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  One timetabled weekend sailing (depart 1420) is now being operated from Zurich

Headline News   ..............  LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  WAS planned to operate the final winter evening Fondue Cruise from Geneva this Friday (16th April) BUT it has had to be CANCELLED due to the "further extended" Coronavirus precautions ....................... LAKE ZURICH    "PS Stadt Rapperswil "  is planned to operate the re-timed 1420 timetabled sailing from Zurich to Rapperswil this Saturday (17th April) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "PS La Suisse "  is planned to operate the Evian-les-Bains afternoon ferry crossings from Lausanne this Saturday (17th April) ....................... LAKE ZURICH    "PS Stadt Rapperswil "  is planned to operate the re-timed 1420 timetabled sailing from Zurich to Rapperswil next Sunday (18th April) ....................... LAKE MAGGIORE    "PS Piemonte "  is planned to operate a special International Sailing from Arona Italy  to Locarno Switzerland  on Saturday (2nd October 2021) ....................... LAKE LUZERN    "All four (operational) paddle steamers "  WERE planned to take part in a special lunchtime 'Welcome Back' Parade for the re-built "PS Stadt Luzern" from Luzern on Saturday (1st May) BUT it has had to be POSTPONED to Saturday (11th September) due to the "further extended" Coronavirus precautions ....................... LAKE ZURICH    "PS Stadt Zürich "  and  "PS Stadt Rapperswil "  WERE planned to operate a special "50 years" Parade  from Zurich  to the Obersee  ......BUT this has had to be POSTPONED until mid-June 2021 due to the Coronavirus precautions ....................... see below, next page, also fleet, news and individual timetable pages for further details

Easter Saturday - 3rd April 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photos:  Robert Monch
The weather took a turn for the worse whilst the motor paddle vessel operated the
special afternoon sailing 759 from Geneva around the "Little Lake"


With a poor weather forecast for the following weekend,  her short Easter outing
turned out to be the final sailings of her extended 2020 season

Good Friday - 2nd April 2021

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                              pictures:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer arrive Zurich "light" from her winter lay-up before tying up at the pier
to load passengers for her first sailing 111 of 2021 to Rapperswil and back

Thursday - 1st April 2021

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Jean Vernet
The paddle steamer makes a "test" sailing to the Upper Lake and is seen passing Montreux
She is planned to return to public service on Sunday 18th April from Geneva

Wednesday - 31st March 2021

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner
The paddle steamer raises steam at Ouchy dock prior to entering the lakeon a "test" sailing
She is planned to return to public service on Saturday 17th April from Lausanne

Sunday - 28th March 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


picture:  Geneva webcam                                                                          (click on photo to enlarge)   photo: Robert Monch
The motor paddle vessel passes the fountain on the first of her
special "one hour" cruises from Geneva and later returning on sailing 761

Thursday/Friday - 25/26th March 2021

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                              photos:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer undertakes two further days of "crew training" sailings
No further outings are expected prior to the first public sailings 13-24 at the start of May

Sunday - 21st March 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

The season starts at last (following further Coronavirus delays)
                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner

                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Monch


                                                                                                        pictures:  Lake Geneva webcams
The motor paddle vessel makes her first much delayed outing of 2021 and operates
four short special cruises from Geneva around the "Little Lake"


At the other end of the lake motor vessels Général-Guisan  Henry-Dunant and Valais
also operate the their first special short cruises from Vevey,  Lausanne and Nyon respectively

Saturday - 20th March 2021

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner
The paddle steamer stands laid-up at the harbour waiting for the start of the season

A motor vessel is planned to start short sailings at weekends only commencing at Easter
but PS Neuchâtel will have to wait until the middle of May for her first public outing

Wednesday - 10th March 2021

SS Spiez (Lake Thun)


                                                                                              photos:   Robert Horlacher

The re-built steam ship undertakes a further "test" sailing on the lake
- this time all the way to Interlaken


