Mount Pilatus. Lucerne, Switzerland.
Destinations, Switzerland

Views from Mount Pilatus

It had been snowing almost the whole time we were in Lucerne and we saw absolutely nothing the day before when we had gone to Rigi. There was a blizzard up on Rigi Klum and I could barely see 10 feet in front of me. So when I woke up to clear skies the next day, I made a beeline for Mount Pilatus. I was determined to see these incredible views I had read so much about.

Mount Pilatus
Mount Pilatus. Lucerne, Switzerland.

When I asked the girl at the information stand for her honest opinion about Mount Pilatus vs. Rigi, she said that there wasn’t much to do on Mount Pilatus if weren’t going to ski. She said with a slight British accent, “You just go up, it’s a nice view… there’s a bar up there… and that’s it.”


Mount Pilatus. Lucerne, Switzerland.

We got there by taking a bus to the ski lift and then transferred to the gondola for the last few minutes of the journey up the mountain. There’s also a boat/train option that runs during the summer. I don’t ski or snowboard, so the lift itself was a treat. Especially with views like this…

Mount Pilatus. Lucerne, Switzerland.
Mount Pilatus. Lucerne, Switzerland

When we got to the top, we enjoyed the Swiss Alps with some bubbly we had chilled in the snow. As darling as the city streets are down below, Switzerland is meant to be seen from up in the clouds. I feel like you can see all four countries Switzerland boarders from the top of Mount Pilatus. When the champagne was gone, we warmed up with some gluhwein from the bar inside the observatory. My feet were frozen by then too!

Mount Pilatus. Lucerne, Switzerland.
Mount Pilatus. Lucerne.

Transportation Tip:

All the modes of transportation were free for us because we got two Tell-Passes included in our hotel stay. I can’t rave enough about the Tell-Pass (it’s an unlimited transportation pass for central Switzerland). Many hotels in Lucerne offer the pass as a promotion in the winter. Since we booked directly with our hotel, they included the passes FO FREE! Prices vary by season and length of pass, but it’s totally worth it even if it’s not included with your hotel. Between the boat ride and gondola to Rigi and the lifts up to Mount Pilatus, all the modes of transportation over two days would have cost over $350 in the off season.

Mount Pilatus. Lucerne, Switzerland.
Mount Pilatus. Lucerne, Switzerland.

I was so glad we got to experience at least one clear day in Lucerne and see the views Mount Pilatus is know for. Just as the girl at the information booth said, we went to the top, enjoyed some drinks with the most breathtaking view and went back down. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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12 Comment

  1. Reply
    January 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Lovely Pictures, just saved the Place on Gmaps for future Trips! 🙂

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      January 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you, Lisa. I LOVE that feature on google maps! I have stars all over the place 🙂

  2. Reply
    January 28, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Love the photos! beautiful!


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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      January 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you, Jamie. It’s just so gorgeous up in the clouds ; )

  3. Reply
    January 28, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Oh my gosh it all looks soo beautiful! I have never ski’d or snowboarded either but I want to try one day! x


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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      January 28, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      I’ve never been much of a snow person. It looks fun, but not for me… I’m too much of a wimp!

  4. Reply
    January 29, 2017 at 9:28 am

    The views are just gorgeous! Your photos are really beautiful. I love the snow!

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      January 29, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you so much Abbi!

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    January 29, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    OMG It is stunning there!!! How beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    xx Leah


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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      February 1, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      “Stunning” is the perfect word!! : )

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    January 30, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Mount Pilatus is one place I really want to go to, it looks so insanely beautiful. One day, one day..

    Little Moon Elephant

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      February 1, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      It was so beautiful!! Any place in the Swiss Alps really 🙂 Just add it to the bucket list!

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