Oct 8, 2017 - 10:40 AM
I had the in-laws visiting from Germany this weekend so we thought we'd show them some Swiss scenery.
The weather cooperated on Saturday (October 7) and we decided on Mt. Pilatus.
Mt. Pilatus is quite expensive so it is a really good value if you have the Swiss Travel Pass as it gives you free travel (until the end of 2017). Our half fare travel cards (the resident equivalent of the Swiss Half Fare Card) made it more reasonable for my wife and I.
My wife's parents drove here so we took their car to Alpnachstad. The parking lot is right next to the train station (Alpnachstad) and the boat dock (Alpnachstad See) for people who take the lake cruise to get here from Luzern/Lucerne.
All of these areas are within a 5 minute walk of the ticket booth (where you must buy a ticket or get a free ticket with your Swiss Travel Pass to use to get through the turnstiles).
We arrived about 40 minutes before departure and there were a few people in front of us. They sent up 4 cogwheel trains within a few minutes of each other and all look full.
**TIP: if you take a car or train here be sure to arrive before the boat as it holds 300 people. :) The boat arrives 15 minutes prior to some departures.
The cogwheel was great and took about 40 minutes with a stop 1/2 way to let hikers out if they want and also to wait for opposing trains to come down sometimes.
The weather was amazing with lots of sun, a few clouds and it was about 2 degrees with a bit of snow for the kids to throw around.
As we drove we took the cogwheel back down to the car (although we could have taken the gondolas to Kriens and took a bus and train to get to Alpnachstad).
Attached are a few pictures. :)
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