If you ever wondered what it would be like to visit Mount Pilatus in Switzerland just close your eyes and imagine yourself on top of the world overlooking the country while being surrounded by clouds! Standing 7,000 feet high on the mountain, I had a complete panoramic view of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps. It was an incredibly surreal moment. To get to there, we left from Lucerne and took a scenic boat ride along the lake which dropped us off at the foot of the mountain.
After we’ve arrived, to get to the top we had to take the Pilatus railway which is the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. It was a relaxing, beautiful 30 minute ride to the top. Tip: Bring a sweater with you, even if you go in the summer it gets chilly on up there!
Once I made my way to the top, the views were breathtaking. You can spend the whole day exploring if you wanted to as there are many different areas of the mountain that are accessible for walking and hiking. There are also fun activities you can do such as rock climbing and the Pilatus rope park which looks like a blast! It is a daredevil’s dream course with tightrope walking, zip lining, free falling and tree climbing.
There are restaurants if you get hungry but I am warning you, it is not cheap. I only bought a pre-made sandwich and a small hot chocolate (couldn’t resist!) and was shocked by how much it cost. The hot chocolate was definitely worth it though.. delicious!! However, if you are not planning on spending a lot of money, I would suggest to pre pack a sandwich to bring with you. Even though I spent more than I intended, I just took a look outside and forgot all about it. I mean.. look at these views!!!
In late medieval times it was believed that a dragon lived in the mountain. There is a trail that you can take called Dragon’s Path. It looked like a creepy scene from The Lord of The Rings. The clouds surrounding us which looked like fog definitely added to it. I was waiting for Gollum to pop out! I’m glad I was with a group of friends because I don’t know if I would have been brave enough to venture there alone. The creepiness made it more fun to explore though! Unfortunately, we didn’t find any dragons.. maybe they were hiding. 😛
We came across an abandoned shed with people’s names carved in it so we were able to leave our mark behind!
Once we were ready to head back down, we had to take a cable car part of the way and then transfer to another one. If you want a more thrilling descent, you can fly down on a steel slide on the toboggan run. I didn’t know about it at the time, otherwise I would have done it! This was one of the greatest experiences of my travels and I hope that I get a chance to go again one day. I would love to see what it looks like in the winter!