Destinations Europe

Lucerne and Pilatus – A place made of Swiss dreams

September 29, 2016
Lucerne Pilatus

Oh Lucerne, you enchanting little town in Central Switzerland: Set between the beautiful Vierwaldstättersee and iconic Mount Pilatus – could I ask for a more picturesque setting? I’d be foolish if I did because I hardly think that’s possible.


May I introduce you Lucerne’s most famous landmarks: The wooden bridge Kapellbrücke with its water tower and Mount Pilatus in the background…


During a stroll through town you’ll encounter some grand buildings and lovely decorated houses too…


Due to the lack of time and equipment (and for the sake of convenience) we took the world’s steepest cogwheel train from Alpnachstad to the top of Mount Pilatus. However on that beautiful Sunday a bunch of people had the same idea, so we waited two hours to get an assigned train. Once in, it only takes 40 minutes to the mountain station (vs. 4+ hours steep hike) and with every meter the train climbed up, the views became more spectacular. After all, the wait was absolutely worth it!



The mountain station actually was a huge platform that offers a hotel, restaurants, cafés and sun decks and of course there were lots and lots of people. Most of them enjoyed the views and the sun while others took off on their paraglides.

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Through the clouds we could even get a glimpse of the closest glaciers!

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And there’s always someone (if not me) that is looking for the perfect photo – no risk, no fun eh? 😉

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The cable car took us back to Kriens/Luzern from where it’s only a short bus ride to the centre of Lucerne. Thumbs up to the great accessibility!


Back in town we admired the impressive Kapellbrücke again in the evening sun. Lucerne, it was my third time with you but this time you gained a place in my heart forever. I shall be back soon ❤

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Btw, we took the Silver Round Trip that combines train, cogwheel train, cable car and bus in one ticket. There’s also a slightly more expensive Golden Round Trip that goes to Alpnachstad by boat instead of the train.

I hope you enjoyed the visual journey – thanks for reading 😉

The perfect one day itinerary to the charming town of Lucerne and Mount Pilatus in Switzerland

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  • Reply Jessica Yip September 30, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Woah stunning pictures!

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you Jessica 🙂

  • Reply Vicky T. September 30, 2016 at 2:07 am

    What a beautiful place! The first few photos look like it came out of a storybook lol


    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      It really does right? Kind of surreal 😛

      • Reply Vicky T. October 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        Yup definitely very surreal

  • Reply Tay October 1, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Once again, beautiful! Such marvelous pictures. I’m dying to go to Switzerland now! Lol 🙂

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks so much Tay! If you have the change, go visit 😉

  • Reply PinaySkattebasse October 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    WOW! What a sight to see. Like love at first sight for you maybe?

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Almost. I’ve been there before but I guess I was too young to recognize its beauty 😛

  • Reply Eden October 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Wow, absolutely incredible photos! It looks beautiful up there and it must’ve been quite the experience in person. I haven’t been to Switzerland before, and now I really want to go. Your travels inspire me 🙂

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Eden, this means quite something to me 😉 You’d absolutely enjoy it!

  • Reply Mitzie Mee October 2, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Wow! It’s really breathtaking! If I had something like that on my doorstep (or a short train ride/ plane ride away) I think I would be spending much more time outdoors. Must be really amazing during the winter too.

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Well, I guess it’s a bit different from Dubai 😉 Mountains definitely have something magical that attract so many people, including me…

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 October 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    What a beautiful place…wow – scenery is gorgeous and captured so well by you. Amazing where people will go to get a good photo…bit scared just looking at that photo.

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      I was scared too when I saw that guy… Definitely I wouldn’t go so far for a good shot 😛 Thanks Sue!

  • Reply Melia Beli October 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Bei diesen wunderwundervollen Fotos möchte ich mich am liebsten in den nächsten Zug in die Schweiz setzen – ich habe dieses Land so unheimlich gern und wäre am liebsten mehrere Male pro Jahr dort. Mir fehlen noch so viele Orte, die ich mir in der Schweiz anschauen möchte und ich werde auf deinen Post zurückkommen, wenn die nächste Reise geplant wird!

    Melia Beli

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Mir gehts genauso, ich war nur drei Tage in der Schweiz und es gäbe noch so viel mehr zu sehen… Der Gletscher-Express und das Matterhorn (zumindest von der Ferne) stehen noch ganz oben auf meiner Wunschliste 🙂

  • Reply Paleica October 3, 2016 at 7:41 am

    ach, berge!! wie schön ist das denn <3 ja, die schweiz, die hat schon einiges zu bieten.

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Ja gerade bezüglich Berge und Seen gibt dort noch einige Orte wo Österreich nicht ganz mithalten kann 😉

      • Reply Paleica October 6, 2016 at 1:57 pm

        das ist wohl wahr. allerdings preislich auch nicht 😉

        • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

          Yup das leider auch…

  • Reply arv! October 3, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Stunning pictures

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Christina October 4, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Wow, such great pictures! It looks so idyllic and wonderful that I now regret not spending more time in Switzerland… next year (hopefully)! 😀

    • Reply sileas October 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you! Luckily it’s not far from Austria, so it’s always an option for a long weekend 😉

  • Reply ourdestinationsblog October 18, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Lucerne is always worth a visit, very idyllic little town, the view from the Pilatus is very impressive goes directly in our “to visit” list!

    • Reply sileas October 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Hehe I’m glad to hear that! I was seriously impressed by Lucerne and Pilatus!

  • Reply honeylemonchai October 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    very nice pictures. x

    • Reply sileas November 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you!

      • Reply honeylemonchai November 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm

        You’re welcome. Visit my blog too I am new :)) X

  • Reply Hanna November 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Your pictures are amazing. Switzerland is my favorite country in Europe and after reading this travel story I’m about to take the next flight over there!

    • Reply sileas November 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      This country is truly spoiled with beauty… Thank you for your nice words 🙂

  • Reply barryaday December 3, 2016 at 8:01 am

    It has been more than twenty years since visiting. I loved your review and am going to plan to visit again.

    • Reply sileas December 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Thank you. I guess it’s a good time for a revisit then 😉

  • Reply Marissa_Travel Greece, Travel Europe February 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I’d love to visit this place. Esp. love the pic with the white church all by itself — is is a church I think — surrounded by green.

    • Reply sileas February 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks Marissa! I agree, that little church looks pretty spectacular!

  • Reply Pilatus - Reiseberichte March 6, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Ja, der Pilatus ist der schönste Berg der Schweiz.
    Yes, Pilatus is the most beautiful mountain in Switzerland.

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