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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.
  • 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
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. 


Suggested timetable:
08:30 Departure by bus (next to the train station BUS NO 1)
08:41 Arrival at Kriens, Pilatus and short walk to the valley station in Kriens (get tickets at valley station)
08:50 Departure by panorama gondola (stay on until the final station Fräkmüntegg)
09:30 Departure by cable car "Dragon Ride"
09:35 Arrival at Mt. Pilatus, enjoy the view and stroll around
10:10 Departure by cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad (next departure with connecting cruise - 11:30)
10:50 Arrival in Alpnachstad
11:00 Departure by cruise boat to Lucerne
12:18 Arrival in Lucerne (in front of train station)


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, Oct 2018

I strongly recommend this trip. Nice cruise on a beautiful lake. We took the trip with the cruise first. The cog wheel up was amazing and the view and hikes we're spectacular. Just do it!

, Oct 2018

The only critical comment I have for the entire Tour is on the instructions when starting via the Bus from the Train station. The instructions for getting off for the Gondola was not clear. There were two stops for Pilatus and we should have exited on the second. We had to ask a local and there suggestion was the 1st. Now for healthy travelers....Not an issue. There were signs and we just followed them around the town making our way up to the Gondola where we found the second stop right there at the Gondola.....Dang : The problem was that one of us had COPD and walking up the hills streets/Sidewalks was very challenging for them. We made it and from there it was spectacular!!!! I had a Private guide tell me this was a tourist trap and that we should get out and see the real Switzerland....Maybe so, but this was spectacular in it's own right. I loved every bit of it....except the instructions for departing the bus :

, Sep 2018

I had the best experience on this trip. What a great way to book!The only problem we had was that the ticket said 8:30 am, but it did not start until 9:30 a.m Not a huge deal, but would be helpful to have the right time for planning. Luckily, Luzern is so easy to get around so we found things to do in the spare time.

, Sep 2018

I would recommend to booked this trip unguided tour so there is no rush and you take your time. It was an amazing experiences and adventures.

, Aug 2018

This is a great way to experience the water, the cogwheel, the gondola, and cable cars. The country is beautiful!

, Jul 2018

What a fun loop that brings you to Mt. Pilatus! You get to see beautiful Swiss scenery on the boat ride. The cog railway is a fun way up to the peak. Great views from the top and several restaurants to choose from. The tram brings you about half way down and offers amazing scenery. You can do a mountain coaster at this point if you like. After that you switch to smaller gondolas that glide just above tree tops. The last leg is catching the bus back to Lucerne. This was the only negative-there is not clear signage where to get the bus. No obvious bus stop. Thats not the tours fault. Just might need to flag down bus. Swiss Alps do not disappoint!!!

, Jul 2018

This is not to be missed...boat ride, cogwheel train going straight up a mountain dropping you at the most magnificent views of the Alps. Traditional Alpenhorn players, plenty of food and viewing options followed by 2 different gondola/cable car decents to a bus that will take you back where you started! You go at your own pace which allows you to do everything you might want to do. We loved the entire day!

, Jun 2018

A must to trip. The lake cruise was beautiful. The cog rail train to the top was a thrilling ride over amazing landscape. The time at the top of Mount Pilatus was incredible and the view constantly changing as a clouds would roll over the mountain side. The Gondola ride down was breathtaking. One of my all time favorite tours and a must do!!!

, Dec 2017

Great trip

, Nov 2017

The lake cruise, railway and cable car/gondola combination was a wonderful way to spend the day. The weather was great at the top of Mt Pilatus and I enjoyed every minute of this experience. It was fantastic. Highly recommended.

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