5 top excursion mountains around Lucerne


Thanks to its central location, Lucerne is ideal for excursions to the Rigi, Pilatus, Titlis, Bürgenstock or Stanserhorn. The best way to combine the excursion is with a leisurely boat trip on Lake Lucerne.

Here are our top 5 excursion mountains around Lucerne:

1. Golden round trip Lucerne-Pilatus



The Golden Round Trip to Pilatus is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Central Switzerland. After a romantic boat trip on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, you board the Pilatus Railway. It is the steepest cogwheel railroad in the world. At the summit of Mount Pilatus, 2,128 m above sea level, you can expect spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

On the Dragon Trail on the summit of the Pilatus, young and old alike can experience the mythical stories surrounding the Pilatus. This 40-minute circular trail also offers wonderful views of the Central Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne.

You then take the “Dragon Ride” cable car down to Fräkmüntegg, where you can try out various activities such as tobogganing or ziplining. Finally, take the “Panorama Gondolas” cable car back to Kriens, a suburb of Lucerne. Find out more...

2. Rigi Queen of the mountains

View Rigi-Kulm

View Rigi-Kulm

360° panoramic views of 620 Alpine peaks and 13 lakes – often with a romantic sea of mist.

The cogwheel railroads from Goldau and Vitznau and the aerial cableways from Weggis and Kräbel station offer a variety of round trips, also in combination with a boat trip on Lake Lucerne.

The Rigi is considered a classic hiking paradise with over 120 km of hiking trails, panoramic hikes between Rigi-Kulm, Staffelhöhe, Kaltbad, Scheidegg and Klösterli guarantee spectacular views of the lakes and Mittelland. Larger differences in altitude can be easily overcome by cable car.

The “Rigiland” in Kaltbad is a fun place for young and old with a spacious children’s playground, Wildmannli trail, mini golf course, picnic area and natural pond with Kneipp facilities. Find out more…

3. Bürgenstock experience oasis of superlatives

Bürgenstock view

Bürgenstock view

The Bürgenstock is known for its luxurious hotels and resorts as well as its historical significance as a popular retreat for celebrities and statesmen. It lies 500 meters above Lake Lucerne and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains of Rigi and Pilatus. Due to its proximity to the city of Lucerne, the Bürgenstock is also suitable for half-day excursions.

The Bürgenstock Resort with views over Lake Lucerne stretches over 1 km and is a 60-hectare landmark. The highest standards of vision were set here. The Grand Hotel was built in 1873 as the first hotel on the Bürgenstock. It has always been a special place for special people: Charlie Chaplin, Kofi Annan, Sofia Loren resided at the resort, Audrey Hepbrun got married in the Bürgenstock Chapel. Find out more…

4. Titlis 360° panoramic adventure



The Titlis is famous for its breathtaking glacier landscapes. The Titlis-Rotair cable car is the world’s first rotating cable car and offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains during the 7-minute ride. At the summit at 3,238 m, visitors will find the glacier garden, the ice cave and the highest suspension bridge in Europe, the “Titlis Cliff Walk”.

The Titlis Cliff Walk is the highest suspension bridge in Europe and one of the main attractions on the Titlis. The bridge is 100 meters long and is located at an altitude of 3,041 meters above sea level. It is attached to a rock and offers visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding glaciers and mountains. The Titlis Cliff Walk is a challenge for visitors with a head for heights and an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers. The bridge is open all year round, except in strong winds or extreme weather conditions. Find out more…

5. CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn

CabriO cable car Stanserhorn

CabriO cable car Stanserhorn

With an open funicular, rumbling like 120 years ago – then on the roof of the unforgettable CabriO aerial cableway. This makes it possible to enjoy the mountain panorama without disturbing windows.

The ride on the world’s first CabriO and the funicular from 1893 up to the Stanserhorn is like a journey through cable car history.

100 kilometers of Alpine chain, 10 Swiss lakes, Stanserhorn Ranger, Murmeli, plant conservation area with enchanting fauna and flora, culinary highlights in the revolving restaurant Rondorama.

It’s not just the ride that’s an experience – at 1,900 meters above sea level, you have various opportunities to relax and laze around. Enjoy the view of the Alps, 10 lakes or marvel at the fascinating flora and fauna. The Stanserhorn rangers will help you spot the marmots and show you where the eagle flies its circles. Find out more…

Video Lucerne Excursions: Rigi, Bürgenstock, Pilatus, Switzerland

Lucerne Excursions: Rigi, Bürgenstock, Pilatus, Switzerland

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