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Itinerary

Make your way to the Lucerne train station at 8:30am. The station overlooks the pier, so start by boarding your boat for your 1-hour cruise around Lake Lucerne. 

Disembark at Alpnachstad, and head inside a welcoming chalet-style restaurant with a terrace. Use your time here to eat and drink at your own expense, then make your way to the cogwheel railway for a ride up the mountainside. 

The steep line is known as a scenic route; cast your gaze out of the window as you pass alongside mountain streams and pastures sprinkled with alpine flowers on your way to the peak of Mt. Pilatus. 

When you reach its 6,995-foot (2,132-meter) summit, you’ll have some free time to soak up the views from the gallery, terrace, or restaurant. If you’re feeling more energetic, then take a short stroll to a nearby peak.

Descend back down the mountain via the Dragon Ride cable car, and hop out at Fräkmüntegg to enjoy a range of mountain activities. Test your agility climbing our rope park and get your adrenaline pumping (own expense), or treat the kids to a panoramic cable car ride to the children’s playground at Krienseregg. 

From Krienseregg, you’ll continue by gondola to Kriens, then take the public bus No.1 from Zentrum Pilatus to the Lucerne train station.

Please note: The order of this tour is flexible, and can be adapted if you wish. See the Itinerary for another suggested timetable. 

Locations visited
Lake Luzern
Mount Pilatus
Pilatus Bahnen AG
Overview

Visit Lake Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a half-day tour by boat, cogwheel railway, and gondola. After an hour-long cruise around the lake, you’ll ride up the steepest — and most scenic — cogwheel railway lines in Europe. Stop at the peak of Mt. Pilatus where alpine vistas await. Your tour finishes outside Lucerne, but it’s a short and easy journey back to the city via public bus.

Highlights
  • Half-day tour of Lake Lucerne, Mt. Pilatus, and Fräkmüntegg
  • Start with a Lake Lucerne cruise, admiring the scenery from the water
  • Ride up the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus
  • Take a ride on the aerial Dragon Ride cable car
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing experience

This is probably the best way to spend a day and visit Mt. Pilatus from Lucerne. The Serene boat trip is quite long and provides unforgettable experience of the surroundings. The round trip gives experience of both sides of the mountain with all the cog-wheel,...More

1  Thank Chaitanya R
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fun Day Trip

The Golden Trip is a fun day trip. I highly recommend it. It can be a little bit hectic once you get off the boat and you are waiting for the train. There is a small restaurant there where you can buy drinks or coffee...More

Thank hopeful74
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fantastic day trip

You can buy this trip at the Tourist office in the Train Station and you can go ANYTIME that suits your plans. Just be sure to check the last trip down the mountain and last boat. That way you can start early enough to give...More

4  Thank Kofron
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Our favourite day trip!

Loved everything about this trip. All transport was great and not packed. It’s to do at your leisure and pace which we did two of the walks and then had lunch at the self service too. Private cable car back down.

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 July 2018
Trip is OK, too bad is you want to eat or drink

We took this trip in mid June as part of our seven weeks travelling around Switzerland and Italy. The trip itself is worth considering, although far better alpine views are to be had at Jongfraujoch and Gornergrat. Our issue was the pathetic service at two...More

12  Thank DanandLiz3107
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AndreaA1729
4 August 2018|
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Hello, we have two hotels at Mount Pilatus, where you can stay overnight. Please note that the last cable car from Kriens is leaving at 5 pm (till 21 October 2018) and till 4 pm (afterwards) and the last world's steepest... More
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3 August 2018|
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Hello, please check parking Luzern. Enjoy your trip!
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