Mount Pilatus
A mountain of contrasts

Welcome to Mount Pilatus

Chris Zimmermann

Standing 2,119m high, Pilatus is the city of Lucerne's home mountain.

What will I see?

Float through the air in the cable car that feels like a helicopter cockpit - or ride along vertical rockfaces with a 48% gradient in the historic cog railway, the steepest in the world... Pilatus is a mountain of contrasts.
Once a legendary mountain associated with dragons, today the Pilatus is a popular excursion point, viewing platform and place of adventure at the door to Lucerne. And here the world’s steepest cog wheel railway runs from Alpnachstad through the woods, fields and walls of rock on a maximum 48 percent climb. Gondola rail and a cableway on the north side unite Kriens with Pilatus Kulm.

  • Panoramic views
  • Train or Gondola ride
  • Mountainous landscapes with views over the Swiss alps
  • Lens selection and composition for different shots.
  • Composition and using available light
  • Guided Tour by professional Photographer Chris Zimmermann
  • Personal assistance with many tips and tricks
  • Very small group for optimal flexibility and tour experience
  • Full-Day, 10 hours
  • Coffee, Tea, non alcoholic beverages during the breaks in the morning and afternoon. A lunch menu
  • Personal transfer from your hotel in Lucerne to the train or Gondola station and back
  • Train or gondola ticket to and from Mount Pilatus
Skill, Exertion Level
  • Suitable for all skill levels and for all types of digital cameras
  • Short walks on Mount Pilatus
  • Altitude of Mount Pilatus: 2150 m a.s.l
Schedule, Price
  • Full-Day, 10 hours, 08:00-18:00, CHF 820.00 p/p (min 2 persons, max 4 persons)
What to bring
  • Digital Camera
  • 1 or 2 different lenses are usually enough during a shoot as there are many variations with angles, light, exposure time and of course the different locations and subjects. The list below gives you some ideas so that you can set your personal preferences
  • General Lenses: 24-70, 24-105 for a wide range of photo types and panoramas
  • Wide angle Lenses: 11-24, 16-35 for great wide angle shots
  • Telephoto Lenses: 28-300, 100-400 for details in subjects
  • Special Lenses: If you own a Macro lense or a Tilt-Shift lens - there will be plenty of opportunities to use them
  • Tripod: For morning, evening and long exposure shots during daylight. A tripod will greatly enhance your photographic experience
  • Filters: Polarizer, ND-Filters in different grades 3, 6, or 10 stops or variable ones for perfect long exposure shots
  • Accessoires: Spare batteries and memory cards. Camera and Lens cleaning set. Raincover for your gear
Other Essentials
  • Temperature can vary greatly during the day. So we recommend you dress in layers and don't forget a rain jacket and an umbrella
  • Sun protection is essential. A hut and sun creme is recommended
  • Please bring your personal ID
Gear for Rent
If you couldn't bring all your foto gear there is a chance to rent various items like:
  • Canon (Lenses)
  • Manfrotto (Tripods, Panorama-Head, Foto back packs)
  • LEE (Filters)
  • Syrp (Motion-Control for Timelapse and Video)

Can you see the dragon which houses in this mountain?


View from Pilatus towards Lucerne and Mount Rigi

View over the Swiss Mittelland

Pilatus from Lucerne

Pilatus from Lucerne



Tour Map - Location and Area


  • Phone

    +41 79 579 9000

  • E-Mail

  • Address

    Chris Zimmermann
    Fine Art Photography
    Hitzlisbergstrasse 1
    CH-6006 Lucerne



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