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Mt. Pilatus
A multi-peaked massif, Mt. Pilatus towers over Lucerne and Central Switzerland. Though Queen Victoria enlisted a mule to help her ascend the mountain in 1868, visitors now venture up by cable car or cogwheel train, which—with a gradient of up to 48 percent—is said to be one of the world’s steepest. Crisscrossed by hiking trails and sled runs, Mt. Pilatus features a kid-friendly adventure park and a suspension rope park. From the top, you can see as far as Italy on a clear day. 
 
The Basics
Visitors to Lucerne cannot miss Mt. Pilatus looming over the city. If you want to ascend the majestic mountain and soak up the stunning panorama of the Swiss Alps, several options are available. The Golden Round Trip package involves traveling by boat, cogwheel railway, panoramic gondola, and aerial cableway. There are self-guided, partly guided, and fully guided tours from both Lucerne and Zurich, all of which include round-trip transportation. Some organized day trips incorporate guided city tours of Lucerne and, in summer, cruises on Lake Lucerne. You can also take a 2-day tour that includes a night’s stay in a hotel high on the slopes.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mt. Pitalus is a must-visit for train buffs, scenery seekers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Drink lots of water to stave off the effects of altitude sickness.
  • Book tickets or tours in advance to save yourself lining up for the cable car or cogwheel train.
  • The cogwheel railway, panoramic gondola, and aerial cableway are all wheelchair-accessible.
 
How to Get There
To access the Mt. Pilatus cable car, ride the trolleybus route 1 from Lucerne’s railway station to Kriens, where you can travel to the summit station at 5,560 feet (1,695 meters) via panoramic gondola and aerial cableway. Alternatively, travel by train or ferry from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, where you can board the cogwheel railway. The Golden Round Trip can be done only during summer.
 
When to Get There
If you want to ride the cogwheel railway or do the boat ride from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, plan your trip for the summer. Both boats and the railway generally operate between May and October (depending on weather conditions). The earlier you set off, the fewer crowds you are likely to encounter. Note that the gondola and aerial cableway close for maintenance for a couple of weeks in late October and November.
 
The Legends of Mt. Pilatus
Mt. Pilatus is associated with many myths. In medieval times, rumors abounded that dragons lived in its crevices. According to local legend, the mountain is named after Pontius Pilate, the Roman emperor who ordered the death of Jesus Christ, and whose lifeless body the devil supposedly dumped in a lake on Mt. Pilatus. It’s more likely, however, that the mountain’s name is connected to the Latin word pileatus (“capped”), which may refer to the clouds that often shroud its peaks.
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Hours: Cog-railway open May - Oct 10am - 5pm
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Mt Pilatus Experience with the world's steepest Cogwheel Railway

Ascend Mt Pilatus in an alpine gondola during this 35-minute trip from Lucerne. Board at the valley station in Kriens, marvel at the panoramic views over the pre-alpine landscape to Fräkmüntegg. Transfer to the 'Dragon Ride' aerial cableway for another 5-minute ride, ending up at 7000 feet (2132 meters) above sea level for epic views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps. Descend via the world's steepest cogwheel railway, passing lush meadows, mountain streams and sheer rock faces on the way to your destination at Alpnachstad.
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Silver Round Trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

Visit Mount Pilatus and take a train ride on the world's steepest cogwheel railway on this self-guided tour from Lucerne. Ride on the new aerial cableway, the Dragon Ride, included, as well as a panoramic gondola ride. All transportation included; you are free to explore on your own once there.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Mount Pilatus golden tour & lake cruise with private tour guide from Lucerne

Delve deep into the Swiss countryside and admire the spectacular mountain scenery on this private Mt Pilatus tour from Lucerne. Hop aboard your boat on Lake Lucerne with a private guide and enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise on the tranquil waters. Admire panoramic views over the shoreline and peaks on route to Alpnachstad. Then, take the steep cog-wheel railway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at a dizzying 6,981 feet (2,128 meters) above sea level. After free time at the top, descend through Fräkmüntegg and Kriens then return to Lucerne.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Mount Pilatus golden tour & lake boat cruise with private tour guide from Zurich

Spend a day around Luzern and on mount Pilatus with your private tour guide, just you and your guide. Enjoy a one-hour boat trip from Luzern to Alpnachstad and change to the Pilatus coghwheel railway, which is the steepest coghwheel railway in the world! Enjoy fantastic views over Luzern, tha lake Lucerne and the surrounding alpine mountain peaks. Relax on the summit terrache before beginning the return journey. Descend by gondola on the north side of mount Pilatus to Kriens and take a short bus ride back to Luzern.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Mount Pilatus golden tour & lake boat cruise with private tour guide from Basel

