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Tell Trail stage 4: Lucerne-Pilatus-Stans

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  • Aussicht vom Pilatus
    / Aussicht vom Pilatus
    Photo: Beat Brechbühl, Luzern Tourismus
  • / Hiking on Mount Pilatus
    Photo: Pilatus-Bahnen AG, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Auf dem Allweg
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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The fourth stage of the Tell Trail starts in Lucerne and leads via Fräkmünt up the Pilatus. The descent to Alpnachstad is by cogwheel railway then a walk to Stans.
difficult
Distance 27.4 km
8:00 h
1,650 m
362 m
You start in the city of Lucerne. Take the bus to Kriens, where an idyllic hike through the Chrienser Hohwald forest awaits you. From Fräkmünt the paths become rougher. You circle the Klimsenhorn and hike up countless hairpins to Lucerne's local mountain, the Pilatus. The world's steepest cogwheel railway takes you back down to the valley and Alpnachstad. Finally, you walk to Stans village.

Walking time: approx. 5 hours | Distance: 10 km (not including bus, cog railway) | Total elevation gain: 1,650 m | Total elevation loss: 120 m (including cog railway: 1984 m)

Difficulty
difficult
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Stamina
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Highest point
2,099 m
Lowest point
432 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Bellevue
Restaurant Pilatus-Kulm
Berghotel Pilatus-Kulm
Landgasthof Schlüssel
Bellevue
Restaurant Chalet

Safety information

T3: demanding mountain hiking. 

 

• Good surefootedness

• Average navigation skills

• Elementary alpine experience

Tips and hints

This stage is part of the long-distance Tell Trail, which runs through the whole of Central Switzerland in eight stages.

 

Further information on the Tell Trail: www.luzern.com/telltrail

Start

Lucerne (435 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'666'229E 1'211'481N
DD
47.051052, 8.310268
DMS
47°03'03.8"N 8°18'37.0"E
UTM
32T 447612 5211068
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Destination

Stans

Turn-by-turn directions

You start in the city of Lucerne. Take the bus to Kriens, where an idyllic hike through the Chrienser Hohwald forest awaits you. From Fräkmünt the paths become rougher. You circle the Klimsenhorn and hike up countless hairpins to Lucerne's local mountain, the Pilatus. The world's steepest cogwheel railway takes you back down to the valley and Alpnachstad. Finally, you walk to Stans village.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Dank der zentralen Lage ist Luzern mit allen öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln hervorragend erreichbar. 

Parking

In Luzern gibt es verschiedene Parkhäuser. In Kriens sind ebenfalls Parkplätze neben der Seilbahnstation vorhanden. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'666'229E 1'211'481N
DD
47.051052, 8.310268
DMS
47°03'03.8"N 8°18'37.0"E
UTM
32T 447612 5211068
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy footwear.

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Mary Begré
June 19, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? June 18, 2021
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
27.4 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
1,650 m
Descent
362 m
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