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Sunday 30th December 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                 picture:   Luzern webcam

PS Uri sets off from Luzern for another special Festive Lunch Cruise

Sunday 30th December 2018

Lake Como

                                                                                                 photo:   Jacopo Memeo

The normally placid waters of the lake are replaced by large waves - perhaps
a good job both the paddle steamers were safely at their winter quarters

Friday 28th December 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)
                                                                                                photos:   Nicholas Lars Carrel

The paddle steamer operated an evening 'fondue cruise' from Luzern
showing the forward saloon,  the engine and the Christmas tree in the bows

Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December 2018

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)
                                                                                                   photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer 'gets up steam' prior to operating her first
Christmas sailing sailing 111 from Thun to Beatenbucht
and later at Interlaken before returning to Thun on sailing 16

Motor Paddle Vessels  (Lake Geneva)
 
                                                                                          pictures   Vevey and Nyon webcams

MPV Italie returns to service and calls at Vevey whilst opeating a Christmas Day Lunch cruise from Lausanne to the Upper Lake --- at the other end of the lake
MPV Vevey operates a similar cruise from Geneva to Nyon

Friday 21st December 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                 photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The lights on PS Uri's christmas tree are lit as she waits at Luzern
ready for yet another of her special evening Advent sailings

Saturday 15th December 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                   photo:   Carlo Sottocasa

The paddle steamer waits at Luzern ready for the next of her
special evening Advent sailings
- note the Christmas Tree in her bows

Friday - 14th December 2018

Paddle Steamers  (Lake Geneva)
 
                                                                                            photos:   Alain Vuistiner

A typical mid-winter sceen with most of the paddle steamers hibernating
alongside the harbour outer wall


Sunday 9th December 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

Despite sailings on the Upper Lake being cancelled due to strong winds,  the
motor paddle vessel made her weekly sailings 330-331 from Geneva to Nyon

Ironically just after she set sail back home,   a rainbow appeared behind the harbour !

Sunday 25th November 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel waits at Nyon pier ready form her return
sailing 331 back to Geneva

The Sunday market was in full swing despite it looking a very cold and dull day

Sunday - 4th November 2018

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Christian Meyer

This motor paddle vessel was the only 'paddler' in service on any of the
Swiss Lakes on this date and the unusual view of the funnel is
taken from on board on what must have been a rare suuny winter's day !


Sunday - 21st October 2018

PS Concordia (Lake Como)



                                                                                          photos:   Marcello Baldrati

Thanks to mv Volta remaining in dock undertaking repairs to her propellers
the paddle steamer was again rostered to cover the full-length timetabled
sailing from Como to Colico on the Sunday
She is initially seen on her outward Sunday morning sailing 14 approaching
Moltrasio then passing ex-paddle steamer-mv Milano on sailing 233 in the
middle lake between Cadenabbia and Bellagio
and finally departing from Domaso

She subsequently also operated the same sailings the following Monday
to Wednesday until mv Manzoni - which had also been confined to dock
for repairs - took over on the Thursday

Sunday - 21st October 2018

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          picture:   Luzern webcam

The largest paddle steamer loads at Luzern Pier No 1 immediately prior
to her final "Gotthard Express" sailing 13 to Flüelen..........


                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

..........later the paddle steamer arrives at Flüelen..........

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

..........then one final 'blast' on her steam whistle back at the dock
before being withdrawn from service for a major re-build
Joining in are sisters PS Unterwalden and PS Uri
with the stern of the
already laid-up PS Schiller on the extreme left


Sunday - 21st October 2018

PS Stadt Rapperswill  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                              pictures:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer sets off from Zurich to Rapperswil on her final
sailing 109 2018 and later returns in the setting sun on sailing 110

Saturday - 20th October 2018

PS Concordia (Lake Como)


                                                                                          photos:   Jacopo Memeo

Thanks to mv Volta being in dock undertaking repairs to her propellers
the paddle steamer was rostered to cover the full-length timetabled
sailing from Como to Colico on Saturday
She is seen on her return Saturday afternoon sailing 45
initially approaching Gravedona and later departing Lenno
It is very rare for the paddle steamer to be in service during the autumn
timetable period and this was understood to be her first such visit to Colico
(at the northern end of the lake) since 2010

Friday - 19th October 2018

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

On board the paddle steamer with a reflection of the setting sun
as the end of her 2018 season rappidly approaches


Thursday - 18th October 2018

PS La Suisse and MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer (left) has just left Vevey La Tour pier on her
return sailing 922 enabling the motor paddle vessel (right)
to call at the pier on her Upper Lake "circle" sailing 526


Saturday - 13th October 2018

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

Looking down onto the lake,  the paddle steamer sets off on her
afternoon sailing 922 to the Upper Lake

with the autumn sun catching her wake


Saturday - 13th October 2018

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva at the end of her return afternoon
sailing 327 from Yvoire


Wednesday - 10th October 2018

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer approaches Gunten on her return afternoon sailing 16
from Interlaken to Thun


Monday - 3rd September 2018

PS Piemonte (Lake Maggiore)

click on photo to 'zoom in' on the paddle steamer at the dock                                  photo:   Adrian Gloor

PS Piemonte stands at Arona dock covered in flags
suggesting she was either about to go out on a charter or retuirning from one
In the foreground stands the withdrawn, static PS Lombardia
Still open to the public - she currently displays the word "dancing"
suggesting her current owners are expanding her activities beyoud catering !


Sunday - 9th October 2018

PS Hohentwiel (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer calls at Romanshorn on a special sailing on AGM day

Wednesday - 3rd October 2018

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer stands at Ouchy waiting to form her evening peak
ferry sailing 1119 to Evian-les-Bains
In the background PS La Suisse sets off for the dock having arrived
from the Upper lake on sailing 923

Monday - 1st October 2018

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives stands at Ouchy between her morning
and evening peak ferry runs
Later shortly after PS La Suisse arrived at Ouchy from the Upper Lake
PS Simplon follows her into another pier on her return ferry
sailing 1118 from Evian-les-Bains

Sunday - 30th September 2018

PS Piemonte (Lake Maggiore)


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives calls at Stresa during her International Charter
sailing from Arona to Ascona

Sunday - 30th September 2018

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel - Murten)

                                                                                        picture:   Murten webcam

The paddle steamer stands at Morat/Murten harbour prior to her final
sailing 64 of 2018 from that port back to Neuchâtel


Saturday - 29th September 2018

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer arrives Flüelen in typical autumn weather on sailing 21
on her last round trip of her 2018 season


Thursday - 27th September 2018

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Limone on her last sailing 58
of the day from Malcesine back to Riva
on what is understood was her final day in service during 2018
Tuesday - 25th September 2018

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Coppet on her afternoon sailing 326
from Geneva to Yvoire


Thursday - 18th September 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                     photo:   William Campbell

The paddle steamer stands at Zurich after returning from Rapperswil
on the return leg of her afternoon sailing 114

Tuesday - 25th September 2018

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Coppet on her afternoon sailing 326
from Geneva to Yvoire


Sunday - 16th September 2018

PS Stadt Luzern and friends  (Lake Luzern)
Farewell Parade


click on the photo for a close-up of the "flagship"                              photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Stadt Luzern leads her four sisters towards the wider part of the lake........

                                                                                          picture:   Luzern Webcam

..........and later PS Stadt Luzern (centre) approaches the Luzern bridge
at the end of her "Farewell Parade" along with three of her sisters

PS Unterwalden held back off-Pier No.3,   but to compensate - the long-withdrawn
static PS Wilhelm Tell managed to join in the fun !


Friday - 14th September 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Weggis whilst unusually operating the
late afternoon return sailing 32 from Flüelen to Luzern


Saturday - 8th September 2018

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Spiez on the return afternoon sailing 16
from Interlaken to Thun

Wednesday - 5th September 2018

PSs Uri and Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                              photos:  Alain Vuistiner

PS Uri approaches Luzern the end of her return morning sailings 7-18
to Flüelen.....
.....and later PS Unterwalden stands at Alpnachstad pier as she waits
to form return sailing 66 to Luzern

as seen from a Mount Pilatus train setting off for the summit

Sunday - 2nd September 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

The paddle steamer departs Argegno on her way back to Como
on her last advertised "Steamboat Cruises" of 2018 to Varenna

Sunday - 2nd September 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Florian Abrecht

The motor paddle vessel approaches Rolle on her final sailing 101
of the 2018 season from Lausanne to Geneva

Sunday - 2nd September 2018

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer departs Lausanne on her final return sailing 105
of the 2018 season back to Geneva


Sunday - 2nd September 2018

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          picture:   Vevey webcam

The paddle steamer departs Vevey Marché to the Upper Lake
on her final afternoon sailing 906 of the 2018 season

Wednesday - 22nd August 2018

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Andreas Hofer

The large flag-ship paddle steamer stands at Luzern Pier No1
waiting for its next daily service run to Flüelen
near the end of her final season before withdrawal for a major re-build

Sunday - 19th August 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

It's "full speed ahead" as the paddle steamer departs Varenna
on her special Sunday sailing SP2 back to Como

Saturday - 18th August 2018

PSs Savoie and Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photos:   Alain Vuistiner

As dusk falls,  the paddle steamers depart Yvoire for Geneva and Montreux
respectively after inter-connecting on their dinner cruise sailings 389 and 488

Friday - 17th August 2018

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer departs Coppet on her return afternoon sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

Sunday - 5th August 2018

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                              photos:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches at the end of her lunch cruise sailing 926
from Grandson.....
.....and later reverses away from Estavayer pier on sailing 505
as she heads back to Neuchâtel

Thursday - 2nd August 2018

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel broke down on Yvoire on her return sailing 106
from Geneva to Lausanne resulting in all her remaining sailings for that day
being cancelled
She was later rescued by mv Général-Guisan and towed back
to Ouchy dock for repairs

BEWARE - all her sailings are now being covered by mv Henry-Dunant
until further notice


Wednesday - 1st August 2018

all five Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The annual parade of all the paddle steamers and some motor vessels
as they head off from Luzern for Brunnen and the fireworks display


Tuesday - 31st July 2018

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer passes Meggenhorn on her return
evening "Sunset Cruise" sailing 36 from Beckenried to Luzern

Friday - 27th July 2018

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel departs Morges and her return afternoon sailing 106
from Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux

Wednesday - 25th July 2018

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer emerges from behind the stern of PS Montreux at Lausanne
as she sets off back to Geneva on sailing 105

Thursday - 19th July 2018

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer departs Telsplatte on her daily outward morning
"Gotthard Panoramic Express" sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüelen


Thursday - 19th July 2018

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

Following repairs, the paddle steamer returned to service and is seen arrived
at Murten/Morat after her outward lunchtime sailing 63 from Neuchâtel


Wednesday - 18th July 2018

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer departs Giessbach on her return morning sailing 64
from Brienz to Interlaken

There are great scenic walks from the pier either to the of the waterfalls
or a more gentle stroll through the woodland along the lakeside to Iseltwald

Sunday - 15th July 2018

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer approaches Menaggio on her return special sailing
back from Varenna to Como

Saturday - 14th July 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photos:   Olivier Bachmann

The weekly Saturday evening sailing 79 to Brienz approaches Bönigen
The fishermen seem completely oblivious to the passing paddle steamer

Saturday - 14th July 2018

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     picture:   Limone webcam

The well-loaded motor paddle vessel makes a fine sight at she leaves Limone
on return sailing 56 to Riva

Tuesday - 10th July 2018

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          photo:   Peter Devrell

The paddle steamer arrives Rapperswil on her morning sailing 103 from Zurich
Click on the picture above for a You-Tube Video of the Swiss Paddle Steamers
taken at the same time

Monday - 9th July 2018

PSs Stadt Luzern and Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                          photos:   Peter Devrell

The larger paddle steamer departs Beckenried on her outward morning
"Gotthard Panorama Express"sailing 13 to Flüelen
Later the smaller paddle steamer departs Alpnachstad on her daily
return sailing 66 to Luzern
Click on the pictures above for a You-Tube Video of the Swiss Paddle Steamers
taken at the same time
Sunday - 8th July 2018

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Peter Devrell

The paddle steamer departs Montreux on her return afternoon sailing 907
to Lausanne ---
four days later she broke down with boiler problems
and missed four days of summer sailings
Click on the picture above for a You-Tube Video of the Swiss Paddle Steamers
taken at the same time

Friday - 6th July 2018

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at Morges on her outward evening Dinner Cruise
sailing 487 from Lausanne to Yvoire


Sunday - 1st July 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer departs Giessbach on the final leg of her morning
outward sailing 63 from Interlaken to Brienz

Saturday - 30th June 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer rarely operates in the dark but the return Saturdays Only
evening sailing 70 from Brienz back to Interlaken is the exception
Seen above returning "stern-first" into Interlaken

Wednesday - 27th July 2018

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Beat Zumstein

The paddle steamer arrives Beckenried on the outward leg of the evening
"Sunset Cruise" sailing 33 from Luzern

Thursday - 26th June 2018

PS Simplon and PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

Due to gales the Nyon-Yvoire Ferry was withdrawn for the day leaving only
the larger paddle steamers to offer a limited service
PS Simplon sets of into the lake on her daily sailing 102 to Lausanne - she is
initially seen off-Geneva Eaux-Vives (the pier is currently closed for
maintenance work) as the waves begin to increase on height
Later she calls at Nyon on return and the usual small ferry can be seen
tied up sheltering inside the harbour wall
Later sister PS Savoie also calls Nyon on her return afternoon sailing 307
before unusually 'doubled back' to Yovoire to convey return commuters
before she continued back to Geneva

Sunday - 24th June 2018

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel inter-connects with sister MPV Vevey for the
final sailings of the day - as there is only one berth the MPV has to "hover-off" between calls and is seen from MPV Vevey waiting to return to the pier
to form sailing 510 direct to Le Bouveret


Tuesday - 19th June 2018

PS Simplon and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer sets off from Yvoire for Geneve on her return
afternoon sailing 105 as the well-loaded motor paddle vessel arrives in the
opposite direction for Lausanne and Montreux on sailing 106

Monday - 18th June 2018

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer leaves Montreux on her last afternoon sailing 205
back to Lausanne


Saturday - 16th June 2018

PS La Suisse and MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer (background) returns to Lausanne on sailing 923
after dropping off passengers for the other Upper Lake piers
to join the motor paddle vessel on sailing 923 at Château-de-Chillon
on the last day of the Spring Timetable

Saturday - 16th June 2018

Four Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

          PS Schiller arriving at Flüelen   Passing PS Stadt Luzern near Treib
  (sailing 7)     (sailing 13)


                                                                                          photos:   Carlo Sottocasa

PS Unterwalden sets off for Alpnachstad   PS Uri waits to operate an evening        
                          (sailing 65)       Candlelight Dinner cruise


Wednesday 13th June 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          picture:   Zurich webcam

Despite her sister (PS Stadt Rapperswil) originally being advertised
to operate the day's sailings,  the paddle steamer covered and is seen setting off
in the rain on her afternoon outward sailing 113 from Zurich to Rapperswil

Monday - 11th June 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer arrives Menaggio pier on her return afternoon
timetabled sailing 47 from Bellagio back to Como

Saturday - 9th June 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Carlo Sottocasa

The paddle steamer approaches Pier No 4 stern first
prior to operating her morning timetabled sailing 14 to Bellagio


                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

later, the paddle steamer departs Como on her afternoon
timetabled sailing 16 to Bellano

Friday - 8th June 2018

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                     picture:   Luzern Webcam

The paddle steamer failed to operate her planned afternoon sailings 21-30
from Luzern to Flüelen and her place was taken by mv Europa
Do you know why ?
This was "apparently" due to a shortage of steam engineers
In consequence sailings 21-30
(or occasionally another pair of sailings)
will for the immediate future be operated by a motor vessel

see below and further details to follow if or when I am advised

Friday - 8th June 2018

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     picture:   Limione webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Limone on sailing 53 from Riva to Malcesine
on her first day of sailings from Riva in 2018

She is now planned to cover the Upper Lake sailings daily throughout
the summer vice her sister MPV G Zanardelli who is spending the summer in dock
undertaking a major re-build - before returning to her usual role in 2019

Thursday - 7th June 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer leaves Giessbach - famous for its waterfalls - for Brienz
on her afternoon sailing 69 from Interlaken


Sunday - 3rd June 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                              pictures:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer arrives Bellagio on the outward leg of the first of her
three "weekly special Sunday Sailings" from Como

Friday - 1st June 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              pictures:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer unusually operated the lunchtime sailings 20-19
from Como to Bellano

She is seen loading a large crowd at Bellagio on her return journey
before heading across the lake to Villa Carlotta

Thursday - 31st May 2018

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                       photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Morat/Murten on sailing 63 from Neuchâtel

Tuesday - 29th May 2018

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                       photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Yvoire at the end of her afternon sailing 326
from Geneva prior to returning


Monday - 28th May 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          picture:   Vevey webcam

The motor paddle vessel leaves Vevey on sailing 528 whilst covering for
sister MPV Italie which made a quick visit to dock for repairs

She also covered the same sailings on Tuesday 29th May

Sunday - 27th May 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

With mv Bisbino still our of action following her accident earlier in the year
and both mv Volta and mv Manzoni requiring pre-season maintenance
the paddle steamer is having one of her most intensive starts to the season
including covering timetabled sailings before her Sunday special sailings
She is seen approaching Lenno on sailing 16 from Como to Bellanio
as mv Orion heads back to Como in the background

Saturday - 26th May 2018

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Oberhofen on return sailing 16
from Interlaken to Thun

ADVANCE INFORMATION
8th June to 28th September 2018


MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

MPV Italia near Bardolino in 2017

With her sister MPV G Zanardelli remaining in dock for a major re-build
the sole operational motor paddle vessel will normally be based at Riva during
2018 and cover the Upper Lake service between Riva and Malcesine-Limone

Whit Monday - 21st May 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Bönigen on her return morning sailing 64
from Brienz to Interlaken

Whit Sunday - 20th May 2018

Naval Parade  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

PS Savoie makes a very rare call at Excenevex on her way from Geneva
to the annual Naval Parade - this year off-Evian-les-Bains


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

Later,  after the Parade,   PS La Suisse calls at the pier at Evian les-Bains
to unload her passengers before returning across the lake to Lausanne

Thursday - 17th May 2018

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne prior to operating her
first pre-season charter of 2018

Monday - 14th May 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel covers for the flagship PS La Suisse for two days
whilst she remains in dock for repairs

Sunday - 13th May 2018

Paddle steamers  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photos:   Andreas Hofer

Most of the paddle steamer stand spare at Luzern
waiting for the main season to start

Friday - 4th May 2018

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

Despite making a test run, the paddle steamer remains out of service
with engine problems for several days

Thursday - 3rd May 2018

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Coppet on afternoon sailing 326
from Geneva to Yvoire on a cold and windy afternnon

May-Day Tuesdy 1st May 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

The paddle steamer approaches Lenno pier whilst operating
sailing 12 from Como to Menaggio

just after hydrofoil Freccia Delle Valli speeds off to Como

Monday - 30th April 2018

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer operated morning ferry sailings prior to the lunch cruise
to the Upper Lake --- on return to Lausanne she reverted to ferry sailings
and is seen about to depart on sailing 1115 to Evian-les-Bains,
  en route and later about to return to Lausanne on sailing 1116
With a strong wind getting up,  the afternoon sailing from Lausanne
to the Upper Lake was cancelled
- possibly why so many people
were outside on the ferry run
It is understood MPV Italie was also stopped mid-afternoon
Do YOU have any further information ?

Monday 30th April 2018

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer returned to service much later than usual
and operated her first sailing 111 from Zurich to Rapperswil

Sunday - 29th April 2018

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:   Vevey webcam

The paddle steamer failed to operate as scheduled to the Upper Lake
and her sailings were covered by mv Valais
PS Simplon returned 'light' from Geneva to Lausanne
on the Sunday afternoon to cover from Monday
Do
YOU have any further information ?

Saturday - 28th April 2018

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)
A busy day at Vevey

                                                                                              picture:   Vevey webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Vevey La Tour on her lunch sailing 526
round the Upper Lake

Sister PS La Suisse had left a few minutes earlier and PS Simplon is at
Vevey Marché pier (left) waiting to work a charter sailing to Geneva

Friday - 27th April 2018

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer gets warmed-up for the first time in 2018
prior to re-entry into service for the summer season

Thursday - 26th April 2018

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)
back in service after repairs

                                                                                              picture:  Luzern webcam

Following a few days out of service for repairs,  the paddle steamer stands
at Pier No.1 ready to operate sailing 13 to Flüelen as originally planned

allowing her larger sister PS Stadt Luzern to stand down

Sunday - 22nd April 2018

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Nyon on her final sailing 105 in the Little Lake
After arrival at Geneva she was due to sail light back to Lausanne
to operate ferry sailings to both Evian-les-Bains and Thonon-les-Bains
vice a motor vessel from the following day

Sunday - 22nd April 2018

THE START OF THE SGV SEASON IS A DISASTER !
PS Unterwalden and PS Uri
 (Lake Luzern)
Neither paddle steamer sailed as advertised


                                                                                              picture:  Luzern webcam

After mv Gotthard had to cover the early sailings 7-18
PS Stadt Luzern quickly re-entered public service much earlier than planned
and covered sailings 13-24

It is understood she will now also cover these sailings all next week

                                                                                              picture:  Luzern webcam

After mv Gotthard arrived back at Luzern, she towed PS Uri to the
dock - presumably for repairs
Do YOU know what is wrong with both paddlee steamers ?