Enjoy the Swiss mountains and lakeside views on a day trip from Basel to Lucerne. With a private guide, you’ll travel by train to the idyllic lake city that’s loved for its alpine scenery. Take an hour-long cruise around Lake Lucerne, then travel up the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the peak of Mt. Pilatus. After some time to explore the summit, you’ll return to Basel, enjoying gondola, bus, and train rides along the way.
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Rail Tours

Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour from Zürich

Experience in a Private Tour, from May to November, five different modes of transport and one amazing mountain experience all in one day. This is a day excursion taking first a boat trip, then a cogwheel railway, aerial cableway and last but not least a panorama gondola. At 2132 meters altitude (7000 feet’s) enjoy stunning views over Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps. Designed by a local professional photographer and alpine guide, It is guaranteed you will have a lot of amazing photography opportunities during this journey. We will take you to some of the best locations in Mount Pilatus with possibilities of easy hikes and gorgeous photo opportunities. Wether you are an enthusiast photographer, a nature lover or an adventurous traveler, this alpine experience shouldn't be missed! All Camera skill levels are welcome (smart phones, compact cameras or professional DSLR)
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Mount Pilatus golden tour & lake boat cruise with private tour guide from Bern

Spend a day around Luzern and on mount Pilatus with your private tour guide, just you and your guide. Enjoy a one-hour boat trip from Luzern to Alpnachstad and change to the Pilatus coghwheel railway, which is the steepest coghwheel railway in the world! Enjoy fantastic views over Luzern, tha lake Lucerne and the surrounding alpine mountain peaks. Relax on the summit terrache before beginning the return journey. Descend by gondola on the north side of mount Pilatus to Kriens and take a short bus ride back to Luzern.
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  • 8 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Spend an afternoon in the Swiss Alps during this seasonal trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Your 5.5-hour round-trip journey includes a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the peak of Mt Pilatus. After free time at the summit, take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, where you’ll board a boat for a 1-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy commentary from your guide and coach transport from Lucerne.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trips

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Immerse yourself in the mountainous majesty of Mount Pilatus on a full-day excursion from Zurich. Ascend to vertiginous vantage points on a gondola, aerial cable car and the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the dramatic Alps mountain range. Embark on a moderate hike down the verdant Dragon’s Path and take a tranquil cruise on Lake Lucerne. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation from Zurich on this enriching full-day tour.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Rail Tours

Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

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.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Pilatus golden tour - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Basel

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to central Switzerland and the pre-Alps. You meet your tour guide in Basel at the train station. Together you travel typically Swiss-style by train to Lucerne (1 hour). From there you start with the boat ride on lake Lucerne to transfer to Alpnachstad. Board the world’s steepest coghwheel railway and arrive after 35 minutes at Pilatus. Enjoy your free time at your disposal (approx. 2.5 hours) to discover the dragon gallery, the scenic view point and the terrace. Two restaurants invite you to enjoy lunch at 7000ft altitude. Your tourguide will await you for the return travel, you will travel by aerial gondola to Kriens. After a short walk, your tourguide leads you to the local bus and you arrive in central Lucerne. It’s time for a short visit in the old town and to cross the world’s known wooden chapel bridge. After this visit, your tourguide will lead you to your train back to Basel.
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  • 9 hours 45 minutes
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Multi-day Tours

5-Day Best of Switzerland from Zurich

Switzerland’s combination of tall mountains and charming towns has lured many a traveler. On this five-day tour, which is limited to just 10 guests, you’ll visit the country’s top sites. Start with two nights in Lucerne followed by two nights in Interlaken, with side trips to the top of Mount Pilatus and/or Mount Titlis and the Jungfraujoch. You have the option of 3- or 4-star accommodations.
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Overnight Tours

2-Day Alps Tour from Zurich: Mt Pilatus and Mt Titlis

Feast your senses on the mountainous majesty of the Swiss Alps during a 2-day tour of Mt Pilatus and Mt Titlis from Zurich. Begin your Alpine adventure with a sightseeing tour of pretty city, Lucerne, and then ascend to the lofty summit of Mt Pilatus in an aerial cable car. Spend the night in a hotel at the 7,000-foot (2,132-meter) peak and feast upon a delectable 3-course dinner while overlooking the snow-capped spires of the mountain range. Wake refreshed and head to the frozen wonderland of Mt Titlis to explore the Ice Grotto, ride the Ice Flyer and cross Europe’s highest suspension bridge.
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Rail Tours

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ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour

Avoid the stress of being on overcrowded tours and enjoy a hassle-free small-group trip to Mt. Pilatus that’s limited to 14 travelers. Access spectacular panoramic views of Switzerland’s scenery, and the magnificent Lake Lucerne. It’ll be a stress-free day with all tickets and transport included, such as a cogwheel railway, a boat ride, and a gondola ride.
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  • 5 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Pilatus golden tour - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Zurich

