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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

From US$ 72.60 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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  • Enjoy a mountain experience at 2132 meters above sea level
  • Incredible view from Mount Pilatus over the Lake Lucerne and Swiss Alps
  • See the mountains from the panorama gondola and aerial cableway "Dragon Ride"
  • World's steepest cogwheel railway between Alpnachstad and 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.
  • Panorama gondola between Kriens and Fräkmüntegg
  • Aerial Cableway "Dragon Ride" between Fräkmüntegg and Pilatus Kulm
  • Steepest cogwheel railway in the world between Pilatus Kulm and Alpnachstad
  • Tour Guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Meals and snacks in restaurants
  • Additional activities (rope park, toboggan run, sledging)
  • Parking fee at the valley station Kriens (CHF 5 per day)
  • Other personal expenses
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

  • 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
  • Check the timetable carefully
  • This is an unguided individual tour
  • Operates in almost all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Infants participate for free (age 0 - 5.99 years)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 164 reviews

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We had a very nice time. Everything was as described. One thing I was confused about was the description said that only paper tickets were accepted. We arrived at the mountain and showed our electronic tickets at the ticket/service office. They in turn handed us 2 paper ticket cards that we used to scan at the various stations throughout the event. Very well organized. Lastly, the boat ride back to Lucerne (25 Euro per person) was very nice but it took over an hour so keep that in mind when planning.

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September 11, 2022

It's easier than explained here. Go up from Kriens station by cable car to the viewpoint of Mount Pilatus (you can't miss it) Up there, then go up to all the peaks on foot and enjoy the views. Then go down by train to Alpsnchadt. Finally you take the S5 train to Lucerne and that's it.

September 7, 2022

This is a great option if you do not want to be tied to a guided tour. Most guided tours begin around 8a and return to Luzern around 1p. Mt. Pilatus is an all day adventure and you want to take your time to explore the mountain, which is the reason to do the self guided option. Some items to be aware of: first, the walk from Luzern to the gondola in Kriens is about two miles. I believe it’s faster to walk than dealing with the bus at the train station. Two, regardless if you have purchased your ticket online, you will still need to stand in line at the gondola to receive a paper ticket so go early to avoid the lines. Last, the ticket process for the ferry from Alpnachstad back to Luzern is super simple. Just jump onboard and buy your ticket on the ferry. The ferry schedule seemed to be timed very well with the arrival of the cog wheel trains. Overall, this was a great experience and a “must do” if you are visiting Luzern.

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July 26, 2022

Product ID: 87452