Mount Pilatus Summit from Lucerne With Lake Cruise | La Vacanza Travel

Mount Pilatus Summit from Lucerne With Lake Cruise

Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes
Destination: Switzerland, Kanton Luzern, Lucerne

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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Lucerne
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Enjoy a day of Alpine adventure in Switzerland on this half-day, summer trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Begin your journey toward the skies with a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride to Fräkmüntegg, and then hop aboard the aerial cableway for your ascent to the summit of Mt Pilatus. Relax at your leisure on the peak or take a short hike to make the most of the stunning scenery below. Descend to Alpnachstad aboard the world's steepest cogwheel train and cruise out onto Lake Lucerne to admire the views from the water.

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Pass By: Lucerne, Lucerne

Meet your guide in central Lucerne (Frankenstrasse 2-4) in the early afternoon.

Stop At: Pilatus Luzern, Schlossweg 1, Kriens, Lucerne 6010 Switzerland

Hop aboard your comfortable coach for the short journey to Kriens, at the foot of the imposing Mt Pilatus. On arrival, begin your ascent to the mountain’s lofty summit with a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg terminus. Enjoy beautiful views over the rolling hills and lush pine forests below.

At Fräkmüntegg, hop aboard the aerial tramway — a spacious and modern cabin with panoramic windows designed to give the feeling of flight. Continue your climb to the summit at a dizzying altitude of 7,000 feet, and take in spectacular views over the Alpine peaks and lakes from your vantage point on the mountain.

During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, perhaps sit down to a high-altitude lunch among the peaks (own expense) or relax on the expansive sun terrace. Venture down the Dragon's Path and take a short hike around the summit to enjoy the amazing views.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Alpnachstad, Alpnachstad

Take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, descending past trickling mountain streams and sheer rock faces toward the verdant, green meadows below.

Stop At: Lake Lucerne, Lucerne Switzerland

Conclude your tour with a picturesque 1-hour boat ride across lovely Lake Lucerne and enjoy the spectacular scenery from an entirely different angle.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Lucerne, Lucerne

At the end of the cruise, your tour ends back in Lucerne.

  • Panoramic gondola and aerial cable car "Dragon Ride" (except from 21.10. - 08.11.2024)
  • Steepest cogwheel train in the world
  • 1-hour boat ride on Lake Lucerne (until 21.10.2024)
  • Lunch voucher (from 09.11. - 17.11.2024)
  • Transportation in comfortable coach with AC
  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide as per description
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Entry/Admission - Pilatus Luzern
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Lucerne

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Personal expenses
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 21.10. - 08.11.2024: Ascent and descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included.
  • 09.11. - 17.11.2024: Ascent by cable car, descent by cogwheel train, no boat ride but lunch voucher included
  • Boat ride available until 20.10.2024. Afterwards, a lunch voucher will be provided as compensation
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
Departure Point

Frankenstrasse 2, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Luzern Bahnhofquai, 6003 Lucerne, Switzerland

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


5 hours 15 minutes

User's Reviews


29 Dec, 2023

We took a nice excursion to the top of Pilatus at the end of October. The views from the various hiking summits were spectacular. I would have rated the trip higher except that the ferry wasn't running at this time of the year. Also, the high speed cable car was shut down for maintenance. These two factors are out of the control of the tour group and they did their best to make sure we comfortable on the bus and cog train.


17 Nov, 2023

Our tour was canceled, so we can’t write a review. We definitely wish we had been able to take the tour.


13 Nov, 2023

In summary: this visit was breathtaking. Due to the weather, the cogwheel train tracks were frozen (so unusable) and the boat tour was canceled. Our (very friendly and helpful!) tour guide said the website says the boat is always closed during November, but I couldn't find that information, and the reimbursement option was only a 20 frank meal voucher at the cafe on Mt Pilatus (which isn't enough for one meal). Because of these two things, we felt a little scammed. HOWEVER!!!!! These things did NOT ruin the experience at all, and it was still INCREDIBLE! The views were absolutely breathtaking and the mountain feels like it's out of a fairytale. the cable car rides take you up the mountainside, showing an incredible view of the lake, the mountains beyond, and the local cottages and flocks of sheep. Our tour guide was so very kind, patient, and helpful, and she spoke English, Spanish, and German. The trip was very well organized and we were well informed of all the activities available up on the mountain. There are also some very friendly and funny who like to hang out around the overlook. Truly a magical experience and a MUST DO for anyone visiting Lucerne!


04 Nov, 2023

Tour was well organized and everything went as planned. It was great to do the gondolas up and the cogwheel train down followed by the boat. Beautiful views as the weather was perfect. Only thing that could have been better was the tour guide. She really didn’t say much at the top of Pilatus other than what time to meet at the entrance to the train.


31 Oct, 2023

We had a very bad tour experience that we took on Oct. 28. to start with the tour guide was late to the pickup point. So everyone just loaded up on the bus (there were 3 tours leaving at that point) and hoped we were on the correct bus. When the guide arrived, he did a head count, never checked our reservation tickets or names, and started the tour. We drove to the Cogwheel, that was closed, we all got off the bus and immediately back on when the guide realized the cogwheel was closed. We the drove to the cable car. We were late for our time slot so we all had to wait in line for 30 minutes to get on to the cable car. We were told to make sure we were on the 4 pm cable car or earlier, and the bus would leave as soon as that cable car got down. We saw the line for the cable car was long so we got in line for it at 3 pm. Waited in that line for 45 minutes to get on the cable car. We spent more time waiting in lines then enjoying the tour. When the 4 pm cable car got down the guide told us to get on the bus and then we left. No head count or check to make sure everyone got back on the bus. We didnt have time to sit down and eat and use the $20 voucher. What a waste of our day and money. This was very unorganized from the start and continued that way all day.

User's Picture Gallery


Mt. Pilatus is simply breathtaking


The ride up the mountain...


Rained a lot but worth it...


Wonderful way to see Mt. Pilatus


Breathtaking vistas at the top, beautiful panoramas down below


Brilliant experience.


Unforgettable views and fantastic experience.


To the very top of Mt Pilatus!


Awesome views going up on...


Mt. Pilatus trip…worth a few hours


Great visit to My. Pilatus!


Beautiful views/not much information


Swiss Alps & Lake Lucerne


Highly recommend!




Loved our time here


Mt. Pilatus with Lake Luzern


On top of the world at Mt Pilatus


Swiss vacation


Great tour!


Breathtaking views!


A beautiful place


Very cool adventure


The Wonder Mt. Pilatus.


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