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Headline News   ..............  LAKE GENEVA    "PS Simplon "  is planned to operate an early-evening After Work "Fish" Cruise from Geneva this Friday (7th August) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "PS Simplon "  is planned to operate an early-evening After Work "Fish" Cruise from Geneva on Friday (14th August) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "PS Simplon "  is planned to operate an early-evening After Work "Fish" Cruise from Geneva on Friday (21st August) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "PS Simplon "  is planned to operate an early-evening After Work "Fish" Cruise from Geneva on Friday (28th August) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "PS Simplon "  is planned to operate her FINAL early-evening After Work "Fish" Cruise of 2020 from Geneva on Friday (4th September) ....................... see below, next page, also fleet, news and individual timetable pages for further details

Sunday 2nd August 2020

This is clearly NOT PS Montreux !!!!!  (Lake Geneva)


Afternoon Sailing 906 was covered by mv Général-Guisan
In the evening,  Sailing 487 was covered by what appeared to be the small mv Lavaux


It can only be 'assumed' the paddle steamer had broken down..........
..........do YOU have any further information ?


Sunday 26th July 2020

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)
A photo feature of the "Return to timetabled service" by the paddle steamer is
being prepared


In the interin,  a big "thank you" to everyone who has submitted excellent photos !!!



post-Coronavirus
Advertised paddle steamer sailings which have been advised to me as "CANCELLED"
are listed below for Lake Brienz  Swiss National Day - 'Sunday' timetable )
Lake Geneva ( reduced summer timetable / breakdowns )
Lake Konstanz ( post-Coronavirus restrictions )
Lake Luzern ( reduced summer timetable )
Lake Maggiore ( post-Coronavirus restrictions )
Lake Thun special sailing )   
Lake Neuchâtel  ( revised summer timetable )
Lake Zurich ( revised summer timetable )

"Tourist" sailings have at last re-commenced on all the lakes in Switzerland
Latest start dates for paddle steamer sailings on Lakes..........
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Brienz
- Saturday 4th July $   Geneva - Saturday 6th June $
Konstanz - Thursday 16th July $   Luzern - Saturday 4th July $
Neuchâtel - Saturday 4th July $   Thun - Saturday 4th July $
Zurich - Monday 8th June $

A symbol "$" will appear after any of the above lake 'links' when
any "revised" timetable is advised to your webmaster


Also see my detailed sailings summary for every paddle steamer included on this website

  BLS "now" state a TEMPORARY "reduced" service on both lakes will start on
         Saturday 6th June  BUT neither of the paddle steamers will be in service before Saturday 4th July
  CGN "now" state a TEMPORARY "tourist" timetable will start on Saturday 6th June
          (PS Simplon, PS Savoie and MPV Vevey - also PS La Suisse and PS Montreux returned to service late-June)
  HSG new website "now" states the 2020 season will start on Friday 29th May
         (first Swiss sailing now expected on Thursday 11th June)
  LNM "now" state a TEMPORARY "reduced" service on both lakes will start on
         Saturday 6th June  BUT the paddle steamer will not be in service before Saturday 4th July
  SGV "now" state a TEMPORARY "tourist" timetable will start Saturday 6th June
          (PS Uri, PS Unterwalden)
  ZSG "now" state a "reduced" all summer timetable commencing Monday 8th June
          (PS Stadt Zürich also PS Stadt Rapperswil returned to service mid-June)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Currently all Italian lakes have re-started most cross-lake ferry sailings
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  NLC "now" states the 2020 season will start on Saturday 25th July   
commencing with a special Evening Classical Music Cruise followed on the Sunday by her first timetabled sailings
  NLG are also now operating a reduced level of "Tourist" sailings
The NLG has sadly advised..... "unfortunately both Zanardelli and Italia, probably will not be in service this season"
  NLM are also now operating a reduced level of "Tourist" sailings
It is understood these will NOT include any sailings by PS Piemonte *
* - A formal request was made to the NLM regarding any further sailings by the paddle steamer in 2020 (she sailed specially over Whit Weekend),  BUT they have not bothered to reply !

Remember the position can rapidly change and as well as an increase in the level of service as the season progresses,  there is always the risk of further cancellations should the Coronavirus "spike" again
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you are aware on anything different or incorrect,  please e-mail me  so the information can be quickly updated for the benefit of the many other visitors to this website
especially if it becomes necessary to bring any of the Italian paddlers into service at short notice vice a broken down motor vessel !

Monday 3rd August 2020

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands in the rain at Lausanne prior to operating her
morning sailing 200 to the Upper Lake



Sunday 2nd August 2020

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                                    picture:  Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Bellagio on her return sailing 31
from Menaggio to Como

Sunday 26th July 2020

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                                        photo:  Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer has just left Beatenbucht on her return afternoon sailing 16 from
Interlaken to Thun as seen from mv Beatus which was about to follow her into the pier


Sunday 26th July 2020

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer departs Rolle on her return evening sailing 488 from Yvoire (France) to Lausanne


Saturday 25th July 2020

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                                        photo:  Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer returns to Murten harbour at the end her final afternoon cruise
"Round the Lake" sailing 54


Wednesday 22nd July 2020

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                            photos:  Maurice Decoppet



                                                                                                              photos:  Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer sits in the dry dock at Ouchy harbour
waiting for her new boiler
(below) which will be installed on
Tuesday 4th August
(to be watched by the press !)

Saturday 18th July 2020

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer near Ringgenberg at dusk on her return evening sailing 80
from Brienz back to Interlaken

Saturday 18th July 2020

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer sets off from Luzern on her regular Saturday evening Sunset Cruise
sailing 33 to Beckenried



Friday 17th July 2020

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam
The paddle steamer stands in the sun at Pier No.1 at Luzern waiting to operate
the evening
(now only twice weekly) Sunset Cruise sailing 33 to Beckenried

Note - she was unusually berthed with her bows facing the bridge

Thursday 16th July 2020

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                          picture:   Zurich webcam


For some unknown reason instead of operating the advertised "1200 Lunch Cruise"
the paddle steamer remained at the pier until her next planned working at 1415

Did she have a breakdown or was there some other reason ?
If you know,  please email your webmaster

Thursday 16th July 2020

PS Hohentwiel  (Lake Konstanz)

                                                                                                          picture:   Rorschach webcam


The paddle steamer loads at Rorschach for her much delayed first Swiss sailing of 2020
She operated a morning "Jazz Cruise"before sailing light to Arbon

If you have a better photo you would like displayed on this website
please e-mail the webmaster

Friday 10th July 2020

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)


                                                                                                          photos:  Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer returns to Interlaken at the end if her morning sailing 64 to Brienz

Later she approaches Giessbach on her return afternoon sailing 70 from Brienz to Interlaken

Tuesday 7th July 2020

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                          photo:  Ernst Mischler




                                                                                                          photos:  Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer enters Lake Murten having just sailed along the Broye canal
from Lake Neuchâtel
Later she stands at Morat/Murten for her lunch break prior to operating her
first afternoon cruise "Round the Lake" sailing 53
and she is then seen departing Vallamand on the return leg of the same sailing


