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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 ?

Sunday - 9th October 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                        pictures:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Zurich to start her final sailing 109
from Zurich to Rapperswil and later back at the pier having completed
what was understood to have been her final timetabled sailing on 2106

Thursday - 6th October 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer stands at Zurich pier prior to operting her special
evening Fondue Cruise

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)


Monday and Tuesday - 29th and 30th August 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer was unable to sail on Monday due to technical problems
and was replaced by mv Beatus
Repairs will take longer - in consequence
SHE WILL NOT SAIL ON TUESDAY 30th AUGUST

(but returned to service on Wednesday 31st August)

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

Thursday - 22nd September 2016

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddler steamer has just departed St-Blaise
on her return sailing 66 back to Neuchâtel

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 - 9th September 2016

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddler steamer at full speed near Interlaken on sailings 64

Sunday - 4th September 2016

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddler steamer arrives at Estavayer on sailings 201-82 from Neuchâtel
on her final trip of 2106 to Yverdon-les-Bains

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

Thursday - 25th August 2016

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer returns to Morat/Murten on sailing 52
having just called at Faoug on her first sailing of the day round the lake

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

Sunday - 21st August 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                        picture:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer arrives at Bellagio at the end of her
morning special sailing from Como

Saturday - 20th August 2016

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer rests at Brienz
between her evening sailings 79 and 80 from Interlaken

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 - 15th August 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

Yet again there was a late change to the roster
and the paddle steamer operated the 1210 lunch cruise

(normally only applies on the first Monday of the month)

Sunday - 14th August 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer stands at Como prior to sailing to Bellagio

Saturday - 13th August 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        pictures:   Zurich webcam

Despite initially unusually being rostered to operate the 1330 sailing to Rapperswil
on the day the paddle steamer operated her regular sailings 107-108
to and from Schmerikon

Sunday - 7th August 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)



                                                                                        photos:   Carlo Sottocasa

The paddle steamer departs from and returns to Bellagio on her
"lunch-time cruise round the middle lake"
and subsequently departs again of her afternoon cruise

Sunday - 7th August 2016

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer makes its monthly sailing to Yverdon-les-Bains
Initially seen at Estavayer on outward sailing 201-82 and below
retuning from Grandson on the lunchtime sailing 92 also
and back at Neuchâtel at the end of sailing 204

Friday - 5th August 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

Once again, despite the paddle steamer being planned to operate sailing 107
all the way Schmerikon..........
..........she switched rosters at Rapperswil with mv Säntis and returned early
to Zurich covering the second part of sailing 102
before returning to Rapperswil at 1630

Do YOU know why ?

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

Sunday - 31st July 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer sets off for Schmerikon on her regular sailing 107

Thursday - 28th July 2016

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The well loaded paddle steamer calls at Giessbach on her afternoon
sailings 69 and 70 from Interlaken to Brienz and return

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

Saturday - 16th July 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                       photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer sails majestically across the "Upper Lake"
on her daily sailing 107 from Zurich to Schmerikon

Sunday - 17th July 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                       photo:   Jacopo Memeo

The paddle steamer operated the 1815 Sunday evening special sailing
from Como and is seen off-Cernobbio

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 - 15th July 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer arrives early at Zurich and operated the
1030 sailing 105 to Rapperswil instead of her usual later sailing to Schmerikon

Saturday - 9th July 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                        photo:   Jacopo Memeo

Once again the paddle steamer is pressed into timetabled service vice a
motor vessel - she is seen approaching Cadenabbia on sailing 14

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 ?

Thursday - 7th July 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                       photo:   Lukas Bruckner

The paddle steamer is now also operating special sailings on Thursdays
and is seen operating the second of two short cruises (depart 1430)
from Bellagio "round the middle lake"

Wednesday - 6th July 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photos:   Ernst Mischler

The paddler steamer departs Oberhofen on her return evening sailing 126
from Beatenbucht to Thun

with the mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the background

Wednesday - 6th July 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                       photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer departs Schmerikon on return sailing 108 for Zurich

Monday - 4th July 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer sets off from Zurich at 1330 on sailing 111 to Rapperswil
after earlier working her monthly "Monday Lunch Cruise"

