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Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

1. Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Travel Pass

2. Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Travel Pass

Travel all over Switzerland with a Swiss Rail pass, valid all over the country. Choose between a 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 consecutive day pass. This ticket offers you hassle-free and unlimited travel throughout Switzerland on the Swiss Train Network, buses and public boats. This pass includes the Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, Bernina Express, and others. This pass includes museum admission, boat rides, and discounts on many mountain excursions. Enjoy unlimited usage of public transport and free entrance to over 500 museums across the country.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Pilatus Mountain Tour with Lunch

3. From Zurich: Lucerne & Pilatus Mountain Tour with Lunch

Journey to Mount Pilatus – a mystical, white-winter paradise – and enjoy lunch at a cosy restaurant with spectacular views overlooking the Swiss Alps and the city of Lucerne. From Zürich, take a scenic coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. See the main sights of this charming town. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the old town before continuing to Kriens. Take the panoramic gondolas and aerial cableway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus (7000ft / 2132m). At the peak, a mystical, white-winter paradise awaits you with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lakes! Warm up in the self-service restaurant Bellevue on top of Mt. Pilatus with a lunch voucher (worth CHF 20) of your choice. According to the legend, kind dragons used to inhabit this mountain! Discover the Dragon Path and enjoy the spectacular alpine panorama.

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Tour by Train, Boat, and Cableway

4. From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Tour by Train, Boat, and Cableway

Travel from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus on a view-laden circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the changing landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Lucerne across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Lucerne by bus.

Mt. Pilatus: Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour from Lucerne

5. Mt. Pilatus: Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour from Lucerne

Experience unique and unforgettable all-round views at Mt. Pilatus with 73 Alpine peaks and countless lakes. Located outside Luzern, the typical Golden Round Trip (Jun-Oct) offers a wonderful excursion: first by lake boat on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. From there, travel by the world's steepest cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus. On the return, travel by panoramic aerial cableway via Kriens and by local bus back to Luzern. Families and adventure seekers are also very welcome on the Pilatus. Central Switzerland's largest rope park is on the Fräkmüntegg. Numerous attractions await you on Mount Pilatus. Or enjoy the time on the large viewing terrace. Cogwheel railway and the scheduled lake boat are closed from Nov-May. During this time you reach Mt. Pilatus by cableway and you'll take a one-hour scenic lake cruise in Luzern instead.

Mt. Pilatus: Private Tour with Lake Cruise from Zürich

6. Mt. Pilatus: Private Tour with Lake Cruise from Zürich

Mount Pilatus is a mountain massif with several peaks, overlooking Lucerne. The top can be reached with the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway, from Alpnachstad, operating from May to November (depending on snow conditions) and the whole year with the aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways from Kriens. The classical "Golden Round Trip" involves taking the lake boat from Luzern across to Alpnachstad, going up by the cogwheel railway, and returning down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas to Kriens, from where the bus takes you back to Luzern. Your tour guide leads you on this round trip through varied landscapes and wonderful views and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow

From Basel: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

7. From Basel: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip Small Group Tour

Discover the highlights of Lucerne's natural spaces on this excursion that takes you to the top of Mount Pilatus. Ride on cogwheel train, boat and cableway to arrive at the peak and enjoy panoramic views. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable panoramic view at Mt. Pilatus which is located outside Lucerne. The typical Golden Round Trip (Jun-Oct) offers a wonderful excursion: First travel by lake boat on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad. From there, mount the world's steepest cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus. On the return travel by panoramic aerial cableway via Kriens and by local bus back to Lucerne. You can also enjoy the various attractions on Mount Pilatus, including Switzerland's largest rope park. Or simply enjoy the views. The cogwheel railway and the scheduled lake boat are closed from November to May. During this time you reach Mt. Pilatus by cableway and will take a one-hour scenic lake cruise in Lucerne instead.

Stans: Tandem Paragliding Experience

8. Stans: Tandem Paragliding Experience

Experience the breathtaking landscapes of the Swiss Alps from an aerial perspective on a tandem paraglide flight from Stans. After meeting your pilot at the train station, take a quick cable-car ride to reach the launch site and listen to a brief safety briefing before you take to the skies.  Then, feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you take in breathtaking views of the Alps. Soar like a bird, surrounded by stunning views of Lucerne, Engelberg, and Emmetten. Feel the freedom of the wind as your pilot takes you on an experience like never before. After landing in the valley, head back to the train station after an unforgettable day in the skies.

From Zürich: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip

9. From Zürich: Mt. Pilatus Golden Round Trip

Travel from Zürich to Mount Pilatus on a circuit that includes a lake cruise, cogwheel train, and an aerial cableway. Let your guide show you the stunning landscape and answer your questions about the country and its people. Head to the massive multi-peaked Mount Pilatus which looms over Lucerne. Take a lake boat from Luzern across to Alpnachstad. Next, hop aboard the Pilatus Railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway which is in operation from May to November. Go back down on the aerial cableways from Kriens which operate all year round. Snap pictures of the panoramic views from the cableways. Return to Luzern by bus.

Mt Stanserhorn Photo-Tour with Convertible Style Cable Car

10. Mt Stanserhorn Photo-Tour with Convertible Style Cable Car

First, take the train to Stans on the southern side of Lake Lucerne, a ride which will take roughly 20 minutes, then make a time-jump ride on a wooden vintage funicular from the 19th century right before getting to the top-modern CabriO cable car. Most of you have probably experienced what a regular cable car feels like. The Stanserhorn mountain though has made it more exciting for its guests. The world’s first convertible-style cable car, the Stanserhorn CabriO, is where the fun begins. Wander from the summit down to the plateau at 1200 to 1600 meters above sea level in the Engelberg valley through the Geo-Trail towards the holiday destination of Wirzwerli where you will take a gondola ride down to the station. A 10 minute stroll will lead you to the train station and back to Luzern. Before you begin the hike, you’ll first be delighted with flowering meadows; stunning views over a hundred kilometers of alpine peaks, the city of Lucerne in the distance and also Lucerne’s own Mount Pilatus rising 2,128 meters into the sky; the lower sprawl of the Bürgenstock and the characteristic double peak of the Mythen among an endless scenery of lakes and mountain meadows. Marvel at the sights in an unforgettable ride through the valley, you can have a panoramic and completely unobstructed view while you float under the open sky with pristine mountain air blowing through your fluttering hair and no ropes above your head – as these are placed on the side of the carriage. The unimpaired view from the roofless upper deck of the gondola is truly memorable.

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What people are saying about Canton Nidwalden

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 431 reviews

The 6 day Swiss Pass worked perfectly for our trip. It simplified the many trains and helped make a smoother vacation. I think cost wise it was about even with the what individual tickets would have cost, but the ease of use made me so happy we purchased it instead of having to buy tickets as we went. Worth every penny in my opinion!

Very good experience and an excellent tour. We only had to walk from Mount Pilatus station to a public transport station to the center of Lucerne to be taken back to Zurich. However, it has been a very good tour.

Saved time & money with the pass. Used it many times over our 3 days. The 1st class was worth the extra cost, fewer people in the coach.

Get the pass before you leave UK. A week or two before you leave is sufficient. It is very easy and quick.

Wonderful experience would not have missed recommended. Everything was well organised with no problems