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Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

1. Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

2. From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

This exquisite tour takes you through the countryside surrounding the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. This includes a brief tour of Lucerne's most impressive sights, including a photo stop at the Lion Monument or Lake Lucerne depending on the traffic situation. After a short pause to rest your feet and recharge your batteries, the tour continues to Kriens, where you will take a panoramic gondola and cable car rides to the summit of Mount Pilatus, a height of 2132 meters. Enjoy breathtaking views of Switzerland's Alpine landscape. Take in the extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding lakes, valleys, and mountains before making the thrilling descent on the steepest funicular railway in the world, riding at a 48% slope to Alpnachstad. Afterward, you'll relax on a soothing boat ride over the Lake of the Four Cantons, back to Lucerne. From there, take the bus back to Zurich.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Pilatus Mountain Tour with Lunch

3. From Zurich: Lucerne & Pilatus Mountain Tour with Lunch

Journey to Mount Pilatus – a mystical, white-winter paradise – and enjoy lunch at a cosy restaurant with spectacular views overlooking the Swiss Alps and the city of Lucerne. From Zürich, take a scenic coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. See the main sights of this charming town. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the old town before continuing to Kriens. Take the panoramic gondolas and aerial cableway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus (7000ft / 2132m). At the peak, a mystical, white-winter paradise awaits you with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lakes! Warm up in the self-service restaurant Bellevue on top of Mt. Pilatus with a lunch voucher (worth CHF 20) of your choice. According to the legend, kind dragons used to inhabit this mountain! Discover the Dragon Path and enjoy the spectacular alpine panorama.

Private Trip From Zurich to Mt. Pilatus Through Lucerne

4. Private Trip From Zurich to Mt. Pilatus Through Lucerne

Your driver will meet you at any convenient destination for you in Zurich. When you are already in the wonderful city of Lucerne your driver guide will lead you to the historical and must see places like the Chapel Bridge, Water Tower, Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Old city squares. After the exhausting walk you can take a break in one of the finest cafes within old city, near the lakeside or in the modern side as per your preferences. After having your coffee or snacks or just a wonderful time in Lucerne, your driver - guide will lead you to the most incredible aerial cableway journey called “Dragon Ride”: this is really like flying on the back of a dragon, when your adrenaline is going up to the top gradually. With bright memories enjoy a private transfer back to Zurich. 

Mt. Pilatus Day Photo Tour from Lucerne

5. Mt. Pilatus Day Photo Tour from Lucerne

Experience the assorted delights of Lucerne's landmark mountain . This is a day excursion taking in first a boat trip, then a cogwheel railway, aerial cableway, and last but not least, a panorama gondola. You are guaranteed amazing photography opportunities during this journey. After a boat trip on Lake Lucerne, you can look forward to a spectacular ride on the world's steepest cog railway. From an altitude of (7,000 ft/2132 meters), you'll enjoy an unforgettable view over the surrounding mountains and lakes, and take a short hike to the summit of the mountain; one of the best vantage points for landscape photography. Then you'll take the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and panorama gondolas down, and then a 5 minute walk will bring you to the bus for the trip back to Lucerne.

Mt. Pilatus: Private Tour with Lake Cruise from Zürich

6. Mt. Pilatus: Private Tour with Lake Cruise from Zürich

Mount Pilatus is a mountain massif with several peaks, overlooking Lucerne. The top can be reached with the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway, from Alpnachstad, operating from May to November (depending on snow conditions) and the whole year with the aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways from Kriens. The classical "Golden Round Trip" involves taking the lake boat from Luzern across to Alpnachstad, going up by the cogwheel railway, and returning down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas to Kriens, from where the bus takes you back to Luzern. Your tour guide leads you on this round trip through varied landscapes and wonderful views and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow

From Zürich: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

7. From Zürich: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

Travel from Zürich to Mount Pilatus on a circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the stunning landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Luzern across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Luzern by bus.