Sunday - 3rd July 2016

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at Grandson on sailing 91
on her monthly Sunday lunchtime cruise from Yverdon-les-Bains

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

Wednesday - 29th June 2016

PS Rhône (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Yvoire
on her return afternoon sailing 106 from Geneva to Lausanne

Tuesday - 28th June 2016

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer returns to Interlaken
at the end of her return morning sailing 64 from Brienz

Monday - 27th June 2016

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer sets off from Zurich at 1130 on the first through sailing 107
to Schmerikon following the high lake level which prevented sailing
under the Hurden Bridge into the Obersee

Sunday - 26th June 2016

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                   photo:   Olivier Bachmann
The paddle steamer returns to Yverdon-les-Bains
at the end of her final cruise on the third day for the "Fêtes du Lac"
before returning light to her home port of Neuchâtel

Saturday - 25th June 2016

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer departs Zurich at 1630 for Rapperswil
on her amended roster due to the high lake level

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)

Thursday 23rd June 2016

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                photo:   Peter Devrell

The paddle steamer stands at Jardin Anglais pier (Geneva)
(prior to entering service with her daily "Lunch Cruise")
PS Simplon can be seen across the lake at Mont Blanc pier
(loading for her morning sailing to Lausanne)

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 ?
Wednesday 22nd June 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                photo:   Peter Devrell

The paddle steamer approaches Interlaken on her daily sailing 15 from Thun
with her mast lowered for passing under the bridge over the canal approach

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)

Wednesday - 15th June 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

Following the breakdown of the paddle steamer on Tuesday 14th June
she arrived normally at Zurich the following morning ready to operate
her full-length sailing to Schmeriklon

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)

Saturday - 11th June 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger


                                                                                          photos:   Markus Fröhlich

The paddle steamer is seen arriving at Thalwil and later passing under the
Hurden Bridge with mast and chimney lowered to enter the Upper Lake.....
.....before arriving at Schmerikon to complete her outward sailing 107
prior to returning as sailing 108 back to Zurich.....
.....and later seen from mv Panta Rhei off-Ufenau

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 ?
ROLLE BELLE EPOQUE 1900 WEEKEND
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2016

Sunday - 5th June 2016

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddler steamer calls at Rolle pier on the return afternoon sailing 422
and later as she passes along the narrow stretch of water between the
mainland and 'De La Harpe' island

Sunday - 5th June 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                        picture:   Lukas Bruckner

The paddle steamer depart Bellagio on her first 1230 weekly 90 minute
'lunchtime cruise' round the 'Middle lake'

Sunday - 5th June 2016

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                          photos:   Ernst Mischler

New for 2016 the paddler steamer sails once a month
from Neuchatel to Yverdon-les-Bains
and is seen on her return sailings 83-204 at Vaumarcusat and Estavayer

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

Monday - 30th May 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                        photo:   Martcello Baldrati

For the first time for five years, the paddle steamer operated
timetabled sailings between Como and Bellagio following her major re-build

She is planned to operate "special sailings" for the remainder of 2016

Monday - 30th May 2016

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer arrives back at Luzern at the end of her first
2016 mid-week "after work" cruise sailings 29-38

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

Saturday - 28th May 2016

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamers arrives at Alpnachstad after sailing under the
Acheregg road and railway bridge at Stansstad for the first time in 2016

Monday - 23rd May 2016

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel calls at Château de Chillon pier
on her afternoon Upper Lake sailing 508 from Vevey to Le Bouveret

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

Sunday - 22nd May 2016

Paddle Steamer Parade (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler


                                                                                              picture:   Morges webcam

  click on picture above for many more photos                                                   photo:   Christian Meyer
The annual Naval Parade took place off-Morges in 2016
as seen from both on the lake and looking down on it
In addition PS Savoie made a rare visit outside the Little Lake to take part

Saturday - 21st May 2016

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Concise pier on her special sailing
from Neuchâtel for the Trivapor AGM

Saturday - 21st May 2016

PSs Stadt Luzern and Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

A rare example of a - let alone two - paddle steamers double-banking
at Seedorf on the occasion of the 2016 "Friends" AGM charter

