Pilatus – the Swiss alps

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Yes, that’s how we’re going to get up and back down one of the Swiss mountain tops and it started with the river boat on Lake Luzern.

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Since the height of the summer season is over, the first boat didn’t leave until 9:38 am, which gave the temps a chance to warm up and some of the morning clouds to evaporate.  We passed this yacht club while traversing the lake before reaching the far end and the place we caught the next leg of the journey.


This part of the lake journey was about 45 minutes and finally at the end, we saw a break in the clouds and some blue sky.

The second leg was on the Pilatus Bahn, or cogwheel railroad.  It is the world’s steepest, with a maximum gradient of 48% during the ride.

The ride up went through meadows where the fog continued to thicken, and then we went into the clouds……..

…………before finally breaking through them once we reached the top.  We passed numerous hikers (crazy people) and they can been seen just as we reached the top.

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We talked to a pair of girls later in the afternoon and they had just finished the hike to the top, taking them 4 hours total.

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I had way too many photos and tried to pick only the best ones.  After awhile, they all looked alike.

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After our meal, we started the journey downhill, going towards the aerial cable car station.

Next transport was a 4-person gondola that we shared with a young couple from Suzhou China: a place we traveled to when Eric visited me last year.

I have a few more photos of our ride going down where you can see Fall is trying to break through.

And then we got low enough to see Lake Luzern in the distance.

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No pictures of our bus ride – pretty typical of a bus anywhere in the world.  This excursion was planned for our last day in Luzern and it did not disappoint.  Sometime in the future, we hope to come back to Switzerland and explore more of this part of Europe.

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Our last view of Luzern before boarding the train ultimately taking us to Paris by way of Basel, Switzerland.




29 thoughts on “Pilatus – the Swiss alps

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