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Tuesday - 24th October 2023

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer departs Montreux on a test run
shortly after the completion of her Geneva based season


Thursday - 19th October 2023

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                  photo:  Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer approaches Beatenburg on her return sailing 16
during the last week of her 2023 season

Unlike most of the recent Christmas/New Year periods..........
..........she will NOT be returning to service over the Festive holiday

as she has a lot of work to be completed prior to 2024


Monday - 16th October 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photos:  Alain Vuistiner


With mv Lausanne in dock for her annual overhaul,  the motor paddle vessel was
used to provide 'ferry' cover for several weeks commencing at lunchtime

She is initially seen approaches Lausanne at the end of her first round trip
sailing 1212 from Thonon-les-Bains
and later standing at Thonon after sailing 1213

Sunday - 15th October 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer arrives Montreux on her final evening cruise sailing 982
of 2023 from Lausanne

After this - she moves to Geneva to take over the limited winter weekend
also Christmas/New Year
sailings


Wednesday - 11th October 2023

MPV Helvétie  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Robert Monch


                                                                                        picture   Thonon-les-Bains webcam


After spending the summer at Ouchy hatbour
the motor paddle vessel was towed to Geneva for the winter by mv Lémam

In consequence PS Rhône was used to cover some of the ferry runs and is seen
at Thonon-les-Bainn pier having just arrived on ferry sailing 1113 from Lausanne

Tuesday - 10th October 2023

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


With unusually warm autumn weather,  the well loaded paddle steamer stands at Yvoire immediately prior to returning to Geneva on her last sailing 327 of the day

Sunday - 8th October 2023

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Jacopo Memeo


The paddle steamer approaches Tremezzo on her outward sailing 10
from Como to Menaggio

Thursday - 5th October 2023

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The motor paddle vessel 'limped' back to Ouchy dock for repairs
using just one paddle wheel

As a precaution she was assisted by one of the CGN small tugs

The aim is to complete repairs in time for her to return to weekend
service in the Upper Lake from the 14th January 2024


Sunday - 1st October 2023

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


The heavily loaded paddle steamer returns to Luzern at the end of her
sailing 24 from Flüelen
Owing to so many passengers around enjoying the fine autumn weather
that afternoon sailing had to be duplicate for the latter part of the journey
by mv Europa

Sunday 1st October 2023

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Paul Scheuchzer


The paddle steamer stands at Rapperswil prior to operating her final sailing 112
of the season back to Zurich

Sunday 24th September 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Paul Scheuchzer


The motor paddle vessel approaches Vevey on her daily morning sailing 901 from
Le Bouveret to Lausanne where she now connects into sister PS Rhône for Geneva

(twenty five years ago she would have sailed all the way to Geneva and back !)

SUBSEQUENTLY EXTENDED TO 72 HOURS
perhaps so attention could be concentrated on PS Montreux first ?
After the same sailing on Tuesday 26th September she will spend 48 hours
at Ouchy Dock undertaking pre-winter maintenance
prior to operating
SIX days a week out of Lausanne from the start of the winter timetable

Sunday - 24th September 2023

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Carlo Sottocasa


Whilst most "through" passengers had alighted at Bellagio for a 'lunch break'
ashore,  the paddle steamer sets off across the lake to Varenna on sailing 214
before returning to continue to Lecco

She is later seen setting off from Lecco on the outward leg of a special "fill in"
sailing to Onno prior to returning to Bellagio and Como on sailings 288 and 219

She is planned to repeat the same sailings on Sunday 1st October

Sunday - 24th September 2023

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer returns to Neuchâtel harbour at the end of her pen-ultimate
return sailing 215 of the season from Portalban


Sunday - 24th September 2023

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer sails close to the shoreline between Montreux and Chillon
on her first sailing 900 of the day from Lausanne to Le Bouveret
whilst coveroing for the broken down   PS La Suisse

Despite being planned to cover this sailing every day for the rest of the autumn,  it
was subsequently announced she would spend TODAY Wednesday 27th September
in Ouchy dock and her sailings would be covered by PS Rhône

Sunday - 24th September 2023

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                              picture:   Morat/Murten webcam


The Paddle Steamer calls at Morat/Murten before returning to Neuchâtel
on her final inter-lake sailing 24 of the season

It is hard to believe she had been back in service for so long,  but this winter
she is required to be "slipped" for her 'ten-year' underwater hull inspection

She is planned to return to service late-Spring 2024


Friday - 22nd September 2023

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                    picture:   Limone webcam


The Motor Paddle Vessel calls at Limone on her final sailing 78 of the day
from Malcesine to Riva

Surprisingly her sailings on the following day
(Saturday) were covered
by a smaller motor vessel

Do YOU know if her season has finished early
(as had happened at the end
of some previous years
) or if there is another explaination ?


