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Friday - 30th September 2022

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Monch


The MPV returned to service after her breakdown and is seen about to set off
on her first winter Friday evening "Fondue cruise" sailing 390 of the winter

Friday - 30th September 2022

mv Europa  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam


The flagship PS Stadt Luzern was replaced on the day by mv Europa on the
main 1110 "Gotthard Express" sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüelen and return

DO YOU KNOW WHY ?

Sunday - 25th September 2022

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Morat/Murten)


                                                                                                                picture:   Morat/Murten webcam


The paddle steamer prepares to depart from Morat/Murten on her final public
timetabled sailing 64 of 2022

However she is planned to return on Friday 7th October for a post-season Charter

Monday - 19th September 2022

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Andrew Smith


As this was a local holiday - the paddle steamer sets off
from Lausanne on the earlier weekend only sailing 822 to Vevey

Sunday - 18th September 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                photo:   Andrew Smith


The paddle steamer calls at the ornate Mandello pier on her afternoon
sailing 281 from Bellagio to Lecco

Saturday - 17th September 2022

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                photo:   Andrew Smith


The paddle steamer raises steam at her home port of Neuchâtel prior to another
regulat Saturday service which included two trips to Estavayer-le-Lac

Thanks to the LNM celebrating "150 years" in October,   her 2022 season is to
be extended by covering the autumn "cross-lake shuttle" on several days
as well as taking part in the Parade of all the fleet on the day

Saturday - 17th September 2022

5 Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam



                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher


The five paddle steamers set off from Luzern on a special Evening Parade to celebrate
50 years of the Dampferfreunde on Saturday 17th September

Later the other four paddle steamers line up in front of PS Stadt Luzern
for one of the "maneuvers" during the parade

Friday - 16th September 2022

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                photo:   William Campbell


The paddle steamer has just arrive back at Luzern after her final timetabled
sailing 30 of 2022 from Flüelen

Monday - 12th September 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer approaches Versoix on her outward afternoon sailing 326
from Geneva to Yvoire with the snow caped Mont Blanc in the background

Saturday - 10th September 2022

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Ernst Mischler


                                                                                                                            photos: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer has spent most of this century operating solely in the Petit-Lac
operating out of Geneva

This autumn she has re-located to Lausanne operating the weekend only roster
to Geneva and return followed by an evening cruise to Montreux
She is seen initially arriving at Vevey Marché pier on sailing 982.....
.....then 20 minutes later arrving Montreux.....
.....before returning to Lausanne operating sailing 983 on her first evening

August 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

It has been "SUGGESTED" to me the paddle steamer MAY have have had
to cover the "full-length" sailing from Como to Colico
one weekday in August vice a broken down motor vessel

Are YOU able to confirm the date and/or supply any further details/photo for this website ?

Wednesday - 7th September 2022

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The motor paddle vessel has transferred from Le Bouveret and taken over her new
'Geneva based' autumn roster which commences with the weekday Lunch Cruise

She is seen departing Pâquis pier on her outward sailing 324 to Hermance

Wednesday - 7th September 2022

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

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                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer stands at Yvoire (side berth) waiting to return to Geveva on
afternoon sailing 327 vice the brokendown   PS Rhône

This was her final "short" sailing within in the Petit-Lac
as sister PS Simplon takes over the following day
allowing her to relocate to Lausanne where she will operate the weekend only "Half-Lake" Lausanne-Geneva-Lausanne roster for the rest of the autumn period

Sunday - 4th September 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


click on the picture to "zoom in" on the paddle steamer                                     picture:   Nyon webcam




                                                                                                                photos:   Robert Monch


The large paddle steamer departs Nyon for Geneva on her final planned
"Half Lake" sailing 105 of 2022 from Lausanne..........
..........BUT as a result of the breakdown of PS Rhône the large paddle steamer
will now have to cover the same weekend sailings
from the start of the autumn timetable period


below - She is seen setting off from Geneva on her morning sailing 102 to Lausanne
and finally back at Geneva at the end of the Summer 2022 season

Saturday - 3rd September 2022

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer made her final visit of 2022 to Yverdon-les-Bain at the southern end
of the lake and is seen approaching at Estavayer-le-Lac on her return sailing 83

Friday - 2nd September 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                picture:   Montreux webcam


The motor paddle vessel returned to service after her breakdown and is seen
calling at Montreux on her last return sailing 907 of the day back to Lausanne

Friday - 2nd September 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photos:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer operated what eventually turned out to be her final evening
sailing 388 from Geneva to Yvoire

She is initially seen waiting to depart Geneva Jardin-Anglais pier and later
leaving Coppet..........
..........aa unfortunately she broke down the following afternoon off-Corsier
ressulting in an early end to her summer season
forcing PS Savoie to return to service to cover her roster

Can YOU supply any further details/photo of the breakdown for this website ?

