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Lucerne: Round-Trip Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne

Lucerne: Round-Trip Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne

Treat yourself to a scenic catamaran cruise on Lake Lucerne. Explore the Alpine landscape and admire sweeping views of untouched nature. Be camera-ready as you pass iconic landmarks and green-covered mountains like Rigi and Bürgenstock. Hop on board a modern hybrid-powered catamaran and depart from the city center to a natural oasis of rugged mountains and vibrant greenery. See Lucerne Bay’s famous landmarks and the awe-inspiring Mount Pilatus, Mount Rigi, and Mount Bürgenstock. Stretch out, capture unique landscape photos, and grab a drink or snack from the vending machine on board. As you make your way round-trip back to the city, soak in the tranquility of the water and the grandeur of the mountains.

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Embark on a day trip from Lucerne and ascend Mount Pilatus by cable car. Go on a hike and kick pack on the panorama terrace, descended the mountain by cogwheel railway, and complete your experience with a return journey by boat. Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Gondola, Cable Car, and Boat Trip

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Gondola, Cable Car, and Boat Trip

Combine Lucerne’s landmark mountain with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. Both of the experiences are an absolute must during your visit to the Lake Lucerne Region. The Golden Round starts in Lucerne. Take bus number 1 (direction Kriens/Obernau) right in front of the train station of Lucerne. After an eleven-minute bus ride to the station "Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus" and a short walk, you will reach the valley station of the panorama gondola in Kriens. Enjoy 15 minutes travel to the middle station Krienseregg. There you can sit and relax on the terrace of Restaurant Krienseregg (own expenses) and enjoy your time while children are playing on the Pilu Land playground. After another 15 minutes travel by panorama gondola, you will reach the middle station Fräkmüntegg. At Fräkmüntegg you can test your agility by climbing in the rope park (own expenses) or try one of the local specialties in the self-service restaurant (own expenses). At Fräkmüntegg you will also change into the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and after an exhilarating 5-minute ride you will reach the top of Pilatus Kulm. Thanks to its spacious interior, cockpit-like design and large windows the Dragon Ride gives you the impression of being in a helicopter. From the top you can enjoy the panoramic views over the Lake of Lucerne and the Swiss Alps on the summit and decide if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks (5-10 minutes) or enjoy a local specialty in the restaurant of Hotel Bellevue or Hotel Pilatus Kulm (own expenses). Many hiking possibilities invite you to discover the Dragon Mountain above Lucerne. The world's steepest cogwheel railway (built in 1889) will bring you from Pilatus Kulm through fascinating rock faces, sparkling mountain streams and lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers down to Alpnachstad. In Alpnachstad you just pass under the street, and you will be at the cruise landing stage in Alpnachstad. After a breathtaking one-hour boat trip on Lake Lucerne, you will arrive in Lucerne, near the station and your unforgettable half-day-trip will finish. The Golden Round Trip can also be done in the opposite direction, starting by boat from Lucerne. In any case please check the timetable before your visit, especially for the boat ride.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Discover the beauty of Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a day trip from Zurich. Reach the summit via bus, cable car, boat, and cogwheel train. For the return journey, hop on a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne. Leave from Zurich Main Station in the morning and enjoy the bus ride through the countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. Continue to Kriens and take a panoramic gondola and cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus (2128 m above sea level). Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alpine landscape and the surrounding lakes. Then, ride on one of the steepest funiculars down to Alpnachstad. Afterward, relax on a tranquil boat trip across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne. From there, get on a bus to Zurich.