Saturday 4th July 2020

PS Piemonte  (Lake Maggiore)

                                                                                              photo:   Andreas Hofer

The paddle steamer stands inside the covered dock at Arona showing her new funnel

Saturday 4th July 2020

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                          picture:  Bönigen webcam


The paddle steamer operates her first much-delayed sailing 63 from Interlaken to Brienz

She is seen crossing the lake to Ringgenberg having just made her
first intermediate call at Bönigen

Saturday 4th July 2020

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                          pictures:  Murten webcam


The paddle steamer has just arrived at Morat/Murten harbour after her first
much-delayed revised sailing 61 from Neuchâtel

She then operated a Lunch Cruise round the lake and is seen approaching the harbour

After two more trips round the lake she returned to Neuchâtel on sailing 66


Saturday 4th July 2020

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                          photo:  Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer returns to Thun on her first sailing 16 of the much-delayed
2020 season and is seen approaching Spiez

Friday 3rd July 2020

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                              photos:   Robert Monch


On board the paddle steamer as she operates her first delayed weekly early-eveving
'After Work "Fish" Cruise' sailing 392 from Geneva

Friday 3rd July 2020

 MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva) 
mv Lausanne  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                        picture:   Vevey webcam

With the motor paddle vessel still not returned to service following her breakdown
last August - her 'Lausanne-Geneva-Montreux-Lausanne' roster should have been
covered by mv Henry-Dunant
but she too has broken down resulting in the larger mv Lausanne having to cover

She is seen arriving at Vevey on the evening sailings 908

MPV Vevey will take any passengers back to Le Bouveret and can just be seen
in the background waiting her turn for the pier

Thursday 2nd July 2020

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                          pictire:   Zurich webcam


The paddle steamer returns returns to Zurich after her first special Lunch Cruise

Sunday 28th June 2020

PS Simplon and PS Montreux and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                  photo:   Robert Monch




                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner


The CGN 2020 summer season starts at last !!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The 100 year old paddle steamer departs Geneva on sailing 102
- the first trip of the year all the way to Lausanne

Meanwhile at the other end of the lake PS Montreux operated her first sailings 906-907
of the season from Lausanne to Chateâu-de-Chillon - seen above returning to Lausanne.....
.....before she operated the first evening sailings 487-488 to Yvoire
and can be seen calling at Morges on the outward leg.....

.....finally the Motor Paddle Vessel gets close to
acting PS-"MV Lausanne" as she waits
to follow into the pier at at Vevey Marché on her final evening sailing 509

Saturday 27th June 2020

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                          pictire:   Zurich webcam


The paddle steamer was rostered to operate two trips to Rapperswil
By the time she left Zurich on the second sailing 111 a large number of small boats
meant she had to thread her way carefully between them

Friday 26th June 2020

PS Bümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                              photo:   Ernst Mischler

After the total Coronuavirus restrictions eased - with a much reduced service
in operation - the paddle steamer made a test sailing a week before she
was eventually able to return to public service

Work had been going on for a long time to repair Leissigen pier and
this was an ideal opportunity for her to make two rare visits
as only motor vessels are scheduled to use it in 2020

Friday 26th June 2020

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                          photo:  Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer arrives Vevey La Tour pier from Lausanne on her first sailing 952
of her much-delayed 2020 season
She is seen from on boardMPV Vevey who followed her into the pier and then took
some of her passengers to the Upper lake on sailing 556

Wednesday 24th June 2020

PS Simplon and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

  click on photo for a close-up of PS Simplon at Vevey Marché pier                                   photos:   Robert Horlacher


A different view - this time from the lake - of the paddle steamer (left) operating the
lunchtime sailing 957 back to Lausanne having just passed the motor paddle vessel
heading for the Upper Lake on sailing 560 mid-way between
Vevey La Tour and Vevey Marché piers in glorious sunny weather

After one more day - which tured out to be much duller - the paddler steamer
made her final call at Vevey Marché pier on her last sailing 967 of the day
before moving to Geneva for the revised summer timetable

Saturday 20th June 2020

PS Simplon and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer (right) flying a special "100 years" flag on sailing 967 has just
passed the motor paddle vessel on sailing 564 between the two Vevey piers
on the last sailings of the day to Lausanne and Le Bouveret respectively

Sunday 21st June 2020

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                          photo:  Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer waits patiently at one of the piers in Neuchâtel harbour
for the start of her delayed 2020 season..........
..........which now starts with a revised sailing 61 to Morat/Murten on Saturday 4th July

Friday 19th June 2020

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer has just arrived at Yvoire from Geneva on her afternoon sailing 354
and is waiting for the Lausanne connection by mv Général-Guisan to arrive
before operating the return sailing 355 back to Geneva

Wednesday 17th June 2020

PS Stadt Zürich and PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher


A "rare" shot of both paddle steamers operating timetabled sailings on the same day

PS Stadt Zürich has just left Thalwil pier on the regular return afternoon sailing 112
as sister PS Stadt Rapperswil waits her turn to call at the pier whilst unusually
covering the outward leg of the evening sailing 117 vice the regular motor vessel

Wednesday 17th June 2020

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                      picture:   Zurich webcam

An angel waves goodby from the roof of a near-by building as the paddle steamer
sets off on her morning sailing 105 to Rapperswil in pouring rain


Hopefully the weather improved before she later unusually
operated the 1715 evening cruise sailings 117-118

Tuesday 16th June 2020

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                          photo:  Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer undertakes her pre-season "test" sailing prior to re-entering service
at the end of the month

Monday 15th June 2020

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                        pictures:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer returns to service and is initially seen standing at Zurich pier
prior to operating her first sailing 111 of 2020 to Rapperswil
and later returning
'light' to the dock after completion of her return sailing 112

Saturday 13th June 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner

A strong wind blew up at lunchtime as the motor paddle vessel battled the waves
on her way to Vevey Marché pier whilst operating sailing 557 from the Upper Lake

Saturday 13th June 2020

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                        picture:   Weggis webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Weggis on her morning sailing 7 from Luzern to Flüelen
with Mount Pilatus towering above immediately behind her

Saturday 13th June 2020

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                        pictures:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Zurich ready to form the first
"morning" sailing 101 of 2020 to Rapperswil

Did she need the crane to get alongside the pier ?

Friday 12th June 2020

MPV Vevey and PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                             pictures:   La Tour de Peilz and Vevey webcams

The motor paddle vessel passes La Tour de Peilz harbour on her first sailing 552 of the
day to the Upper Lake and later the paddle steamer arrives Vevey Marché pier
on the lunchtime sailing 956 from Lausanne

Thursday 11th June 2020

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The "paddle steamer" approaches Thalwil on her outward afternoon sailing 111
from Zurich to Rapperswil

Wednesday 10th June 2020

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Alain Vuistiner

Her first test sailing for the delayed 2020 season
as seen from onboard PS Simplon

Tuesday 9th June 2020

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                  photo:   Robert Horlacher


The lightly loaded paddle steamer sets off from Rapperswil for Zurich on her
return sailing 112

Monday 8th June 2020

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                  pictures:   Zurich webcam


The paddle steamer sets off from Zurich for Rapperswil operting sailing 111 (at 1415)
and later back at the pier after return sailing 112
This was her first public outing of 2020 and since Sunday 30th September 2018 !!!!