Saturday - 21st May 2016

PS Schiller (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The well loaded 110 year old paddle steamer celebrates its birthday
by operating sailings 21-30 - the 1312 Luzern to Flüelen and return

Friday - 20th May 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Mario Gavizzi


                                                                                        photo:   Riccardo Suzzi

To celebrate the return to service of the paddle steamer following a major re-build
she arrived Como at 1100 from the NLC dock to operate a special VIP cruise
Later she was 'open to the public' moored at the Como (Funicolare) Pier

Friday - 20th May 2016

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

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

Whit Monday - 16th May 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Erlenbach pier on her morning
outward sailing 105 and leaves Thalwil on her return sailing 106

Saturday - 14th May 2016

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer arrives at Brienz from Interlaken
at the end of her first sailing of the 2016 season

Sunday - 8th May 2016

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                       photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer replaces the usual smaller motor vessel as she approaches
Yvoire on sailing 102 from Geneva to Lausanne
on the local Mothering Sunday

Ascension Thursday - 5th May 2016

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer leaves Hertenstein on her return afternoon sailing 24
from Flüelen to Luzern

Wednesday 4th May 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer makes a test run to the pier at Einigen
prior to the official re-opening tomorrow


The last time paddle steamer called there was in 1970
on the 28th July

Sunday - 1st May 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer arriving at Thalwil on her outward afternoon sailing 115
to Rapperswil and leaving Meilen on her return sailing 116 back to Zurich

Sunday - 24th April 2016

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer leaves Coppet pier on her return afternoon sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva on Swiss Navigation Sunday

Wednesday 20th April 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                        photo:   Jacopo Memeo

For the first time following her major re-build, the paddle steamer
ventured onto the lake under her own steam for her trials

She is planned to operate timetabled sailing during the season

Tuesday 19th April 2016

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Vevey pier on the afternoon return sailing
to Lausanne from the Upper Lake

Sunday - 17th April 2016

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer makes her first timetabled sailing of 2016
unusually operating sailing 7 all the way to Flüelen

Saturday - 16th April 2016

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer returns to Luzern passing the "crossfunnel" near Meggenhorn
on sailing 24 - the first "advertised" sailing of the SGV 2016 season

Saturday - 16th April 2016

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel (top) in the Ouchy dry-dock during the 'open day'
to see the progress of her re-build
Subsequently the paddle steamer
(below) operated a
special charter sailing from Ouchy Harbour to Lausanne-Ouchy pier

Wednesday - 13th April 2016

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer is bedecked in flags as she stands at the dock
for the AGM of the ApR (Aktion pro Raddampfer) before a two hour cruise

This was her first time in service after her unfortunate grounding in 2015

Thursday - 7th April 2016

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                     photo:   Collection Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer sets off from Luzern dock on her first test sailing of 2016

Saturday - 2nd April 2016

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer stands at Flüelen before working sailing 24 back to Luzern

Easter Monday - Monday 28th March 2016

PS Montreux (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer (top left) awaits her turn to enter Ouchy dry-dock
for major work - as soon as MPV Italie vacates it this autumn

whilst MPV Hélvétie (right) is bottom of a long list requiring attention
Meanwhile the remainder of the operational fleet (below) can be seen
preparing for the season in Ouchy harbour

Easter Monday - Monday 28th March 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer returns from Zurich back to her stabling point
at Wollishofen after completing the whole of her Easter weekend sailings

Easter Sunday - Sunday 27th March 2016

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher


                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger
1. The paddle steamer arrives Zurich to operate the lunchtime sailings 109-110
2. arriving Wädenswil on outward sailing 109
3. leaving Thalwil on return sailing 110

Easter Sunday - Sunday 27th March 2016

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


                                                                                        pictures:   Luzern webcam
1. The paddle steamer arrives Luzern to operate a special Easter Lunch cruise
2. Can you spot "three" paddle steamers ?
3. Leaving "astern" for the lunch cruise

note - owing to the strong wind, both paddle steamers have unusually berthed facing downstream

Easter Saturday - Saturday 26th March 2016

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                        pictures:   Luzern webcam


                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer arrives empty at Luzern to load her passengers
for the extra 1112 sailing 13 to Flüelen
and later near Beckenried

