Encircled by towering peaks and glittering lakes, if you’re looking to take in Switzerland’s famous mountain vistas, Lucerne is ideally situated, with easy access to the Top of Europe at Jungfraujoch, the glacial wonderland of Mount Titlis and the mighty Eiger Mountain. One of the most popular day trip destinations is the 2,132 meter Mt Pilatus which looms over Lake Lucerne and offers spectacular panoramic views of the region. The mountain range is also a prominent recreational area for both locals and tourists, hosting Switzerland’s longest summer toboggan track and one of the largest suspension rope parks in the country.
If you’re visiting during the summer months, the most popular way to explore Mt Pilatus is taking the ‘Golden Round Trip’, a loop that covers all the best lookout points and includes a ride on the world’s steepest cog railway. Hop on a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne to the lakeside town of Alpnachstad, where you’ll board the historic cogwheel railway (which runs from May to November, depending on snowfall) for a dramatic journey up the mountainside, climbing to the dizzying heights of the summit. Returning via the aerial cable-car to Kriens, you’ll be able to marvel at the Lakeland views from all angles, proving that the journey can be just as jaw-dropping as the destination.
With the hillsides blanketed in snow, winter day trips to Mt Pilatus are conducted by cable car, soaring over the icy wonderland of the Mt Pilatus massif. Once you reach the top, take a walk along the legendary Dragon Path, named after the dragons that allegedly once patrolled the peak, then huddle in the warmth for a mountaintop lunch with a view.