The Pilatus can be climbed by cable car, but obviously I chose the Pilatus-Bahn, a cogwheel railway using sometimes a 48% gradient. A record. The railway starts in Aplnachstad in the canton of Obwalden. It rises to the Esel summit at 2,073 meters or 6,801 feet.
As images speak for themselves, here’s a video.
Once on top of the Pilatus there are two hotels, the Pilatus-Kulm and the Bellevue, there are two restaurants, several hikes and amazing views.
As everything going up is not cheap. But the excursion is magnificent.