Add dates

Things to do in
Canton Nidwalden

Our most recommended things to do in Canton Nidwalden

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

1. 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).

Swiss Travel Pass: Swiss All-in-One Pass on Train, Bus, Boat

2. Swiss Travel Pass: Swiss All-in-One Pass on Train, Bus, Boat

Explore the beauty of Switzerland with a Swiss Travel Pass available for 3, 4, 6, 8 and 15 consecutive days. The pass offers hassle-free and unlimited travel throughout Switzerland on the Swiss Travel System, buses, and public boats as well as unlimited public transport in cities, discounts on many mountain excursions and free entrance to over 500 museums across the country. You can use the pass on the panoramic routes however, seat reservations are mandatory. Children under 6 years old travel free. Children aged 6 and under 16 years when accompanied by at least one parent (holding Swiss Travel Pass) travel for free with the Swiss Family card.

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

3. 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.

Kriens: Mt. Pilatus by Panoramic Gondola and Aerial Cableway

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Switzerland eSIM | Enjoy High Speed data Plans for 30 Days

7. Switzerland eSIM | Enjoy High Speed data Plans for 30 Days

Discover Switzerland with a 5G/4G LTE eSIM data plan and keep in touch for 30 days. Scan a QR code to enjoy seamless mobile data, and pick a 30-day data plan that suits you. Use the eSIM for tablets too, and signing any contracts or changing physical SIM cards. Choose from a 5 GB, 10 GB, or 20 GB 30-day data plan. Then, Buy the eSIM and get a QR code. Next, scan the QR code to begin using the data plan. Connect to the local mobile network and share your data via mobile hotspot if you need it. Use the data anywhere in Switzerland.

From Interlaken: Canyoning Chli Schliere

8. From Interlaken: Canyoning Chli Schliere

After a 60-minute transfer from Interlaken to the gorge, get your equipment for your canyoning adventure. The Chli Schliere takes canyoning to the next level. This canyon has long rappelling stations, high jumps, fast slides and is the best place for canyoning in the region. This tour is physically and technically challenging. It's a guaranteed adrenaline rush. This tour is particularly suitable for confident, adventurous people interested in a new challenge. Finish the trip with a picnic and a transfer back to Interlaken.

From Zurich: Full-Day Mount Stanserhorn Discovery Tour

9. From Zurich: Full-Day Mount Stanserhorn Discovery Tour

On this full-day tour you will discover the magnificent Mount Stanserhorn in the heart of the stunning Swiss countryside. From Zürich you will be taken on a scenic coach journey to Lucerne through the beautiful countryside via the Albis Pass and along the shores of the Lake Lucerne.  Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the Old Town before continuing on to Stans, where you will board the vintage funicular train for an unforgettable ride through blooming meadows to the valley station of the world’s first CabriO cable car. This latest master piece of Swiss engineering is a unique open top aerial cable car which takes you up to Mount Stanserhorn (6,230 feet/1,900 meters). The unimpaired view from the roofless upper deck of the gondola is truly memorable. On the top of the mountain, a magnificent panoramic view over ten lakes, 100 kilometers of the Alpine mountain range and three countries awaits you. Take the short hike to the peak and visit the marmot park to watch these cute animals play, and have the option of sampling a typically Swiss dish in the revolving Rondorama restaurant. After descending to Stans, you will take the public train back to Lucerne for some additional time in this lovely city before taking the coach back to Zurich in the evening.

Pilatus Golden Roundtrip: Small Group Tour from Luzern

10. Pilatus Golden Roundtrip: Small Group Tour from Luzern

Embark on an extraordinary small-group adventure, "The Golden Roundtrip," beginning in Luzern. Cruise across the serene Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, where you'll board the cogwheel train for a breathtaking ascent to Mount Pilatus. Enjoy leisurely free time atop Pilatus, whether savoring the views or exploring the surroundings. The return journey unfolds with a cableway descent via Kriens, offering a thrilling and scenic conclusion to this iconic experience. Limited to a select few, this exclusive tour ensures an intimate and unforgettable exploration of Switzerland's natural wonders and historic landmarks.

All activities

19 activities found
Sort by:

Other Sightseeing Options in Canton Nidwalden

Want to discover all there is to do in Canton Nidwalden? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Canton Nidwalden

Overall rating

4.7
(1,091 reviews)

You can set your watch to trains in Switzerland as they are super reliable. From Basel I visited Bern, Zurich and Lucerne by train and it went smoothly and all great cities. You can visit many museums on the pass also. The Basel Fine Arts Museum and the FIFA Museum in Zurich were included and both were brilliant. I seen that the Zurich art museum was on the pass, but I was told that it wasn't at the ticket office...that was annoying. I paid in anyway and it was great. I definitely would recommend the Swiss travel pass.

This pass made the whole trip so easy! The ability to go get on any train, tram, bus even the boat trip to Mt Rigi in Luzern was a game changer. There was no stress to catch a particular train. Of course, there are some trains that are very crowded but we were able to squeeze into all the ones we wanted. Loved the panoramic one from Luzern to Interlaken. It’s a expensive pass buy super convenient.

More time at the stops to take photos or enjoy the landscape, which is actually what one is looking for :)

everything went smoothly and as expected. the instructions for use were accurate.

Everything has been excellent, very beautiful place.