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

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

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.

Lucerne: Swiss Museum of Transport Full Day Pass

2. Lucerne: Swiss Museum of Transport Full Day Pass

Delight in an immersive and interactive experience at the most popular museum in all of Switzerland, the Museum of Transport. Explore attractions that focus on road, rail, water, and air navigation, and discover what goes on behind every mode of transportation you ride on. Satisfy your curiosity and find answers to all the questions you have about how cars move, how planes fly, how boats float, or how basically these mechanisms for transport work. Ride little battery-powered boats across the waters on the museum's large boating pool, and use excavators and bulldozers to load and transport construction material in the roadworks arena. Visit the Swiss Chocolate Adventure inside the museum and journey through chocolate's discovery, its manufacture, and its transportation to other corners of the world. At the end of the ride, relish a sweet treat from Lindt's master chocolatiers. The package also includes entry to the daily screenings at the Filmtheatre and the Planetarium where you can watch educational films about astronomy and the earth. All of these activities and more are waiting for you at the Swiss Museum of Transport.

Alpnach: Chli Schliere River Canyoning FUN Tour

3. Alpnach: Chli Schliere River Canyoning FUN Tour

Feel like a local and explore Alpnach's Chli Schliere's canyon and river like a canyoning pro on this 3-hour guided tour. Meet your local guide in the idyllic Swiss village of Alpnach, where you will be kitted out with your wetsuit, canyoning shoes, and abseiling material. Enjoy the short walk to the entrance of the canyon, making sure to take in the rolling green hills, bright blue lake, and quaint village houses along the way. Jump straight into the fun by sliding down wet and smooth rocks into the canyon's fresh waters. Abseil or jump off cliffs into the canyon's pockets of deep water, and feel the adrenaline course through your body. End your action-packed tour with a refreshing drink, and just sit back and relax as you replay your fun adventure in your mind.

Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket

4. Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket

Head inside the Swiss Museum of Transport with your entrance ticket and explore at leisure. The museum charts the development of rail, air, space, road and water travel with hands-on exhibits, simulators and multimedia displays. Your ticket gives you access to its key exhibition halls and areas, filled with more than 3,000 displays, making for a fun day out for adults and kids. Visit the Aviation Hall to view historic aircraft and flying machines. The museum takes its exhibits to new heights with flight simulators that give you the rush of operating an airplane, helicopter or hang glider. When it's time to get grounded, walk around the Rail Transport Hall to see steam locomotives and model railways, and try your hand at negotiating tunnels, signals and bridges in train simulators. Zoom over to the Road Transport Hall for the history of automobiles and to view 20 of the world’s most iconic cars. You can even turn into a crash-test dummy to experience a bruise-free collision in one interactive exhibit. Other attractions include the Navigation Hall with its fascinating seagoing displays; the i-factory covering information technology; and the Swissarena where you can walk across a one-of-a-kind aerial photo of Switzerland that takes up an entire room. The Media World presents the multifaceted world of media: amongst other things, visitors can produce their own content in a professional TV studio, practice their directing skills, test the editing suite, and discover the opportunities up-to-the-minute media technologies have to offer. Most people find two–three hours in the museum is sufficient, but your ticket lets you explore for as long as you like. For a supplement you can also visit the museum's domed planetarium to witness its dazzling astronomical shows, or its Filmtheater to watch spectacular 3D and high-definition movies.

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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.

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.

The whole ride took 3 hours, helpful and lovely staff. Experience in cable was extremely fascinating. After a cable ride we went down by train, after which we took a train and bus to arrive at the departure point. It is wonderfully arranged.

100% worth the money, made our trip to Zurich. Staff were fantastic and so kind and helpful. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

We are from Colorado, and weren't expecting to be blown away by the Mt Pilatus experience. The views were spectacular.