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Mt. Pilatus Tours

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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.
Address: Switzerland
Hours: Cog-railway open May - Oct 10am - 5pm
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Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided TourSightseeing Passes

Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour

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Ascend Mt. Pilatus in an alpine gondola during this 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 short ride, ending up at 7,000 feet (2,132 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 TourWinter Sports Tickets & Passes

Silver Round Trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

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

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

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Visit Lake Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a half-day tour by boat, cogwheel railway, and gondola. After a cruise around the lake, 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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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from LucerneDay Trips

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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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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ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour Day Trips

ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour

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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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Mount Pilatus golden round trip & lake cruise from Lucerne with private guide Day Trips

Mount Pilatus golden round trip & lake cruise from Lucerne with private guide

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

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

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The "Golden Round Trip" — a popular route for tourists — involves taking a boat from Lucerne across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, going up on the cogwheel railway, coming down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, and taking a bus back to Lucerne with your private tourguide.  Mount Pilatus is a mountain massiv 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.
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Mount Pilatus Photography Day TourDay Trips

Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour

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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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Mount Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Photo TourDay Trips

Mount Pilatus and Lucerne Winter Photo Tour

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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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Mount Pilatus golden round trip by boat, coghweel and dragon ride cable carPrivate Transfers

Mount Pilatus golden round trip by boat, coghweel and dragon ride cable car

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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Fly above the Swiss Alps and Lucerne with a local pilotPrivate and Luxury

Fly above the Swiss Alps and Lucerne with a local pilot

Go on an unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of Lucerne and Swiss Alps in the most unique way... from a private micro plane! Your pilot is key to this adventure. They are sharing the flights' direct cost, not making a profit. They just love to fly and want you to understand their passion for aviation. So be sure to meet your pilot directly at the airfield provided. ++Confirm weather conditions with your pilot before++ --> Access a local airfield --> Discuss the flight route together with your pilot --> Pre-flight check --> Up you go, enjoy the view from a whole new perspective! The flight can depart between 9-17h, depending on the availability of the pilot, aircraft, and weather. Please let us know your flexible hours/days upon booking, and make sure that you've been in touch with us beforehand!
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Mount-Pilatus Heritage & Beer Delight From LucerneDay Trips

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Mount-Pilatus Heritage & Beer Delight From Lucerne

Towering over the city of Lucerne like a monument to the Swiss wilderness, Mount Pilatus is a must-visit for nature lovers. This stunning massif boasts several stunning peaks, set within a playground of soaring rock faces, lush rolling valleys, and a network of meandering emerald lakes. The tallest peak in the group, Mount Pilatus, reaches a heady 2,132 meters above sea level and is beloved by visitors for its sensational views over the region. Venez Discover takes you to the heart of the sights, with opportunities to explore the Pilatus summit, ride the famous aerial cable cars, and discover the iconic Brauwerkstatt Kriens Brewery, where traditional Lucerne beer is brewed. This adventure is perfect for nature lovers and beer aficionados alike, with options to adapt the itinerary to your needs.
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5 day Private Tour of Central Switzerland including Luzern, Grindelwald & ZurichNature and Wildlife

5 day Private Tour of Central Switzerland including Luzern, Grindelwald & Zurich

This tour shows you simply a real mix of the best places to see in Central Switzerland. There is the perfect combination of cities, towns and villages such as Grindelwald, Luzern, Bern and Zurich and then a myriad of breath-taking natural places such as mountains, lakes, gorges, waterfalls to visit. Plus some typical Swiss food and drink experiences
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Mt. Pilatus hours of operation?
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Mt. Pilatus hours of operation: Cog-railway open May - Oct 10am - 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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