Monday - 18th September 2023

PS Montreux  (Lake Brienz)

Local Geneva Holiday



                                                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam


The paddle steamer calla at Nyon on her final sailing 101 from Lausanne to Geneva
in wet and windy weather - ironically it was warm and sunny the previois day

It took over 20 years after her re-conversion back to steam before she operated
a public timetable sailing west of Yviore - which she did for just two weeks

From tomorrow she takes over the Lausanne baased Upper Lake Roster

Could it be another 20 years before she visits Nyon and Geneva again ?

Sunday - 17th September 2023

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

Last Day of the 2023 Season



                                                                                                                    picture:   Bönigen webcam


The slightly late paddle steamer crosses the lake for the final time in 2023
from Ringgenberg to Bönigen whilst operating her regular return sailing 70
from Brienz back to Interlaken

Thursday - 14th September 2023

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


click on the picture to "zoom" in                                                                                         picture:   Limone webcam


The Motor Paddle Vessel re-appeared on the Limone webcam operating a
much delayed sailing 72
(approx 50 minutes late)
(outward sailing 71 appears to have been cancelled)
other ships (left had caught her up and were waiting to use the pier !

By sailing 74 she had clawed back some time and she is now
EXPECTED to remain based at Riva for rest of the summer timetable

Do YOU know why she missed sevetal days of sailings ?

Tuesday - 12th September 2023

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer approaches Lausanne at the end of her daily outward
sailing 102 from Geneva

Commencing next week she will only operate to Lausanne at weekends
with a shorter sailing 320 only as far as Yvoire mid-week

Tuesday - 12th September 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Genevs)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


Following repairs,  the paddle steamer returned to service and covered the
"La Suisse" Upper Lake roster instead of mv Henry-Dunant commencing
with sailing 900 and is seen approaching Montreux en-route for Le Bouvweret

The was the first occasion for a considerable time that all paddle steamer rosters
were covered by a paddler

Monday - 11th September 2023

PS Savoie  (Lake Genevs)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Morges webcam


With her larger sister (PS Simplon) undertaking a charter,  the paddle steamer
stepped up to cover her sailing from Geneva to Lausanne and return

She normally only sails in the Petit Lac
(Little Lake) so to see her calling
at Morges on the return sailing 105 is a rare treat

Sunday - 10th September 2023

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Weggis webcam


PS Gallia is the first paddle steamer to complete her planned 2023 season

She is seen crossing the lake from Luzern in front of the cloud capped Mount Pilatus
on the approach to Weggis on her final sailing 43 of the year to Flüelen

Sunday - 10th September 2023

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Horlacher


PS Montreux arrives at Geneva from Lausanne whilst unusually covering
sailings 101-106 for just thirteen days..........
..........before moving to the Upper Lake

Friday - 8th September 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer passes Montreux on a test sailing following repairs

It was subsequently announced by the CGN she would return to service
and take over the Lausanne to the Upper Lake roster

(originally advertised for PS La Suisse)
commencing next Tuesday 12th September for the rest of the Autumn timetable

Thurssday 7th September 2023

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)



There has been no sign of the motor paddle steamer
on the Limone webcam since departing at 1025 on Thursday 7th September

* * *  Do YOU know if she has finished her 2023 'Riva based' season early,
had some form of breakdown or any other reason ?  * * *

Tuesday - 5th September 2023

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer approaches at Geneva on sailing 101 from Lausanne
and later departs Montreux for Lausanne on her last sailing 983 of the day

This is understood to be her first "timetabled" sailing west of Yvoire
since she was re-converted back to steam in 2001
although she did operate some "special sailings" at the end of that year

She is expected to operate these sailings until further notice
(possibly even until the end of the Autumn timetable
)

Sunday - 3rd September 2023

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Geneva webcam


The paddle steamer arrives back at Geneva on the last day of the summer timetable
operating her regular return sailing 105 from Lausanne

This was to have been her final day in public service in 2023,  but because of the
breakdowns of three of her sisters
- she will continue to sail during the autumn timetable

Sunday - 3rd September 2023

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                distant picture:   Lecco webcam


The paddle steamer heads back to Como from Lecco having covered the
long-distance sailings in conjunction with a special steam train from Milan

Friday - 1st September 2023

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Carlo Sottocasa


The paddle steamer approaches Rütli having just crossed the lake from Brunnen
on her regular sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüelen on Friday 1st September

Tuesday - 29th August 2023

QUICK QUIZ


3 paddle steamers  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


With several paddle steamers out of service,  there were a large number of "funnels"
at Lausanne at teatime

Can you use your knowledge/skill to work our who they belong to ?