Tuesday - 30th August 2022

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                                pictures:   Limone webcam


Instead of her usual timetabled sailings,  the motor paddle vessel operated
a special afternoon excursion from Riva to the Isola del Garda
and is seen bedecked in flags calling Limone both outward and on return

Friday - 26th August 2022

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Monch



                                                                                                                photo:   Maurice Decoppet

The paddle steamer was awakened form her standby "slumbers" to cover for the
breakdowne of her larger sister - "PS Simplon

She is initially seen unusually waiting to sail from Geneva Pâquis pier

(as PS Simplon was blocking the berth at Mont Blanc pier)
and later approaching St.Sulpice on the outward sailing 102 to Lausanne

Thursday - 25th August 2022

PSs Uri and Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                                photos:   Carlo Sottocasa


The PS Uri approaches Flüelen on the first sailing 7 of the day from Luzern
and after lunch PS Stadt Luzern sets off from Flüelen for Luzern on sailing 24

Monday - 22nd August 2022

PSs Uri and Gallia  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger


PS Uri approaches Sisikon on her daily return sailing 18
from Flüelen to Luzern
and later PS Gallia approaches Bauen on her outward sailing 17
from Luzern to Flüelen

Monday - 22nd August 2022

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer leaves Cully on the return leg of her afternoon sailing 205
Round the Upper Lake

Sunday - 21st August 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


The paddle steamer approaches Varenna towards the end of her outward morning
sailing 10 from Como to Menaggio

Wednesday - 10th August 2022
(Your webmaster's 80th birthday !!!)

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner


PS Simplon departs Coppet for Geneva on her return sailing 105 from Lausanne

Tuesday - 9th August 2022

PS Hohentwiel  (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                                                          photo:   Lukas Bruckner


The paddle steamer returns to Rorschach at the end of her short special non-landing
"Kaiserfahrt" afternoon cruise

Monday - 1st August 2022

3 Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                          picture:   Luzern webcam


Just PSs Stadt Luzern,  Schiller and Uri along with one motor vessel head off for Brunnen
on the annual parade on Swiss National Day - Monday 1st August

A far cry from earlier years when all five paddle steamers and several motor vessels took part

Monday - 1st August 2022

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)



                                                                                                                          photos:   Jean Gersbach


The motor paddle vessels returns home on the last sailing 78 of the day from Malcesine

She is seen calling ar Limone and later on arrival at Riva

Friday - 29th July 2022

PS Simplon and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photos:   William Campbell


On a damp late-afternoon,  the paddle steamer heads for home near Rolle on
return sailing 105 from Lausanne to Geneva followed half an hour later by
the motor paddle vessel returning from Geneva to Lausanne on sailing 106

Thursday - 28th July 2022

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                          photo:   Simon Caldwell


The paddle steamer sails close to the shore at Brunnen on her return sailing 26
from Flüelen to Luzern

Thursday - 28th July 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                          photo:   William Campbell


The paddle steamer (which took over the Little-Lake sailing two days earlier)
inter-connects with her sister PS Montreux from Lausanne each evening at Yvoire

She is seen setting off back to Geneva on her last sailing 389 of the day

Tuesday - 26th July 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                      photos:   Robert Monch


Owing to a shortage of steam engineers,  the paddle steamer was re-located to
Geneva to cover the Little Lake sailings allowing her sister PS Savoie
to become the "standby" steamer
She is seen setting off from Geneva on her first afternoon sailing 308 to Coppet

Monday - 25th July 2022

PSs Rhône and Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


click on photo to zoom in to the paddle steamers                                                 photo:   Robert Monch


The "old" and the "new"
PS Rhône
(lefthas arrived from Lausasnne to take over the "Petit-Lac" (Little Lake)
sailings from PS Savoie which becomes the "standby" ship

Sunday - 24th July 2022

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch   also   picture:   Coppet webcam


The paddle steamer sets off from Geneva then later approaches Coppet
on her outward evening sailing 388 from Geneva to Yvoire and return