This should pave the way for future public sailings
Whilst not a paddle steamer her steam power will make an interesting change
(as well as more economical to operate)
from the more modern motor vessels - especially on those days/periods
when PS Blümlisalp is not in service

Monday - 1st March 2021

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner
With the starboard outer-casing of the paddlebox removed,  work is to be undertaken
on the paddlewheel to enable the paadle steamer to sail later in the season

Thursday - 11th February 2021

PS La Suisse and MPV Helvétie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Monch

PS La Suisse (left) stands at the outer wall of Ouchy dock
waiting for the start of the 2021 season
She is planned to make her first public sailing on Easter Tuesday 6th April

(covering the Lausanne - Evian-les-Bains ferry service)

On her right,  sister MPV Helvétie continues her long lay-up - but things are looking up
for her as she is now likely to be one of the next CGN ships to undertake a major re-build

Thursday - 3rd February 2021

SS Spiez (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                      photo:   Robert Horlacher

The re-built steam ship undertakes its third "in steam" test sailing on the lake
off-Hinterfingen

She is expected to operate mainly charter sailings throughout the summer
followed by some public (possibly timetabled) sailings later in the year

Thursday - 28th January 2021

mv Iseltwald (Lake Brienz)


                                                                                                      photo:   Ernst Mischler

During this 'horrid' period with both Coronavirus and heavy Snow,  it is good to see
the BLS has quickly set-up an emergency life-line to the village of Oberried
- which had been completely cut off by land (by both road and rail)
She is seen negotiating the channel near Interlaken


Now if only it had been PS Lotschberg !

Saturday - 23rd January 2021

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel remains moored at Geneva in the winter sunshine
until at least the end of February - thanks to the further Coronavirus preautions

Thursday - 21st January 2021

SS Spiez (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                      photo:   Robert Horlacher

The re-built steam ship undertakes its its first "in steam" test sailing on the lake

Friday - 15th January 2021

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)






                                                                                                      photos:   Robert Horlacher

The re-built paddle steamer stands in the snow whilst internal fitting out continues
PS Unterwalden is moored opposite whilst PS Gallia - which has not sailed since 2019
- stands in front as they all eagerly wait for the start of the season on Saturday 1st May

Tuesday - 5th January 2021

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer was towed from Geneva to Ouchy Harbour
to undertake her winter overhaul

At last - the first "positive" sign for summer 2021 on Lake Geneva !

All December 2020

MPV G Zanardelli  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                                  photo:   NLG official publicity

The motor paddle vessel was moored at Desenzano throughout the month of December
and illiminated at night to add Festive cheer over the Christmas period


After a very limited season of special sailings in 2020 following her major rebuild
it is expected she will play a much more important part in the lake sailings next summer

Sunday - 20th December 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel sets off on her second afternoon sailings 740-741
round the Little Lake returning as dusk fell
Thanks to the latest Coronavirus precautions - this turned out to be her final sailing
of 2020 as all the remaining sailings had to be CANCELLED

Wednesday - 16th December 2020

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                      photo:   Robert Horlacher

                                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer made a further "test" run and is initially seen calling Beckenried pier
and later at the cross with the branches to Küssnacht and Alpnachstad

Monday - 14th December 2020

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photos:  Robert Monch

The static paddle steamer was host to a special evening Television Show
to raise funds for children

Sunday - 13th December 2020

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel sets off from Geneva on her weekly lunch cruise
sailing 330 to Nyon
and later setting off back to Geneva from Nyon on sailing 331

Friday - 11th December 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

THE ONLY PADDLE STEAMER CURRENTLY IN SERVIVCE ANYWHERE IN SWITZERLAND !!!


