Hotel Bellevue on Mt.Pilatus

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Pilatus, also often referred to as Mount Pilatus, is a mountain massif overlooking Lucerne in Central Switzerland. It is composed of several peaks, of which the highest 2.128 meters is named Tomlishorn.

The whole mountain range stretches at least from the Lopper just opposite from Stansstad to the east as far as at least to the Mittaggüpfi 1.917 meters and the Risetestock 1.759 meters to the west on the border between LU and OW.

The highest peak, Tomlishorn 2.128 meters, and the other peaks, such as Widderfeld 2.076 meters even further west than the Tomlishorn on the border between LU and OW, Matthorn 2.040 meters to the south, the Klimsenhorn 1.906 meters to the north, and Rosegg 1.974 meters and Windegg 1.673 meters to the east, both on the border of UW and OW, should only be approached with appropriate Alpine hiking equipment.

Jurisdiction over the massif is divided between the cantons of Obwalden, Nidwalden, and Lucerne. The main peaks are right on the border between Obwalden and Nidwalden.

The top can be reached with the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, from Alpnachstad, operating from May to November, depending on snow conditions and the whole year with the aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways from Kriens. Tomlishorn is located about 1.3 kilometers to the southeast of the top cable car and cog railway station. Two other peaks, closer to the stations are called Esel, 2.118 meters, which lies just east over the railway station, the one on the west side is called Oberhaupt 2.105 meters