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Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Trip: Lucerne's Landmark Mountain

Activity provider: PILATUS-BAHNEN AG

Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Trip: Lucerne's Landmark Mountain

Activity provider: PILATUS-BAHNEN AG
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From US$ 74.33 per person

Experience the scenic splendor of Mt. Pilatus on a self-guided trip. Ride the cable car from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg, and then experience the Dragon Ride to the summit.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Marvel at the scenic splendor of the Swiss Alps aboard the aerial cable car
  • Experience the Dragon Ride to Mt. Pilatus
  • Get stunning views of the Alps from 2,132 meters above sea level
  • Treat yourself to a delicious lunch in the historical ambiance of the Restaurant Pilatus-Kulm
Full description
Experience the landmark mountain of Lucerne from different perspectives on an aerial and cogwheel train ride across the Swiss Alps. Choose whether to depart from the valley station in Kriens or Alpnachstad, and get ready for the journey of your life! Board a 4-seat gondola at the valley station in Kriens and travel to Krienseregg, where an adventure playground and the nearby Krienseregg restaurant make it the perfect spot for families with small children. Continue to Fräkmüntegg on another 15-minute gondola ride to encounter another restaurant and the endless opportunities of the rope park. Then, experience the "Dragon Ride" cable car ride to the summit of Mt. Pilatus for spectacular views 2,132 meters above sea level. Go inside the panorama gallery for stunning mountain views, or visit the terraces to climb up one of the peaks. Avail of the self service Restaurant Bellevue and Ibex Bar for light refreshments and snacks. Alternatively, treat yourself to a delicious lunch in a historical ambiance at the Restaurant Pilatus-Kulm.  Ride back down by the Dragon Ride and cable car to Kriens and reach the valley station in Alpnachstad in 30 minutes for the end of your day of discovery on Mt. Pilatus.
  • Cable car
  • Dragon Ride
  • Cogwheel train (closed until May 2022)
  • Food and beverages
  • Rope park entrance fee
  • Parking fee (CHF5)
  • Overnight stay on the summit
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Kriens or Alpnachstad valley stations. However, as this is a self-guided tour there is not an official meeting point.

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Know before you go

  • The cogwheel train is closed from 15th November 2021 until middle May 2022
  • You can choose whether to start from the valley stations of Kriens or Alpnachstad, and end at Alpnachstad or Kriens as per your direction of travel
  • Please note that this is a self-guided tour
  • During this time, you will take the Dragon Ride and panoramic cable car to access the cogwheel from Kriens
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4.6 /5

based on 130 reviews

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This was definitely worth doing when visiting Lucerne. We only came for a day as part of a longer road trip. Parking was accessible and easy to find right by the cable car station. The views from the top were amazing, we had a cloudy day to start but when the cloud lifted you could see 360 degrees around from several points at the top. There are a few short walks you can do to 2/3 vantage points when you're up there. You can easily fill half a day doing this or maybe even a full day if you have lunch up there and have the time.

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July 2, 2022

Everything well organized and pretty smooth. Being able to organize all the time ourselves and with us it was nice and quiet. The weather forecast was not good. We went up the mountain anyway, otherwise we would have lost the money. Eventually the weather turned bad, beautiful weather with good views over the lake and the mountains!

August 2, 2021

The Pilatus is a great excursion mountain for the whole family. At the first stop (Krienseregg) there is a great playground for the little ones. At the second stop (Fräkmüntegg) there is a huge range of attractions such as the longest toboggan run in Switzerland. The trip to the summit is then the crowning glory. You can go down either via cog railway or as you came up. When redeeming the voucher, you simply have to name the desired option. Incidentally, you can also redeem the "Children's Ticket" as a GA/Half-Fare travelcard holder. The only pity is that you have to buy at least one adult ticket here.

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August 27, 2020

Product ID: 87452