Thursday - 24th August 2023

PS Rhône and mv Lausanne  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


mv Lausanne takes a day off covering the broken down   PS La Suisse
to operate a charter sailing and she is seen near Montreux
as PS Rhône returns to Lausanne on her evening sailing 983

Monday - 21st August 2023

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Weggis webcam


The paddle steamer covers sailings 17-26 vice her brokendown sister
PS Schiller and is seen approaching Weggis on the outward leg
from Luzern to Flüelen with Mount Pilatus in the background

Sunday - 20th August 2023

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Horlacher


Despite engine problems earlier in the day, the paddle steamer completed her
planned roster and is seen approaching Bauen on her final sailing 30 of the day
from Flüelen back to Luzern afterwhich she returned to the dock for examination

Friday - 18th August 2023

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer departs Lausanne at the start of her daily return
sailing 105 back to Geneva

Monday - 14th August 2023

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)



The paddle steamer remains broken down at Lausanne
after her sailings 206-207 round the Upper Lake were CANCELLED
and it now appears she may not return to service again this year

Do YOU know what is the problem this time ?

PS Rhône  is now covering her sailings from

Tuesday 12th September

Sunday - 13th August 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   William Campbell


The motor paddle vessel appoaches Vevey from Lausanne on sailing 902
prior to operating the "Lunch Cruise Round The Upper Lake"

Sunday - 13th August 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Ben Ritchie


The motor paddle vessel departs Montreux for Lausanne on her first
sailing 901 of the day from Le Bouveret

Sunday - 13th August 2023

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer sails between Faulensee and Spiez with
a thunderstorm in the background whilst operating her
return sailing 16 from Interlaken to Thun


Saturday 12th August 2023

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                picture:   Vevey webcam


The paddle steamer was replaced by
mv Lausanne last minute

Do YOU know why ?

Friday - 11th August 2022

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                photo:   Andrew Smith


The paddle steamer backs out from the pretty little pier at Vallamand
before swinging round to head for Faoug on her pen-ultimate
sailing 615 circuit of the day round Lake Murten

Thursday - 10th August 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer approaches Lausanne at the end of her return evening cruise
sailing 983 from Montreux on Thursday 10th August

Tuesday - 8th August 2023

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer approaches Gunten on her outward sailing 15
from Thun to Interlaken before crossig the lake to Spiez


Saturday - 5th August 2023

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer made her monthly visit to the southern end of the lake
at Yverdon les Bains and is seen approaching Grandson on return sailing 13
back to Neuchâtel

Friday - 4th August 2023

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


Owing to PS Stadt Luzern having to retire to the Luzern dock for attention after working
sailing 24 from Flüelen to Luzern..........
..........PS Uri had to cover the first evening Jazz Cruise of 2023
and is seen standing at Pier No.2 prior to loading her passengers

Swiss National Day - Tuesday 1st August 2023

Four Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam



                                                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger


The four paddle steamers and mv Diamant" ser off into the evening gloom
for the fireworks display at Brunnen

Surprisingly by the time all the ships reached the middle of the lake
(after the torrential rainfall earlier)   there were magnificent colours
and the full moon even appeared on return to Luzern

All photos taken from on board PS Schiller

Friday - 28th July 2023

MPV G Zanardelli  (Lake Garda)


official NLG "return to service" publicity photo


The special afternoon cruise to the Isola del Garda planned
for the motor paddle vessel was CANCELLED last minute

Do YOU know why ?

Tuesday - 8th August 2023

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer approaches Gunten on her outward sailing 15
from Thun to Interlaken before crossig the lake to Spiez


Saturday - 5th August 2023

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer made her monthly visit to the southern end of the lake
at Yverdon les Bains and is seen approaching Grandson on return sailing 13
back to Neuchâtel

Friday - 4th August 2023

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


Owing to PS Stadt Luzern having to retire to the Luzern dock for attention after working
sailing 24 from Flüelen to Luzern..........
..........PS Uri had to cover the first evening Jazz Cruise of 2023
and is seen standing at Pier No.2 prior to loading her passengers

Swiss National Day - Tuesday 1st August 2023

Four Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam



                                                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger


The four paddle steamers and mv Diamant" ser off into the evening gloom
for the fireworks display at Brunnen

Surprisingly by the time all the ships reached the middle of the lake
(after the torrential rainfall earlier)   there were magnificent colours
and the full moon even appeared on return to Luzern

All photos taken from on board PS Schiller

Monday - 24th July 2023

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                picture:   Weggis webcam


The paddle steamer was replaced by
PS Gallia last minute

Do YOU know why ?