Kriens: Mt. Pilatus by Panoramic Gondola and Aerial Cableway

Kriens: Mt. Pilatus by Panoramic Gondola and Aerial Cableway

Start your trip at Kriens valley station and enjoy the 30 minutes ride with the panorama-gondola from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg, where in winter, there are sledging routes and snowshoe trails from Fräkmüntegg down to Krienseregg; the rental station is at the valley station in Kriens. At Fräkmüntegg you will change to the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and reach the summit Pilatus Kulm at 2132 meters above sea level in 5 minutes. At the top of Lucerne's landmark mountain, you can enjoy the great panoramic view or discover the Dragon World with its interactive games about Pilatus' dragon legends. At Krienseregg, Fräkmüntegg, and Pilatus Kulm you can try some local specialties in one of the restaurants before heading back to Kriens by cable car.

From Lucerne: Self-Guided Round-Trip Train to Mount Pilatus

From Lucerne: Self-Guided Round-Trip Train to Mount Pilatus

The Silver Round Trip starts in Lucerne. Take bus number 1 (direction Kriens/Obernau) right in front of the train station of Lucerne. After an eleven-minute bus trip to the station "Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus" and a short walk, you will reach the valley station of the panorama gondola in Kriens. Enjoy 15 minutes travel to the middle station Krienseregg. There you can sit and relax on the terrace of Restaurant Krienseregg (own expenses) and enjoy your time while children are playing on the Pilu Land playground. After another 15 minutes travel by panorama cable car, you will reach the middle station Fräkmüntegg. At Fräkmüntegg you can test your agility by climbing in the rope park (own expenses) or try one of the local specialties in the self-service restaurant (own expenses). At Fräkmüntegg you will also change into the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and after an exhilarating 5-minute ride you will reach the top of Pilatus Kulm. Thanks to its spacious interior, cockpit-like design and large windows the Dragon Ride gives you the impression of being in a helicopter. From the top you can enjoy the panoramic views over the Lake of Lucerne and the Swiss Alps on the summit and decide if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks (5-10 minutes) or enjoy a local specialty in the restaurant of Hotel Bellevue or Hotel Pilatus Kulm (own expenses). Many hiking possibilities invite you to discover the Dragon Mountain above Lucerne. The world's steepest cogwheel railway (built in 1889) will bring you from Pilatus Kulm through fascinating rock faces, sparkling mountain streams and lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers down to Alpnachstad. In Alpnachstad take the train back to Lucerne. The Silver Round Trip can also be done in the opposite direction, starting by train from Lucerne. In any case please check the timetable before your visit.

From Alpnachstad or Kriens: Mount Pilatus Roundtrip Ticket

From Alpnachstad or Kriens: Mount Pilatus Roundtrip Ticket

Start your trip at Alpnachstad or Kriens valley station and enjoy the 30 minutes ride with the world's steepest cogwheel railway (from Alpnachstad) or with the panorama-gondola and aerial Cableway "Dragon Ride" (from Kriens). At the top of Lucerne's landmark mountain, you can enjoy the great panoramic view over the Swiss mountains, Lake Lucerne and the city of Lucerne - either from the spacious panorama terrace outside or the cosy panorama gallery inside. After a few minutes, you can also reach one of the three peaks at Pilatus Kulm (Esel, Oberhaupt or Tomlishorn) and enjoy your walk in the Swiss mountains or on the Dragon Path. Pilatus is also called Dragon mountain because of the legends about a dragon living there - learn about these myths in the Dragon World at Pilatus Kulm. At Alpnachstad and at Pilatus Kulm you can try some specialties in one of the restaurants. Even Queen Victoria stayed at the Pilatus mountain, and one of the restaurants at Pilatus Kulm is named after her. When you decide to take the cable car to/from Kriens you can enjoy various leisure activities (at additional costs) like the biggest rope park of Central Switzerland (suitable for visitors from 4 years old), the Dragon Glider or the longest Summer toboggan run in Switzerland at the station Fräkmüntegg. At Fräkmüntegg you will change to the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and reach the summit Pilatus Kulm at 2132 meters above sea level in 5 minutes. At Krienseregg and Fräkmüntegg you can try some local specialties in one of the restaurants before heading back to Kriens by cable car.

