Day Trip to Mt. Pilatus

///Day Trip to Mt. Pilatus

Day Trip to Mt. Pilatus

I traveled high above Lucerne to a spectacular mountain adventure!  My Mt. Pilatus day trip was one of the highlights of my time in central Switzerland.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone,

I’m continuing my series on my recent Switzerland trip today.   If you are just joining me, also check out the rest of my trip including my Switzerland Travel Guide! —>

After spending a few days in lovely Lucerne the Hubs and I were ready to head for the hills.  I like a city, but I LOVE being somewhere with nature and pretty views even more.  Luckily everywhere you go in Switzerland there are opportunities to get outside.   There were several easy mountain day trips from Lucerne, but we decided to do Mt. Pilatus.

The Mt. Pilatus day trip included going on an old paddleboat steamer, scaling the mountain on the world’s steepest cogwheel train, eating a traditional Swiss meal in style, hiking to the peak of the mountain and gracefully descending back into the city on gondola and cable car.  Like many things in Switzerland the adventure of getting there was just as exciting as the actual destination.  I hope you enjoy coming along for the journey.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip

When I arrived to Lucerne, the first few things I noticed were the gorgeous mountain vistas and the romantic steam paddleboats.  I knew while I was there I had to go on one of these boats and visit one of the nearby mountains.  Luckily a Mt. Pilatus day trip checked both of those things off the list.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

The day started mid-morning when the Hubs and I got on this gorgeous historical boat.  It felt like I was stepping back in time.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

In no time we were bidding the city farewell.  The boat is actually a regular ferry that provides transportation to people living across the lake, so we got to stop in several different locations to see different scenery.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

It didn’t take long before I felt more relaxed and calm.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

There is something about being on beautiful water that puts my mind at ease.

As we reached the center of the lake we started to get even better views of our destination for the day… Mt. Pilaus.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Isn’t she pretty?

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

The boat ride was about two hours but the time goes by in a blink of an eye because there are so many beautiful things to see.  I literally do not want to look away and miss anything.  I’m sad leaving the boat because I had such a delightful time, but little do I know the day is about to get even better.

The boat stops at the train station for Mt. Pilatus and we get off.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

This isn’t just any train, it’s the world’s steepest cogwheel train!  Look at that incline.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

The Hubs and I get a seat and we start the climb.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Now I obviously knew that this was going to be a beautiful adventure, but as we climb into the crisp mountain air I am in complete awe of the beauty.  It’s like you are looking at one picture post card after another.

Everything from the rolling mountains to the lake I just traveled on is in view.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Once again I don’t want to look away and miss a moment of the beauty.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

As we continue up the steep track the lush green turns to snow and stone… and somehow it is just as remarkable.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

After about a 20 minute ride we arrive at the top of the tracks.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

There are several buildings for tourists keeping them from the cold howling winds.  The temperature is hovering around 40 degrees.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Most folks seem to stay in the main circle building, but the Hubs and I decide to check out the hotel and restaurant on top.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Within a few minutes we sit down in a fancy dining room with this view.  Only in Switzerland do you get such views and fancy service at the top of a remote mountain.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

The highlight of the meal is this alpine mac and cheese.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

After a leisurely lunch we decide to brave the cold and take a hike to Tomlishorn.  Yes, we are those people who always go beyond these signs.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

The trail starts out smooth and easy.  As we walk away from the crowds I can breathe easier.  The clean air is like a dream.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

I move so slow because I want to take so many photos and remember every moment.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

The hike quickly gets rockier and steeper, but I keep pushing forward.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

After about 45 minutes we reach what feels like the top of the world.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

My measly words hardly describe the beauty.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Little did I know at the time that this was just a small taste of the mind blowing scenery I’d see over the next two weeks in Switzerland.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

After spending some time at the top, I started to get cold and we head back down the mountain.

As if the day had not been fun enough you can go back down the mountain in an entirely different way.  We hop on a spectacular, huge red gondola where it felt like we were being lightly carried down the mountain.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

In some ways it felt like flying!

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Going down this way let us see everything we’d done that day and was so much fun.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

And just when I think this spectacular day can’t get any better I spot my first Swiss cows… and I finally fall in love with this delightful country.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

Halfway down the mountain we transfer to a smaller cable car that is perfectly cozy for two.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip from Lucerne Switzerland / Running in a Skirt

At the bottom of the line we take a short walk and bus ride back to Lucerne.  This day trip could not have been more perfect.

Mt. Pilatus Day Trip Thoughts

This really was an adventure for the ages.  The day was just the right amount of adventure, activity and awe moments… with a great meal thrown in.  Switzerland is so good at putting on shows to see their big mountains and Mt. Pilatus did not disappoint.  If you are ever in the Lucerne area you have to take this journey.

Also check out the rest of my trip including my Switzerland Travel Guide! —>

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What would be your favorite part of the day?

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By | 2017-09-19T15:18:19+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Other International Travel, Travel|16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Hayley August 15, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    My husband and I are traveling to Lucerne in September and this is the exact day trip we are hoping to take to Mt. Pilatus! Did you take a tour or just explore on your own? I saw some tours on TripAdvisor but thought I’d ask what you did. I love that you had a good amount of time on the lake and free time at the top of the mountain, something I don’t think other tours offer much of. Thanks for any info you can give!

    • JulieWunder August 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      So much fun! I don’t think you need to pay for a tour. If you have the swiss travel pass almost all the travel for the day is free and it is really easy to navigate with english instructions. Your hotel can point you in the right spot, but start of the boat dock near the train station!

  2. Farrah July 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Aughhhh! Switzerland is definitely on my “return to someday” section of my travel bucket list! I went there for a day back in 2001-ish. I just remember it being absolutely gorgeous there so I’d love to go back there to stay longer so I can explore more!

  3. Andrea on Vacation July 6, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    So pretty!! Hiking so high up is hard but has the most rewarding sights!
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  4. Blane Sherer July 5, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures !
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Erica Lindeman July 5, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    The senery is breathtaking! I would imagine the fresh air all around. Great that it was made very accessible people should go out and enjoy more of our nature.
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  6. Kimberly Hatting July 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful place! You have so many amazing pics 😉

  7. Patricia @Sweet and Strong July 5, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I think it’s so cool you took three different forms of transportation in one trip. And wow those mountain views really are stunning, I can’t even imagine how beautiful they must have been in person.
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  8. Mary Beth Jackson July 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Your pictures look like postcards! What a beautiful day from start to finish! Thanks for taking us a long on the adventure!
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  9. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets July 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Wow, I felt like I was there with you as you described each photo…absolutely beautiful!!
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  10. Annmarie July 5, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Forget tropical destinations, THIS is my kind of vacation! Absolutely gorgeous!
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  11. Emily July 5, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    WOWEEE ZOWEEE!!!! Truly this makes me want to praise the Lord more and more. It’s so gorgeous; and I totally agree that those mountain views you got from that restaurant are not ones that I have seen anywhere else. That looks like such a fun day full of different adventures. I love that you were able to ride trains, boats, and gondolas. 🙂 You and your husband are so adventurous.
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  12. Your pictures are so beautiful, they don’t look real! What an amazing trip! I would love to go there.
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  13. Wow what gorgeous scenery! Thanks for sharing your photos
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  14. Emily @ Pizza @ Pull-ups July 5, 2017 at 8:19 am - Reply

    It is absolutely stunning! What a beautiful place to visit!
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  15. Susie @ Suzlyfe July 5, 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

    That place just doesn’t even seem real. Simply breathtakingly stunning.
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