Good Friday - Friday 25th March 2016

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The start of the 2016 "steam" season
Above - PS Uri approaches Luzern to work her first sailing of the season
Below - PS Stadt Zürich approaches Zurich to work her first sailing of the season
before later being seen returning from Thalwil

Sunday 7th February 2016

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam

Whilst all the steam powered paddle steamers on all the Swiss Lakes
are still in winter hibernation,  the motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon
on the first outward leg of her weekly winter lunch cruise from Geneva
following her overhaul

Monday 11th January 2016

PS Patria (Lake Como)

 
                                                                                                                    photos:  Mario Gavazzi
Following her Christmas period in Como PS Patria steamed back
from pier No 5 at Como to her usual pier at Villa Olmo


Her next sailing is expected to be for the NLC as she prepares for her
a 'public' season along with sister PS Concordia and other members of the fleet

Monday 11th January 2016

PS Concordia (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                    photo:  Mario Gavazzi
The paddle steamer rests outside Tavernola dock as the final bits are
completed to her recent major overhaul

Sunday 3rd January 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Faulensee on the return leg of her
morning sailing 112 from Beatenbucht to Thun


                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

before crossing the lake to call at Gunten

This was the final day of her extended 2015 season

She is planned to return to service on Saturday 14th May


Sunday 3rd January 2016

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on the outward leg
of the final lunchtime sailing 330 of her extended 2015 season

She is planned to return to timetabled service on Sunday 7th February
preceeded by a special evening Fondue cruise from Geneva on Friday 5th February

Saturday 2nd January 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                photo:   Alain Vusitiner

The paddle steamer stands at Thun in the rain
following her afternoon sailing 15 and 16 to Interlaken

New Year's Day - Friday 1st January 2016

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Off to a great start for the New Year !
The paddle steamer approaches Merligen on the return leg of her
first morning sailing 112 of 2016 from Beatenbucht to Thun
then on the return afernoon sailing 16
initially leaving Interlaken and later approaching Beatushöhlen


                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

Looking down at the paddle steamer at Sundlauenen with Beatushöhlen pier
just behind her stern

Wednesday 30th December 2015

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                picture:   Oberhofen webcam

The paddle steamer departs Oberhofen on her return morning sailing 112 to Thun

Boxing Day - Saturday 26th December 2015

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer has a "close look" at Luzern bridge
at the end of her special lunchtime sailing

Christmas Day - Friday 25th December 2015

PS Uri (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer stands at Luzern quay two prior to operating her non-landing
special lunchtime sailing

Thursday 24th December 2015

PS Concordia (Lake Como)
photos:   Jacopo Memeo  
The paddle steamer is at last re-united with the lake water as her funnel is re-instated

Wednesday 16th December 2015

PSs Concordia and Patria (Lake Como)


The freshly painted, re-furbished PS Concordia in dry-dock
shortly before returning to the water


                                                                                        photos:  Mario Gavazzi
PS Patria has steamed from her usual pier at Villa Olmo to Como pier No 5
for the annual " gcittà dei ballocchi " Christmas festival

Tuesdys 2nd December 2015

PS Patria (Lake Como)


                                                                              photo:  Mario Gavazzi
The paddle steamer sets off on the historic "test" cruise
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
It has been announced by the NLC that following a test run on
Friday 18th September with the general management of Navigazione Laghi Italiani
Milano together with the technical bureau of navigazione Lago di Como
and the steam engine-staff of NLC on board
the paddle steamer will be operated from the start of December in 2016 as part
of the NLC fleet

PS Concordia can be seen in the background nearing completion of her major overhaul
which opens up the real possibility of two paddle steamers pasing each other
on timetabled sailings in summer 2016

November 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                photo:  official LNM publicity

According to their paddle steamer page, sailings for the season will re-commence
on March 25, 2016
It is possible to charter a boat from the same date and the list of ships available
includes the paddle steamer

although it is not clear if she will actually sail before late-May (as in previous years)

Click here for further advance information about additional Yverdon-les-Bains sailings

Tuesday 3rd November 2015

PSs Stadt Zürich and Stadt Rapperwil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