Owing to a shortage of crews,  this became her final planned timetabled
sailing
of 2022 ..........
but she will resmain "on standby" at Geneva
in case of a major breakdown of one of her sisters

The following day PS Rhône sailed light to Geneva to take over the
"Petit Lac
 (Little Lake)" sailings which re-comenced on the Tuesday
whilst MPV Vevey covered her daily
Lausanne-Geneva-Lausanne
sailings 101-106 from the Monday

Tuesday - 19th July 2022

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)




                                                                                                                          photos:   Carlo Sottocasa


Prior to Covid,  one of the small motor vessels used to operate a lunchtime cruise
"Round the Upper Lake" from Brunnen to cater for passengers walking along the
"Weg der Schweiz"
(The Swiss path) calling at the main intermediate piers

These sailings 43-44 now start from Luzern

(also acting as a relief to the 1112 "Gotthard Panormic Express" sailing)
and are now rostered to a paddle steamer - normally PS Unterwalden on weekdays
or PS Gallia on Sundays


PS Unterwalden is seen setting off from Luzern on sailing 43 on a fine summer's day

The other four paddle steamers were also in service

Tuesday - 19th July 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                          pictures:   Morges and Nyon webcams


                                                                                                                            photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer eventually returned to service after spending much of the
early-summer at Ouchy dock under repair
She is seen rounding the headland to approach Morghes pier and later calling at
Nyon on her slightly late outward sailing 101 from Lausanne to Geneva

After returning to Lausanne she then operated the evening cruise sailing 982
to Montreux where she is seen approaching

Sunday - 17th July 2022

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                                          photos:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer sails close to Ennetbürgen and later approaches Bouchs
on the only steamer sailing 9 of the week (on Sunday mornings)
from Luzern to Beckenried which calls at these piers

Sunday - 17th July 2022

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo: Jean Vernet


The Le Bouveret based motor paddle vessel departs at Montreux on her first
sailing 901 of the day to Lausanne on a bright,  sunny Sunday morning

Sunday - 10th July 2022

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer operates an additional short timetabled "Breakfast Cruise" to
Beckenried on Sundays which also acts as a feeder into and out of other sailings

As there is only one berth at Beckenried,  she has to call
(to set down) then move
out of the way to allow two other ships to call before returning to the pier

(to pick up) with those remaining on board getting an additional short sailing
"off-Bechenried" - known affectionately by some locals as the "dog tour"

She is seen circling round between sailing 9 from Luzern and
sailing 10 returning back to Luzern

Friday - 8th July 2022

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer stands in front of the "big wheel" at Jardin Anglaias pier in Geneva
prior to operating her regular evening sailing 388 to Yvoire

Thursday - 7th July 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                          photo:   François Rentsch


Following repairs,  the paddle steamer undertakes a "test" sailing and is seen near Cully

STOP PRESS
Unfortunately she will NOT now return to public serevice until
"at least" Wednesday 12th July at the earliest

Sunday - 3rd July 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)



                                                                                                                            photos:   Carlo Sottocasa


The paddle steamer made one of her "occasional" visits to Lecco and is seen at
Como (sailing 216) Bellagio (sailings 216 and 217) also Lecco ('special' sailing Sp-1)

A similar sailing is planned for Sunday 18th September 2022

Sunday - 3rd July 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger


Further photos of the day the paddle steamer made one of her "occasional" timetabled
visits to Lecco

This time she is initially seen approaching Mandello del Lario on the Lecco branch
whilst operating the early-afternoon outward sailing 216 from Bellagio
then later having just arrived at Como after sailing 249
and about to sail back 'light' to Tavernola after a long day in service

Sunday - 3rd July 2022

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer stands at the outer berth at Yvoire before setting off back to
Lausanne on sailing 488

Every evening in the summer she provides the last "interchange" with sister
PS Savoie operating a similar from Geneva

Wednesday - 29th June 2022

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer eventually managed to operate her much delayed first
"Timetabled sailing of 2022" from Lausanne

Unfortunately after just one "Round the Upper Lake" trip operating
sailings 200-201 on arrival back at Lausanne she was taken out of service
with further "technical problems"

UPDATE
All three sailings "Round the Upper Lake" originally planned for PS La Suisse
were cancelled last Thursday
and
(based on the Traffic Info "warning" on the official CGN website).....
.....was again replaced by mv Lausanne  last Friday
but the "good news" is she eventually returned to service Yesterday (Saturday)

She is seen approaching Montreux on return sailing 201
- at least photographic
evidence that she did actually enter service on Wednesday - even if it was for
"less than three hours" !!!!!

