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  • Hours: Cog-railway open May - Oct 10am - 5pm

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Mt. Pilatus Tours

A multi-peaked massif, Mt. Pilatus towers over Lucerne and Central Switzerland. Though Queen Victoria enlisted a mule to help her ascend the mountain in 1868, visitors now venture up by cable car or cogwheel train, which—with a gradient of up to 48 percent—is said to be one of the world’s steepest. Crisscrossed by hiking trails and sled runs, Mt. Pilatus features a kid-friendly adventure park and a suspension rope park. From the top, you can see as far as Italy on a clear day. 
 
The Basics
Visitors to Lucerne cannot miss Mt. Pilatus looming over the city. If you want to ascend the majestic mountain and soak up the stunning panorama of the Swiss Alps, several options are available. The Golden Round Trip package involves traveling by boat, cogwheel railway, panoramic gondola, and aerial cableway. There are self-guided, partly guided, and fully guided tours from both Lucerne and Zurich, all of which include round-trip transportation. Some organized day trips incorporate guided city tours of Lucerne and, in summer, cruises on Lake Lucerne. You can also take a 2-day tour that includes a night’s stay in a hotel high on the slopes.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mt. Pitalus is a must-visit for train buffs, scenery seekers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Drink lots of water to stave off the effects of altitude sickness.
  • Book tickets or tours in advance to save yourself lining up for the cable car or cogwheel train.
  • The cogwheel railway, panoramic gondola, and aerial cableway are all wheelchair-accessible.
 
How to Get There
To access the Mt. Pilatus cable car, ride the trolleybus route 1 from Lucerne’s railway station to Kriens, where you can travel to the summit station at 5,560 feet (1,695 meters) via panoramic gondola and aerial cableway. Alternatively, travel by train or ferry from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, where you can board the cogwheel railway. The Golden Round Trip can be done only during summer.
 
When to Get There
If you want to ride the cogwheel railway or do the boat ride from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, plan your trip for the summer. Both boats and the railway generally operate between May and October (depending on weather conditions). The earlier you set off, the fewer crowds you are likely to encounter. Note that the gondola and aerial cableway close for maintenance for a couple of weeks in late October and November.
 
The Legends of Mt. Pilatus
Mt. Pilatus is associated with many myths. In medieval times, rumors abounded that dragons lived in its crevices. According to local legend, the mountain is named after Pontius Pilate, the Roman emperor who ordered the death of Jesus Christ, and whose lifeless body the devil supposedly dumped in a lake on Mt. Pilatus. It’s more likely, however, that the mountain’s name is connected to the Latin word pileatus (“capped”), which may refer to the clouds that often shroud its peaks.

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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne, Lucerne, null
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $129.23
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full day ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $157.82
Mount Pilatus Tour from Lucerne with Private Guide, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Mount Pilatus Tour from Lucerne with Private Guide

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Spend a day around Luzern and on mount Pilatus with your private tour guide, just you and your guide. Enjoy a one-hour boat trip from Luzern to Alpnachstad and ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $412.04
Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour, Lucerne, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour

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Experience in a Private Tour, from May to October, five different modes of transport and one amazing mountain with the “Golden round trip”, all in one day ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $730.86
Mt. Pilatus Winter Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Photography Tours
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Mt. Pilatus Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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Join this partly guided coach tour from Zurich to Mount Pilatus for a full day's winter wonderland on one of Switzerland's most majestic mountains. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $157.82
Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

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Combine Lucerne’s landmark mountain with a boat on Lake Lucerne – an absolute must of your visit to the Lake Lucerne Region. Taking the cruise lake ship right ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

From USD $108.68
Mt Pilatus Experience with the world's steepest Cogwheel Railway, Lucerne, Attraction Tickets
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Mt Pilatus Experience with the world's steepest Cogwheel Railway

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Visiting Lucerne’s landmark mountain, Mt. Pilatus, is a must-do when you're in the Lake Lucerne region. Start at the valley station in Kriens, and enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

From USD $61.01
Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland, Lucerne, Attraction Tickets
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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland

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Venture from Lucerne through the Swiss Alps to the highest point in Europe! On this unforgettable day trip with a multi-lingual guide, travel by coach through ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $247.86
Private Mt. Pilatus Tour from Bern, Bern, Day Trips
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Private Mt. Pilatus Tour from Bern

Spend a day around Luzern and on mount Pilatus with your private tour guide, just you and your guide. Enjoy a one-hour boat trip from Luzern to Alpnachstad and ...  Read more

Location: Bern, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $533.85
Private Mount Pilatus Tour from Basel with Guide, Basel, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Mount Pilatus Tour from Basel with Guide

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Spend a day around Luzern and on mount Pilatus with your private tour guide, just you and your guide. Enjoy a one-hour boat trip from Luzern to Alpnachstad and ...  Read more

Location: Basel, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $512.66

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