Friday - 20th April 2018

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

After completing her two round trips to the Upper Lake
the paddle steamer returns 'light' to Ouchy dock

Wednesday - 18th April 2018

PS Simplon and MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

A sunnay day in the Upper Lake as seen from Château-de-Chillon showing
sailings 923 and 528 close together

Monday - 16th April 2018

PS Simplon and MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Cully on afternoon sailing 923 to the
Upper Lake and later leaves Chateâu-de-Chillon as the smaller MPV Italie
follows her into the pier

Sunday - 15th April 2018

First day of Spring  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

It was all change for 2018 with PS Simplon covering the Lausanne to
Chateâu-de-Chillons sailings and MPV Italie has taken over the
Upper Lake Circle cruises for the 2018 season.....


                                                                                          pictures:   Nyon webcam

.....meanwhile at the other end of the lake both MPV Vevey was on the first
Geneva-Lausanne sailing 102 of the year and PS Savoie on the Little Lake cruises

Sunday 8th April 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives at Rapperswil on sailing 109 to from Zurich


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Later the well loaded paddle steamer initially approaches Erlenbach on her
return afternoon sailing 110 from Rapperswil to Zurich
and finally at Zurich prior to returning to dock

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Hermitage at approx 1545 on a
"driving school/instruction" test run

Easter Monday 2nd April 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

The paddle steamer approaches Menaggio prior to operating
sailing 31 back to Como

Easter Monday 2nd April 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer stands at Rapperswil loading a large crowd
prior to operating sailing 110 back to Zurich

Easter Sunday 1st April 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jean-Luc Aegerter

The paddle steamer stands at Como loading for her first sailing 12 of 2018
to Menaggio

Easter Sunday 1st April 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Mario Gavazzi

The paddle steamer leaves Luzern dock prior to operating sailing 13 to Flüelen
whilst sister PS Unterwalden waits to operate a special Easteer Lunch Cruise

Easter Saturday 31st March 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Mario Gavazzi

Snow is still around as the paddle steamer approaches Vitznau
on her return sailing 24 from Flüelen to Luzern

Good Friday 30th March 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer loads at Zurich on her first lunch-time
sailing 109 to Rapperswil

Monday - 5th March 2018

MPV Italie   (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel was called out to cover some of the peak-hour
Thonon-les-Bains commuter ferry runs
She is seen retiring to the dock after her morning duties - prior
to returning to the pier to cover some evening runs

Saturday - 3rd March 2018

MPV Vevey   (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Christian Meyer

The moon peeps through the clouds to get a glimpse of the
motor paddle vessel moored overnight at Geneva Mont Blanc pier

Friday - 2nd March 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                   photos:   Mario Gavazzi)

Winter activity ! - the paddle steamer stands in the Tavernola shipyard at
Como raising steam pressure prior to a rare March charter the following day
Note the snow on the foredeck giving a wonderful "winter atmosphere"
Do YOU have any further details of the charter
 or better still a photo of her in action for inclusion on this website ? 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Meanwhile
(below) across the lake,  poor sister PS Patria lies looking
very forelorn at Como Villa Olmo pier

Unfortunately she will not be sailing in 2018 and nobody seems to know her future

Friday - 2nd March 2018

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel waits at a snowy Lausanne-Ouchy pier
prior to working the mid-afternoon ferry sailing 1217 to Thonon-les-Bains
and later setting off into the lake

Sunday 11th Febrary 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her outward winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 330


Sunday - 18th February 2018

MPV Vevey   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   photos:   Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel waits at Geneva before her "lunch cruise"
sailing 330 to Nyon
 (note the laid-up PS Rhône to her right)
and later at Nyon before returning on sailing 331



                                                                                                   photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Further picture of both the motor paddle vessel and the laid-up paddle steamer

Friday - 16th February 2018

MPV Italie   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel sets off from Lausanne for Thonon-les-Bains on her
late-afternoon ferry sailing 1223

Sunday 11th Febrary 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her outward winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 330


Friday 9th February 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer spends some time in the covered dock
whilst her steam turbine is replaced by a diesel one
The opportunity is also being taken to update the electronics for her boiler.

Friday - 9th February 2018

MPV Italie   (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at Lausanne prior to operating her
mid-afternoon ferry sailing 1217 to Thonon-les-Bains

Sunday 21st January 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel departs Nyon on the return the winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 331


Sunday 14th January 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel has been transferred back to Geneva
and is seen approaching Nyon on the winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 330

currently she is the only paddle steamer in public service anywhere in Switzerland

Sunday 7th January 2018

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on the final winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 330 of her extended 2017 season from Geneva
and later leaving the pier on her return sailing 331
This is likely to be her last sailing in the Little Lake for some time
as she it planned to operate in the Upper Lake during Summer 2018

NEW YEAR'S DAY - Monday 1st January 2018

PS Blümisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Beatenbucht on the morning
"Niederhornexpress" sailing 16 from Thun

NEW YEAR'S EVE - Sunday 31st December 2017

PS Blümisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Merligen on her afternoon sailing 16
from Interlaken before swinging round to approach Thun stern first

(ready for her evening Gala Dinner cruise)

Wednesday 27th December 2017

PS Blümisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Spiez on her final sailing 16 of the day
back from Interlaken to Thun

BOXING DAY - Monday 26th December 2017

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her extra Boxing Day
Lunch Cruise sailing 330 from Geneva

Christmas Day - Monday 25th December 2017

PS Blümisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer gets 'steamed up' at Thun on Christmas Day morning
immediately prior to her first timetabled sailing 111 of the day

Sunday - 24th December 2017

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer stands at Luzern prior to operating her special
Christmas Eve Gala Dinner cruise and later returning to Luzern after her cruise

Thursday - 14th December 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The first two round trips to Thonon-les-Bains had to be cancelled due to storms
but after the wind died down it was still wet as the motor paddle vessel
operated the mid-afternoon sailings 1217-1218

Thursday - 7th December 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer remains laid-up at Geneva pending her major re-build

Monday - 3rd December 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer sets off on a trial to test the new 'burner control'

Friday - 1st December 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at Lausanne whilst waiting to operate
her two Friday International ferry sailings prior to her weekly
special evening Fondue Cruises from both Lausanne and Morges

Sunday - 26th November 2017

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel waits at Nyon prior to returning to Geneva
on her weekly sailing 331 lunch cruise

Friday - 24th November 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at Lausanne ready to operate sailing 1217
- the first of her two Friday International ferry sailings prior to her weekly
special evening Fondue Cruises from both Lausanne and Morges

Sunday - 12th November 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lakes Brienz)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives at Interlaken ready to operate
her rare WINTER lunchtime cruise to Brienz and back

note the HarderKulm funicular in the background
..........and later on arrival at Brienz


                                                                                        pictures:   Bonigen webcam

The paddle steamer calls at Bonigen on her outward sailing 65 to Brienz
and later on return sailing 66 back to Interlaken

Friday - 10th November 2017

PSs Blümlisalp and Lötschberg  (Lakes Thun and Brienz)


                                                                                        photos:   Ernst Mischler

The 62nd annual "Binnenschiffahrtstreffen" conference at Interlaken
woke both paddle steamers from their winter slumbers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On Lake Thun the paddle steamer set off early sailing light from Thun
to operate a special charter departing at 0930 which visited
mv Berner Oberland at the Thun shipyard

Meanwhile on Lake Brienz,  the paddle steamer also left Interlaken at 0930
(to connect with a special steam train as far as Gäldried
on the Brienz Rothorn-Bahn)
where she is seen arriving Brienz an hour later

note the three steam whilstle in action !

Friday - 10th November 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel is back in service after a quick autumn overhaul
and is now undertaking her regular winter duties
which on Fridays consist of two International ferry sailings
from Lausanne to Thonon-les-Bains followed by
a special evening Fondue Cruise from both Lausanne and Morges
She is seen waiting to leave for France on both sailings 1217 and 1223

Sunday - 5th November 2017

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel arrives at Nyon on her weekly sailing 330 from Geneva

Sunday - 29th October 2017

PS La Suisse   and   MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   François Rentsch

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne after completing her final
International sailing 1110 of the year from Evian-les-Bains
prior to operating her final sailing of 2017 to the Upper Lake and back..........


                                                                                                   picture:   Nyon webcam

..........meanwhile the motor paddle vessel arrives Nyon from Geneva on
sailing 330 just as the sun broke through - by the time she was ready
to return it had become overcast againt

Sunday - 22nd October 2017

All five Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          picture:   Luzern webcam

The sun finally comes out to welcome all the operation fleet back to Luzern
at the end of the final "Tanz der Dampfschiffe" of 2017




                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Earlier in the day the weather was overcast as first PS Uri then
PS Stadt Luzern called at Treib on sailings 18 and 13 respectively
Fortunately the rain kept off as the paddles steamers 'danced' round
each other between Vitznau and Luzern

It is understood this weekly autumn 'event' will not be repeated in 2018

Saturday - 21st October 2017

PS Piemonte  (Lake Maggiore)


                                                                                          photos:   Brigitte Eisl

Prior to her charter (see below) PS Piemonte undertook a short test run
in the early morning mist past Rocca di Angera castle




                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Piemonte made a rare international cruise from Arona (Italy) to Locarno (Switzeland) - which unusually was also opern to the general public
She made a call at Stresa en-route to the border
before later arriving at and subsequently departing Locarno
and finally arriving back at Arona dock

with former PS Lombardia (now a static restaurant) in the foreground



                                                                                          photos:   Martin Eisl

Two further views of PS Piemonte arriving Locarno

Sunday - 15th October 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                   photo:   Robert Knöpfel


                                                                                                   pictures:   Zurich webcam
The paddle steamer sets off on her lunchtime sailing 109
from Zurich to Rapperswil......
.....and later at the end of return sailing 110 before retiring to the dock

These sailings turned out to be the final ones of 2017

Friday - 13th October 2017

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer approaches Lutry on her return afternoon sailing 923
to Lausanne from the Upper Lake

Friday - 13th October 2017

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer returns to Luzern at the end of her evening
Candlelight Dinner Cruise

Sunday - 8th October 2017

MPV G Zanardelli  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                   picture:   Zurich webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Limone on her final outward sailing 57
of 2017 to Malcesine before returning to Riva and winter lay-up

Sunday - 8th October 2017

All six Paddle Steamers  !!!  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          picture:   Luzern webcam

Static PS Wilhelm Tell looks longingly at her operational sisters
as they return from their weekly "Tanz der Dampfschiffe"


Sunday - 8th October 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                   pictures:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer sets off on her lunchtime sailing 109
from Zurich to Rapperswil......
.....and later at the end of return sailing 110 before retiring to the dock

These sailings will be repeated on Sunday 15th October

Saturday - 7th October 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                   picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer loads her passengers at Zurich for for her special
'end-of-season' evening Fondue Cruise

Friday - 6th October 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer leaves Geneva on her daily Lunch Cruise sailing 304
to Versoix and Hermance

Wednesday - 4th October 2017

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel (covering for sister MPV Vevey undertaining maintenance)
departs Château-de-Chillon on afternoon sailing 528

Tuesday - 3rd October 2017

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The final week of steam-powered commuting from Evian-les-Bains !!!
Click on the photo above to see PS Simplon working hard..........