Monday - 27th June 2022

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                          photo:   François Rentsch


The paddle steamer undertakes a "test" sailing from Ouchy harbour
following attention to the overheated piston rod of her high pressure cylinder

Providing this was considered 'successful' it is hoped the paddle steamer
will be able to operate her first timetabled sailing of 2022 as early as Wednesday
(so far her only sailing this year was as part of the special Naval Parade
on Sunday 22nd May

Saturday - 25th June 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer sets off from Geneva on her short early-evening sailing 384

In previous years this only operated on Fridays as an "After Work" cruise..........
..........but from 2022 this now runs daily and includes a call at Hermance

Friday - 25th June 2022

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer passes Burgenstock on her afternoon sailing 21 from Luzern to Flüelen
as seen from passing PS Uri

Tuesday - 21st June 2022

PSs Montreux and Simplon  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                            photos:   Alain Vuistiner


PS Montreux (left) waits for the arrival of PS Simplon from Geneva before setting off on
her afternoon sailings 204-205 from Lausanne anti-clockwise round the Upper Lake
from which MPV Vevey could be seen setting off on sailing 806 to Vevey

Sunday - 19th June 2022

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Horlacher


On the first day of the summer timetable..........
..........the oldest operational paddle steamer on the lake approaches Le Bouveret
on the return leg of her first public sailing 205 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake

Saturday - 18th June 2022

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Lukas Bruckner


The paddle steamer heads across the lake to Merligen having just called at Faulensee
on her morning sailing 15 from Thun to Interlaken in bright sunshine

Saturday - 18th May 2022

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                            picture:   Luzern webcam

The sun is dropping fast as the largest paddle steamer loads at Pier No.1 Luzern
for the "Sunset Cruise" sailing 33 to Beckenried

Thursday - 16th May 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

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                                                                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Lutry her lunchtime sailing 825 back to Lausanne

This was her last day in public service during the Spring 2022 timetable period
as she had private charters on the next two days

Wednesday - 15th June 2022

MPV Italie and PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo: Jean Vernet


The motor paddle vessel is seen near Vevey on her last sailing 907 of the day
from the Upper lake back to Lausanne
She is joined by PS Rhône on a charter sailing

Sunday - 12th June 2022

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                           photos:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer operated the mid-morning sailing 105 from Zurich to Rappersil
and is seen arriving then departing Küsnacht

Friday - 10th June 2022

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Lukas Bruckner


The paddle steamer covered for her sister on the morning sailings 7-18 and is seen
swinging round to Brunnen in bright sunshine on the return leg from Flüelen to Luzern

Tuesday - 7th June 2022

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Horlacher


Painting of the "below the water" section of the paddle steamer is now well underway
in the covered drydock at Wollishofen

After completion of her major overhaul she is planned to return to service
in time for the 2023 season

Whit Sunday - 5th June 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch


Complete with flags flying,  the paddle steamer
sets off from Lausanne for a charter sailing on the lake

Whit Sunday - 5th June 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Jacopo Memeo


The paddle steamer nears Bellagio on sailing 216 where most of her passengers
will alight for a 'two-hour lunch break' ahore
before she continues to Lecco to meet a steam train which started at Milan

Wednesday - 1st June 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch


The motor paddle vessel is seen near Cully on her last sailing 907 of the day
heading back to Lausanne

She is seen from PS Simplon on a sunny evening sailing to Montreux

Wednesday - 1st June 2022

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                                            picture:   Limone webcam


It's "full astern" as the motor paddle vessel arrives at Limone for the first time in 2022
on sailing 72 from Malcasine to Riva

Thursday - 28th May 2022

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Harold Blythe


The paddle steamer has just departed Oberhofen pier
on her daily sailing 15 from Thun to Interlaken

Ascension Thursday - 26th May 2022

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)


                                                                                                                            picture:   Bônigen webcam


The paddle steamer sets off from Bönigen on her first sailing 63 of the season
from Interlaken to Brienz

Tuesday - 26th May 2022

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Leila Blythe


The paddle steamer sails close to the shore as she heads towards Merlingen whilst
operating afternoon sailing 16 before crossing the lake to Spiez and returning to Thun
The destinctive pyramid shape of the Niesen can be seen in the background

