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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Highlights
  • Half-day summer trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne, led by a professional guide
  • Take a panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg terminus
  • Hop aboard the aerial cableway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at 7,000 feet (2,132 meters)
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
From US$124.25
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
From US$124.25
Overview
Spend an afternoon in the Swiss Alps during this seasonal trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Your 5.5-hour round-trip journey includes a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the peak of Mt Pilatus. After free time at the summit, take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, where you’ll board a boat for a 1-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy commentary from your guide and coach transport from Lucerne.
What to Expect
Climb aboard your coach in central Lucerne for an afternoon excursion to the top of Mt Pilatus, situated at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet. You’ll make the brief journey to Kriens where your guide accompanies you aboard the panoramic gondola for a 30-minute ride to the Fräkmüntegg summit terminus. 

Look down upon forested views, then swap your gondola for the aerial cableway at Fräkmüntegg — it's a quick 3.5-minute ride to the summit. The cabin’s spacious and sleek design on this ‘Dragon Ride’ affords more magnificent views over the Alpine lakes and rugged peaks seen from your vantage point high above.

During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, you can venture on a high-altitude hike, grab lunch (own expense) or enjoy the vista from the terrace. Then meet up with your guide for the descent to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train. Ride past sheer rock faces and pretty mountain streams toward the fertile meadows below. 

On arrival, enjoy a 1-hour boat ride across picturesque Lake Lucerne and view the scenery from a different angle before your tour concludes here in the evening.

Please note: The aerial cableway is under maintenance between late October and mid-November. In this case, you will ascend and descend Mt Pilatus by cogwheel train. The Lake Lucerne boat cruise operates from early May until late October; if you are traveling when the boat is no longer in operation, you will instead receive a complimentary lunch and return to Lucerne by train.
Reviews (505)
1 - 5 of 26 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
WOW!!!!

This tour is a must on you're visit to Switzerland. We stayed in Zurich and did a day trip to Lucerne and to the top of Mt. Pilatus. It was spectacular from beginning to end!!!!

Thank Calista H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Took the gondola to the top and what a view!

This is a great trip -- you start out in a small cable car for 4 then 1/2 way up transfer to a larger gondola. When you step on, walk to the left to get in the front. We had great weather at the top...More

Thank Jackie W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
A lovely trip

Excursion was well organized and was very enjoyable. Highly recommend this to others visiting the area. Views from the top are absolutely stunning. We lucked out and got a sunny day, so was able to see the view in all directions. The guides were nice...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Hike up then Gondola down

Beautiful mountain near Lucerne. I got off at the second stop up the hill (via the gondolas). It was still 3500' (1.2m) to go to the top, and it is basically unrelenting switchbacks the whole way... EXCEPT for the first part when you exit the...More

Thank RN2travel365
Reviewed 12 October 2018
A wonderful experience

A clear weather ,beautiful scenery and the very co-operative ,helpful guide (MARGRATE) proved it a wonderful experience of life time

Thank Compass802270
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SriChennai61
5 October 2018|
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Response from Coupled2326 |
Not sure about the weather but we did this last month on our own. With a Swiss travel pass, we paid extra 36 francs each person for boat, train and gondola rides - so it might end up cheaper for you if not all available... More
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Wander279802
1 October 2018|
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Response from gramond4 | Reviewed this property |
They were all running and very well run and serviced when we were there the second cable car ride was excellent 😆😆
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dmlcgrad76
14 August 2018|
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Response from Hamayon M | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I am not sure about pickup. We were driving a car. We parked at the parking at Lucerne Train Station and walked to the meeting point at Starbucks as described in the tour instructions. Starbucks is across the street from... More
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