Sunday 7th June 2020

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                  photo:   Robert Monch


On board the paddle steamer as she operates a lightly loaded sailing 344
- the last trip of the day from Geneva to Hermance on a cold afternoon !!!!!


MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                  pictures:   Vevey webcam


 Could someone please remove that tree
or move the pier

The motor paddle vessel stands at Vevey Marché pier in the rain
waiting to operate her first sailing 552 of the day to the Upper Lake
It was just the same two hours later for sailing 556..........
..........but as a bonus PS Simplon can also be seen behind - arriving from Lausanne
then she too hid behind the tree to call at pier before her return sailing 553


Perhaps with so few people around,  the CGN management wished they have waited
until Monday 8th June to re-start sailings - like the ZSG did over at Lake Zurich !!!!!

Saturday 6th June 2020

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                        photos:   Mario Gavazzi


                                                                                                pictures:   Luzern and Weggis webcams
A very,  very long wait !!!!!

The PS Uri approaches Pier No.1 at Luzern to operate the first public
paddle steamer sailing 7 of the year
and later being greeted by an alpine horn player as she approaches Treib pier
At lunchtime PS Unterwalden waits at Pier No.1 prior to operating her first afternoon
sailing 21 and is later seen approaching Weggis on return sailing 30

Thanks to the Coronavirus restrictions no sailings had operated on the lake since Friday 27th March

Saturday 6th June 2020

PS Savoie,  Simplon and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch
PS Savoie sets off from Geneva on her first "truncated"
sailing 340 of the season to Hermance
(just before the French border in the "Petit-Lac")


                                                                                            pictures:   La Tour de Peilz webcam
Meanwhile at ther other end of the lake MPV Vevey heads off from Vevey
for the Upper Lake on sailing 556 having connected off PS Simplon
(left)
which had just arrived from Lausanne on sailing 952
Later PS Simplon swings round to arrive Vevey for the second time on sailing 956


                                                                                                                    photo:  Alain Vuistiner
MPV Vevey sets off for the Upper Lake from Vevey on sailing 556

                                                                                                photos:  Alain Vuistiner
PS Simplon returns to Lauanne on her first return sailing 953 initialally seen
en-route between Vevey amd Lausanne
from a passing train and later arriving Lausanne


                                                                                                                    photo:  Andreas Hofer

An engineer on board PS Simplon attends to one of her paddle wheels during a pause in sailing

Tuesday 2nd May 2020

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer arrives at Geneva having sailed "light" from Ouchy dock
ready to commence her 'much delayed' 2020 season this Saturday
Initially this will be a special 'post-Coronavirus' timetable of
three round trips per day to Hermance ..........then from Monday 16th June
these will be extended to Yvoire
(once the French border re-opens)

Whit Saturday/Sunday 30th/31st May 2020

PS Piemonte  (Lake Maggiore)

PS Piemonte heads for the Lombardi Coast on Whit Saturday morning                      photo:  Marcello Baldrati


PS Piemonte heads for the Borromean islands on Whit Sunday morning                  picture:  Stresa webcam

PS Piemonte returns to Stresa on the third day of "Borromean islands" cruises on the Tuesday     picture:  Stresa webcam


Were you at Stresa over the weekend ?

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For the first time since 2006,  the paddle steamer operated 'one hour'  PUBLIC CRUISES *
from Stresa to celebrate the "74th anniversary of the Italian Republic"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
She is also planned to repeat these sailings on Tuesday 2nd June
- which MAY end up being her final public sailings of 2020 !!!
It seems strange she was not also planned to sail on Whit Monday

- do you know if she had a private charter instead ?


* - this does not include any Charter sailing also "open to the public"

Monday 25th May 2020

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

Click on the picture to zoom in to see the paddle steamer                                                                     photo:  Jean Vernet


The 100 year old paddle steamer sets off into the lake for her pre-season "test" sailing
She is expected to re-locate to Geneva for her 100th season

(subject to the Federal Council approval - following the Coronavirus precautions)
and she should be able to start sailing commencing Monday 8th June
Please note the CGN have stated on their website they intend to operate a modified timetable
from that date - details to follow shortly

Sunday 10th May 2020

PS Wilhelm Tell  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Mario Gavazzi

A tranquil scene at pier No.2 in Luzern during the Coronavirus 'lockdown'
It looks like there is a "one family" protest saying......
" Use the paddle steamers - not mv Diamant ! "
In the background the former operational paddle steamer Wilhelm Tell seems to agree

Maybe the Federal Council should note they have far more "fore" and "aft" open spaces
suitable for "social distancing" than most modern motor vessels on any lake

Tuesday 12th May 2020

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The "paddle steamer" waits patiently - along with many other members of the CGN fleet
stuck at Ouchy harbour - for the delayed start of the "Tourist" sailings
currently expected from Monday 8th June
It must be nearing time for the cover over the top of her funnel to be removed
allowing final preparations to be made to make her ready to sail

Friday 9th May 2020

PSs Gallia and Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Adreas Hofer

The funnel of PS Gallia (left) proudly points to the summit of Mount Pilatus as she,  along
with sister PS Uri
(right),  (seen from an unusual angle at the now dredged Luzern dock)
as they eagerly await the start of their delayed summer season

hopefully early next month

Wednesday 29th April 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel remains on her enforced "standby" at Geneva
due to the on-going Coronavirus precautions

As things stand at the moment,   it looks as if her next movement will be a light sailing
to Le Bouveret (at the other end of the lake) to possibly re-start the Upper Lakes ailings
vice the still unavailable MPV Italie - commencing Monday 8th June at the earliest

Wednesday 29th April 2020

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Luzern webcam

A very rare sight for April 2020 !!!

The paddle steamer sets off from Luzern for the main lake on her much delayed
pre-season "test" sailing and later returning to the dock

Hopefully this means at least one paddle steamer will be ready to start public sailings
as soon as the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted

Sunday 26th April 2020

Lake Zurich

                                                                                                                    picture:   Zurich webcam

With all the ZSG fleet laid-up at the works
the small ex-ZSG motor vessel  
(now preserved in working order) lies at a deserted
Bürkliplatz - Zurich's main pier

She had been planned to sail to the Obersee on Saturday 20th June along with the
two remaining paddle steamers to make "50 years of their preservation"
but the Parade is another victim of the Coronavirus precautions

Friday 24th April 2020

Lake Geneva

                                                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam

With all the alpine paddle steamers out of action due to the Coronavirus restrictions
the small mv Valais is one of the few vessels still in service on any lake
operating the cross-lake ferry service between Yvoire and Nyon

In the background is the even smaller Navibus mv Coppet which is being used to duplicate the busier
morning sailings from Yvoire to provide sufficient capacity to meet the "Social Distancing" requirements

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Three Paddle Steamers  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch

All lined up at Ouchy harbour and nowhere to go !