Sunday - 22nd May 2022

7 paddle steamers  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                        photos:   Robert Monch

PS Simplon                           PS Savoie                           MPV Vevey


                                                                                                                              photo: Jean Vernet

MPV Italie        PS Savoie        PS La Suisse        PS Montreux        PS Simplon        PS Rhône        MPV Vevey


Three paddle steamers set off from Geneva to take part in various manovers
off-Montreux as part of the annual 'seven ship' Naval Parade before lining up
'side-by-side' for the final applause from the large crowds watching from the shore line

Saturday 13th August 2011

MPV Italia and MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                      photo:   Beat Leuthardt

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


Back in the U.K. at your webmaster's local pier......
Friday 8th May 2020

PS Rhos Neigr  (North Wales)

                                                                                              photo:   webmaster (John Bird)

There was an exceptionally low tide at 1840 on the North Wales Coast and at Rhos on Sea
it revealed the wreck of the former PS Rhos Neigr which ran aground
and sunk on 20th July 1908
She was en-route from Llandudno to Blackpool and due to call at the former Rhos-on-Sea pier

The remains of the paddle wheels and the broken shaft could clearly be seen today
by anyone braving the long walk over the normally submerged rocks to the edge of the sea

Tuesday 1st September 2015

PS Waverley (Llandudno)

                                                                                                        photo:   webmaster

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

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

Wednesday 27th August 2014

PS Waverley (Llandudno)

                                                                                                        photo:   webmaster

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

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Three Swiss paddle steamer remain in service..........
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updated following the last day in service of
MPV Italie on Sunday 23rd October 2022
(she had remained "on standby" for a further week but not required
- pernding the return to service of mv Henry-Ddunant)  
For further information
  - see Paddle Steamer Fleet Details page

FUTURE SPECIAL SAILINGS

Dates of ALL public special sailings
in 2022
by paddle steamers
(that I am aware of *)
on the Swiss and Italian lakes will be shown on the
News Page or the Parades Page
also on the appropriate lake Summary Page

under the relevant date

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


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

In responce to numerous requests
limited Advance Information on some of the "POSSIBLE" sailings for 2022 are now given on this website

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

Click here

for the "Advance Information 2022" Index Page giving links to the individual lakes
this information will be updated as appropriate
until detailed timetables are posted


Please note - at this stage, some lakes are ONLY an outline compared with 2021 for those lakes which have declared their intentions  
(incorporating ANY appropriate information supplied to me)


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

Important
Site Updates
and News
For full details of ALL updates to this website see Log Page
For full details of paddle steamer news see News Page
For latest known 'status' of each operational paddle steamer see:-
Active Paddle Steamer Summary Page or
Paddle Steamer Details Page  (includes details of all known future public sailings * )
or other Paddle Steamers/Motor Vessels Index Page


* - if you are aware of any others (or spot an error)
please e-mail me and I will update the information
for the benefit of other visitors to this website
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31st March 2019
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on 20th February 2007


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especially
those who regularly supply information, pictures, etc.

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

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


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

20th March 2019
** HISTORY **
Things haven't changed much on Lake Brienz
over the last 47 years !
Mondays to Fridays 1975
Saturdays 1975         Sundays 1975
23rd December 2002
** HISTORY **
LAKE GENEVA  -  mid-1980's
Who wanted to know then which sailings
were operated by paddle steamers ?

In the peak-Summer of 1984 only one afternoon sailing
(starting Lausanne) was advertised as such in the official timetable !
along with the Saturday evening dance cruise
(an extension of the daily sailing 76)
Updates are usually posted between 1400 and 2400 the previous day
For full details of ALL website updates see Log Page
The best results from this website can be achieved by viewing in Firefox or Internet Explorer
but it should also be viewable from any browser

Your help is VITAL !!!
If YOU know something else or spot something wrong on these pages,

please e-mail me



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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Lake Konstanz
(Switzerland/
Germany/Austria)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Further timetables for 2022 are gradually being added/updated for those lakes which have declared their
(in some cases revised) intentions

Please BOOKMARK this site NOW
and revisit again soon !

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

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UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES are any pages to be reproduced in whole or part thereof on any other web site or published in any other form whatsoever



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Please let me know if you have any suitable photographs, etc. for possible inclusion. Credit will be given if published

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