I didn’t realise when I took a trip from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus that the journey would turn out to be so much fun! Embarking on a boat trip around Lake Lucerne before alighting at Alpnachstad, we then took the world’s steepest cogwheel railway all the way up to the top of the mountain.
Unbelievably in this modern world, this Swiss cogwheel railway trip (The Pilatus Railway) is still the steepest in the world. Designed by Zurich-born engineer, Eduard Locher-Freuler, it opened on 4th June 1889 and was initially powered by steam before switching to electricity on 15th May 1937. It took 600 men 400 days to build this pioneering 4,618 metre line, manages an incline of 48 per cent and it operates from May to November. The original journey took around 70-80 minutes but with electrification, the journey shrank to just 30 minutes.
I really recommend taking the Golden Round Trip ticket which sees the return journey by cable car and bus back to the city. A great day out all around and you will travel via four different modes of transport.
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