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Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

  • Half-day tour of Lake Lucerne, Mt. Pilatus, and Fräkmüntegg
  • Start with a Lake Lucerne cruise, admiring the scenery from the water
  • Ride up the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus
Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour
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Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour
From US$ 105.96
Visit Lake Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a half-day tour by boat, cogwheel railway, and gondola. After an hour-long cruise around the lake, you’ll ride up the steepest — and most scenic — cogwheel railway lines in Europe. Stop at the peak of Mt. Pilatus where alpine vistas await. Your tour finishes outside Lucerne, but it’s a short and easy journey back to the city via public bus.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Lucerne train station at 8:30am. The station overlooks the pier, so start by boarding your boat for your 1-hour cruise around Lake Lucerne. 
Disembark at Alpnachstad, and head inside a welcoming chalet-style restaurant with a terrace. Use your time here to eat and drink at your own expense, then make your way to the cogwheel railway for a ride up the mountainside. 
The steep line is known as a scenic route; cast your gaze out of the window as you pass alongside mountain streams and pastures sprinkled with alpine flowers on your way to the peak of Mt. Pilatus. 
When you reach its 6,995-foot (2,132-meter) summit, you’ll have some free time to soak up the views from the gallery, terrace, or restaurant. If you’re feeling more energetic, then take a short stroll to a nearby peak.
Descend back down the mountain via the Dragon Ride cable car, and hop out at Fräkmüntegg to enjoy a range of mountain activities. Test your agility climbing our rope park and get your adrenaline pumping (own expense), or treat the kids to a panoramic cable car ride to the children’s playground at Krienseregg. 
From Krienseregg, you’ll continue by gondola to Kriens, then take the public bus No.1 from Zentrum Pilatus to the Lucerne train station.
Please note: The order of this tour is flexible, and can be adapted if you wish. See the Itinerary for another suggested timetable. 
Reviews (59)
1 - 5 of 20 reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile
A fantastic day trip!

We bought our tickets online and got our hotel to print off the voucher. The website and the voucher are a bit vague with information but we were able to work it out. Tje voucher told us to be at the pier for 8.30am departure...More

1  Thank krismic_kt
Reviewed 24 September 2018
Exhilarating Trip!

Boat trip was enjoyable on a nice sunny day. However if you want to be on the top deck(preferable) it will cost you an extra 17 euro which they didn’t divulge when purchasing the tickets, spread the price and what it includes carefully. Other than...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bev A
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile
Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus with Lake Cruise

This excursion was perfect! The boat ride was exquisite, the cogwheel railway was easy to find and awesome. We enjoyed being in our own rhythm on the mountain, and the gondola ride down was amazing. Signs to bus to return to Lucerne were well marked....More

1  Thank Jzcherry
Reviewed 4 September 2018
Amazing for kids and adults!

I was a little concerned about doing this without a guide, but it all worked out great. The description made it sound like we could start with the bus/gondola OR the boat/train, but there was no bus waiting so we took the boat. It ended...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Nicole P
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile
Golden round trip is the way to go

The golden round trip was a great experience and the most efficient and fun way to get the whole experience of Mt Pilatus. We started by taking an hour long boat ride on Lake Lucerne, which offers amazing views the entire ride. You can buy...More

5  Thank Courtney B
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8 October 2018|
Response from Nicole P | Reviewed this property |
Yes! The boat had benches all around (we were not first class), the train was a seated ride, and the gondolas all have seating. There was also plenty of seating at the top of the mountain. There is a short (maybe 5 min walk... More
Kathleen R
11 September 2018|
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Response from Nicole P | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I don't know. But we were not first class and it was not a fancy boat (great, just not fancy). We just sat outside and enjoyed the ride. Not sure how the upstairs could have been that much better or worth more... More
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