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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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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
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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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  • 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 144 reviews

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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

Beautiful Alps tour. When you arrive at mtg pt for Gondola rude, you need to go to ticket window for paper ticket voucher which you scan repeatedly at various entry points. Cogwheel train ride is cool but plan for about 1 1/2 hours to wait in line and get down the mountain. Our kids enjoyed the ropes tour at the halfway point. Great look out over all if Lucerne region and the alps range beyond.

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July 10, 2022

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

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