Mt Stanserhorn Photo-Tour with Convertible Style Cable Car

8. Mt Stanserhorn Photo-Tour with Convertible Style Cable Car

First, take the train to Stans on the southern side of Lake Lucerne, a ride which will take roughly 20 minutes, then make a time-jump ride on a wooden vintage funicular from the 19th century right before getting to the top-modern CabriO cable car. Most of you have probably experienced what a regular cable car feels like. The Stanserhorn mountain though has made it more exciting for its guests. The world’s first convertible-style cable car, the Stanserhorn CabriO, is where the fun begins. Wander from the summit down to the plateau at 1200 to 1600 meters above sea level in the Engelberg valley through the Geo-Trail towards the holiday destination of Wirzwerli where you will take a gondola ride down to the station. A 10 minute stroll will lead you to the train station and back to Luzern. Before you begin the hike, you’ll first be delighted with flowering meadows; stunning views over a hundred kilometers of alpine peaks, the city of Lucerne in the distance and also Lucerne’s own Mount Pilatus rising 2,128 meters into the sky; the lower sprawl of the Bürgenstock and the characteristic double peak of the Mythen among an endless scenery of lakes and mountain meadows. Marvel at the sights in an unforgettable ride through the valley, you can have a panoramic and completely unobstructed view while you float under the open sky with pristine mountain air blowing through your fluttering hair and no ropes above your head – as these are placed on the side of the carriage. The unimpaired view from the roofless upper deck of the gondola is truly memorable.

From Basel: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

9. From Basel: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

Discover the highlights of Lucerne's natural spaces on this excursion that takes you to the top of Mount Pilatus. Ride on cogwheel train, boat and cableway to arrive at the peak and enjoy panoramic views. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable panoramic view at Mt. Pilatus which is located outside Lucerne. The typical Golden Round Trip (Jun-Oct) offers a wonderful excursion: First travel by lake boat on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. From there, mount the world's steepest cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus. On the return travel by panoramic aerial cableway via Kriens and by local bus back to Lucerne. You can also enjoy the various attractions on Mount Pilatus, including Switzerland's largest rope park. Or simply enjoy the views. The cogwheel railway and the scheduled lake boat are closed from November to May. During this time you reach Mt. Pilatus by cableway and will take a one-hour scenic lake cruise in Lucerne instead.

From Basel: Private Pilatus Golden Tour with Lake Cruise

10. From Basel: Private Pilatus Golden Tour with Lake Cruise

Start your tour with pickup at your accommodation and make your way to the train station in Basel. An intercity train will take you in 1 hour to central Lucerne, where you'll board a boat for a 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. Enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and and the waterfront of the city.  Arrive in Alpnachstad, where you'll switch to the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus railway operates between May and October and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey takes you from 464 meters above sea level to the top of Mount Pilatus, at 2128 meters above sea level. At the top, your tour guide will show you some hidden military objects. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the vast scenery. Your tour guide will take you through the gallery of dragons and tell you a myth about Mount Pilatus.  After the sightseeing tour, enjoy lunch in one of the two restaurants, where your tour guide will happily join you. Afterwards, take some free time to spend as you wish before you begin your descent. A panoramic gondola will take you down to Fräkmüntegg, where you will change to the 4-seat gondola. This section takes you above trees and meadows and down to the suburb Kriens. Head back to central Lucerne for your return trip back to Basel on an intercity train. Once back in Basel, your tour guide will accompany you to your accommodation. 

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What people are saying about Pilatus

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 506 reviews

The tour was amazing. The weather was perfect at Lucerne, the day we went. It was bit freezing at Mt. Pilatus. We were guided by Ms. Antje & Mr. Eduardo. Both of them guided us well. I would recommend Best of Switzerland Tours. I had booked 2 days tours back to back with them. Worth it.

The overall experience was fantastic. Our guide was friendly and courteous. We were confused about why the lake cruise schedule was not flexible as it was a beautiful sunny day. The voucher given was not as great as the boat ride would have been.

Everything was great-picturesque landscape, easy transport, breathtaking views- but especially our guide Michelle was amazing, as a guide and as a person! Thank you for everything Michelle!

Unfortunately, due to the time we went, we went up and back on the cog railway. It was still spectacular!! A must do when in Lucerne for sure!

Guide was very knowledgeable. Trip was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone staying in Lucerne