Sunday - 1st October 2017

Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                          photos:   Olivier Bachmann

The Sunday afternoon "Tanz der Dampfschiffe" Parade
as seen from the deck of PS Schiller

It is understood 2017 is the last year this event will take place

Sunday - 1st October 2017

PS Hohentwiel  (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                          photos:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer hosted the AGM on the lake
Initially seen from the Friedrichshafen to Romanshorn ferry as she
overtook the well-loaded steamer on a bright October afternoon
and later arriving at Romanshorn harbour

Friday - 29th September 2017

PSs Simplon and La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

An unusual early-evening view of both of the the large paddle steamers at Lausanne

Monday - 25th September 2017

PSs Simplon and La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

Unusually both of the the large paddle steamers were in service together
at as late as the end of September
Initially PS La Suisse sets off for the Upper Lake on sailing 922
whilst PS Simplon having finished her summer season at Geneva
waits to take over the weekday Evian-les-Bains ferry service
for two weeks commencing with sailing 1115

Sunday - 24th September 2017

PSs Simplon and La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Top - PS Simplon prepares to leave Geneva for her last sailing of the season to
Lausanne and later departs Yvoire on her return

Bottom - shorty later PS Savoie arrives Yvoire on her afternoon sailing
from Geneva and later leaves Coppet on her return sailing

Thursday - 21st September 2017

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                        photo:   Lukas Bruckner

The paddle steamer departs St Blaise on sailing 64 from Lake Murten back
to Neuchâtel
on her final mid-week day in service during 2017

Monday - 18th September 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Olivier Bachmann


                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer operated four special last day public sailings
from Lausanne prior to withdrawal for a major re-build
The top photo shows her arriving at Lausanne for her final trip
"Anticlosckwise Round the Upper Lake" calling at most of the
still usable piers including Tourronde (
lower photo) which
is one of two French piers no longer regularly served by the CGN

Monday - 11th September 2017

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at Cully on her afternoon sailing 922
from Lausanne to the Upper Lake

Sunday - 10th September 2017

Last day of the Summer season
Five Paddle Steamers
  (Lake Luzern)


        PS Uri leaving Weggis                       PS Stadt Luzern approaching Treib

PS Schiller leaving Rutli                             PS Gallia approaching Rütli


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Unterwalden nears Luzern at the end of her lunch cruise to Küssnacht-am-Rigi

Sunday - 10th September 2017

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer near Cudrefin on her morning coss-lake
sailing 202 from Neuchâtel

Friday - 8th September 2017

Four Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

PS Gallia loading at Luzern                       .....later returning from Flüelen

  PS Uri between Vitznau and Weggis       PS Unterwalden approaching Luzern


                                                                                          photos:   Carlo Sottocasa

PS Stadt Luzern has just left Treib on her return daily
"Gotthard Panorama Express" from Flüelen to Luzern

Sunday - 3rd September 2017

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                              photo:  Olivier Bachmann

The paddle steamer sets off on her weekly
special sailing from Como to Bellagio and a cruise Round the Middle Lake

Sunday - 3rd September 2017

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                            photo:   Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer returns to Yverdon and the end of her
last "lunch cruise" sailing 92 of 2017 from Grandson

Sunday - 3rd September 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            picture:   Morghes webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Morges on the outward leg of her final
evening sailings 487-488 of 2017 from Lausanne to Yvoire and return

Sunday - 3rd September 2017

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer was rostered to operate the lightly loaded 1000 ferry
sailing 504 connection off the recently re-opened Bürgenstock funicular
due to the breakdown of mv Schwyz on Sunday 3rd September

This enabled the regular small ferry mv Titlis to cover another motor vessel

Not quite the start the SGV were hoping for !!!!!


Saturday - 2nd September 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                            photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer waits at Interlaken to form her final 2017
'Saturdays only' evening sailing 79 to Brienz

Saturday - 2nd September 2017

PSs Gallia and Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Gallia approaches Luzern pier No 2 to unusually operate the
morning sailing 151 to Küssnacht-am Rigi
and later on her return sailing 152 she passes sister PS Stadt Luzern
at the cross-funnel on sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüelen

Friday - 1st September 2017

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                              photo:  Olivier Bachmann

The paddle steamer made a rare charter sailing into lake Biel
and is seen resting at Biel pier as mv Berna arrives

(below - a "close-up" of the paddle steamer)

Tuesday - 29th August 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The end of the summer approaches as PS La Suisse returns from Montreuz to
Lausanne on her final sailing 205 of the day from the Upper Lake
Later MPV Italie calls at Montreux on her evening cruise
sailings 908-909 from Lausanne

Saturday - 26th August 2017

MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Limone on her sightly late-running
teatime sailing 56 to Riva
After a further round-trip via Malcesine,  she went on to operate her
annual evening fireworks cruise from Riva

Thursday - 24th August 2017

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photos:   Lukas Bruckner

The paddle steamer returns from Beatenbucht to Thun on her evening sailing 126
Initially approaching Faulensee pier and later looking back at the sunset

Wednesday - 23rd August 2017

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer leaves a distinctive trail as she powers astern
from Flüelen pier on the final sailing 30 of the day back to Luzern

Wedneday - 23rd August 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                   pictures:  zurich webcam

A large crowd waits to join the paddle steamer on her first full-length
sailing 107 to Schmerikon after attention to her faulty paddle wheel

Tuesday - 22nd August 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The largest paddle steamer arrives Lausanne from the Upper Lake
in time to connect into PS Montreux (behind) which is loading
for her nightly evening sailing 487 to Yvoire

Thursday - 17th August 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer leaves Zurich at 0930
on sailing 103 to Rapperswil

She had been "out of service" since mid-July
with a 'paddle' problem
during which time PS Stadt Zürich had had to cover
all the advertised paddle steamer sailings

Thursday - 17th August 2017

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer arrives back at Bellagio after her afternoon "mid-lake"
cruise and later as she departs Argegno on her return sailing to Como..........

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler
..........shortly followed by a well loaded ex-PS mv Milano returning from
Bellagio to Como on the daily timetabled sailing 45

Thursday - 17th August 2017

PSs Montreux  Rhône and Savoie  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                        photos:   Robert Horlacher

PS Montreux waits at Lausanne to form her evening sailing 487
to Yvoire as sister PS Rhône (covering for PS La Suisse) heads for
the dock after her day of Upper Lake sailings..........
.........and later at Yvoire as she "inter-changes" with sister PS Savoie
which had just arrived from Geneva
prior to returning to their respectivs starting points

Tuesday - 15th August 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer nears Rivaz as she aheads for Château-de-Chillon
on her early-afternoon sailing 906 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake

as seen from her sister PS Rhône

Monday - 14th August 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer initially returns to Lausanne at the end of her early-afternoon
sailing 203 from the Upper Lake
and later after returning on her late-afternoon sailing 205

Note - PS Montreux can be seen standing in the background waiting to operate
her regular evening sailing to Yvoire and back - following breaking down the
previous day and having to be replaced by the much smaller "mv Morges"

Sunday - 13th August 2017

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                              photo:  Olivier Bachmann

A well loaded PS Neuchâtel returns from Cudrefin (across the lake)
to Neuchâtel at the end of her afternoon sailing 205

Sunday - 13th August 2017

PS Rhône and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photos:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer makes her first St Gingolph call in the Upper Lake
(after coming off "on standby" to cover for her larger sister PS La Suisse)
whilst operating the outward 'anti-clockwise' circle sailing 200
and later the motor paddle vessel arrives Montrteux
on her reguilar Lunchtime 'clockwise' Upper Lake circle cruise sailing 904


                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher
PS Rhône later leaves St Gingolph on her second Upper Lake
round trip sailing 202 of the day.....