                                                                                              photos:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at Mont Blanc pier in Geneva prior to operating
the afternoon sailings 738-739 into the Little Lake
This was her first outing since the further wave of Coronavirus restrictions
hit Switzerland in the autumn
She is later seen back at the pier as dusk falls following her afternoon cruises
prior to her evening "Fondue Cruise" sailings 390-391

PS Savoie remains "laid-up" in the background

Wednesday - 9th December 2020

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

Members of the crew can be seen giving some last minute attendion to the
the motor paddle vessel prior to her return to service this weekend

Thursday - 26th November 2020

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                      photos:   Robert Horlacher

                                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer made a further "test" run and is seen swinging round towards
Vitznau as she passes the "noses" in the middle of the lake
Earlier she had called at Pier No.3 in Luzern where a large crane assisted
with attention to her rear mast

Wednesday - 2nd December 2020

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                      photos:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer made yet another "test" run and can be seen near Hertenstein
before passing Meggenhorn on her return to the dock at Luzern

Sunday - 29th November 2020

MPV Genève (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The former ex-CGN motor paddle vessel stands on the south bank
between Jardin-Anglais and Eaux-Vives piers at Geneva
where she has been moored for several decades

Thursday - 26th November 2020

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)




                                                                                                      photos:   Robert Horlacher

                                                                                                        pictures:   Weggis webcam

The paddle steamer made a further "test" run and can be seen ready to leave,
passing Burgenstock,  visiting Weggis and returning to the dock

Wednesday - 25th November 2020

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                      photos:   Andreas Hofer


                                                                                                      photos:   Robert Horlacher
The paddle steamer carefully passes her 'laid-up' sisters as she sets off into the lake
for her first test sailing since her major re-build
click on the main photo for a video link of her departure..........
then select "Video mit Ton über den Start der Probefahrt"

Tuesday - 24th November 2020

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                      photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The recently re-built paddle steamer stands adjacent to her sisters outside the dock
looking immaculate as she undertakes her first "static" engine test

It is understood if these are successful,  they will be followed shortly by her
first test sailing into the lake itself

Sunday - 22nd November 2020

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer  (complete with a cap on her funnel) stands at Geneva
waiting for the 2021 season to start

Tuesday - 17th November 2020

PSs La Suisse,  Montreux and Simplon also MPV Italie
(Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamers stand in the early winter sunshine waiting for their next duty

With the exception of MPV Italie
(right) which is planned to operate
some sailings over Christmas and New Year periods to the Upper Lake
it will be a long wait until next spring for the others to have their turn to leave the harbour

Sunday - 18th October 2020

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photo:  Alain Vuistiner

Thanks to the SGV making a FURTHER post-Coronavirus ECONOMY for the winter period
this sailing turned out to be not only her last timetabled sailing of the year from Luzern
but also her last sailing of any sort in 2020 as ALL her previously advertised
special Advent,  Christmas and New Year are now CANCELLED

If you want to make a sailing on a Swiss STEAM powered paddle steamer over the Christmas and New Year periods - your ONLY option left is to head over to Lake Thun instead..........
..........alternatively head for Lake Geneva where the two operational motor paddle vessels
are planned to be in service from both Geneva and Lausanne

Tuesday - 10th November 2020

MPVs Italie and Vevey also PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

What 'appears' to be a "busy" winter scene at Geneva

Once again MPV Vevey
(left) has arrived at Geneva and relieves sister MPV Italie ready
to operate the 'weekend only' sailings after the current restrictions are lifted

This 'exchange' took place a week earlier than originally planned

MPV Italie is seen setting off back 'light' to Lausanne harbour where she is now
expected to remain until Christmas


Meanwhile on the right PS Savoie continues her winter lay-up

Saturday - 7th November 2020

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel should have been operating lunchtime sailings 330-331 to Nyon
and back the following day,  but instead stands looking forlorn at Mont Blanc Pier
in Geneva as the second wave of Coronvirus precautions means she now has to wait
until at least next month before any chance of another public outing

In the background PS Savoie remains laid-up for the winter

Monday 2nd November 2020

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Andreas Hofer

The 're-built' largest paddle steamer on the lake stands outside the dock at Luzern
whilst the remaining internal jobs are completed
ready for her "Welcome Back Parade" planned for May 2021

