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Adligenswilerstrasse 22
CH - 6002 Lucerne
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The essence of switzerland

The essence of switzerland

Both the city of Lucerne and the Lake Lucerne Region are often referred to as the «essence of Switzerland».


In a small amount of space, this region embodies almost everything that is a part of Switzerland: a city whose old town dates back to the Middle Ages, a lake with Europe's most extensive inland navigation and a panorama of the Alps, all of which provides an ideal setting for combining excursions and allowing the visitor to explore and experience the Lake Lucerne Region from a different angle. 


Enjoy the Pilatus experience, one of the highlights of Central Switzerland at 2132 m above sea level. Travel on the steepest cogwheel train in the world to see for yourself the breathtaking panorama of mountain peaks. Be sure to take advantage of exclusive offers: for example, the Golden Round Trip by boat, cogwheel train and aerial cable car. 

Operating: all year (but during winter season, only Kriens - Pilatus Kulm - Kriens)
Duration: 4-5 hours
Tickets: Luzern Tourismus - Tourist Information

Pilatus Seilpark
In September 2005, PILATUS-BAHNEN launched an additional highlight to their summer program under the name of «Pilatus Seilpark»: Central Switzerland's largest rope park (open from May to November). With this extension to their program on Mt Pilatus, PILATUS-BAHNEN is not only keeping step with current trends in outdoor recreational activities and exercise, but also working actively with the natural surroundings.

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Queen of the mountains.

Mount Rigi, at 1800 m above sea level, is the «queen of the mountains» for many people, having been the famous mountain in Central Switzerland for over 100 years, where Europe's first cogwheel train was built.

Enjoy a fantastic view of the Alps, which includes 13 lakes and extends as far as Germany and France. The excursion to Rigi Kulm is a combination of a cogwheel train ride, an aerial cable-car ride and a boat trip on Lake Lucerne.

Operation: all year
Duration: approx. 5 hours
Tickets: Luzern Tourismus - Tourist Information



Haven of Tranquility.

A panoramic view with a landscape that revitalizes and invigorates: Bürgenstock, at 830 m above sea level. Escape the world of everyday cares to this unique oasis, where nature and tranquillity are one - a sophisticated haven of rest and relaxation, and of pleasure and hospitality.

Operation: Mountain railway:  april - october
Elevator: closed
Hotels: The Bürgenstock Waldhotel is open all year round
Duration: 4 hours


Engelberg / Titlis

360° Panoramic view at 3020 m.

Visit the glacier paradise at 3020 m (10,000 feet above sea level) with an excursion to the highest point in Central Switzerland: Mount Titlis. Experience a ride in the Rotair, the first revolving aerial cable car in the world, and enjoy a breathtaking 360° panoramic view.

You can reach Engelberg from Lucerne by train in only one hour (35 km). A 45-minute cable car ride takes you up to a high alpine paradise with a spectacular view of glacier crevasses.

Operation: all year
Duration: min. 5 hours
Tickets: Luzern Tourismus - Tourist Information



Panorama view from the Stanserhorn with its revolving restaurant.
A real pleasure - the panorama view from the first and only revolving restaurant of Central Switzerland at 1900 m above sea level.

The ride combines an old-timer funicular (built in 1893) with a modern aerial cable car which takes you up to this mountain top with its panorama of over 100 km of the alpine range, 10 Swiss lakes and an alpine-flower reserve.

Point of departure is Stans, just 20 minutes by train from Lucerne.

Operation: April until beginning of November
Duration: 3-4 hours
Tickets: Luzern Tourismus - Tourist Information