Thursday - 20th July 2023

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Carlo Sottocasa


The paddle steamer sets off from Flüelen on her return "peak-summer"
mid-week return sailing 44 to Luzern on Thursday 20th July

Thursday - 20th July 2023

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Carlo Sottocasa


The paddle steamer sails light from the dock to Pier No 1 at Luzern
prior to operating her regular sailing 13 to Flüelen on Thursday 20th July

Monday - 17th July also Thursday 20th July 2023

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

The paddle steamer was replaced by
mv Europa and mv Waldstätter respectively

Do YOU know why ?

Sunday 16th July 2023

PS Concordia   (Lake Como)




                                                                                                                    photos:   Paul Scheuchzer


The paddle steamer operated sailings 11-12 vice a motor vessel on a very hot
July Sunday which reached 33 degrees

During the course of the cruise,  the former "SS Bisbino"
(now a static restaurant
at Tremezzo - partially rebuilt with the addition of a "Belle-Epoch" style paddlebox
)
and the 'about to be rebuilt' docked PS Patria (recently returned to the NLC)
were passed en-route

Saturday - 15th July 2023

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Horlacher


When the wind blows strongly in the wrong direction,  the paddle steamers sometimes
use the overnight-stabling Föhnhaven berth at Brunnen instead of the main pier

This was the case with sailing 17 on Saturday 15th July with the arrival from Luzern

She is seen departing "full stern" into the lake before..........
..........swinging round to continue to her destination at Flüelen

Saturday - 15th July 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The motor paddle vessel is between Le Bouveret and St Gingolph on sailing 506

Château-de-Chillon castle can be seen on the far shoreline above her bows

Saturday - 15th July 2023

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Horlacher


The well loaded paddle steamer approaches Weggis on the return leg sailing 26
from Flüelwn to Luzern

Monday - 10th July 2023

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

The paddle steamer was replaced last minute by
mv Wädenswil

Do YOU know why ?

Sunday - 9th July 2023

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                    photo:   William Campbell


The paddle steamer departs Wadenswil in sunshine whilst operating her return
lunchtime sailing 106 from Rapperswil to Zurich

Saturday - 8th July 2023

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer has just called at Cully on the return leg sailing 205
of her afternoon anti-clockwise circuit of the "Upper Lake"

Friday - 7th July 2023

MPVs Italie and Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


MPV Italie (right) waits at Le Bouveret to form the first sailing 901 of the day
to Lausanne vice MPV Vevey which is still waiting for a 'slot'
to visit Ouchy works for repairs to her damaged port paddlewheel

Thursday - 6th July 2023

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                                pictures:   Limone webcam


The motor paddle vessel calls at Limone on her first sailing 71 of the day.....
.....BUT she did NOT return

Her roster was covered by a motor vessel from lunchtime
and the same arrangement continued the following day

DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ?
Please email me if you have any further information

Thursday 6th July 2023

PS Rhône   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Paul Scheuchzer


The paddle steamer departs Montreux on the return leg of her "evening cruise"
sailing 983 back to Lausanne

Tuesday 4th July 2023

PS Savoie and PS Montreux   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Paul Scheuchzer


During the Peak Summer timetable period,  the two paddle steamers operate nightly
"dinner cruises" from Geneva and Lausanne respectively which inter-connect at Yvoire

Sunday - 2nd July 2023

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The motor paddle vessel stands at Le Bouveret with a damaged port paddlewheel
waiting for an opportunity to return to Ouchy works for repairs

As a result her sister MPV Italie will cover the "Upper Lake Circle" cruises all summer

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

Click here for further earlier photos


Back in the U.K. at your webmaster's local pier......
.....with 16 paddle steamers to pick from in Switzerland,
spare a thought for those of us in North Wales
- after six years since her previous visit -
2023 was just a "Two-day" season

.....and its already finished !!!!!
Wednesday 21st June 2023

PS Waverley (Llandudno)

                                                                                                        photo:   webmaster (John Bird)

Despite the extremely low tide,  the paddle steamer goes "full ahead" into the shallow
waters of the bay passing the Little Orme as she swings round towards Liverpool.....
.....after which she sailed "light" overnight to the River Clyde in Scotland

Friday 8th May 2020

PS Rhos Neigr  (Rhos - on - Sea)

                                                                                              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

She return last summer (2023) for just two days only after an absence of many years

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Two Swiss paddle steamer now in service..........
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updated following the return to service of
MPV Vevey on Sunday 14th January 2024
For further information
  - see Paddle Steamer Fleet Details page

FUTURE SPECIAL SAILINGS

Dates of ALL public special sailings
in 2024
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 2024 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 2024" 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 2023 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
Saturday
31st March 2019
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since the counter was re-set to zero
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 2024 are gradually being added/updated for those lakes which have declared their
(in some cases revised) intentions

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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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