Sunday - 1st November 2020

MPV Italie  and  MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                pictures:   Nyon and Vevey webcams

Despite it being November - unlike any other Swiss lake - the CGN still turned out
both MPVs on theit lunchtime sailings from Geneva and Lausanne
Left - MPV Italie approaching Nyon and
right - MPV Vevey has just left Vevey La Tour pier

Saturday - 31st October 2020

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                photo:   Robert Monch

The sun catches the paddle steamer as she remains laid-up for the winter at Geneva
complete with a "cap" on her funnel ready to protect her engine from
the usual winter weather expected later in the year


Wednesday - 28th October 2020

PS Savoie and MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

WINTER HAS ARRIVED !!!


                                                                                                photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer is now laid-up for the winter at Geneva

In the background the motor paddle vessel waits to operate the weekly winter
sailing 330 to Nyon and back

Sunday - 25th October 2020

PS Savoie and MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

WINTER HAS ARRIVED !!!


                                                                                                photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer is now laid-up for the winter at Geneva

In the background the motor paddle vessel waits to operate the weekly winter
sailing 330 to Nyon and back

Sunday - 25th October 2020

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                photos:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel makes her final sailing 105 along the French coast
between Yvoire to Nernier whilst returning from Lausanne to Geneva
It was also the last day of the old catering company and the dining saloon was busy

Sunday - 25th October 2020

PS Piemonte (Lake Maggiore)


click on any picture to enlarge                                           photos:  Daniel Eichenberger,  André Hofer and Martin Eisl

The paddle steamer operated a special "late season" public cruise from Arona
She is initially seen leaving the the dock for Arona,  the wheelhouse,  leaving Arona
before heading out into the lake and finally arriving at Stresa
In the 'top left' picture is also the former paddle steamer - PS Lombardia
which has served as a static restaurant for several decades
complete with her unusually shaped extended roof !
Click here for a close up of PS Piemonte and here for the former PS Lombardia

Friday - 23th October 2020

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                    photos:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer operates her final Friday evening Fondue Cruise sailing 390
from Geneva and later back at Monc Blanc pier at the end of sailing 391

Friday - 23rd October 2020

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer crosses the bay between Marchée and La Tour piers at Vevey
in the pouring rain on her afternoon sailing 922 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake

A sure sign Autumn is nearly over and Winter is just round the corner

Sunday - 18th October 2020

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                            photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel is back at Geneva after her return 'weekend' sailing 105
from Lausanne

Sunday - 18th October 2020

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Flüelen at the end of the final sailing 13 of 2020 from Luzern
On return she will become "on standby" before operating a series of special sailings
over the greater Christmas period

Sunday - 18th October 2020

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                picture:  Zurich webcam

The light is fading fast as the paddle steamer arrives back at Zurich at the end
of her final return sailing 112 of 2020 from Rapperswil with her lights on

Thursday - 16th October 2020

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                            photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer sets off from Geneva on her daily 'midweek' lunch cruise
sailing 304 to Hermance
On the right can be seen MPV Italie moored at the pier - awaiting her next
weekend sailing to Lausanne

Sunday - 11th October 2020

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                picture:  Luzern webcam

Despite it being October,  it was a busy Sunday afternoon and the
paddle steamer operating sailings 21-30 to Flüelen and back had to be duplicated
as far as Vitznau by mv Titlis
 (seen 'double banked' at Luzern pier No.1)

Saturday - 10th October 2020

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                            photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva at the end of her longer 'weekends only'
lunch cruise sailing 365 from Yvoire

Saturday - 10th October 2020

PS Hohentwiel (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                          photos:  Martin Eisl

The paddle steamer arrives Lindau "light" from Hard
to operate her final "Two Ship" ("Zeitreise") sailing of the 2020 season
Later she is seen near Friedrichshafen where she switched passengers to allow those arriving
from Rorschach on mv Oesterreich to return to Switzerland on the paddle steamer


