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A Swiss Alpine Train Ride is Dizzyingly Steep | National Geographic ctm magazine

To reach the dazzling view across Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne from the top of Mount Pilatus, you can take the Pilatus-Bahn, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway.
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Switzerland’s Mount Pilatus offers a dazzling view across Lake Lucerne. A destination for mountain climbers since at least the 16th century, the summit became accessible for casual visitors in 1889, when the Pilatus-Bahn began operation. The railway runs between the town of Alpnachstad and Pilatus Kulm, the peak—a trip of less than three miles. But what made it noteworthy then—and now—is its steep ascent. The maximum grade is 25.6 degrees, or 48 percent, meaning it gains 48 feet in elevation for every 100 feet due forward, disregarding incline. That’s far steeper than any conventional railroad. Hence its very particular record: the world’s steepest cogwheel railway.

A Swiss Alpine Train Ride is Dizzyingly Steep | National Geographic

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  • National Geographic on April 4, 2018

    This masterpiece was exhibited at the World Fair 1889 in Paris. What do you think about this world record-earning railway?

  • Didik Achmadi on April 11, 2018

    How can people dislikes this video?

  • imli jamirr on April 12, 2018

    nice video..pls d name of the soundtrack, anybody?

  • jdoe on April 13, 2018

    Skyrim is real!

  • Vinay Gm on April 13, 2018

    Its annoying to read and watch, it's better if you guys find someone who can lend his voice to your videos….

  • Shrivatsa Joshi on April 13, 2018

    No run-ins with dragons

  • forestsoceansmusic on April 14, 2018

    "The world's steepest cogwheel railway." — that seems to suggest that there are even steeper railways (just not cogwheel). Is that so?

  • TRUTH NO LIES on April 14, 2018

    Its way too beautiful for the eyes!

  • Laura Keller on April 14, 2018

    the one at mt.stoos is steeper

  • Sanjay Krishna on April 15, 2018

    Does anyone know the soundtrack being played?

  • Ishan Sinha on April 16, 2018

    Wow! Pretty!

  • Ishan Sinha on April 16, 2018

    Where did Nat Geo get that music from?

  • Voluntasartem on April 16, 2018

    Why would my ancestors leave this?!?

  • James McDermott on April 17, 2018

    Impressive!!! Colorado's Pike's Peak Cog Railway, has an average grade of 45%, (24*). It's steepest grade is 68%, (34*). American superiority rules again!!! 😉 . Still, this Swiss Rail has beautiful views, and I would love to tag along for a ride…

  • Raymond Espedido on April 23, 2018

    I remember the climbing guy on the price is right

  • Ah Lee on April 25, 2018

    how I wish I can board on that awesome train

  • Cacklea on April 25, 2018

    didnt twice go here? or am i mistaken

  • Lochan Lightning on April 25, 2018

    I want to see it go down

  • lohphat on April 27, 2018

    Not even one close up of the track mechanisms.

  • GETREAL! on April 28, 2018

    It looks just as Afghanistan!!!!!!!!

  • Nathan Frey on May 1, 2018

    These are good videos. Documenting the peak of the Swiss civilization. Great to have it before the fall.

  • de0509 on May 2, 2018

    Quickly got to wikipedia to look this up more. Found something amusing

    "The line still uses original rack rails that are now over 100 years old. While they have worn down, it was discovered that this can be fixed by simply turning the rails over "

    10 points for efficient material use

  • Natasha xo on May 2, 2018

    A little bit scary😨😨😨

  • Ozair Siddiqui on May 3, 2018

    Music that plays at the end anyone plz!!?

  • Ina R.S. on May 4, 2018


  • ToothpikcOriginal on May 10, 2018

    This music sounds like it's from some town in Pokemon

  • anjul sharma on May 14, 2018

    this is best

  • Martin Dalkoff on May 14, 2018

    There was a same Bahn in Chongqing on the river bank, now they have destructed it, sad

  • Allison G on May 21, 2018

    Been there. Absolutely amazing!

  • Kit Walker on June 19, 2018

    Fantastic! Amazingly Inspiring! 🙂

  • Kuunib on July 13, 2018

    I've never been to the Pilatus to dodge all the chinese tourists.

  • Daniel Cairol on July 15, 2018

    My YouTube avatar pic is me at Pilatus lol

  • Sam Mensa on July 17, 2018

    What a beautiful background score!

  • kunjan Nirvikar on July 18, 2018

    beautiful scenary with great music

  • Eman M on August 20, 2018

    Smh it’s just another mountain. Something I could make in my back garden

  • mikatu on September 26, 2018

    Once did the same, but on foot…. takes 4 hours but is worth every second….

  • Adil Ali on September 27, 2018


  • photosr4life on November 6, 2018

    Indeed, one of the beautiful destination

  • Kelly wallace on November 27, 2018

    life is not able being on the internet or YouTube and looking at videos. it's about being there to experience everything humans can and want to. freedom free will to experience everything and feel temp, textures, smells, sights, sounds , through my own brain senses identity inner spirit etc without being locked on to. they watch monitor inside outside always there trying to think act feel respond for me instead of my own decisions. they interfere involve and its like a cloning of themselves, placing it me using me,my cns, like an avatar or robot or other. and operating me against my will and rights. stealing intellectual ideas, creativity, suppressing oppressing, taking 100% freedom rights happiness opportunities and experiences, that I'm allowed to have.

  • Ackza𒀖 on November 30, 2018

    I been here… it was snowing like everest at the very top

  • Black Hole on March 11, 2019

    I would love to ride that

  • G K on January 30, 2020

    it can generate half of consumed electricity all the way from top to down when descending.

  • That Film Guy on May 8, 2020

    Would make a cool a Rollie coaster

  • Mats Ormhed on May 23, 2020

    Amazing railway and a beautiful scenery!

  • TRAIL HUNTER CY on March 1, 2021


  • Bill Jobes on October 27, 2021

    Nice job ruining a magical scene with distracting, unnecessary explanatory graphics ! Put the information in the notes !

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