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Delve into the winter wonderland of Mount Pilatus on a full-day tour of the majestic Alpine landscape from Zurich. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation by luxury coach and receive a fascinating introduction to the history and geology of the region from your erudite guide. Discover the impressive sights of Lucerne on a guided walking tour; ascend to the summit of Mount Pilatus on an aerial cable car gondola; and enjoy a traditional Swiss lunch in a rustic restaurant.


  • Winter day trip from Zurich to Mt. Pilatus
  • Guided city tour of Lucerne
  • Ride an aerial cable car gondola to the top of Mt. Pilatus and back down
  • Lunch is included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You'll warm up with a guided tour of Lucerne's highlights before taking the cable car up to the top of towering Mt Pilatus. Savor a hearty lunch of Swiss staples as you take in views of the snow-covered Alps that seem like something out of a fairy tale.

What You Can Expect

Mt. Pilatus Winter Day Trip from Zurich

Lucerne Chapel Bridge

Greet your guide at a central Zurich location and climb aboard a comfortable, climate-controlled coach for the scenic journey along the shores of Lake Lucerne. On arrival in the pretty city, embark on a short guided tour of Lucerne with your knowledgeable guide and see important monuments like Chapel Bridge and the grand Town Hall.
Travel onward to Kriens and climb aboard a panoramic aerial cable car for a ride that ascends to 7,000 feet (2,132 meters) above sea level. Absorb the unique atmosphere of Mount Pilatus, a mythical paradise shrouded in legend and history; hear colorful tales of the dragons reputed to have lived on the mountain, and then take the serpentine Dragon Path to enjoy more stunning Alpine views.
Feast on a traditional Swiss lunch in a local restaurant (see the Itinerary section for a sample menu) and descend the mountain on the cable car. Rejoin your coach transfer and relax during the scenic journey back to Zurich, where the tour concludes.
Between late October and mid-November the aerial cable car is under maintenance. In this case you will travel up and down Mt. Pilatus by cogwheel train.

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Customer Reviews

roadwarrior Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent tour guide....

Nelson R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This tour is amazing the view from the top is unique. The only thing missing was on the lift. During our time there the aerial cableway was closed but the cogwheel railway is not bad! The meal included is not really good, the drinks are not included! But just the experience at the top and the small tour to Luzerne really worths it!!!

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

A perfectly organized day that exceeded our expectations.

Courtney S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Wonderful tour! Our guide was very kind and knowledgeable. I recommend this tour as a quick way to see Lucerne and some pretty countryside as well as Mt. Pilatus. The cable car was closed but we took the cogwheel and saw the beautiful mountain side!

Lakshmi C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Professional and patient tour guide.
Good food and friendly staffs in restaurant at top of Mt Pilatus. We also enjoyed our snowboard.

Bharat G United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

Excellent trip. . Our guide was great! not to be missed if you are in Zurich or Lucerne.

Sathishkumar M India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2008

I absolutely loved it. The cogwheel and the mountain top. This was my dream come true trip. I thank viator for this!

Nitasha India

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

The tour was great and almost worth the cost. I got free upgrade to Mt Titalus tour as I was the only one who booked this. The tour guide was amazingly polite and knew a lot. The tour begins at Zurich so you get snip it's of things along your journey. The drive by itself is amazing and beautiful.

Megan C

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

Lucern is beautiful and fun to wonder around. Mt. Pilatus was beautiful!

Pieta S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

The tour was everything that we wanted in a day trip - prompt departure, clean coach, knowledgeable guide. Our only suggestion would be to allow more time in Lucerne.

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