Monday - 5th October 2020

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                          photo:  Alain Vuistiner

Despite the wind,  the paddle steamer returns to Lausanne at the end if her
lunchtime sailing 921 from the Upper Lake

A few brave passengers can be seen on deck

Saturday - 3rd October 2020

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)





                                                                    photos:  Robert Monch,  Alain Vuistiner and the 'local webcams

Following over a year out of service due to damage to her starboard paddle wheel
the motor paddle vessel finally made her first round trip sailings 102-105
of 2020 from Geneva to Lausanne and return in excellent weather for the time of year
She is seen at Geneva,   Nyon and Morges
The former "first class 'Smoking Saloon' has now become non-smoking !
Meanwhile PS Savoie returns to Geneva from Yvoire on her return lunchtime
cruise sailing 365 nearing the end of her 2020 season

Friday - 2nd October 2020

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

The Motor Paddle Vessel has finally arrived at Geneva ready for the start of her
much delayed 2020 season
(this weekend)
She replaces mv Henry-Dunant (moored on the right) as the Geneva based excursion ship

Thursday - 1st Octomber 2020

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                       photo:  Jean Vernet

The motor paddle vessel approaches Montreux on her first Upper Lake sailing 521
of the day from Le Bouveret to Vevey

Monday - 28th September 2020

PSs Stadt Zürich and Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                          photo:  Alain Vuistiner

PS Stadt Zürich heads back to Zurich on her return sailing 112 whilst
PS Stadt Rapperswil approaches Thlwil on the outward "Sunset Cruise" sailing 117
as they pass each other just off the pier

Sunday - 20th September 2020

PS Simplon and MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

The "end" or is it the "start" of the season ?
PS Simplon stands on the floading dock at the end of her "100th Birthday year"

to check the state of her hull - which will determine if she will be able to sail again next summer
On the right MPV Italie is to enter service on Saturday 3rd October for the first time
since she sustained damage in August 2019 - commencing with sailing 102 from Geneva

Monday - 21st September 2020

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                       photo:  Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                                                       photo:  Jean Vernet

The paddle steamer arrives at Vevey at the start of her final week of evening cruise
sailings 288-289 from Lausanne to Montreux
and later crossing the bay at Montreux as she heads home

more photos from on-board the same cruise to follow

Saturday - 26th September 2020

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                                       photo:  Ernst Mischler


                                                                                                                    pictures:  Murten webcam

The paddle steamer sets off from Morat/Murten on her final Lunch Cruise
sailing 52 of 2020 round the lake
Snow on the mountains behind and a strong wind shows winter is rapidly approaching
Later she sets off on her final sailing 54 cruise round the lake - then a final call at Murten
before returning on sailing 66 to Neuchâtel which turned out to be her final sailing of the season

as strong winds prevented her sailing to Estavayer-le-Lac the following day

Saturday - 19th September 2020

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                               photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel undertakes a "test" sailing into the lake from Ouchy harbour

Hopefully this is a positive sign that she will eventually re-enter service from Geneva
in October 2020 - after so many earlier "target" dates throughout the year
"came and went" without any sign of her

All credit must go to her sister MPV Vevey who has operated continuously all year
covering as much as possible of both planned rosters
- ending up being based at Le Bouveret for the extended summer period

Sunday - 20th September 2020

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer sets off from Lausanne on her evening cruise sailing 288
to Vevey and Montreux

Sunday - 20th September 2020

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                               photo:  Bönigen webcam

The paddle steamer has just left Bönigen stern first to return to Interlaken
on the final sailing 72 of her 2020 season from Brienz

click on the picture to zoom in

Saturday - 19th September 2020

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                               photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer crosses the lake back to Neuchâtel towards the end of her final
sailing 66 of the day from Morat/Murten

Thursday - 17th September 2020

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                               photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva at the end of her Lunch Cruise sailing 305
from Hermance

