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  1. Switzerland
  2. Canton Bern
  3. Lucerne
  4. Pilatus

From Bern: Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip & Lake Cruise

Product ID: 206997
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Spend a day exploring Luzerne and Mount Pilatus with a private tour guide. Enjoy a 1-hour boat cruise from Luzern to Alpnachstad. Ride the Pilatus cogwheel railway, which is the steepest in the world.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German

Pick-up included

The lobby of your hotel in Bern
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy a private tour just you and your party
  • Take a scenic train ride from Bern to Luzerne
  • Marvel at the views on a 1-hour lake cruise
  • Travel on world's steepest cogwheel railway
  • Discover the mythology of Mount Pilatus
Full description
Begin your tour by meeting your tour guide at your hotel and make your way to the train station in Bern. Take an intercity train to central Luzerne. Board a boat to take a 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. Admire the views of the surrounding mountains and look back towards the city as the boat is departing. 

Arrive in Alpnachstad and change onto the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus Railway operates from May until October (depending on weather conditions, especially snow) and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey takes you from 464m above sea level to the top of Mount Pilatus to an altitude of 2128m. Once you arrive at the top, walk through the rock, where your tour guide will show you some hidden military objects. Alternatively, climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the scenery around. Follow your tour guide through the Gallery of Dragons and learn about the myth of Mount Pilatus. 

After the sightseeing tour, enjoy lunch at 1 of the 2 restaurants where your tour guide will be happy to join you. Spend the remaining time according to your preference, before you start your descent. A panoramic gondola will take you down to Fräkmüntegg, where you will change onto the 4-seat-gondola. This section will take you above trees and meadows down to the suburb of Kriens. Take a 10-minute walk to the bus station in the city center in Lucerne. Travel back to Bern on an intercity train, where the tour will end and your tourguide will lead you back to the hotel. 
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Local, professional guide for your party only
  • All transportation fees
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability of schedule, train seats, and tourguide
• A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• For wheelchair assistance - please contact the local supplier before booking
• Boat and cogwheel railway will operate between May and October only - off season, travel to Mount Pilatus both ways by gondola, then take a 1-hour tour on the Lake Lucerne by panoramic boat