The name Golden Round Trip refers to a half- or full-day excursion taken from Lucerne and usually consisting of a boat trip across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad.
From there it’s uphill to Mt Pilatus via the world’s steepest cog railway, where you can relax at Pilatus Kulm and survey the splendid lake and mountain views (on a clear day you’ll find no less than 73 Alpine peaks laid out before you) from on-high. From Pilatus you descend via the Dragon Ride cable car and panoramic gondola to Kriens and from Kriens to Lucerne is a quick bus ride (No 1). The trip can be done in the reverse order and there’s even a cheaper, faster Silver Round Trip (taking a train instead of a boat between Lucerne and Alpnachstad).
It’s one of Switzerland’s famous excursions and a great way to see as much iconic scenery as possible in a short time, meaning that you can expect crowds during the high season.