Sunday - 13th September 2020

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:  Martin Eisl



                                                                       picture:  Bellagio webcam   also   photos:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives stern first light
from the dock to form what turned out to be her final sailing of the 2020 season

Later she takes a lunchtime break at Bellagio before unusually
operating the afternoon sailing 287 to Lecco
On her left,  the former paddle steammer "mv Milano" sets off for Varenno on sailing 806
This was a rare opportunity to see both historic ships 'side-by-side"

Finally she stands at Lecco pier after damage to her engine awaiting "rescue"
being subsequenlty towed back to dock by mv Plinio the following morning


Monday - 7th September 2020

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                               photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne in the sunshine after her morning sailing to
Château-de-Chillon before setting off for the Upper lake on her afternoon sailing 922

Monday - 7th September 2020

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                               pictures:  Zurich,  Coppet and Nyon webcams

The paddle steamer sets off from Geneva for the final time in 2020 heading for Yvoire
and is later seen passing Coppet then calling at Nyon pier on sailing 320

Monday - 7th September 2020

PSs Stadt Zürich and Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                photos:  Robert Horlacher

PS Stadt Zürich approaches Rapperswil at the end of the regular outward sailing 111
from Zurich --- on her return sailing 112 she later passed her sister approaching
Thalwil whilst unusually covering the outward Sunset Cruise sailing 117 vice
the regular motor vessel on one of those rare occasions when both paddle steamers
were rostered to operate timetabled sailings on the same day

Saturday - 5th September 2020

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer passes the Geneva fountain at the end of her return evening
sailing 389 from Yvoire

Friday - 4th September 2020

PS Montreux (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer has just left St Prex and heads across the lake to France operating
sailing 487 from Lausanne to Yvoire to inter-connect with sister PS Savoie

Wednesday - 2nd September 2020

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                picture:  Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer stands at No. 1 pier in Luzern ready to operate the mid-week evening
Sunset Cruise sailings 33-36 from Luzern to Beckenried vice the usual motor vessel
She was later observed coming round the headland on her approach to Wgggis

Wednesday - 2nd September 2020

PS Montreux (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                picture:  Vevey webcam

The paddle steamer broke down at Rolle on her return Tuesday evening sailing 488
from Yvoire to Lausanne - not arriving at her home port until 0130 the following morning
In consequence the Thonon-les-Bains ferry 'mv Ville-de-Genève' was unusually
rostered to cover her afternoon trip to Château de Chillon

Sunday - 30th August 2020

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                                photo:  Jacopo Memeo

The paddle steamer approaches Argegno on her last advertised sailing 10
from Como to Menaggio

Saturday 29th August 2020

MPV G Zanardelli  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                                    pictures:  Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel makes her only visit during 2020 to the upper end of the lake
operating a special One Hour Ashore cruise from Riva to Gargnano
She is seen calling at Limmone to pick up passengers then later to set them down

Saturday 29th August 2020

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                                    picture:  Murten webcam

The paddle steamer returns to service following her withdrawal from service for repairs
earlier in the week and is on her now once weekly visit to Lake Murten
She is seen about to leave Murten harbour on her last cruise ' round the lake" sailing 54 of the day

Friday 28th August 2020

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

On board the paddle steamer as she returns to Geneva Jardin Anglais
from Yvoire on her evening sailing 389

Friday 21st August 2020

PSs Unterwalden,  Schiller and Uri  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                                    photos:  Carlo Sottocasa

PS Unterwalden sets off from Luzern on her daily lunchtime
sailing 17 to Flüelen
then her sister PS Schiller follows her into the pier ready to operate sailing 21
Later PS Uri approaches Weggis on her return sailing 18 from Flüelen to Luzern
and finally PS Schiller returns from Flüelen on the last paddle steamer sailing 30
of the day back to Luzern

Monday 17th August 2020

PSs Simplon and Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Alain Vuistiner

