Mount Pilatus, & Cog Railway Alpnach, Switzerland

Mount Pilatus is a mountain massif overlooking Lucerne in Central Switzerland. It is composed of several peaks, of which the highest 2,128 m is named Tomlishorn and is located about 1.3 km to the southeast of the top cable car and cog railway station.

From Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces.

The two peaks right next to the stations are called Esel (Donkey, 2,118 m, which lies just east over the railway station, the one on the west side is called Oberhaupt or Head-Leader, 2,105 m.

The top can be reached with the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, from Alpnachstad, operating from May to November depending that is on snow conditions, and the whole year with the aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways from Kriens. Both peaks next to the top stations, Esel and Oberhaupt, can easily be reached by the majority of toursits.

The highest peak however, Tomlishorn, and the other peaks, such as Widderfeld 2,128 meven further west than the Tomlishorn on the border between LU and OW, Matthorn 2,040 m to the south, the Klimsenhorn 1,906 m to the north (UW), and Rosegg 1,974 m and Windegg 1,673 m to the east, both on the border of UW and OW, should only be approached with an expereinced guide and the appropriate Alpine hiking equipement and communications.

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