Easter Sunday 12th April 2020

Lake Luzern

                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The tranquil scene on the lake on Easter Sunday
No prize for guessing what is missing !

Thursday 2nd April 2020

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch

The 100 year old paddle steamer is moored against the outer wall at Ouchy harbour astern
of the "laid-up" MPV Hélvetie as she awaits the end of the Coronavirus precautions
Over her "actual birthday weekend" she is planned to cover the Lausanne to the
Upper Lake sailings vice her almost identical sister PS La Suisse
before spending the peak-Summer based at Geneva

Friday 27th March 2020

MV Flüelen  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Luzern webcam

Not a paddle steamer in sight as the lightly loaded mv Flüelen arrives Luzern at the end
of the final sailing 904 from Beckenried

before all SGV sailings were withdrawn as part of the Coronavirus precautions

Friday 20th March 2020

Four Paddle Steamers and some motor vessels  (Lake Geneva)


The "sad" sight of many members of the CGN fleet stuck at Ouchy harbour
suffering from the effects of the "Coronavirus" pandemic !

How well do you know the ships - can you recognise which they are ?

Friday 13th March 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel operates her second short 'non-landing' sailing 740 of the day
from Geneva
On arrival back all further sailings (commencing with the evening "Fondue Cruise) were
CANCELLED until "at least 4th April" as part of the Government's effort to help contain
the Coronavirus pandemic
Monday - 9th March 2020

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer about to be towed by mv Ville-de-Genèeve from her winter quarters to
Ouchy harbour to be got ready for her summer season

Sunday 8th March 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                picture:   Coppet webcam

The motor paddle vessel leaves Coppet for Nyon on her weekly outward lunch cruise
sailing 330 from Geneva

Sunday 1st March 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                      photo:   Christian Meyer

Even though it is now officially "springtime" (but still the winter timetable period)
this motor paddle vessel is the only Alpine paddler operating timetabled sailings
She is seen approaching Nyon on her weekly Sunday lunchtime
sailing 330 from Geneva

Wednesday 19th February 2020

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                                    photos:   Andreas Hofer

The paddle steamer stands ready to start her 2020 season
but she still has nearly three months to wait !

Sunday 9th February 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Nyon webcam

MPV Vevey returns to service (after a quick winter overhaul at Ouchy) and despite
threats of a storm coming later,  operated the weekly
"Lunch Cruise" sailings 330-331 from Geneva

Thursday - 6th February 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel returns "light" to Geneva following her 'quick' mid-winter
overhaul at Ouchy harbour

She becomes the only paddle vessel in timetabled service on any of the Swiss or Italian Lakes
during the remainder of the winter period

Tuesday 28th January 2020

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:  Jean Vernet  "with permission of the CGN"

The paddle steamer is making good progress with her major re-build in Ouchy dry-dock
with the underwater replacement plating virtually finished and ready for painting

Sunday 26th January 2020

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer remains moored at Lausanne having been towed out of Ouchy harbour
by mv Ville-de-Genève on Thursday 16th January to make room for work to be
undertaken on her sisters

Sunday 26th January 2020

acting paddle steamer mv Valais  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Nyon webcam

With MPV Vevey undertaking a quick winter overhaul at Lausanne and MPV Italie
still unavailable for service
the weekly "Lunch Cruise" sailings 330-331 from Geneva to Nyon had to be covered
by the tiny mv Valais
- making a change from her usual ferry sailings to/from Yvoire

Thursday 16th January 2020

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Jean Vernet

"Musical Chairs" as the paddle steamer is shunted round outside Ouchy harbour by
mv Ville-de-Genève to make room for MPV Vevey to have her quick overhaul
before returning to winter timetabled service in February

Tuesday 14th January 2020

PS Patria  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Andreas Hofer

The paddle steamer remains laid-up at Como awaiting her future
Sadly operation as part of the NLC fleet is no longer an option

Monday 13th January 2020

Four (operational) Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Andreas Hofer

The four operation paddle steamers stand at the Luzern dock - along with other members
of the SGV fleet - waiting the start of the season

Sunday 12th January 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)
The end of the extended 2019 Season !!!


                                            picture (top left):   Nyon webcam  -----  photos (top right and below):  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel stands ready to depart Nyon for Geneva for the final time on
sailing 331 and later arriving Geneva with the snow-capped Monc Blanc in the background
Finally returning to Mont Black pier for the last time during her extended 2019 season
on her final short "Little Lake" cruise sailing 741
- prior to visiting Lausanne dock for her 'quick' winter overhaul

Commencing next Sunday (19th January) for three weekends these sailings will be
covered by the much smaller mv Valais

Saturday 11th January 2020

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer is still moored at Geneva
waiting her turn to move to Lausanne dock for her annual winter overhaul


Sunday 5th January 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Nyon webcam

Whilst paddle steamer sailings on the other lakes finish until Easter..........
The motor paddle vessel arrives and departs from Nyon on her regular weekly
"Lunch Cruise" sailings 330-331 from Geneva

Saturday 4th January 2020

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                            photos:  Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer stands at Thun prior to operating her morning "Niederhornexpress"
sailing 111 to Beatenbucht and later departing Merligen on sailing 16
from Interlaken to Thun on her pen-ultiate day in service

New Year's Day - Wednesday 1st January 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel departs from Nyon on an extra return New Year's Day
"Lunch Cruise" sailing 331 back to Geneva

Sunday 29th December 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer off-Faulensee on her return afternoon afternoon sailing 16
from Interlaken to Thun

Saturday 28th December 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                        photo:  Olivier Bachmann


                                                                                                                    photo:  Alain Vuistiner
The paddle steamer approaches Beatenbucht on her morning
"Niederhornexpress" sailing 111..........
..........and later,  we are on board the paddle steamer as she returns to Thun
on her late afternoon sailing 16 from Interlaken at the end of another long winter's day

Friday 27th December 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer hoots as she approaches Oberhofen in her afternoon sailing 15
from Thun to Interlaken

Boxing Day - Thursday 26th December 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                      pictures:   Luzern webcam

"The old and the new"
The paddle steamer sets off and returns on another special Christmas "Lunch Cruise"

A few years ago she operated timetabled sailings over the Christmas period
but unlike on Lake Thun these are now solely in the hands of the motor vessels

Christmas Day - Wednesday - 25th December 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approches Nyon on an extra Christmas Day "Lunch Cruise"
sailing 330 from Geneva

Christmas Day - Wednesday 25th December 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Andreas Hofer

The paddle steamer stands at Interlaken after operating her Christmas Day
timetabled sailing 15 from Thun

Tuesday 24th December 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                      picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer stands at Luzern prior to operating her special
"Christmas Eve Gala Dinner Cruise" of 2019

Sunday 22nd December 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                      picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer about to depart Luzern Pier No.1 on the final special
"Advent Brunch Cruise" of 2019

Sunday - 15th December 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

Despite being the middle of December,  the motor paddle vessel has a reasonable
crowd on sailing 738 - the first of her two "one hour" afternoon cruises from Geneva
She is seen passing the fountain on her way round part of the 'Little Lake'

Sunday - 8th December 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photos:  Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon towards the end if her lunchtime sailing 330
from Geneva and later "on-board" on her return

Sunday 1st December 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                      picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer approches Luzern Pier No.1 on her light sailing from the works
to operate the first of her new special "Advent Brunch Cruises"

Sunday 24th November 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                      picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approches Nyon towards the end of her morning
outward sailing 330 from Geneva

Friday 22nd November 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel operates two 'one hour' cruise sailings 740-741-742-743
around the wetern end of the Petit Lac from Geneva,  before..........



