• Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
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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.


  • Ascend to the top of Mt Pilatus via gondola and aerial cableway
  • Spectacular views of alpine scenery, the Alps and Lake Lucerne
  • Participate in outdoor activities in Fräkmüntegg
  • Ride the 'Dragon Ride' to the very top, where you can hike the peaks or relax on the terrace
  • Ride down on the world's steepest cogway railroad, terminating at Aplnachstad

What You Can Expect

Mt. Pilatus Experience with Gondola Ride

word's stepest cogwheel train

Make your way to the valley station in Kriens, where you will board the gondola for the 30-minute ride over the pre-alpine landscape up to Fräkmüntegg. Parties with small children can disembark halfway up, at Krienseregg, where the Pilu Land playground is located.

Upon arrival at Fräkmüntegg, spend some time participating in the many outdoor activities offered, such as agility climbing in the ropes park or a ride on Switzerland's longest summer toboggan. 

Continue up the mountain with a ride on the aerial cableway 'Dragon Ride'. Relax in the spacious cockpit and take photos out the large windows that make you feel like you're in a helicopter. The 5-minute ride takes you to the top, with views of the Alps and Lake Lucerne. Choose to remain inside the panoramic gallery, make the short climb up one of the peaks (5-10 minutes), relax on the terrace or eat a meal at the onsite restaurants (own expense).

Descend via the world's steepest cogway railroad. Aboard this train dating from 1889, pass lush alpine scenery on the way to your destination at Alpnachstad.

Check 'Additional Info' to see the annual departure timetable for both stations.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Loved it... a must-see place.
One important hint:
If you park car at the entrance, please don't forget to get the token at that time or upon return their office is closed. There is a machine for the token but it only accepts small currency bills and there is nothing around there to get the change. I had to wait for sometime until a gentlewoman helped me in getting the change.
Went up using chair lift and returned by gondola ride. Enjoyed going to the main area, where car was parked, by using public train and then bus. Had to walk for 30 minutes after getting down from bus. It was so pleasant walking through the streets of Lucerne.

Jae K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great mountain top to check out if your in Lucerne. We got lucky with the weather so it was great overall. Highly recommend.

Nancy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018


Stacy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Incredible views! Took close to an hour to get all the way up top, but it was completely worth it. Very windy atmosphere and lots of birds, so be careful. Definitely not for those scared of heights. Trust me!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Although we couldn't do the round trip due to maintenance the cogwheel ride was lovely and enjoyable. Breathtaking views and lucky to have been there whilst two men were yodeling made the experience all the more interesting and fun. Would most certainly recommend this tour.

Carlos L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Most amazing place, we actually booked for the wrong day by mistake but when we got to the cable car there were no problems whatsoever not even making us feel bad, just said there was no problem and up up and away we went.

Bonita M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Trip was awesome. Definitely take the cog wheel train up -- it was worth the wait in line.

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Highlight of our trip. It is a must see.

Kevin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour was amazing!

Mark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

For starters we had an almost perfect day with weather. It wasn't sunny, but the cloud was quite high so it didn't obscure the view. We caught a ferry from Lucerne to the train station. No wind made the trip very smooth and the staff on board were very good. The train ride up gave spectacular views and my advice would be to try to grab a spot at the back of the car so you can take snaps of what lies below you - it gives a great impression of how steep the line is and gives great photos. On top of Mt Pilatus Pee-lar-too-s there are many viewing points and it makes sense to try to use them all - it will require a bit of leg work. At the bottom you'll need to catch a bus back into town. This can be a little confusing as the bus station at the bottom of the ride wasn't the one we needed to get back into town - that required a bit of walking downhill. The manager at our hotel pre-warned us about this and gave great advice.

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