Saturday - 12th August 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Iseltwald on her return Saturdays only
evening sailing 80 from Brienz to Interlaken

Monday - 7th August 2017

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer passes in front of Mount Pilatus
shortly after leaving Luzern on her daily sailing 13 to Flüelen

She was back in service having broken down the previous day

Sunday - 6th August 2017

Paddle Steamers  (Lake Geneva)

PS La Suisse at Lausanne                               PS Montreux near Montreux

                                                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

              PS Montreux back at Lausanne                     ........and later with MPV Italie (in background)

                                                                                        photo:   Christian Meyer

and finally PS Simplon approaches Rolle on her return sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

Tuesday - 1st August 2017

all five Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The annual parade of all the paddle steamers as they head off from Luzern
for Brunnen and the fireworks display


Monday - 31st July 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                            photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer stands at Interlaken prior to her first sailing of the day
and later leaving Interlaken on her afternoon sailing 69 to Brienz

Monday - 31st July 2017

PSs La Suisse and Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photos:   Peter Devrell

Initially PS La Suisse sets off from Lausanne for the Upper Lake
on her earlyafternoon sailing 202
and later sister PS Simplon departs Nyon on her return sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:  Vevey webcam

Finally, the motor paddle vessel sets off from Vevey on her special
evening Fireworks Cruise to the Le Bouveret display

Monday - 31st July 2017

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Interlaken at the end of her
daily sailing 15 from Thun

Sunday - 30th July 2017

MPVs Vevey and Italie also PS Montreux   (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                        photos:   Peter Devrell

A busy, but windy sunny day in the Upper Lake with
MPV Vevey on morning sailing 505 off-Château-de-Chillon 
PS Monteux on sailing 906 arriving and departing Montreux on her afternoon sailing
and MPV Italie on sailing 908 arriving and departing Vevey on her evening cruise

Saturday - 29th July 2017

PS Lotschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Peter Devrell

The paddle steamer sets off from Interlaken on her afternoon sailing 69
to Brienz and is about to pass under the Brunig Railway Line Bridge
and enter the lake - as seen form the Harder Kulm

Thursday - 27th July 2017

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Unterwalden returns to Luzern at the end of her
evening "Sunset Cruise" sailings 33-36

Saturday - 15th July 2017

PSs Savoie and Simplon also MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

A busy sunny day in the Little Lake with
PS Savoie on sailing 307 approaching Geneva, 
PS Simplon on sailing 105 leaving Yvoire
and MPV Italie on sailing 106 at Versiox pier

Tuesday - 11th July 2017

MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Limone
with a good load on the early afternoon sailing 54 to Riva

Sunday - 9th July 2017

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                        picture:   Murten webcam

The paddle steamer enters Morat/Murten harbour
on her outward lunchtime sailing 63 from Neuchâtel

Sunday - 9th July 2017

PSs Stadt Luzern and Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The large PS Stadt Luzern approaches Treib on the return sailing 24
from Flüelen to Luzern
and later her smaller sister is seen leaving Brunnen on sailing 21

Thursday - 6th July 2017

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                        picture:   Murten webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Morat/Murten
on her outward lunchtime sailing 63 from Neuchâtel

Friday - 30th June 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

Gales in the Upper Lake

Despite adverse weather conditions,  the paddle steamer still operated her
regular afternoon sailing 906 from Lausanne,  but had to terminate at
Clarens as the weather would not allow calls at either Montreux
or Château-de-Chillon piers


PSs Simplon,  Montreux and Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

PS Simplon arrives Lausanne from Geneva on morning sailing 102
in somewhat 'un-summery' conditions
At the same time PS Montreux arrives light from the dock to form
the onward 1415 connecting sailings 906 to Château-de-Chillon



                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

PS Simplon passes sister PS Montruex as she sets off back to Geneva
on her afternoon sailing 105.....
.....and finally both PS Montreux and PS Savoie leave Yvoire
having inter-connected on their evening dinner cruise sailings 488 and 388

Monday - 26th June 2017

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer returns to Luzern at the end of her regular
morning sailings 7-18 to Flüelen and back
with Mount Pilatus towering over her in the background

Sunday - 25th June 2017

PSs Gallia and Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamers are seen returning to Luzern at the end
of sailing 22 and sailing 24 respectively on a sunny Sunday

Thursday - 22nd June 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer loads at Lausanne prior to operating her regular
afternoon sailing 906 to Château-de-Chillon and return

Thursday - 22nd June 2017

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer returns to Luzern on her evening afternoon sailing 36
from Beckenried and is seen at the "crossfunnel"

where the branches to Alpnachstad and Küssnact join the main part of the lake

Wednesday - 21st June 2017

PSs Unterwalden and Gallia  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

PS Unterwalden stands at Luzern ready to operate her afternoon
sailings 65-66 to Alpnachstad and back
Later her sister calls at Beckenried on her return sailing 30 from Flüelen

Sunday - 18th June 2017

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                            photo:  Shaun Moriarty

The motor paddle vessel passes Bardolino on her afternoon sailing 13
from Salo' to Desenzano

Saturday - 17th June 2017

PS La Suisse and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photos:   Robert Horlacher

Lunchtime at Vevey La Tour as the paddle steamer heads for Château-de-Chillon
on sailing 920 and later returning back to Lausanne on sailing 921 as she passes
the motor paddle vessel on sailing 526 operating the Upper Lake 'circle' cruises

Saturday - 17th June 2017

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer is first seen off-Seeburg on here return lunch cruise sailing 154 from Küssnacht-am-Rigi and later approaching Kastanienbaum on her afternoon sailing 65 to Alpnachstad

Friday - 16th June 2017

PS Blumlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer made rare calls at Längenschachen both ways
on her evening sailings and is seen heading back out into the lake
after calling at the pier on her return sailing 126 back to Thun

Friday - 16th June 2017

MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        picture:   Limone webcam

The first sighting of 2017 as the motor paddle vessel departs Limone
for Malcesine on sailing 55 from Riva

Are you aware of her operating any earlier ?

Tuesday - 13th June 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer loads at Yvoire prior to operating her regular
afternoon sailing 327 back to Geneva

Sunday - 11th June 2017

ex-PS MV Milano  (Lake Como)
PS Concordia  (Lake Como)



                                                                    photo:  Marello Baldratti

The ex-paddle steamer unusually operated a "Beer on the boat" charter sailing
from Tavernola to Domaso where she is seen moored for four hours..........
..........and later in the day the only operational -paddle steamer returns to Como with her weekly Sunday Evening "Apericena" Cruise

Sunday - 11th June 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Ernst Mischler


                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer operated a special "Creux de Sciez" cruise from Lausanne
She is initially seen at Sechex, Sciez and Excenevex
then later returning to Yvoire and the end of her third circuit
of the rarely visited sandy inlet on the French side of the lake
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This was expected to be her final public sailing before being withdrawn
from service for a major re-build

However, she is now technically "on standby" so it still possible she may have to
be pressed into service again to cover any problem with one of her sisters

Sunday - 11th June 2017

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                            photo:  Gordon Craig

The motor paddle vessel calls at Sirmione on her pen-ultimate sailing14
of the day from Desenzano to Garda at the end of an extended three-day
weekend covering for a smaller motor vessel

Sunday - 11th June 2017

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                    photo:  Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches the Lido pier at Lunzern
near the end of her return afternoon sailing 30 from Flüelen

Wednesday - 7th June 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Versoix on sailing 326
from Geneva to Yvoire on a sunny afternoon
with the snow-capped Mont Blanc in the background

Wednesday - 7th June 2017

PS Blumlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer calls Gunten on her return evening sailing 126
from Beatenbucht to Thun
Click on the photo for a "close-up" of PS Blümlisalp

Tuesday - 6th June 2017

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photo:   Andrew Thompson

Behind the Scenes on Lake Geneva
An unusual view on board the motor paddle vessel
normally only seen by the engineering crew as they enter the engine room

Whit Monday - 5th June 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:  nyon webcam

The paddle steamer arrives at Nyon on ferry sailing 1339 from Yvoire prior to operating sailing 422 back to Lausanne
This is expected to be her final timetabled sailing of 2017
before being withdrawn for a major overhaul

      DON'T FORGET..........
  PS Rhône is still planned to operate one more final special  
"Creux de Sciez" sailing this Sunday - 11th June

calling at piers no longer served by regular timetabled sailings
Make sure you don't miss this rare opportinity !!!!

Whit Sunday - 4th June 2017

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                    picture:   Webcam picture saved by Marcello Baldrati

The paddle steamer nears Como at the end of her first regular
Sunday Evening "Apericena" (aperitif) Cruise

Whit Saturday - 3rd June 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:  nyon webcam

Although the paddle steamer is basically "on standby" during 2017
she was unusually rostered to operate the Mid-Lake sailings from Lausanne
followed by an early-evening ferry run to Thonon-les-Bains
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Initally
(left) she is seen arriving at Nyon at the end of sailing 421 from
Lausanne and later
(right) after operating the early afternoon ferry
sailing 1339 from Yvoire before returning to Lausanne..........


                                                                                                    photos:  Alain Vuistiner

..........by mid-afternoon the weather took a turn for the worse as she is seen
approaching Morges
(left) on the return sailing 422 and by the time she left
Thonon-les-Bains
(right) on her evening ferry sailing 1224 it was raining hard

Tuesday - 31st May 2017

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Morat/Murten near the end
of the outward lunchtime sailing 63 from Neuchâtel to Murten

Sunday - 28th May 2017

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:  nyon webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Nyon pier on her return sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

Ascension Thurday - 14th May 2017

PSs Simplon and La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                 photos:   Alain Vuistiner

PS Simplon arrives at Lausanne at the end of sailing 102 from Geneva
where she was taken out of service for repairs to her engine
Meanwhile PS La Suisse
(fresh from several weeks of ferry duty) approaches
Pully on her return morning Upper Lake excursion sailing 921

Ascension Thurday - 25th May 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                   pictures:  zurich webcam

A large crowd gathered to join the paddle steamer on a very sunny local holiday
Later returning from Schmerikon at the end of a long day
before retiring to dock as the sun sets

Monday - 22nd May 2017

PS Blumlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer makes a fine sight on her special evening sailing
to mark 25 years after the paddle steamer had re-entered service

as seen from Einigen with Oberhofen castle in the distance

Monday - 22nd May 2017

PS La Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne, prior to operating sailing 920
to the Upper Lake vice her larger sister PS La Suisse

which is spending a couple of days at Ouchy Dock

Sunday - 21st May 2017

All 7 Paddle Steamers  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        picture:   Cully Webcam

All operational paddle steamers off-Cully during the Annual Naval Parade
as seen in the distance from the shore..........


                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

..........then from the decks of MPV Vevey
which spent most of the Parade and the rear of her sisters...........