                                                                                                                    photo:  Christian Meyer

...........the motor paddle vessel stands at Geneva Mont Blanc pier
prior to operating her weekly evening 'Fondue Cruise' sailings 390-301


Thursday 7th November 2019

MPV G Zanardelli  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                                    photo:   NLC

The motor paddle vessel on display to the press following completion of her major re-build
prior to re-entering public service in 2020 - most likely to be based at Riva for the summer

It is understood this event took place on Thursday 7th November..........
..........do you have any further information ?

Saturday 16th November 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The sun shines on the laid-up paddle steamer moored at Geneva
waiting her turn for a winter overhaul ready for her planned 2020 sailings


Tuesday 12th November 2019

PSs Stadt Rappersil and Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                      picture:   Zurich webcam

A rare sight of both paddle steamers along with several other members of the
ZSG fleet at Zurich for the annual wine exhibition

This was the only time PS Stadt Zürich had left the works in 2019
(having had to be towed to the event)

Sunday 10th November 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                      picture:   Nyon webcam

At this time of the year,  the motor paddle vessel is the only Alpine paddler
operating timetabled sailings and is seen at Nyon between her weekly
Sunday lunchtime sailings 330-331 from and back to Geneva

Friday 25th October 2019

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:  Robert Horlacher

The new bolier is craned into the paddle steamer marking a major milestone
in her major re-build

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

Following the completion of her extended season,  the paddle steamer sailed light
to Geneva - where she is to "lay-up" for the winter

Monday 20th October 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer stands at Mont Blanc pier in bright autumn sunshine at Geneva
prior to sailing light to Ouchy harbour for her winter "lay-up"


Saturday 19th October 2019

PSs Savoie and Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photos:  Robert Monch

Initially PS Savoie arrives Yvoire from Geneva on her afternoon sailing 326
followed by Simplon on her return weekends only sailing 105 from Lausanne to Geneva

Sunday 13th October 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                            photo:  Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Isleten on her return sailing 24 from Flüelen to Luzern

Friday 11th October 2019

PS Montreux and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:  Robert Horlacher

Initially the motor paddle vessel is seen approaching Château-de-Chillon on sailing 528
whilst the paddle steamer is first seen leaving Vevey La Tour on her outward morning
sailing 920 then between Vevey La Tour and Marché piers returning with sailing 921
before the same sailing arrives at Lausanne-Ouchy
Finally departing Montreux on her return afternoon sailing 923

Monday 7th October 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                  photos:  Robert Horlacher also picture:  Weggis webcam

Owing to the breakdown of mv Diamant,  the paddle steamer came to the rescue
by covering the 0910 sailings 7-18 to Flüelen and back
/////// She is initially seen approaching Weggis and later arriving Flüelen on her outward leg
subsequently passing sister PS Uri before arriving at Treib on her return sailing

Friday 11th October 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                           photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer follows the railway line between Cully and Vevey on her
afternoon sailing 922 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon

Sunday - 6th October 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)




                                                photos and pictures:   Robert Horlacher,  Jacopo Memeo and Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer calls Moltrasso,  Tremezzo and later Bellagio on a misty
autumn morning - seen on her outward sailing 216 to Bellano before returning
on sailing 217 prior to operating the afternoon sailing 281 to Lecco
Initially she managed to reach her Bellagio pier just before her more modern 'rival'

(but to be fair she did start off from Como much earlier !)

Sunday 6th October 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

Following her spell covering the Evian ferry runs,  the paddle steamer has returned
to Geneva and is now operating the weekends only sailings 102-105 to Lausanne and back

She is seen repositioning from Mont-Blanc pier to her overnight/weekday moorings at Pâquis

Sunday 6th October 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              picture:     Luzern webcam

Unusually PS Uri and PS Unterwalden switched rosters for the day
resulting in the rare sight of PS Unterwalden operating the 1110
"Gotthard Panoramic Express" sailing 13 to Flüelen

Tuesday - 1st October 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)


                                                                                photos: Ernst Mischler   also   pictures: Bönigen webcam
Another month !!!   The paddle steamer remained in service until 1st October - still
covering the broken down mv Jungfrau
- seen initially leaving Interlaken at the start of her final day in service
(above)
and later leaving Bönigen on her outward morning sailing 65 to Brienz
and on return to Interlaken on her final afternoon return sailing 72
(below)
Is this the latest she has ever remained in continuous timetabled service ?
(making an appearance on an 'odd' October or later date does NOT count !)
mv Brienz was observed operating sailing 65 on Wednesday 2nd October which confirms keeping the paddle steamer in service is no longer necessary
Do you have any further information ?

Monday - 30th September 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                      picture:   Bönigen webcam
Another week !   The paddle steamer is still in service covering the broken down mv Jungfrau
- seen leaving Bönigen at the end of her return afternoon sailing 72 back to Interlaken


Sunday 29th September 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                pictures:   Zurich webcam

The last passengers join the paddle staemer at Zurich for the final sailing 107
to Schmerikon in the Obersee
and later,  after her final sailing 108 from Schmerikon,  returning to dock

Sunday 29th September 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 picture:   Murten webcam

The paddle steamer finishes loading her passengers before departing slightly late
on her final sailing 63 of 2019 back to Neuchâtel

Saturday - 28th September 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                      picture:   Bönigen webcam

The paddle steamer continues in service to cover for the broken down mv Jungfrau and is
seen heading stern first back to Interlaken on her final sailing 72 of the day

It is understood the motor vessel will remain out of service for some time with the
paddle steamer covering each day - do you how long that is likely to be ?

Monday - 23rd September 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                      photos:   Ernst Mischler

Despite the fact the paddle steamer should have finished her season the previous day
she was back in service again covering for the broken down mv Jungfrau and she is
seen leaving Brienz at the start of her return afternoon sailing 72 back to Interlaken


Saturday 21st September 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at La Neuveville pier on her return afternoon sailing 42
from Bienne/Biel to Neuchâtel


Sunday - 15th September 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                photos:  Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer operated the three trips to the Upper Lake and is seen
off-Vevey La Tour on the morning round trip sailings 920-921 to Château-de-Chillon
and later setting off from Lausanne on her evening sailing 288 to Montreux

Sunday - 15th September 2019

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

click on photo to zoom in to see a close-up of PS La Suisse                                               photo:  Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer sets off on yet another short special cruise from
Ouchy Harbour in connection with the "CGN Open Days" weekend

- whilst MPV Hélvetie (right) waits patiently moored to the outer harbour wall
for her turn to be rebuilt - sadly still a few more years away

Tuesday - 17th September 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel - Murten)

                                                                                        picture:   Murten webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Morat/Murten harbour towards the end of her 2019 season
on her lunchtime sailing 63 of 2018 from Neuchâtel


Wednesday 11th September 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

click to picture to look out of the window                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel waits her turn operating Upper Lake "Circle cruise" sailing 526
to call at Château-de-Chillon pier - as seen from on board PS La Suisse

on one of her rare autumn 2019 timetabled sailings

Sunday 15th September 2019

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer is undertaking a major re-build an was seen on the occasion of the
CGN Dock "open day" weekend

Friday 13th September 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                            picture:   Zurich webcam

Was the date significsant ?
Initially the paddle staemer was shown to remain in dock,  but in the end she was seen
approaching Zurich on her "normal" Friday return sailing 108 from Schmerikon
She didn't sail on the Monday to Wednesday - do you know why ?