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to central Switzerland and the pre-Alps. You meet your tour guide in Zurich at the train station. Together you travel typically Swiss-style by train to Lucerne (1 hour). From there you start with the boat ride on lake Lucerne to transfer to Alpnachstad. Board the world’s steepest coghwheel railway and arrive after 35 minutes at Pilatus. Enjoy your free time at your disposal (approx. 2.5 hours) to discover the dragon gallery, the scenic view point and the terrace. Two restaurants invite you to enjoy lunch at 7000ft altitude. Your tourguide will await you for the return travel, you will travel by aerial gondola to Kriens. After a short walk, your tourguide leads you to the local bus and you arrive in central Lucerne. It’s time for a short visit in the old town and to cross the world’s known wooden chapel bridge. After this visit, your tourguide will lead you to your train back to Zurich.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trips

Mt. Pilatus Winter Day Trip from Zurich

Delve into the winter wonderland of Mount Pilatus on a full-day tour of the majestic Alpine landscape from Zurich. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation by luxury coach and receive a fascinating introduction to the history and geology of the region from your erudite guide. Discover the impressive sights of Lucerne on a guided walking tour; ascend to the summit of Mount Pilatus on an aerial cable car gondola; and enjoy a traditional Swiss lunch in a rustic restaurant.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Overnight Tours

2-Day Winter Tour from Zurich: Mt Pilatus and Mt Titlis

Spend a night at the summit of Mt Pilatus, and visit Mt Titlis, too. This 2-day excursion from Zurich takes in the two famous mountains along with other highlights of the Swiss Alps. After leaving Zurich, enjoy a tour of Lucerne, and then take a cable car to Mt Pilatus. When the daytime crowds leave, settle in for a 3-course dinner, then hit your pillow for a night surrounded by snowcapped peaks. The following day, visit nearby Mt Titlis to walk through the Ice Grotto’s glacier, ride the IceFlyer attraction and amble across the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Don’t look down!
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Photography Tours

Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour

Frame Switzerland’s rugged mountain scenery through the lens of your camera on this 7-hour Mt Pilatus photography tour. Travel around the peaks and valleys of Mt Pilatus by boat, cable car, cog-wheel railway and gondola with a guide and enjoy panoramic views over the breathtaking scenery. Cruise on Lake Lucerne as your guide explains the best techniques to capture the views on camera, then climb to soaring peaks for aerial views over the surrounding landscape. Along the way, pick up handy tips to improve your photography skills.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Drivers

Mount Pilatus golden round trip private guide Lucerne - Pilatus Kulm - Lucerne

Explore Mount Pilatus during this full-day private tour from Lucerne. Take a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne and enjoy the beautiful views of the Alps. From Alpnachstad, take a cogwheel railway up to Mount Pilatus, approximately 7,000 feet, and enjoy free time to explore the area. Take a walk, admire the picturesque views, and discover the flora and fauna before taking an aerial cable car back down to the valley.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Multi-day Tours

5-Day Best of Switzerland from Geneva

Switzerland's rugged mountains, high-alpine lakes, and historic villages attract nature lovers from across the world. This private tour provides a five-day itinerary and pre-arranged accommodations and activities, creating a hassle-free tour of the country. See the highlights of the Swiss Alps with a visit to Mount Titlis glacier, a cog-wheel railway trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, and on the Jungfrau Railway to the highest train station in Europe.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Pilatus golden tour - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Luzern

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to central Switzerland and the pre-Alps. You meet your tour guide in Luzern at the boat station. Together you start with the boat ride on lake Lucerne to transfer to Alpnachstad. Board the world’s steepest coghwheel railway and arrive after 35 minutes at Pilatus. Enjoy your free time at your disposal (approx. 2.5 hours) to discover the dragon gallery, the scenic view point and the terrace. Two restaurants invite you to enjoy lunch at 7000ft altitude. Your tourguide will await you for the return travel, you will travel by aerial gondola to Kriens. After a short walk, your tourguide leads you to the local bus and you arrive in central Lucerne. It’s time for a short visit in the old town and to cross the world’s known wooden chapel bridge.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Photography Tours

Mount Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Photo Tour

The lakeside city of Lucerne and mighty Mt. Pilatus are a photographer’s dream destinations, but knowing where to find the best vantage spots takes local knowledge. On this tour, travel from the peak of Mt. Pilatus to historic Lucerne, and capture beautiful images along the way—with helpful tips from your guide. With all cable-car tickets included, explore with ease and frame the best of the Swiss Alps’ scenery in your photography.
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  • 7 hours
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