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Pilatusbahn, Switzerland

From series “The Most Dangerous Railroads in the World”
Year: 1889.

The Pilatus railway (Pilatusbahn in German) is located in Switzerland and is the steepest railway in the world. It was opened in 1889. The line runs from Alpnachstad to the top of Mount Pilatus, it takes 30 minutes to bridge the difficult and dangerous distance. On the final section of the route the train passes through the narrow tunnel, at the exit from which passengers can immediately see the edge of the cliff.

Pilatusbahn, Switzerland Train traffic along rocky breakages lasts a few minutes, once reliable fencing and embankment on some sections of the road collapsed a long time ago, the tracks thus protrude slightly over the edge of the fragile cliff. The famous engineer Eduard Locher has worked on the project. It is his invention of the cogwheel system that is used throughout the world nowadays. With the help of this system it became possible to pave the railway in difficult mountain terrain. Carriages fitted with the cogwheels, confidently pass the steep up and down gradients as well as the sections of the road with flat surface.

Nowadays, 10 red carriages, designed to hold 40 passengers, are shuttling constantly. The carriages move with a speed not exceeding 12 km/h, which allows to transport up to 340 passengers hourly. In all the carriages the atmosphere of the middle of the last century has been recreated, which makes the trip even more interesting. If you do not lean out of the window, the trip will seem maximally comfortable, but if you do, you can catch the fragrance of mountain flowers and even pick them from the steep slopes. Next - Duffy's Cut


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Nearest airports:
 »  Buochs Airport BXO - in 11 km
 »  Interlaken Airport ZTJ - in 43 km
 »  Kloten Airport ZRH - in 59 km
 »  Basel-Mulhouse Airport BSL - in 91 km
 »  Sion Airport SIR - in 109 km
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Best hotels near Pilatusbahn

Hotel Rössli

Located in 0 km from Pilatusbahn
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Rooms: 37
Hotel Bellevue

Located in 3 km from Pilatusbahn
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Rooms: 20
From the terrace you can enjoy superb views over the Swiss Alps and the bay of Lucerne, while tasting typical Swiss specialities. All rooms in the … More: photo, rates and booking
Seehotel Pilatus

Located in 4 km from Pilatusbahn
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Rooms: 70
The Seehotel's rooms have large windows and come equipped with flat-screen TVs, and radios. Some rooms feature furnished balconies with lake views. … More: photo, rates and booking
Gasthaus Schwendelberg Luzern-Horw

Located in 5 km from Pilatusbahn
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Rooms: 8
Rooms offer satellite TV and lake or mountain views. Bathrooms are private or shared. Free private parking is available at the Schwendelberg … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

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Engelberg
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Engelberg is one of the most prestigious ski resort of the world. Apart from a great number of attractive peculiarities, it has saved its comforting and sympathetic atmosphere of the calm vacation. Travellers have a lot of facilities that make a recreation comfortable. …
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Holloch
38 km - Holloch
The longest cave in Western Europe is located in Switzerland. The general length of the underground vault of the Holloch cave reaches 156 km, and its some pits have the depth of more than 820 meters. Two natural entrances to the cave are on the slopes of the Glarner …
Sternensauser
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Top destination around Pilatusbahn - Luzern

Fans of painting would be interested to visit the Rosengart Gallery, in which collections of works by famous European masters are displayed. Only the paintings of the famous painter Paul Klee here are more than 120. In the gallery there are also paintings by Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse, Paul Cezanne and other famous artists of the 19th - 20th centuries. A separate room in the museum is dedicated to the storage of paintings by Pablo Picasso.
A great place for a family visit is the Nature Museum of Lucerne. It is housed in a beautiful historic building, which was built in 1811 and used to be used as an orphanage. Now, within its walls are kept the most interesting collections devoted to the animal and plant world of the region. In this museum, you can see rare geological exhibits, and also a very interesting exposition dedicated to modern environmental problems. The museum often conducts interesting cognitive activities.

The unique attraction of Lucerne is the Glacier Garden. It is a geological park-museum, which was founded in the 19th century. Its founder is the most ordinary citizen of the city Josef Wilhelm Amrein-Troller, who discovered unique fossils while working in his garden. Now the open-air museum occupies a vast territory, which is divided into several thematic zones. The museum was equipped with a special indoor pavilion for the most valuable exhibits.
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