Tuesday - 10th September 2019

PS Montreux and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            photo:  Lukas Bruckner

PS Montreux (left) and MPV Vevey (right) pass each other at Vevey
between La Tour and Marché piers on sailing 921 and 526 respectively

Can you spot what is "wrong" ?
It is easy when you know - but try and work it out !
(The 'answer' is readily available on this website - if you look in the right place)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The photo should of course have shown PS La Suisse (left) and MPV Italie
but  owing to "technical" problems,  both ships have had to be replaced
by other members of the CGN fleet for the whole of the autumn period !

Monday - 9th September 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            photo:  Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer sets off from Lausanne on her first morning round trip sailing 920
to Château-de-Chillon

Sunday - 8th September 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como - repeat visit to Lecco branch)



                                            photos:   Daniel Eichenberger and Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer sets off for Bellagio (for a lunch break) in windy conditions and is
seen approaching Torno with a few "brave" passengers in the bows
Strong winds forced suspension of her sailings between 1200 and 1440
but she still managed to reach Lecco,  all-be-it half-an-hour late

Do you have a photo of her sailing along the Lecco branch ?

Thursday 5th September 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer was unusually rostered to cover the autumn Lausanne
to the Upper Lake roster for three days
She is seen at Pully on her afternoon sailing 922 to Château-de-Chillon

Monday 2nd September 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)
broken down in dock

                                                                                                    picture:   Luzern webcam

As a result of the paddle steamer remaining in dock for repairs,   mv Schwyz
was pressed into service to cover her lunchtime sailings 17-26 to and from Flüelen
Do you know what is the problem or how long she will be out of service ?

Monday 2nd September 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                picture:   Nyon webcam

The paddle steamer unusually operated the short outward sailing 320
from Geneva to Yvoire before sailing light to Lausanne
The regular mv Henry-Dunant took over the "Petit Lac" roster from lunchtime

Wednesday 28th August 2019

MPV Italia (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                picture:  Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Limone on her final sailing 55 of the day
from Riva to Brenzone

Since then her sailings have been covered by a motor vessel..........
..........do you know if she has finished her Riva based sailing early for this season,
had private charters or some form of technical problem ?

Monday 26th August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:     Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at Gersau on her outward lunchtime sailing 17
from Luzern to Flüelen

Sunday 25th August 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer 'pretends' she is still coal fired as she clears her tubes
prior to operating her evening sailing 487 from Lausanne to Yvoire

Sunday 25th August 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              picture:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer departs Bellagio on her regular summer Sunday
morning sailing 10 for the last time in 2019

It is understood she MAY operate vice a motor vessel again on Sundays 8th Septembrer
and 20th October
- have you had any confirmation ?

Saturday 24th August 2019

MPV Italia (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                picture:  Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel departs Limone on her first sailing 51 of the day
from Riva to Brenzone

Friday 23rd August 2019

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                picture:  Nyon webcam

Following repairs to her damaged paddle wheel,   the paddle steamer has
returned to service and is seen calling at Nyon on her first sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

Wednesday 21st August 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              photo:   Riccardo Suzzi

The paddle steamer was again observed in mid-week service covering
sailings 14-15-16-47 and is seen setting off from Como
Do you know if this was the result of a charter or breakdown of one of the motor vessels
and have you seen her in service on any other mid-week date this year ?

Monday - 20th August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photo:  Peter Devre1l

The paddle steamer waits at pier No1,  Luzern to form the lunchtime sailing 17 to Flüelen

Monday - 19th August 2019

acting paddle steamer mv Morges (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                picture:  Nyon webcam


                                                                                                  photos:   Robert Monch

Owing to damage to the paddle wheel of PS Simplon resuling in bent paddle floats
caused by her running over a large floating tree the previous day the small
motor vessel was diverted from her usual "short" sailings from Geneva
to cover sailings 102-105 and is seen leaving Nyon on her outward leg
She covered again the folowing day,  before mv Général-Guisan was brought
to Geneva to take over from the Wednesday


The paddle steamer was subsequently towed to Ouncy dock for repairs by mv Henry-Dunant
which it is understood could result in her being out of service for "up to a week"
- further details to follow


                                                                                                  photo:   Christian Meyer
..........at least PS Savoie was operating as scheduled and is seen arriving Yvoire
on her evening sailing 388 from Geneva

Monday - 19th August 2019

PSs Uri and Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                            photo:  Peter Devre1l

The two oldest operational paddle steamers about to pass each other at Luzern - near
the SGV works - with a cloud covered Mount Pilatus in the background,  operating the
early return sailing 18 from Flüelen and the afternoon sailing 65 to Alpnachstad respectively

Monday - 19th August 2019

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                photo:  Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer whistles as she passes sailing 19 on her approach to Spiez
whilst operating her return afternoon sailing 16 from Interlaken back to Thun

Sunday - 18th August 2019

MPV Genève (Lake Geneve)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

The former paddle steamer is now static on the Geneva south bank
located between Jardin Anglais and Eaux-Vives piers
but still looks the part,  especially in this view decorated with lights

Sunday - 18th August 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                            photo:  Peter Devre1l

The paddle steamer hoots to warn of her approach the narrow channel to Thun
at the end of her return afternoon sailing 16 from Interlaken

Saturday - 17th August 2019

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                                photo:  Jacopo Memeo

In addition to operating her planned sailings on Sunday,  the paddle steamer had
to cover the same 1010 ex-Como Sunday roster vice the regular motor vessel
on Thursday 15th August,  then after a charter the following day
she was back in service covering sailing 14-15-16 47 on the Saturday
and is seen approaching Cadenabbia on her first sailing of the day from Como

Saturday - 17th August 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer passes along the Hurden Canal towards the railway bridge
leading to the Upper Lake on sailing 107 from Zurich to Schmerikon
before reasting at the pier prior to returning on sailing 108

Thursday 15th August 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at the outer wall of Ouchy Dock waiting her turn
for repairs following damage to her starboard paddle wheel on Monday 5th August

Wednesday 14th August 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

Having already opertated a morning round trip to Rapperswil,  the
paddle steamer rests at Zurich before operating her similar afternoon sailing 113

REMEMBER
There are NO public paddle steamer sailings on Lake Zurich this Sunday
as PS Stadt Rapperswil has a private charter

