs of my ferry ride from Mount Pilatus to Lucerne town in my next post. ***





The ticket booth entrance at Kriens section of Mount Pilatus in Lucerne, Switzerland
The ticket booth entrance at Kriens section of Mount Pilatus



The aerial cable gondola takes you from the ticket booth at Kriens section to the Frakmuntegg summit terminus at Mount Pilatus in Lucerne, Switzerland
Taking the aerial cable gondola from the ticket booth at Kriens section via the Krienseregg to the Fräkmüntegg summit terminus at Mount Pilatus



An aerial gondola in panoramic views at Mount Pilatus in Lucerne, Switzerland
Aerial Gondora in panoramic views at Mount Pilatus




Another panoramic view with cable gondola at Mount Pilatus in Lucerne, Switzerland
Another panoramic view with cable gondola at Mount Pilatus



Beautiful scenery at Frakmuntegg section while waiting for the aerial cableway to take you to the top of PIlatus Kulm at Mount Pilatus in Lucerne, Switzerland
Enjoying beautiful scenery at Fräkmüntegg section while waiting for the aerial cableway to take us to the top of Pilatus Kulm



The world's steepest Locher cogwheel railway train at Mount Pilatus in Lucerne, Switzerland
The world's steepest Locher cogwheel railway train operates between May to November each year



A 5-minute cableway ride with panoramic views before reaching to the top of Pilatus Kulm at Mount Pilatus in Lucerne, Switzerland
Another 5-minute cableway ride and enjoy pleasant views from 2132 metres above sea level before reaching the top of Pilatus Kulm



A warm Welcome in different languages at Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
A warm Welcome in different languages at Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus)




At the top of Pilatus Kulm (Mount PIlatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
An early morning view on top of Mount Pilatus



It's cold and misty early in the morning at the top of Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Cold and misty early in the morning at the top of Mount Pilatus



It's cold and misty early in the morning with beautiful Alphine Horn (Swiss Horn) performance at Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
It's cold and slightly misty early in the morning at Pilatus Kulm but I'm enjoying to listen this beautiful performance by Swiss Horn (traditional musical instrument in Switzerland)


 
walking up on the steps in order to see the overview of Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Walking up on the steps in order to see the overview of Pilatus Kulm



Almost reaching to the top hill to see the overview of Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Almost reaching to the top in order to see the overview of Pilatus Kulm




Stunning views from the top hill at Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Stunning views at Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus)




Greenery mountain with blue sky at Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Greenery mountain at Pilatus Kulm



Misty mountain can be seen on top of Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Misty mountain can be seen on top of Pilatus Kulm




Goodby in various languages as you head to the cogwheel train terminal at Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Goodbye in various language as you head to the cogwheel train railway terminal at Pilatus Kulm



Riding in a Locher cogwheel train from Pilatus Kulm to Alpnachstad station at Mount Pilatus in Lucerne, Switzerland
Riding in a Locher cogwheel train system which moves very slow at 9-12km per hour from Pilatus Kulm to Alpnachstad section



All the seating are built at 45 degree angle to ensure the safety of passengers while going down the steepest mountain of Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
All the seating are built at 45 degree angle to ensure passengers feel comfortable while going down the steepest mountain of Mount Pilatus



The scenery of Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) from the driver seat of the Locher cogwheel train in Lucerne, Switzerland
Sitting in front of the Locher cogwheel train and watching at the scenery from the driver's seat at Mount Pilatus



Panoramic views in the cogwheel train at Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Enjoying panoramic views in the cogwheel train from Pilatus Kulm to Alpnachstad and passing through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams for about 30 minutes per ride



Locher cogwheel train ride is coming to the end at Alpnachstad section at Pilatus Kulm (Mount Pilatus) in Lucerne, Switzerland
Locher cogwheel train ride is coming to the end at Alpnachstad section



PIlatus Bahn or Mount Pilatus at Lucerne, Switzerland
Leaving the Locher cogwheel railway station at Alpnachstad of Mount Pilatus

1 comment:

  1. Amazing Photos!!! William, I didn't know that you are this good photographer.

    Cheers!

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