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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.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Enjoy the beautiful views from Mount Pilatus on your day trip from Lucerne

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour guide. The whole day was amazing. The cable car journey was incredible and we met a lovely couple from America. The view and whole experience from the top of Mount Pilatus was breathtaking. The cog train was brilliant. The driver was very friendly. The boat trip was good even though it rained. A good day all round.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An excellent tour - great tour guide! Just wish we could have spent more time at the summit as it was such a lovely day.

John F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful experience.

Jane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A brilliant trip. Well worth the money. Don't be put off by the mountain being covered in cloud. When we broke through the clouds the views were spectacular.

Dianna G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A dreams come true! Everything about the trip was magnificent, definitely worth every cent. The weather can be unpredictable and so pot luck on getting views. We had glimpses but it was like being on top of the world.

Charles M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

WOW. Breathtaking and worth every cent. Unique experience that we will never forget. Absolute must if staying in Lucerne.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very well organized, guide explained everything very clear


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our trip would not have been complete without this! Beautiful views, no clouds, snow still on the mountain, lake tour lovely, cog railway offered numerous photo ops. There were six of us and although pricey for me with us all, we all agreed that it was one of the highlights of our few days in Lake Lucerne. This is not our first rodeo with Viator and it won't be our last!

Wayne I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour of mount pilatus with views that will take your breath away, not to mention a cable car ride, a cog wheel train ride and a steam paddle boat ride. This trip should be on everyone's itinerary.

Jude R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Everything about this tour was easy, the written instructions were perfect as far as finding the meeting place. The tour guide was fantastic! Both of the tour guides were very attentive about making sure everyone saw and experienced everything! All went smooth. i definitely use Viator again!!!

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