Wednesday 14th August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer departs Beklenried on her daily lunch time sailing 17
from Luzern to Flüelen

Monday 12th August 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

After her spell based at Geneva,  the motor paddle vessel switches back with her
larger sister PS Simplon mid-afternoon at Yvoire to work sailing 106b back to Lausanne

She was originally planned to take over the Lausanne to Geneva roster the
following day but as a result of the breakdown of MPV Italie the previous week
she moved first thing the following morning to Le Bouveret
and took over the Upper Lake sailings for the remainder of the season

Saturday 10th August 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 photo:   William Campbell

The paddle steamer stands at Bienne/Biel prior to operating her return
sailing 42 back to Neuchâtel

REMEMBER
There are NO public paddle steamer sailings on Lake Neuchâtel on Saturday 24th August
as PS Neuchâtel has a private charter

Friday 9th August 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                 photo:   William Campbell

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne at the end of her final evening cruise
sailings 908-909 to Vevey and Montreux

The next two day she operated special sailings in connection with the Fête des Vignerons
before returning to Geneva on the Monday to take over the daily sailing from there


Thursday 8th August 2019

PSs Simplon,  Savoie and Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                 photos:   Lukas Bruckner

On a lovely sunny day,  PS Simplon arrives at Yvoire on her
afternoon sailing 105 from Lausanne to Geneva
and later PS Savoie arrives at Nyon on sailing 307 as she follows
her larger sister back to Geneva



                                                       photos:  top-left Christian Meyer,   others Alain Vuistiner

Two more views of PS Simplon at Yvoire along with MPV Vevey
heading back to Geneva on her afternoon sailing 105 from Lausanne


                                                                                                 photo:   William Campbell

Later at the other end of the lake PS Simplon departs Montreux on her
final sailing 909 of the day back to Lausanne at the end of a long day


Saturday 3rd August 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer initially operated the short cross-lake sailing 202 from
Neuchâtel to Cudrefin and back before her weekly long sailing 41-42 to Bienne/Biel

Friday 2nd August 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                    picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer sets off from Luzern into the evening sun on the first
of her short season of weekly Jazz Cruises

Things have changed - it earlier years it would have been a traditional
Swiss Music Cruise complete with an Alpine horn


Swiss National Day - Thursday 1st August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The well loaded paddle steamer sets off (along with many other members of the
SGV fleet
) on a special sailing to the annual Fireworks Display at Brunnen followed
by PS Uri
who had picked up her passengers from the pier next to the bridge over the river

Various lakes





                                                                                              pictures:  local webcams

The four operational Lake Luzern paddle steamers set off for the fireworks at Brunnen
PS Stadt Rapperswil ready for her evening Dinner Cruise
MPV Vevey calls at Nyon on her morning sailing 102 from Geneva to Lausanne
PS Neuchâtel on her lunchtime sailing 63 from Neuchâtel to Murten

..........as seen by your webmaster from the UK !
Do YOU have a better photo suitable for inclusion on this website ?


Wednesday 31st July 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                    picture:   La Tour de Peilz webcam

The motor paddle vessel is half way between Vevey and Montreux as seen from
La Tour de Peilz harbour on her way to the fireworks at Le Bouveret


Thursday - 25th July 2019

PS Hohentwiel  (Lake Konstanz)

                                                                                          photo:   Lukas Bruckner

During the Bregenz Festival,  the paddle steamer operates several special
evening "dinner and theatre" cruises from various locations around the lake
in both Switzerland and Germany
Today it is the turn of Friederichshafen and PS Hohentwiel is seen approaching
ready to pick up her passengers

Wednesday 24th July 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer departs Treib on sailing 21 before crossing the lake
to Brunnen and on to Flüelen prior to returning to Luzern

Wednesday - 24th July 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer crosses the lake from Iseltwald to Ringgenberg on her return
afternoon sailing 70 from Brienz to Interlaken..........

..........seen from mv Jungrfau operating the new late-afternoon "short working"
from Interlaken to Iseltwald

Tuesday - 23rd July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                          photo:   Angelo Messere

The motor paddle vessel stands at Riva having just arrived from Malcesine
on her afternoon sailing 54

Monday 22nd July 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

Unlike her smaller sisters who normally take a much wider sweep to approach
Mont Blanc pier,  this longer paddle steamer approaches the lake end of the pier
then swings back round with the flow of the water and is seen arriving Geneva
at the end of her morning sailing 101 from Lausanne
PS Savoie can also be seen in the background arriving back from her lunchtime cruise

Friday 19th July 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer swings astern from Flüelen pier before setting off back to
Luzern on the final paddle steamer sailing 30 of the day from the far end of the lake

Friday 19th July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                   photo:   Nick Bandy

The motor paddle vessel approaches Riva at the end of her "extended" sailing 52
which this year starts from Brenzone


A correction..........

The engine controls looking immaculate     photo: Markus Graf
        Earlier,  this website incorrectly
stated "PS La Suisse" had broken
down
- this was based on information received
from a usually very reliable source

    I am happy to report that Markus
Graf (Chief steam mechanic CGN
Lausanne) has confirmed that was
NOT the case --- in fact it was just a routine mid-season service for the ship
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    With the very busy "Fête des
Vignerons" period about to start..........
.........this was a very sensible precaution to take

Tuesday and Wednesday 16th and 17th July 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

It is understood the paddle steamer had to be summoned
from the dock to cover a Como-Colico and return working
on both days vice a broken down motor vessel

Can you confirm (or advise oltherwise) which sailings
she opereted and which motor vessel had broken down ?
Any photos would be welcome to add to this website

Monday 15th July 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel returns to Lausanne at the end of her return
evening sailing 909 from Vevey via Montreux

She moves to Geneva from the middle of the week to cover the
daily sailing from there to Lausanne and back

Sunday 14th July 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer was chartered for the day and is seen passing the
"Schiller Rock" near Rüli

Wednesday 10th July 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                 photos:   Carlo Sottocasa

The paddle steamer sets off from Luzern on her outward afternoon sailing 65
This is now the only paddle steamer sailing of the day to Alpnachstad
Meanwhile PSs Uri,  Schiller and Gallia make their regular summer round trips
to Flüelen on sailings 7, 17 and 21 respectively


Wednesday 10th July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                 pictures:   Liomone webcam

The motor paddle vessel was observed at Limone operating sailing 52 and
later sailing 55 of the Riva based roster on what is understood to be
the first time in 2019
 (much later than usual)
She is now expecteed to continue these sailings for the remainder
of the Peak Summer period

A motor vessel was observed departing Limone on the first sailing 51 of the day
- which suggests the MPV actually commenced service from Brenzone at 0950
Can you confirm or advise otherwise ?

Monday - 8th July 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                photo:   William Campbell

The paddle steamer departs Männedorf on sailing 111
from Zurich to Rapperswil


Sunday - 7th July 2019

PS Hohentweil  (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                      photos:   William Campbell and Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer is seen arriving Romanshorn to operate
the outward leg of a "two-ship" Mystery Cruise

(which turned out to be Friedrichshafen)
Passengers switched ships with MV Oesterreich for the return leg
as the paddle steamer departed Friedrichshafen slightly ahead of the
motor vessel to return the other pasengers to Langenargen
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The two ships then sailed parallel for the first 20 minutes or so before
going their separate ways and moments after,  the heavens broke into a
spectacular thunderstorm !