                                                                                        photo:   Christian Meyer

..........and finally the two Motor Paddle Vessels
passed 'side-by-side' in one of the may "formation" moves

Saturday - 20th May 2017

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                        photo:   Murten webcam

The paddle steamer made her first outing of 2017 visiting Murten
for the Trivapor AGM

Sunday - 14th May 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer made her first visit of 2017 to the far end of the lake
initially seen approaching Horgen on outward sailing 107 and
later leaving Schmerikon pier at the start of return sailing 108

Saturday - 13th May 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            photo:  Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer returns from Château-de-Chillon to Lausanne
on her morning Upper Lake cruise sailings 920-921

Saturday - 13th May 2017

Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                              picture:   Luzern Webcam


All five paddle steamers follow the new "MS 2017" (now named "Diamant")
from Luzern at the start of her evening "Welcome Parade"

Wednesday - 10th May 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                    photo:  Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer approaches Vevey La Tour on her return
morning sailing 921 back to Lausanne

Sunday - 7th May 2017

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              pictures:  Nyon Website


                                                                                              pictures:  Zurich Website
Traditionally "Swiss Navigation Sunday" has been on the last weekend of April
but in 2017 is was moved back to early-May
Weatherwise this was a bad move as seen from the webcams at
Nyon and Zurich respectively

Saturday - 6th May 2017

PSs Stadt Luzern, Unterwalden and Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                    photos:  Robert Horlacher and Daniel Eichenberger

It was a cold and windy day for the AGM at Brunnen
PSs Stadt Luzern
and Unterwalden operated the special sailing
from Luzern to Brunnen........
leaving sister PS Uri to cover the "Gotthard Panorama Express"
sailings 13-24 - seen passing Weggis on her outward leg


                                                                    photo:  Olivier Bachmann
Later, an unusual view of PS Stadt Luzern taken from PS Unterwalden

Friday - 5th May 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The motor paddle vessel approaches Montreux on her early morning
sailing 521 before the lake mist had completely cleared

The view brings back memories of her sister MPV Italie operating this run
when it used to continue along the whole lake to Geneva and back in a day


PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

Meanwhile further along the lake at Lausanne, the paddle steamer waits
to depart again to Evian-les-Bains

Her sister PS Savoie can be seen in the background arriving to from the dock
to form the first sailing 920 of the day to Château-de-Chillon

Wednesday - 3rd May 2017

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

It is "full astern" as the paddle steamer leaves Lausanne
on another ferry crossing sailing 1121 to Evian-les-Bains

In a couple of weeks she transferres to her "traditional"
Upper Lake cruises for the summer

Thursday - 27th April 2017

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer approachs pier No1 at Luzern to form her first
sailing 13 of the 2017 season to Flüelen


Thursday - 27th April 2017

 PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern Zurich

The paddle steamer WAS rostered to operate her first sailing 107 of the season
However, because of the bad weather, the ZSG turned out the much smaller
mv Limmat instead

The first sailing of the paddle steamer will now be deferred until early-May
(details to follow as soon as your webmaster is advised)

Tuesday - 25th April 2017

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                          picture:   Webcam picture saved by Riccardo Suzzi

The paddle steamer operated her normal Sunday service timetable
to celebrate the local "National Freedom Day"
She is seen passing Cernobbio on her return sailing to Como

Monday - 24th April 2017

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

PS Savoie leaves Lausanne on Friday 21st April                                           photo:  Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer suffered a failure just before operating the
1140 sailing 920 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon

(there was a minor technical problem with an engine pump which occurred
just before sailing,  but it was quickly repaired enabling the paddle steamer
to return to service with the afternoon sailings 922-923
)
Instead the CGN turned out the much smaller mv Général-Guisan
at short notice to cover the sailing afterwhich she was later able
to operate her evening Thonon-les-Bains ferry service

Monday - 24th April 2017

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The motor paddle vessel arrives at Vevey Marché to operate her
1405 sailing 526 circuit of the Upper Lake

Sunday - 23rd April 2017

ex-PS mv Milano and PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                      pictures:  Bellagio webcam

A busy lunch time initially saw ex-PS mv Milano arrive at Bellagio
on return sailing 31 to Como --- shortly followed by a
slightly late PS Concordia on her regular weekly special sailing

Sunday - 23rd April 2017

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer passes Hermitage towards the end of her return
sailing 24 from Flüelen to Luzern

Friday - 21st April 2017

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

Opertaing the Evian-les-Bains ferry involves a very early start !
The paddle steamer arrives on sailing 1103 shortly before 0700
prior to taking the French commuters over the lake to Switzerland

Friday - 21st April 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Christian Meyer

Looking down from Mount Salève at the motor paddle vessel as she leaves the
harbour and passes the Geneva fountain on her afternoon sailing 326 to Yvoire

Thursday - 20th April 2017

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer returns to Lausanne at the end of her
first round trip to Château-de-Chillon on sailing 921

Tuesday - 18th April 2017

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer waits at Lausanne to form her first sailing 921 of the
season to Château-de-Chillon as PS La Suisse arrives from Evian-les-Bains
in the background on ferry sailing 1114

Good Friday - 14th April 2017

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The large paddle steamer replaced her smaller sister PS Savoie to provide
additional capacity to the Upper Lake due to a good weather forecast
She is seen returning to Lausanne with a good crowd outside on both decks
at the end of her final sailing 923 from Château-de-Chillon

Good Friday - 14th April 2017

PSs Unterwalden and Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

photo:   Daniel Eichenberger                                                                              photo: Robert Horlacher

PS Unterwalden was the first arrival of the season at Flüelen on sailing 7
and later arriving at Sisikon on return sailing 18



picture:   Luzern webcam                                                                                 photo:   Daniel Eichenberger
photo:   Daniel Eichenberger                                                                                 photo:   Robert Horlacher

Larger sister PS Stadt Luzern joined her - initially approaching pier one
at Luzern before arriving at Trieb on her way to Flüelen on the new
"Gotthard Panorama Express" sailing 13 for the first time in 2017
then arriving at Weggis on return sailing 24
Wednesday - 12th April 2017

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer rests at Lausanne in the sunshine prior to operating
the mid-afternoon sailing 1115 to Evian-les-Bains..........


click on picture to zoom in to see the crowds........                             photo:  Robert Horlacher

..........later the paddle steamer arrives at Evian-les-Bains with a full load
of International commuters from Switzerland on sailing 1117


                                                                                      photo:  Robert Horlacher

..........and finally the paddle steamer arrives back at Lausanne on sailing 1120
Tuesday - 11th April 2017

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne prior to operating the mid-afternoon
sailing 1115 to Evian-les-Bains
Monday - 10th April 2017

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Jean Vernet

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne prior to operating the early-morning
sailing 1103 to Evian-les-Bains
These days it is very rare to see a steam powered paddle steamer on ferry duties
and all the more remarkable,  it is during the winter timetable period !!!

Sunday - 9th April 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                              photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The summer has started early on Lake Zurich and the paddle steamer is
initially seen approching Erlenback on her outward sailing 109
and later leaving Thalwill on sailing 109


MPVs Italie and Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                      pictures:  Nyon and Vevey webcams

meanwhile on Lake Geneva it is still winter as the two motor paddle vessels
operate their final winter lunch cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively

left MPV Italie approaches Nyon on sailing 330 and                                                      
            right MPV Vevey crosses between Vevey Marché and La Tour on sailing 930

Saturday - 8th April 2017

PS Stadt Rapperwsil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                              picture:  Geneva webcam

The motor paddle vessel returns to Geneva at the end of the last of her
four pre-season special cruises

The static, former CGN MPV Genève - now in private hands - can
be seen moored in the background

Tuesday - 4th April 2017

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at Evian-les-Bain prior to operating the
afternoon ferry sailing 1112 back to Lausanne

Sunday - 2nd April 2017

PS Stadt Rapperwsil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                              picture:  Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer sets off from Zurich for Rapperswil on her
first public sailing 109 of 2017

Thursday - 30th March 2017

5 Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

All five paddle steamers stand at Luzern dock waiting for the start
of the 2017 season

Tuesday - 28th March 2017

PS Stadt Rapperwsil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                              picture:  Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer heads out into the lake with her first passengers
"(AproD" AGM charter) since her breakdown in 2016

Sunday - 26th March 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her outward weekly winter
lunchtime sailing 330 from Geneva

Sunday - 19th March 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel passes her 'laid-up' sister PS Rhône as she sets off
from Geneva Mont-Blanc pier on her final short sailing 740 of the day

Monday - 13th March 2017

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer has been woken early from her winter slumbers
as she is got ready to operate a winter evening
Candlelight Dinner cruise on Saturday 18th March

Monday - 13th March 2017

PSs Montreux and La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The two paddle steamers moored in Ouchy harbour
awaiting their "trials" before the start of another season

Sunday - 5th March 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel about to leave Nyon from Geneva on sailings 331

Sunday - 5th March 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              pictures:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon from Geneva
and later leaving the pier on sailings 330-331

Sunday - 26th February 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her outward weekly winter
lunchtime sailing 330 from Geneva

Friday - 24th February 2017

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel departs Lausanne on her first of two
afternoon 'ferry' sailing to Thonon-les-Bains

Sunday - 19th February 2017

PS Rhône (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:  Geneva webcam

The paddle steamer is moored at Geneva for her winter slumbers
and during 2017 is expected to remain there 'on standby'
to cover any possible major breakdown of one of her sisters

MPV Italie can be seen
(top left) heading for Nyon
on her weekly lunch cruise

Sunday - 12th February 2017

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel calls at Clarens on her weekly outward
lunchtime sailing 930 to Château-de-Chillon

with snow on the summit of Rochers-de-Naye in the background

Sunday - 5th February 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel departs Nyon on her return weekly winter
lunchtime sailing 331 back to Geneva

Friday - 3rd February 2017

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel approaches Lausanne after her winter overhaul
prior to operating her first 'ferry' sailing to Thonon-les-Bains

Sunday - 29th January 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              picture:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel passes Nyon harbour before arriving at the pier
on her lunchtime sailing 930 before returning to Geneva
From next Sunday her sister MPV Vevey will also operate a similar
Lunch Cruise from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon

Sunday - 22nd January 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her weekly winter
lunchtime sailing 330 from Geneva
Temperatures had dropped to "-3 degrees" all round the lake
and her calls at Versoix had to be cancelled as the pier was iced over

Sunday - 8th January 2017

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photos:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel approaches Vevey on her lunchtime sailing 930
from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon and later on her return sailing 931

This was her last winter visit to the Upper Lake as she is moving to Geneva
to take over the Friday and Sundays sailings in the Little Lake from her sister
MPV Vevey for the remainder of the winter timetable

Monday - 2nd January 2017

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher


                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

Initially leaving Thun on the final sailing 15 to Interlaken and later the sun sets
over Mount Niesen as the paddle steamer approaches Beatenbucht
whilst returning on sailing 16

Sunday - 1st January 2017

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

PS Uri arrives back at Luzern at ther end of her final
Christmas/New Year special lunch sailing

Sunday - 1st January 2017
New Year's Day Timetabled Sailings


PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Blümlisalp arrives light at Thun prior to her day's sailings in 2017
and later leaving Gunten on the afternoon sailing 16 from Interlaken to Thun


                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

PS Blümlisalp passes a very frosty Scherzligen on her afternoon sailing 15
from Thun to Interlaken

Saturday - 31st December 2016
New Year's Eve


PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Uri returns to Luzern after her evening Gala Dinner cruise
accompanying mv Rigi on her final sailing prior to withdrawal from service