Both paddle steamers were towed to Zuruch Bürkliplatz pier
to take part in the annual Wine Festival

The damaged port paddle wheel has already been removed from PS Stadt Rapperwsil
making an unusual sight - hopefully it will be full restored before the start of the 2016 season

Sunday 1st November 2015

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                photo:   Jacopo Memeo

Work is now proceeding rapidly at Tavernola shipyard
as the winter sun catches her freshly painted stern

Hopefully everything will soon be completed on "PS Concordia"
giving the long awaited sight of two paddle steamers in steam together

Sunday 18th October 2015

all Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                    photo:   Oliver Stepat
PS Schiller takes part in the mini-Parade
on the "last day of the 2015 season"




                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger
PS Uri approaches Luzern to operate the 0912 sailing to Flüelen
and later PS Stadt Luzern approaches Treib on the "Wilhelm Tell Express"
finally PS Gallia takes part in the mini-Parade
Sunday 27th September 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)
(last day of the 2015 season)



                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Praz (top)
on the penultimate "Round Lake Murten" sailing of 2015
the last call of the season at Murten pier
and then heads for home (Neuchâtel) and winter lay-up on her final sailing 66
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

Tuesday 1st September 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)
photos:   Robert Horlacher  
Not to be outdone by the other lakes, Lake Neuchâtel shows it too can be rough
Berthing at Morat was also a challenge and the post protecting the rocks proved its worth


Sunday 23rd August 2015

PS Schiller (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

The strong Föhn winds blow down the lake from Flüelen to Brunnen

Saturday 8th August 2015

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger
PS Gallia approaches Hertenstein
on the return "Best of Lake Luzern" sailing 22 from Rütli
Swiss National Day - Saturday 1st August 2015

    5 paddle steamers (Lake Luzern)    

                                                                                    picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamers set off from Luzern for the annual fireworks display at Brunnen

Tuesday 21st July 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Murten)

                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer arrives Murten prior to operating the 1350 sailing 64 back to Neuchâtel
Saturday 18th July 2015

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer pauses at Brienz between her evening sailings 79 and 80

Saturday 18th July 2015

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer sets off back to dock after successfully covering the
full-length sailings 107-108 to Schmerikon (whilst deputising for her sister)

Sunday 12th July 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)
photos:   Olivier Bachmann  
The paddle steamer makes her regular Sunday sailing along the Broye canal
between Lakes Neuchâtel and Murten

on a fine summer day with well over 100 passengers on board
Note the lowered funnel to pass under the various bridges along the way

Sunday 12th July 2015

Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)
PS Unterwalden sailing 16 near Luzern
PS Uri sailing 18 near Weggis
photos:   Daniel Eichenberger  
PS Stadt Luzern sailing 24 near Treib
PS Schiller sailing 21 leaving Brunnen

Another busy Sunday on Lake Luzern

Saturday 4th July 2015

PSs Uri and Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

A now rare sight of both paddle steamers near Stansstad as PS Uri covering for a
motor vessel passes PS Unterwalden returning from Alpnachstad

This was common practice before PS Uri was re-built when between them they would
operate five sailings to/from Alpnachstad a day at busy weekends

Sunday 28th June 2015

PS Hohentwiel (Lake Konstanz)

                                                                                photo:   David Mitchell

The paddle steamer passes Linadu en-route to operate the
evening dinner cruise from Friedrichshafen

Saturday 20th June 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)
photo:   Robert Horlacher  
photos:   Olivier Bachmann  
The paddle steamer made a rare sailing to Biel for the Trivapor AGM
This is expected to be her only visit to Lake Biel in 2015
(unless there is a private charter)

Thursday 18th June 2015

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer passes Beckenried on an evening charter sailing

Monday 15th June 2015

PSs Schiller and Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)
picture:   Vitznau webcam  
With PS Schiller broken down at Vitznau pier - PS Stadt Luzern had
to 'double-bank' in order to take her passengers back to Luzern
- she was still there when PS Unterwalden also had to 'double-bank'
at 2010 on her evening sunset cruise

Sunday 14th June 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Neuchâtel)
picture:   Murten webcam  
The paddle steamer pauses at Murten prior to operating the
1415 afternoon sailing 53 'round the lake'

