While we were in Lucerne, we took the Golden Round Trip day trip to Mount Pilatus, Lucerne’s landmark mountain, for an incredible panoramic view of the Swiss Alps.
On the Golden Round Trip, you take a breathtaking scenic gondola ride and an aerial cableway to the summit of Mount Pilatus. You can spend as much time as you like at the top — there are several hikes, a few shops, and restaurants. Then you take the world’s steepest cog railway back down the mountain, and a beautiful boat trip on Lake Lucerne back to the city. It was one of the highlights of our trip!
You don’t really have to plan in advance to do the Golden Round Trip. If you wake up and it’s a nice day and you want to do it, you can just go and get your tickets and hop on the gondola right then. With our Swiss Travel Pass from Rail Europe, our tickets for the Golden Round Trip were 50% off.
Halfway up the mountain, the gondola stops in Fräkmüntegg, where you get on the aerial cable car. Here you can also take a ride on Switzerland’s longest summer toboggan run — a true Alpine slide! We totally did this. So fun!
One last breathtaking aerial cable car ride and we were at the top of Mount Pilatus in the heart of the Swiss Alps!
Alternatively, instead of the gondola and cable car, you can also hike up Mount Pilatus if that is your thing. ;) See the trail down below??
After reaching the station at the top, we took a short hike up the Esel trail to the second highest point on Mount Pilatus.
You definitely want to come here on a clear day.
Although it might be fun to walk among the clouds as well! :)
There’s a hotel at the top where we stopped for lunch.
Possibly the best lunch view ever!!
That afternoon we hopped on the world’s steepest cog railway back down the mountain.
Here we go!
We made it back just in time to catch the ferry back to Lucerne.
Such a beautiful day.
And a beautiful ride!
Seriously I could’ve spent the entire day on this boat.
The boat took us right back to Lucerne, and dropped us off right near our hotel, the Hotel Palace Luzern. Stay tuned for more info on our hotel and where we ate in Lucerne! :)
This was honestly one of our favorite excursions in Switzerland — I highly recommend the Golden Round Trip to Mt. Pilatus if you are in Lucerne or Zurich!
Until next time!! xoxo
Kevin & Amanda,
Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information. We will do exactly what you have described here. Sounds like a wonderful plan!!
Have a great trip!!
My husband and I are looking into doing this whilst on our trip to Switzerland, how did you go about getting tickets? Do you recommend waiting til the day of? we will be staying in Lucerne and hopefully be getting a Swiss pass
…. All information greatly appreciated
This place has been number 1 on my bucket list ever since I was a kid. I am so jealous right now!
Your photos are so crisp and alive as if the scene is in front of us. Keep posting more blogs and photos, we would like to read more about Switzerland. It was 3 rainy days in Luzerne for us and couldn’t do much other than enjoying the rain ?
How wonderfull and what a lucky person you and your spouce must be ,I am married for 36 years now and has never even been on a honeymoon how I would love to go to london to see the Queen and go to my daughter who lives on the isle of white she is staying there for. A few years now but me and my hubby will never visit seeing we van not afford it lucky you
Hi; Elsie Weber- I was born in Malters, Luzern been up in Pilatus few times. PS. just want to tell you my grand mother mayden was Weber.
I’ve actually been to Lucerne and Mt Pilatus, we stayed at a little chalet at the base of the mountain! This was almost 30 years ago, so my memory is old….I love your pictures and the memories that came back with seeing them, it is seriously one of the most beautiful places on earth! :)