Friday - 30th December 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer aproaches Beatenbucht on the outward morning
sailing 111 from Thun


                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

and later as the paddle steamer returns stern-first back to Thun

Thursday - 29th December 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                        photo:   Olivier Bachmann

The paddle steamer operates yet more winter timetabled sailings on the lake

Wednesday - 28th December 2016

PS Patria (Lake Como)


                                                                                        photos:   Carlo Sottocasa

The paddle steamer remains moored at the Como 'funicolare' pier for the winter
whilst former ex-paddle steamer mv Milano can be seen moored behind her bows

Wednesday - 28th December 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                        photos:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer passes Schloss and later Schattenbadi on the approach
to Spiez
 (initially on the morning outward sailing 112 and later
on the return morning sailing 112 from Thun to Beatenbucht and return
)


                                                                                        photo:   Lukas Bruckner

The paddle steamer pauses in the sunshine
at Interlaken between afternoon sailing 15 and 16



                                                                                        photos:   Olivier Bachmann
then yet more winter timetabled sailings on the lake

Tuesday - 27th December 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer departs Faulensee pier on her afternoon sailing 15
from Thun to Interlaken

Monday - 26th December 2016
Boxing Day Timetabled Sailings


PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Blümlisalp approaches Faulensee on her return morning sailing 112
from Beatenbucht to Thun

Sunday - 25th December 2016
Christmas Day Timetabled Sailings


PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Blümlisalp raises steam prior to her first Christmas sailing 111
from Thun to Beatenbucht and later arriving at her destination

Friday - 25th November 2016

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddler vessel approaches Montreux on one of her 'one hour'
short cruises in connection with the "Montreux Christmas Market"

Friday - 25th November 2016

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer returns to Luzern at the end of her first special
evening "Advent Cruise" sailing 1107 of 2016

Friday - 25th November 2016

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photos:  Alain Vuistiner

Who says "paddlers" don't operate timetabled sailings in the winter ?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Following several special sailings since her major re-build.......
the motor paddler vessel leaves Ouchy Dock to load at Lausanne for her first
international timetabled ferry sailing 1217 to Thonon-les-Bains (in France)
and later a large number of commuters join the MPV for the busy sailing 1223

Sunday - 13th November 2016

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                       photos:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddler vessel returns to Lausanne after one of her
'50 minute Inauguration Cruises' then later she is greeted by the local band
as she makes her first call at Montreux on the return leg of her
final special sailing from Lausanne round the Upper Lake

Friday - 11th November 2016

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)




                                                                                              photos:  Olivier Bachmann

On board the special VIP lunch-time sailing from Lausanne
and later at Morges on her way to Geneva

Friday - 11th November 2016

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                       photos:  Alain Vuistiner

Following a special VIP sailing earlier in the day.......
.......the motor paddler vessel loads her passengers for the first
special public sailing from Lausanne to Geneva since her major re-build

seen initially at Lausanne and later at Versiox

Sunday - 30th October 2016

rare Winter Steam in the Upper Lake

PS Savoie
 (Lake Geneva)




                                                    photos:  Robert Horlacher, Alain Vuistiner and Ernst Mischler

Not only did the paddler steamer make her ONLY visit of 2016 to the
Upper lake - it happened on a Winter Sunday !!!
After a morning visit to Evian-les-Bains (top) she then operated
the lunchtime sailings 930-931 to Château-de-Chillon (2nd) before
visiting Vevey (3rd) and Cully (bottom) on the way back to Lausanne

Monday - 24th October 2016

PS Rhône (Lake Geneva)

                                      photo:  Jean Vernet   (Click for his excellent Lake Geneva photo website)

The paddler steamer has just been towed to Geneva by mv Henry-Dunant
It is understood her normal summer roster will be covered by the recently restored
MPV Italie and is likely to only be "on standby" for most, if not all, of 2017
She is now expected to be the next vessel to recieve a major overhaul

Sunday - 23rd October 2016
last day of the 2016 season


All Five Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Uri raises steam prior to her final sailing 7 of 2016 to Flüelen and later
her captain waves 'good bye' as he leaves Treib on return sailing 18
Shortly after PS Stadt Luzern arrives on sailing 13 for the head of the lake
and is later seen about to depart Flüelen sailing 24

Meanwhile back at Luzern PSs Gallia, Schiller
and Unterwalden head off for
the 'middle lake' for the final "Tanz der Dampfschiffe" of 2016......

......before returning with their two sisters to complete the 2016 season

Then PSs Unterwalden, Gallia
and Schiller sailed past
the former PS Wilhelm Tell now doing duty as a static restuarant

Thursday - 20th October 2016

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer returns to Lausanne mid-afternoon from the Upper Lake
on sailing 921
during the last week of the 2016 season

Sunday - 16th October 2016

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer returns from Flüelen on sailing 24 and joins in the
afternoon Tanz der Dampfschiffe with her four sisters.......

All Five Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

..........and later all five paddle steamer approach Luzern side-by-side

Friday - 14th October 2016

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

On her final day in service during 2016, the paddle steamer arrives Lausanne
on ferry sailing 1112 in heavy rain and
later returns to Evian-les-Bains on sailing 1115

Wednesday - 12th October 2016

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives at Lausanne on ferry sailing 1118 and
she will return to Evian-les-Bains with a large load of regular commuters

Tuesday - 11th October 2016

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer makes a fine sight as she sets off on ferry sailing 1116
from Evian-les-Bains on a bright autumn afternoon

Monday - 10th October 2016

PSs Simplon and La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

PS La Suisse arrives from Ouchy dock to form sailing 930 to the Upper lake
whilst PS Simplon rests after her morning ferry duties
Later PS Simplon loads evening commuters for her ferry sailing 1119
as PS La Suisse returns to dock

Sunday - 9th October 2016

All Five Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                        photos:   Robert Horlacher


                                                                                        photos:   Robert Horlacher
A Ferris wheel stationed near pier 3 provided an ideal aerial location to view the paddle steamers as they returned to Luzern after their Tanz der Dampfschiffe
Below is a black and white photo of PS Schiller taken from a similar position
Can any eagle-eyed viewer spot anything to identify when that might have been taken ?

Wednesday - 5th October 2016

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddler steamer stands at Lausanne prior to operating the early-afternoon
ferry sailing 1115 across the lake to Evian-les-Bains

Sunday - 25th September 2016

MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel arrives Limone for her final sailing of the day to Riva
on return sailing58

(possibly her last day in service during 2016)


Friday - 23rd September 2016

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddler steamer approaches Treib on sailing 7 from Luzern to Flüelen
whilst covering for a charter

Wednesday - 14th September 2016

MPV Italia (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        photos:   David Galloway

The motor paddle vessel was unusually rostered to operate mid-week public sailings vice the regular motor vessel and is seen resting at Salo between sailings 12 and 13

Sunday - 11th September 2016

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer leaves Luzern for the works
after her final "Sunset Cruise" sailing 36 from Bouchs

Friday - 2nd September 2016

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches on her afternoon sailing 65 to Alpnachstad
Rigi and Bürgenstock mountains can be seen in the background

Thursday - 1st September 2016

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Morges on her return afternoon sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

Sunday - 28th August 2016

PS Lotschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                        photo:   Lukas Bruckner

The paddle steamer as seen from the forest walk alongside the lake between Iseltwald and Giessbach whilst operating the morning sailing 63 from Interlaken to Brienz

Saturday - 27th August 2016

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

After a spell in dock for repairs, the paddle steamer sets off from Luzern with
the first paddle steamer operated sailing 65 to Alpnachstad for over a week

Friday - 26th August 2016

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer operates the weekly Friday evening special 'Jazz Cruise'
sailing 109 from Luzern

Friday - 26th August 2016

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer passes Meggenhorn towards the end of a 'Test Run'
(after repairs following her accident a week earlier)

Friday - 26th August 2016

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer operates the weekly Friday evening special 'Jazz Cruise'
sailing 109 from Luzern

Friday - 26th August 2016

PSs La Suisse and Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

PS La Suisse (left) and PS Savoie (right-rear) inter-connect at Yvoire on
sailings 487-488 and sailings 388-389 from Lausanne and Geneva respectively
PS Savoie (below) back at Geneva after sailing 389

Sunday - 21st August 2016

MPV Italia (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        photo:   Ragnar Magnander

The well loaded motor paddle vessel approaches Sirmione from Garda
on sailings 11 whilst covering for a smaller motor vessel

Saturday - 20th August 2016

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer makes a rare return lunchtime sailing 154 from
Kussnächt-am-Rigi back to Luzern at the crossfunnel
with Mount Pilatus in the background

This arm of the lake is usually only traversed by her sister PS Unterwalden
but following her accident PS Uri is deputising for a few days

Friday - 19th August 2016

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                    photo:   thanks to the local press


                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer collided with her sister PS Schiller on the approach
to Luzern on her return lunchtime sailing 154 from Kussnächt-am-Rigi

Above - the moment of impact
Below - on return to dock for inspection of her damaged bow
(having set down her passengers at Luzern)

Her damaged sister also had to return to dock for inspection
and her Flüelen passengers were transferred to mv Gotthard

Monday - 1st August 2016

all Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The annual parade of all the paddle steamers and several motor vessels
head off for Brunnen and the fireworks display

(PS Gallia and PS Schiller can be seen having just left pier no 6 astern)



                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The 'other' four paddle steamers as seen from on board PS Gallia

Sunday - 31st July 2016

MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel departs Limone for Riva on sailing56

Saturday - 23rd July 2016

PSs Savoie and Rhône (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The early-afternoon sees two paddle steamers set off into the "Petit Lake"
initially a short sailing 306 departs at 1440 and operates as far as Yvoire

calling at the French piers
followed at 1450 by the faster sailing 106/288 for Lausanne and Montreux

Sunday - 17th July 2016

PS Rhône (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne prior to operating her evening
sailing 288 to Montreux

Saturday - 16th July 2016

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Carlo Sottocasa

Because PS Schiller had an evening charter, PS Uri was unusually rostered
to operate the late-afternoon sailing 30 from Flüelen
(to Luzern)

Friday - 8th July 2016

MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel arrives Limone on sailing56
This is the first reported date in service in 2016
.....have you seen her in service any other date ?