Friday 12th June 2015

PS Patria (Lake Como)

                                                                                photo:   Mario Gavazzi

The paddle steamer sets off from Como on a special two-hour cruise
for invited guests


Monday 7th June 2015

Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)
PS Unterwalden sailing 16 near Hermitage
PS Uri sailing 18 near Weggis
photos:   Daniel Eichenberger  
PS Stadt Luzern sailing 24 near Treib
PS Gallia sailing 30 near Vitznau

The season is really underway with four paddle steamers in service
in the week (all five on Sundays)

Sunday 7th June 2015

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)
photos:   Beat Zumstein  
photo:   Robert Horlacher  
The paddle steamer had to remain at Altendorf with her funnel stuck in the
'up' position on return sailing 108 from Schmerikon whilst her engineers
dismantled part of the outer casing as the base of her funnel to enable
it to be lowered manually so she could continue her delayed sailing
She eventually arrived at Zurich at 2002 and is also seen returning light to dock

Sunday 31st May 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)
                                                                             photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Praz on sailing 53
the second of her three afternoon "round Lake Murten" cruises

Sunday 24th May 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)
                                                                             pictures:   'local' webcam

The paddle steamer loads then sets off on her final afternoon sailing 54
of the day round Lake Murten before returning to Neuchâtel

Saturday 23rd May 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)
                                                                             pictures:   'local' webcams

The paddle steamer has made it back into service after her boiler repairs !
Calling Portalban (top) on her first sailing 204 of 2015 - then (middle) back at Neuchatel
and later (bottom) having just arrived at Muren on sailing 63


Were you there ?  Can you suppply a real photo ?

Saturday 16th May 2015

PSs Stadt Luzern and Schiller (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

Both paddle steamers stand at the pier
whilst the "Friends" hold their AGM at Hergiswil
and later a well loaded PS Schiller passes Buochs

Friday 15th May 2015

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

Despite being May, it was snowing as the paddle steamer made its way back to Interlaken

Ascension Thursday 14th May 2015

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Hertenstein on her afternoon
sailing to Küssnacht am Rigi

Sunday 10th May 2015

PS Patria (Lake Como)

                                                                                photo:   Marcello Baldratti

The paddle steamer operated a rare public non-landing evening cruise
from Como for the "Festival della Luce"

following the inauguration of the new plates and bell

Saturday 9th May 2015

PS La Suisse and MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The two paddle steamers pass each other near Vevey
on Swiss Motheres Day

Wednesday 6th May 2015

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)
                                                                                       photos:   Olivier Bachmann

The paddle steamer made its first "test run" following modifications to her bolier
and is seen passing Hauterive NE
- note the modifications to the bolier
She is now expected to return to public service on Saturday 23rd May 2015

Sunday 3rd May 2015

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Meggen on the return leg
of her first sailing of the season to Küssnacht am Rigi

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Naval Parade (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                       pictures:   Luzern Webcam

The paddle steamers load their passengers prior the the parade
and later PS Stadt Luzern leads her siaters back to Luzern

Thursday 30th April 2015

PS Schiller (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                       pictures:   Luzern Webcam

The paddle steamer leaves the dock past other members of the SGV fleet
to load up Luzern pier one for her first sailimg of the season to Flüelen
On return she berths alongside her sister PS Gallia

Wednesday 29th April 2015

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                photo:   Oliver Stepat

The paddle steamer sets sail from Luzern on the 1112 sailing to Flüelen
for the second day running

Tuesday 28th April 2015

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer loads her passengers prior to unusually operating
the 1112 sailings 13-24 from Luzern to Flüelen and return

Sunday 26th April 2014

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zuirch)

                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

With flags flying for the Navigation Day, the paddle steamer arrives at
Zurich to form the 1230 lunchtime sailing 109 to Rapperswil and back

An hour earlier her sister PS Stadt Rapperswil had set off on her
first full-length sailing of the year to Schmerikon

Swiss Navigation Sunday 26th April 2015

PSs Uri and Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                       pictures:   Luzern Webcam

Both paddle steamers load at Luzern for the 0912 and 1112 sailings to Fluelen
and later both unload at the piers - PS Uri remains for tomorrow's sailing
whilst PS Stadt Luzern returns to dock to join her other sisters

Swiss Navigation Sunday 26th April 2015

PS Hohentwiel (Lake Konstanz)

                                                                                       picture:   Konstanz Webcam

The paddle steamer heads out into the lake on her special morning Jazz Cruise
This was the only picture your webmaster could get from the UK !!!!!
Surely someone local looking at this website can provide a better one ?
(If so please e-mail it to me if you would like it published !)

