Welcome to Mt Pilatus
Rearing above Lucerne from the southwest, and accessed by the world's steepest cog railway, Mt Pilatus (www.pilatus.ch; 9km southwest of Lucerne) makes an unforgettable, scenic day excursion. The mountain rose to fame in the 19th century when Wagner waxed lyrical about its Alpine vistas and Queen Victoria trotted up here on horseback. Legend has it that this 2132m peak was named after Pontius Pilate, whose corpse was thrown into a lake on its summit and whose restless ghost has haunted its heights ever since. It’s more likely that the moniker derives from the Latin word pileatus, meaning cloud covered – as the mountain frequently is.