PS Simplon sets off from Lausanne on her return sailing 105 to Geneva
as she passes PS Montreux arriving from Ouchy harbour
to form her afternoon sailing 906 to Château-de-Chillon

Sunday 16th August 2020

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                    photos:  Olivier Braissant

On board the paddle steamer - looking through the bridge and down at the engine

Saturday 15th August 2020

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                    photos:  Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer departs Praz on her twice weekly morning sailing 61
from Neuchâtel to Morat/Murten
Later calling at Faoug on her final afternoon 'round the lake" sailing 54

Thursday 13th August 2020

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer sets off from Geneva Jardin Anglais pier for Yvoire on her
evening sailing 388 just as the storm clouds gather

Thursday 13th August 2020

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Horlacher

The large Paddle Steamer emerges into the sunshine having just spent two summers
inside the dry dock undertaking a major re-build
Her return is very wecome,  but it will not be until next spring
before she re-enters public service

Saturday 25th July 2020

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                                    photo:  William Campbell

The paddle steamer leaves Männedorf whilst operating her outward afternoon sailing 111
from Zurich to Rapperswil

Saturday 8th August 2020

PS Blumlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                photos:  Alain Vuistiner and Ernst Mischler

After calling at Spiez the paddle steamer made an additional call at Längenschachen
(between Gunten and Oberhofenon) on her return evening sailing 126 from Beatenbucht
to Thun before making her final call of the day at Hüünibach

Monday 3rd August 2020

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                        photo:  Jean Vernet

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

Thursday 30th July 2020

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  William Campbell

The paddle steamer departs Coppet on her regular evening sailing 388
from Geneva to Yvoire

Wednesday 29th July 2020

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  William Campbell

The 100 year old paddle steamer approaches Morges on her daily sailing 102
from Geneva to Lausanne along the Swiss coast

Tuesday 28th July 2020

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                                    photo:  William Campbell

The paddle steamer approaches Ringgenberg just ahead of a thunderstorm
whilst operating her return afternoon sailing 70 from Brienz to Interlaken

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 !!!!

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(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 2020 (including the main Coronavirus period) - these details have been removed for clarity about what is happening currently
   Historic information is still available by contacting the webmaster
  New Year's Day - Friday 1st January 2021
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey
on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1220 Geneva to Nyon
1340 Nyon to Geneva
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
  New Year's Day - Friday 1st January 2021
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp
on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1240 Thun to Interlaken
1510 Interlaken to Thun
  Saturday 2nd January 2021
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey
on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1220 Geneva to Nyon
1340 Nyon to Geneva
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
  Saturday 2nd January 2021
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp
on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1240 Thun to Interlaken
1510 Interlaken to Thun
  Sunday 3rd January 2021
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp
on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1240 Thun to Interlaken
1510 Interlaken to Thun
  Sundays 3rd January to 11th April 2021
  See also individual dates for alternative short "One Hour" cruises during late-March and early-April
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey
on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1220 Geneva to Nyon
1340 Nyon to Geneva
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
  Fridays 5th February to 16th April 2021
  See also individual dates for alternative short "One Hour" cruises during early-April
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey
on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailings cancelled
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
1945 Geneva to Coppet
2100 Coppet to Geneva
  Easter Sunday 4th April 2021
Lake Luzern
PS Unterwalden
on-going Coronavirus restrictions
sailing cancelled
1130 Luzern "Lunch" cruise
  Friday 16th April 2021
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey
undertaking her much delayed overhaul
1945 Geneva to Coppet
2100 Coppet to Geneva
sailings cancelled
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
 Saturday 1st May 2021
Lake Luzern
All paddle steamers
Welcome Back Parade
sailings cancelled
1130 Parade from Luzern

Key - basic reason for changes
day to day operating
special sailing
charter sailing
breakdown
coronavirus
precautions
replaced by a motor vessel
"italics" - sailing(s) CANCELLED

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