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5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more


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.
  • Half-day summer trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne, led by a professional guide
  • Take a panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg terminus
  • Hop aboard the aerial cableway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at 7,000 feet (2,132 meters)
  • Soak up amazing views over the Swiss Alps
  • Make the most of free time on the peak to relax or explore independently
  • Descend from the summit via the world's steepest cogwheel train
  • Cruise out onto Lake Lucerne during a 1-hour boat ride (May to October)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

If the weather doesn’t cooperate for a lake cruise, this Mt. Pilatus tour offers complimentary lunch instead.
Climb aboard your coach in central Lucerne for an afternoon excursion to the top of Mt Pilatus, situated at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet. You’ll make the brief journey to Kriens where your guide accompanies you aboard the panoramic gondola for a 30-minute ride to the Fräkmüntegg summit terminus. 

Look down upon forested views, then swap your gondola for the aerial cableway at Fräkmüntegg — it's a quick 3.5-minute ride to the summit. The cabin’s spacious and sleek design on this ‘Dragon Ride’ affords more magnificent views over the Alpine lakes and rugged peaks seen from your vantage point high above.

During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, you can venture on a high-altitude hike, grab lunch (own expense) or enjoy the vista from the terrace. Then meet up with your guide for the descent to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train. Ride past sheer rock faces and pretty mountain streams toward the fertile meadows below. 

On arrival, enjoy a 1-hour boat ride across picturesque Lake Lucerne and view the scenery from a different angle before your tour concludes here in the evening.

Please note: The aerial cableway is under maintenance between late October and mid-November. In this case, you will ascend and descend Mt Pilatus by cogwheel train. The Lake Lucerne boat cruise operates from early May until late October; if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation, you will instead receive a complimentary lunch and return to Lucerne by train.

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, Oct 2018

This not a guided tour with much narrative but our guide was personable and professional, enjoyed her company. No lake boat although others were operating. No gondola, closed a day or two prior so the “Tour “ was a bus ride and cog train. Forty Franks inadequate for a proper lunch, only soup, salad, desert (shared). Poor value, should have been cancelled and refunded.

, Oct 2018

This was one of our highlights to Switzerland. The views were breathtaking from beginning to end. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

, Oct 2018

This was a fun little trip Up the side of the mountain On a cable car Followed by Some pleasant hiking. Trip down on a cogwheel train And the boat ride Completed a fun day

, Oct 2018

Great day! It was a little cloudy, but turned out nicely. Tour guide was very helpful and enjoyable. The views were wonderful, both on the mountain and on the lake. Well worth the trip!

, Oct 2018

Everything it was wonderful the tour's guide are so good. Make me feel a great time. I recommend they

, Sep 2018

I was really looking forward to this tour. I knew that weather was a big issue. Well wouldn’t you know it, by the time we go to the top of Mt Pilatus I couldn’t see more than ten feet. Everything was delivered as promised but the weather didn’t cooperate. No one to blame.

, Sep 2018

The trip to Mount Pilatus was the highlight of our trip to Switzerland. Very well organized with a great guide.

, Aug 2018

What a great experience! Taking the lift up, then the gondola to the top and the cogwheel train down....what an amazing trip. Even though it was very foggy at the top and we had no real glad we did this trip and highly recommend it.

, Aug 2018

This was a great trip! Nice to have time to yourself at the top to explore. The boat ride back was a nice and relaxing way to end the trip - plus it is just so beautiful! I'm glad I signed up!

, Aug 2018

What an interesting and fun trip, and the half day trip was just the right length of time. We had plenty of time to explore and shop on the mountain and the boat trip was very pleasant.

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