Sunday - 7th July 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                pictures:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer deputised for a motor vessel and operated the 0910
sailings 10-31 from Como to Menaggio and back
She is seen calling at Bellagio on the outward leg.....
.....where she set down a good crowd


Saturday - 6th July 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer crosses the lake from Bönigen to Ringgenberg on her
outward Saturday evening sailing 79 from Interlaken to Brienz


Wednesday 3rd July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                 picture:   Salo' webcam

The motor paddle vessel waits at Salo' before operating sailing 13
back to Desenzano

If she does re-locate to Riva for the peak-summer,  this could well be
her final call of 2019 at one of the piers ar the southern end of the lake

Sunday 30th June 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                 pictures:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer calls at Bellagio on outward sailings 217-281
on her way to Lecco

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Advance Information for the proposed 2020 sailings
on the Swiss Lakes
can be found by clicking here

(further information - including the Italian lakes when available - will be added as and when advised to me !!)


    BEWARE.......... !

Despite some sailings being officially advertised/planned to be operated by paddle steamers throughout the season, there are inevitably occasions when it has
already been planned they will be replaced by a motor vessel on specific dates
(eg for private charters or special events or breakdowns)
Lake
Event  (if known)
Paddle steamer sailings expected to be replaced by a motor vessel or occasionally cancelled
    Owing to the unprecedented number of paddle steamer sailings cancelled durng the early part of 2020 (including the main Coronavirus period) - these details have been removed for clarity about what is happening currently
   Details can still be found here
  Saturday 27th June 2020
Lake Maggiore
PS Piemonte
Coronavirus restrictions
special sailings cancelled
1020 Arona to Locarno
1440 Locarno to Arona
  Sundays 28th June to 6th September 2020  (or hopefully only until the 'end of July')
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne
1805 Lausanne to Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Mondays to Thursdays 29th June to 3rd September 2020  (or hopefully only until the 'end of July')
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne
1805 Lausanne to Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Fridays 3rd July to 4th September 2020  (or hopefully only until the 'end of July')
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne
1805 Lausanne to Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Saturdays 4th July to 5th September 2020  (or hopefully only until the 'end of July')
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne
1805 Lausanne to Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Saturdays 4th July to 5th September 2020
Lake Luzern
NO PS Gallia
reduced Summer Timetable
(SGV enconomy)
sailings cancelled
1040 Luzern to Vitznau
1143 Vitznau to Luzern

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1200 Luzern to Kussnächt-am-Rigi
1255 Kussnächt-am-Rigi to Luzern
1438 Luzern to Alpnachstad
1637 Alpnachstad to Luzern
  Saturdays 4th July to 26th September 2020
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel
revised Summer Timetable
originally advertised 'paddle steamer' sailings cancelled
(replaced by "alternative" paddle steamer sailings to
Morat/Murten
)
  Saturdays 4th July to 29th August 2020
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich/
Rapperswil
post-Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1115 Zurich to Rapperswil
1325 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Sundays 5th July to 6th September 2020
Lake Luzern
NO PS Gallia
reduced Summer Timetable
(SGV enconomy)
1200 Luzern to Kussnächt-am-Rigi
1255 Kussnächt-am-Rigi to Luzern
1438 Luzern to Alpnachstad
1637 Alpnachstad to Luzern
  Sundays 5th July to 25th September 2020
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel
revised Summer Timetable
originally advertised 'paddle steamer' sailings cancelled
(replaced by "alternative" paddle steamer sailings to
Estavayer-le-Lac
)
  Mondays to Thursdays 6th July to 3rd September 2020
Lake Luzern
NO PS Gallia
reduced Summer Timetable
(SGV enconomy)
sailings cancelled
1040 Luzern to Vitznau
1143 Vitznau to Luzern

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1200 Luzern to Kussnächt-am-Rigi
1255 Kussnächt-am-Rigi to Luzern
1438 Luzern to Alpnachstad
1637 Alpnachstad to Luzern
1912 Luzern to Beckenried
2032 Beckenried to Luzern
  Tuesdays 7th July to 22nd September 2020
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel
revised Summer Timetable
originally advertised 'paddle steamer' sailings cancelled
(replaced by "alternative" paddle steamer sailings to
Morat/Murten
)
  Thurdays 9th July to 24th September 2020
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel
revised Summer Timetable
originally advertised 'paddle steamer' sailings cancelled
(replaced by "alternative" paddle steamer sailings to
Estavayer-le-Lac
)
  Fridays 16th July to 4th September 2020
Lake Luzern
NO PS Gallia
reduced Summer Timetable
(SGV enconomy)
sailings cancelled
1040 Luzern to Vitznau
1143 Vitznau to Luzern

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1200 Luzern to Kussnächt-am-Rigi
1255 Kussnächt-am-Rigi to Luzern
1438 Luzern to Alpnachstad
1637 Alpnachstad to Luzern
 Sunday 19th July 2020
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller
charter
1040 Luzern to Beckenried
1200 Beckenried to Luzern
1340 Luzern to Beckenried
1500 Beckenried to Luzern
  Wednesday 22nd July 2020
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse
breakdown
sailings covered by the small mv Lavaux
0920 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1025 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1230 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1333 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1530 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1635 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
  Thursday 23rd July 2020
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse
breakdown
sailings covered by mv Lausanne
0920 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1025 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1230 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1333 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1530 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1635 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
  Monday and Tuesday 27th and 28th July 2020
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse
 charter 
 CANCELLED 
 0920 Lausanne to Le Bouveret 
 1025 Le Bouveret to Lausanne 
 1230 Lausanne to Le Bouveret 
 1333 Le Bouveret to Lausanne 
 1530 Lausanne to Le Bouveret 
 1635 Lausanne to Le Bouveret 
  Thursday 30th July 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel
Bregenz Festival CANCELLED
due to on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1815 Rorschach evening theatre cruise
  Saturday 1st August 2020
Lake Brienz
PS Lötschberg
Swiss National Day
Sunday service
sailings cancelled
1907 Interlaken to Brienz
2040 Brienz to Interlaken
 Saturday 1st August 2020
Lake Luzern
paddle steamers
channge of rosters and parade
1040 Luzern to Beckenried
1200 Beckenried to Luzern
1312 Luzern to Flüelen
1600 Flüelen to Luzern
1910 Luzern to Beckenried
2032 Beckenried to Luzern
  Saturday 1st August 2019 - Swiss National Day
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp
Naval Parade
sailings cancelled
1840 Thun to Beatenbucht
2003 Beatenbucht to Thun
  Thursday 13th August 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel
Bregenz Festival CANCELLED
due to on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1815 Rorschach evening theatre cruise
  Friday 14th August 2020
Lake Thun
Jazz Cruise
CANCELLED
PS Blümlisalp
Jazz Cruise
 1840 Thun to Beatenbucht 
 2003 Beatenbucht to Thun