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Ascend to the dizzying summit of Mt Stanserhorn on a full-day coach tour of the Swiss Alps from Zurich. Travel through stunning Swiss countryside to the picturesque city of Lucerne and explore its charming Old Town on a guided tour. Take a traditional funicular railway car in Stans and summon your courage for an open-air gondola ride to the highest point of Mt Stanserhorn. Absorb incredible Alpine panoramas and opt to enjoy a unique dining experience in a rotating restaurant (own expense).

Highlights

  • 9.5-hour tour of central Switzerland, including Stanserhorn, from Zurich
  • See Lake Lucerne and visit the Old Town landmarks of Lucerne
  • Ride an antique wooden rail car aboard the funicular railway in Stans
  • Take the CabriO – the first open-top aerial cable car in the world – up Mt Stanserhorn
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Rondorama restaurant and a peek at Marmot Park
  • Relax on a public train ride from Stans to Lucerne
  • Enjoy guided and non-guided elements of the tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Travel the Swiss countryside, see Lucerne landmarks and ride a vintage funicular railway on this relaxing day trip. For me, the highlight is the ride on the open-top aerial cable car up Mt Stanserhorn. The views are spellbinding!

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip from Zurich to Lucerne and Stanserhorn Including Funicular Railway, Aerial Cable Car and Train Ride

Vintage Funicular Train

Greet your guide a meeting point in central Zurich, or at your hotel, and climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan destined for Switzerland’s scenic countryside. Admire verdant panoramas as you travel parallel to the shore of Lake Lucerne, past crumbling limestone cliffs and flower-filled meadows.
On arrival in Lucerne, embark on a short sightseeing tour with your knowledgeable guide; see impressive monuments like Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument and gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich historical heritage. Spend some leisurely time exploring the Old Town, an area thronged with ancient relics.
See the 14th-century town walls and then re-join the coach for the short and scenic journey to Stans, home to a recently restored 19th-century funicular railway. Experience an enchanting ride through flowering meadows and swooping valleys and disembark at the train station to explore the region independently.
On your guide’s recommendation, conquer your fear and climb aboard the CabriO, an open-top aerial cable car that affords stunning views of the surrounding Alpine panorama. Ascend to the lofty summit of Mount Stanserhorn and relish staggering views as you climb to a height of 6,230 feet (1,900 meters).
Scour the horizon for 10 lakes and more than 62 miles (100 km) of Swiss Alps mountain range before taking a short hike to Marmot Park, an idyllic nature reserve in which animals thrive in their natural environment. Opt to enjoy a unique dining experience in the mountaintop’s rotating restaurant (own expense) and then return to Stans to meet your guide.
Take the train back to Lucerne and, after enjoying some additional free time in the charming city, board your return coach to Zurich.

Customer Reviews

Jeffrey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour guide, beautiful landscapes, absolutely breathtaking.

Luis P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

this tour was excellent, but for old people the bus driver should explain better where to take the train back to Lucerne, luckily we meet a young couple that help us find the train back to Lucerne, because they have GPS on their phone, if not we maybe get lost

John F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was an excellent trip. Our guide, Andreas, was very knowledgeable and helpful. The stop in Lucerne wa a delight and the trip up the mountain and the time there was awesome. A beautiful country and a wonderful way to enjoy my last day. There is nothong like looking out from ABOVE a cable car and feeling the wind in your hair!

Mayra G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good experience and view

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing Day! Explored Lucerne and fell in love with the quaint Old Town-- the Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge and vibrant architecture is a must see. The tour consisted of two separate groups- my group went up the Stanserhorn on the CabriO socked in by clouds due to bad weather but still had breathtaking views. The tour was partially independent and was given a train ticket back to Lucerne to reconnect with the tour. Instructions were clear and the guide was helpful-- As I was traveling alone, he wanted to ensure I would be ok on my own! Overall a great day and would highly recommend!

kathleen j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This trip was amazing. I can highly recommend it. Perfect weather and a perfect day. The views from the top of Stanserhorn were breath taking.

Pratima S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a wonderful experience. everyone should do it.

Lynette P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Magnifigenct views oohed and aaded all the way quite overwhelming , low cloud on the way up but what a surprise when the cloud lifted

Yi Ting Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The view was breathtaking! Our driver was more than helpful and very polite! worth every penny!

Graeme M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Fantastic tour. Very good commentary. Wonderful scenery. Aerial cable car amazing; the first time we've been on one with an open top. Incredible views. The map for rejoining the tour could have been a lot better.

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