There are actually four different ways to get to the top of Mt. Pilatus. You can hike, go by cablecar, by cogwheel railway or by a round trip ride on the boat, then cogwheel railway and return by a cablecar. This last option is called the Golden Round Trip which is what we did.
Perfect Day trip from Lucerne to Mt. Pilatus
Mt. Pilatus, also often just called Pilatus, is a mountain range overlooking Lucerne in Central Switzerland. The name “Pilatus” means “cloud-topped” and the mountains do seem to be touching the heavens and so close to the clouds. It is composed of several peaks, with the highest one Tomlishorn at 6,982 ft. There is so much to do in Pilatus and you can spend an entire day playing in the parks, riding the cable cars, cogwheel railway, hiking and riding the toboggan, the longest one in Switzerland. Some people hike all the way from Lucerne to Pilatus and spend a night up in the mountains.
We started our day trip to Mt. Pilatus from Luzern with a beautiful boat ride around the lake before we got to Alpnachstad to take the Cogwheel up. We spent some time hiking up to some viewpoints and took the cableway down and a bus back to Lucerne. We spent our morning exploring Lucerne before heading out to the boat pick up point. We were visiting in summer, by the way, you probably can tell from the photos