Saturday 25th April 2015

PSs Stadt Luzern and Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                       photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The large paddle steamer has just left Beckenried on her return sailing 24
from Flüelen to Luzern................

                                                                                       photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

..........meanwhile PS Unterwalden undertakes yet another "test sailing"
and can be seen near Weggis
It seems the SGV are still not 100% satisfied with her recent modifications
following problems with her boiler over the last couple of seasons
as even more "test runs" are planned for next week

Friday 24th April 2015

PSs Unterwalden and Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                       photo:   Michael Müller

Unusually the SGV have rostered their large paddle steamer to cover
all the early-season timetabled sailings whatever the weather

So it is good to see "PS Unterwalden" ariving Vitznau on a crew training sailing
prior to the special parade on Saturday 2nd May


                                                                                       photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

Not to be outdone by her younger sister this paddle steamer
was also out on trial and is seen undertaking a "dummy-manoeuver"
in the middle of the "Cross Funnel" between Hertenstein and Meggenhorn
prior to entering public service on Sunday 26th April

Sunday 12th April 2015

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer nears the end of her return afternoon sailing 24
from Flüelen with the snow covered Kaiserstock in the background


Easter Tuesday 7th April 2015

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer passes the Meggenhorn on her return afternoon sailing 24
from Flüelen with Mount Rigi in the background


Easter Monday 6th April 2015

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer departs Verkehrshaus-Lido on the morning sailing 13
from Luzern to Flüelen with snow on Mount Pilatus in the background


Easter Monday 6th April 2015

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer rests at Rapperswil on her lunch cruise
sailings 109-110 from Zurich


Easter Sunday 5th April 2015

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer arrives at Zurich to form the lunchtime
sailings 109-110 at 1230 from Zurich to Rapperswil and return


Good Friday 3rd April 2015

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer operated the lunchtime
sailings 109-110 at 1230 from Zurich to Rapperswil and return

She is initially seen standing at Zurich prior to her first sailing of the season
and later just after leaving Horgen on the way back from Rapperswil


Good Friday 3rd April 2015

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


The paddle steamer stands at Luzern loading passengers for her
first full-length sailings 13-24 at 1112 from Luzern to Flüelen and return


Wednesday 25th March 2015

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zuirch)

                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer operated a special pre-season charter for the
AGM of the 'Aktion Pro Raddampfer'

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                    photo:   Michael Müller

The paddle steamer was captured near Vitznau
on what appears to be the first trial with her modified boiler

Wednesday 7th January 2015

PS Patria (Lake Como)



                                                                                photo:   Mario Gavazzi

After spending Christmas/New Year as part of the family attraction
"Città dei ballocchi" at pier 5, Como the paddle steamer
returned light in the morning to her home port of Villa Olmo


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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of the Swiss paddle steamers during 2017

updated following the return to service of
PS Unterwalden on Saturay 18th March 2017
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FUTURE SPECIAL SAILINGS

Dates of ALL public special sailings
in 2017
by paddle steamers
(that I am aware of *)
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also on the appropriate lake Summary Page

under the relevant date

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not shown on this website
(including those for ANY year !!!)


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

In responce to numerous requests
some Advance Information on some of the "POSSIBLE" sailings for Summer 2017 is now given

Please note - at this stage, some lakes are ONLY an outline compared with 2016 for those lakes which have declared their intentions  
(incorporating ANY appropriate information supplied to me)


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


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this information will be updated as appropriate
until detailed timetables are posted


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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)

14th February 2017
** HISTORY **
Things haven't changed much on Lake Brienz
over the last 42 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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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 2017 are gradually being added/updated for those lakes which have declared their
(in some cases revised) intentions

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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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