From Zurich: Mount Pilatus Day Trip with Gondola and Cruise

From Zurich: Mount Pilatus Day Trip with Gondola and Cruise

Embark on this self-guided tour to immerse yourself in Lucerne's very own mountain experience. Discover the mysteries surrounding the legendary Pilate massif, where tales of a fallen dragon stone and the burial site of Roman governor Pontius Pilate await your exploration. As you ascend to the majestic peak of Mount Pilatus aboard a panoramic gondola, marvel at the breathtaking vistas of 73 Alpine peaks stretching before you. Engage in the exhilarating "Dragon Ride," a newly designed attraction featuring expansive windows that simulate the sensation of flight. Indulge in culinary delights amidst the clouds at the mountaintop's restaurants and terraces, offering panoramic views at 2132 meters above sea level. Conclude your mountain adventure with a thrilling descent aboard the world's steepest cogwheel railway, followed by a leisurely cruise back to Lucerne. Savor the charming lakeside ambiance of Lucerne during your free time, before reuniting with your driver for a relaxing journey back to Zurich.

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus and Lake Lucerne Small-Group Tour

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus and Lake Lucerne Small-Group Tour

Journey to the heart of Mount Pilatus in the Swiss wilderness, with opportunities to explore Lake Lucerne, Pilatus summit, and ride the famous dragon aerial cable car, on a guided tour from Lucerne. Discover Lake Lucerne, also known as The Lake of Four Cantons, and admire the Bürgenstock, Rigi Mountain, and Pilatus Mountain from afar cruising along the crystal-clear lake. From May to October, take the boat from Lucerne to Alpnachstad instead. Upon arrival in Alpnachstad, take the cogwheel train to ascend the foothills of Pilatus, all the way to the end of the steepest rack railway in the world. Admire the views over the Alps from 2,073 meters high, as your guide reveals the historical, cultural, and culinary highlights of each area. Afterward, choose to keep soaking up the stunning valley views from a restaurant or enjoy a hike to the summit of Mt. Pilatus for a bird’s eye view of Lucerne. Breathe in the fresh mountain air from the viewing platform as you gaze out over crystal-clear lakes, lush green meadows, and rolling peaks. Learn how Pilatus came to be haunted by legends of dragons and why many believe the body of Pontius Pilate was laid to rest within its foothills. Descend from the mountain aboard the iconic “dragon ride” aerial cable car, suspended in a giant glass cabin that provides 360 views of the region. Enjoy an ever-changing perspective of the Alpine landscape, as Lucerne pulls back into focus as you approach the end of the line.

Lucerne–Interlaken Express: One-Way Train Ticket

Lucerne–Interlaken Express: One-Way Train Ticket

Take an unforgettable journey right into the heart of Switzerland on the Lucerne–Interlaken Express. Travel in either direction between Lucerne and Interlaken, and marvel at spectacular views of the Swiss Alps along the way. After boarding the air-conditioned train, sit back and relax on the journey to your destination. Ride past the shores of crystal-clear lakes (no less than five), romantic waterfalls, and over the magnificent Brünig mountain pass. During the trip, make the most of the large panoramic windows to take in the stunning scenery. Arrive at your destination well-rested and thrilled at the same time on state-of-the-art trains offering the highest comfort.

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What people are saying about Pilatus

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4.7
(1,620 reviews)

From the tour bus to the cable cars to the top and down again on the funicular it is an experience to remember! To finish it all up the boat trip on Lake Luzerne was great as well. Our guides Rita and Lars were fabulous! Highly recommend this activity!

Our trip was perfect!! Savvas, our driver was very friendly, helpful and courteous. We will book this trip again. Thank you for making our visit so special!!

A great tour of some very impressive places and sites. The bus driver was very helpful too

Extremely beautiful, we had a lot of clouds but we could still see the beauty of nature.

Everything, couldn’t ask for better scenery such a beautiful country