Friday - 1st July 2016

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                       photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer returns from Lausanne to Geneva on sailing 105
and is seen passing the fountain at Eaux Vives

Friday - 24th June 2016

PSs Gallia and Schiller (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

Normally after the paddle steamer (in this case PS Gallia) leaves Bauen at 1621
it is the end of steam operation for the day
but unusually PS Schiller was rostered to the late-afternoon sailings 23-32
and is seen arriving just before 1635 on her outward journey

(she subsequently called again at 1724 on her return leg)

Wednesday - 22nd June 2016

MPV Italia (Garda)

                                                                                        photo:   Roy D'Arcy

The motor paddle vessel covers for the usual motor vessel and is seen
calling at Garda pier on her sailing 12 from Desenzano to Gardone


Are you aware of any other dates she has been in service this year ?
Sunday - 19th June 2016

PSs Unterwalden, Uri, Stadt Luzern and Schiller (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

A typical summer Sunday showing four of the five paddle steamers in service
off Luzern, Weggis and Brunnen (twice)

Sunday - 12th June 2016

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches the Luzern Lido on sailing 7
(the first sailing of the day from Luzern to Flüelen)

Friday - 10th June 2016

PS Piemonte (Lake Maggiore)

                                                                                        photo:   Mario Gavazzi

The paddle steamer stands at Luino pier (Italy) having just operated
a four hour charter sailing across the border to Arona (Switzerland)

Monday - 6th June 2016

MPV G Zanardelli (Garda)

                                                                                        photo:   Sheila Davies

The motor paddle vessel departs Limone on Monday 6th June
on her return sailing to Peschiera


Are you aware of any other dates she has been in service this year ?
Saturday - 4th June 2016

PSs Unterwalden and Schiller (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Despite being rostered for her regular afternoon Alpnachstad
PS Unterwalden popped into the dock for about an hour before re-emerging
to operate sailings 67-68 and is seen off-Hertenstein on her return

Do you have any further information ?
PS Schiller was next to head for Luzern operating sailing 30
from Flüelen and is seen off-Riedsort


PSs Stadt Luzern and Unterwaldern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

Later PS Stadt Luzern arrives Luzern on the return after-work 'teatime cruise'
sailing 38 and PS Unterwalden prepares to work the evening 'sunset cruise' sailing 33

(back on her regular roster)

Wednesday - 1st June 2016

MPV Italia (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        photo:   Dr R H Roberts

The motor paddle vessel was used for the full length sailing from
Peschera to Riva and return on both Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June
and is seen leaving Limone on the return sailing 3 on the Wednesday

Sunday - 29th May 2016

PS Piemonte (Lake Maggiore)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

Despite the overcast sky, the paddle steamer stands at Arona
prior to her special sailing to the Swiss end of the lake

Thursday - 26th May 2016

PS Hohentwiel (Lake Konstanz)

photo:   Robert Horlacher                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The AGM of the Swiss Supporters of PS Hohentwiel took place at Rorschach
accompanied by the paddle steamer

Back in the U.K. at your webmaster's local pier

Tuesday 1st September 2015


PS Waverley (Llandudno)

                                                                                photo:   webmaster

The paddle steamer leaves the pier "full astern" as she returns to Liverpool
after a well loaded afternoon cruise to Puffin Isle

Following her "one day" visit to Llandudno, she has to moved "south" for an
interesting selection of sailings on the Bristol Channel, South Coast and the River Thames

Back in the U.K. at your webmaster's local pier

Wednesday 27th August 2014


PS Waverley (Llandudno)

                                                                                photo:   webmaster

The paddle steamer "turns its back on the waiting passengers"
Despite not having visited for over 15 years, the captain did not even attempt
to call at the re-built pier head leaving over 500 "upset" passengers
as she quickly turned and "hid" behind the Great Orme

Saturday 13th August 2011

MPV Italia and MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                              photo:   Beat Leuthardt

A rare occasion when both motor paddle vessels
operated "full-length" timetables sailings vice car ferries on the same day !
They are seen passing each other


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Two Swiss paddle steamers still in service
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updated following the last day in service of
  PS Montreux  PS Savoie and PS Simplon  on Sunday 20th October 2019  
also
PS Unterwalden on Sunday 20th October 2019
also
PS Stadt Rapperswil  on Sunday 20th October 2019
For further information
  - see Paddle Steamer Fleet Details page

FUTURE SPECIAL SAILINGS

Dates of ALL public special sailings
in 2019
by paddle steamers
(that I am aware of *)
on the Swiss and Italian lakes will be shown on the
News Page or the Parades Page
also on the appropriate lake Summary Page

under the relevant date

* - please e-mail me with details if YOU are aware of any others
not shown on this website
(including those for ANY year !!!)


(look for the "gold" or "lightblue" backgrounds)

In responce to numerous requests
limited Advance Information on some of the "POSSIBLE" sailings is now given on this website

REMEMBER
the situation may change CONSIDERABLY
nearer the time or as the season progresses

Click here

for the "Advance Information 2019" Index Page giving links to the individual lakes
this information will be updated as appropriate
until detailed timetables are posted


Please note - at this stage, some lakes are ONLY an outline compared with 2018 for those lakes which have declared their intentions  
(incorporating ANY appropriate information supplied to me)


Before visiting any of the lakes, PLEASE check first with the operator much nearer the time
REMEMBER, you saw it here first !!!

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For latest known 'status' of each operational paddle steamer see:-
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updated
14th February 2017
Summary of Sailings INDEX
First select one of the ten Swiss or Italian lakes below
(including the two which are International)
Then "click" on the link to obtain an overview of all the operational Swiss and Italian paddle steamers $, the routes operated and their regular timetabled and special public sailings
($ - includes one German - which occasionally visits Swiss waters)

There are also maps of both the Swiss and Italian lakes if case you are unfamiliar with the area
You can "click" on your selected lake to find the individual lake timetable index
(which then has links to find out detailed timings and calling points of all paddle steamer operated sailings on your selected date)


Alternatively, you can use the following links to take you straight to the regularly updated summary of each lake, which now also includes
details of all public special cruises advised to me that are planned to be operated by a paddle steamer
Lake Brienz          Lake Geneva         Lake Luzern
Lake Neuchâtel         Lake Thun         Lake Zurich
Lake Como      Lake Garda         Lake Maggiore *
Lake Konstanz
     (sailings to/from Swiss piers only)

* - normally only private charter sailings
(but some are occasionally open to the public)

20th March 2019
** HISTORY **
Things haven't changed much on Lake Brienz
over the last 44 years !
Mondays to Fridays 1975
Saturdays 1975         Sundays 1975
23rd December 2002
** HISTORY **
LAKE GENEVA  -  mid-1980's
Who wanted to know then which sailings
were operated by paddle steamers ?

In the peak-Summer of 1984 only one afternoon sailing
(starting Lausanne) was advertised as such in the official timetable !
along with the Saturday evening dance cruise
(an extension of the daily sailing 76)
Updates are usually posted between 1400 and 2400 the previous day
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If YOU know something else or spot something wrong on these pages,

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This website site was originally planned to simply give a historical record of the timetabled sailings
made by the paddle steamers on the principle Swiss lakes

However, over the years it has gradually expanded to also give future sailings expected to be operated by the
18 remaining Swiss Paddle Steamers

(including the three Lake Geneva diesel-electric "motor paddle vessels" #)
on
Lakes Brienz  Geneva #  Luzern  Neuchâtel  Thun and Zurich

However, in order to help holidaymakers and others plan their lake cruises,
where advance information is not yet available
LINKS  will lead to the equivalent period during the previous year(s)

For those not familiar with the area
Summary of Sailings Index and Map Index pages are available
with further links to
"detailed summaries" of the sailings on each lake

PLEASE check with the operators nearer the time, as they often have to make
late changes, especially to the vessel operating a particular sailing


# - One of which (MPV Helvétie is presently "long-term laid-up" awaiting restoration


Lake Konstanz
(Switzerland/
Germany/Austria)

This website also gives Swiss information on the one remaining operational
German paddle steamer
which occasionally visits Swiss piers
This now includes Konstanz which is just three minutes by train "across the border"
Lake Maggiore
(Switzerland/Italy)

This website also gives limited Swiss and Italian information on the one remaining
Italian paddle steamer
now returned to service following a major rebuild which has in the past occasionally visited the Swiss piers
(Sadly with one exception since 2008 her only sailings are private charters)
Lake Como
(Italy)

This website also gives limited information about the two remaining
Italian paddle steamers
both of which are undertaking
major re-builds in 2013
Lake Garda
(Italy)

This website also gives limited information about the two remaining
Italian motor paddle vessels
which usually operate timetabled services on a non-advertised basis during the main summer
also the occasional special
"Regatta" sailings

Note: Additional sailings are operated by motor vessels on all the lakes featured
Individual timetables lead from the links on each lake index (and archive index) page
Where timetables are large (mainly during peak summer dates),
it is advisable to
Open Frame in New Window

(a Restore Frames link is provided at the bottom right of every page)
Most underlined text will lead to an additional page
and larger pictures can be found by clicking on many of the small pictures

This site has been created from scratch. Whilst much of the basic information contained herein could be found by studying and translating timetables issued by the various companies, I have set out to present the timetables of the sailings on all lakes in English in a consistant simplified form
They will normally be available for historical reference after expiry of official publicity - please e-mail me if you are unable to find any particular timetable or you find any link not working
(note: many old timetables were 'lost' when my webhost's server crashed some years ago and I have not had the time to re-create them all - any specific ones you request I will attempt to restore as long as I still have the information or if you can supply the details)

The timetables on this site normally only show the public regular and special sailings planned to be operated by paddle steamers (PSs)
(or - if I have been advised - day to day variations and/or what actully happened on the day)
[Note:- in the cases of Lake Geneva and Lake Garda, they also include those sailings operated by the operational motor paddle vessel (MPVs) $]
Sailings operated by a motor vessel are normally only shown when they deputise for a paddle steamer   -  or when a paddle steamer may cover on certain dates
   $ - on Lake Geneva (MPV Helvétie and MPV Italie have been 'long-term' laid-up since early-Spring 2002 and late-Winter 2005 respectively

In order to further simplify presentation, timetables are split into limited dates to obviate
(a) the wavy lines - also other irritating notes which are so common in most official timetables (sometimes only in the 'local' language)
(b) a single multi-coloured column - where only part(s) of the sailing apply on some dates


Details of any day-to-day late variations to the
basic sailings
will only be posted if  you advised me accordingly

Further timetables for 2019 are gradually being added/updated for those lakes which have declared their
(in some cases revised) intentions

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No responsibility can be taken for the accuracy of any information contained in this site by the webmaster, the webhost or anyone else connected with the site.
Anyone visiting Switzerland or Italy to sail on the Paddle Steamers is strongly advised
to check the latest position with the operator concerned.

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