Welcome to John's
Swiss and Italian paddle steamer Timetables
This is an unofficial site
(Always check locally before booking for any future sailing)

Further photos - continued from the Introduction Page

Saturday - 21st May 2022

SS Spiez  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                photo:   Ernst Mischler

The oldest operational steam ship in Switzerland operated a charter sailing
and is seen passing Schadau castle

Tuesday - 18th May 2022

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

<
                                                                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Bienne/Biel on her first visit of 2022
prior to operating the return sailing 42 back to Neuchâtel

Sunday - 15th May 2022

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photos:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer eventually returned to service and after her usual
lunchtime visit to Yvoire made her first "new" anti-clockwise
afternoon 'circle cruise' sailings 308-309 to Hermance on Sunday 15th May

Saturday - 14th May 2022

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Monch

Following the delayed fitting of a replacement regulator the paddle steamer
made her own way to Geneva
Jardin Anglaise pier where she remained on the
Saturday prior to eventually re-entering timetabled service on Sunday 15th May

Wednesday - 11th May 2022

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner

Owing to problems with other members of the CGN fleet,  the motor paddle vessel
was pressed into service earlier than planned
She is seen leaving Cully pier on sailing 225 towards the end of her first
'Round the Upper Lake' sailing of 2022

Tuesday - 10th May 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer arrives at Montreux on WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN
her final Spring mid-week return afternoon sailing 225 'Round the Upper Lake'

As she had three days of charters,   MPV Vevey covered the rest of
the week - afterwhich she returned for a further week
before PS La Suisse took over her regular roster a week later

(the start of which was delayed due to hes extended winter overhaul)

Sunday - 8th May 2022

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer arrives at Beckenried on return sailing 18 of her first
day of timetabled sailings of 2022

Saturday - 7th May 2022

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer is seen passing Montreux on her first pre-season Charter sailing of 2022

Saturday - 7th May 2022

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

"Friends (Trivapor)" - AGM


                                                                                                                            picture:   Murten webcam


                                                                                                                            photo:   Olivier Bachmann

                                                                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner
The paddle steamer arrives at Murten/Morat and the end of the outward leg
of the special pre-season AGM cruise from Neuchâtel
and later setting off on the AGM Lunch cruise

Saturday - 7th May 2022

Three paddle steamers  (Lake Luzern

"Friends" - AGM



                                                                                                                            photos:   Robert Horlacher

Three paddle steamers set off from Luzern on the "Friends" 50th AGM cruise
and later performing "maneuvers" in the middle lake

Monday - 2nd May 2022

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        pictures:  Luzeren and Weggis webcams



                                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer entered service earlier than exprected and operated
sailings 7-18 to Flüelen and return vice the usual motor vessel

This was her first sailing since 2020 and she is initially seen loading at
Luzern Pier No.1,  rounding the headland in front of Mount Pilatus on the
approach to Weggis and later arriving at Beckenried
before returning to Luzern bay at the end of her return journey

Sunday - 1st May 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                photo:   Riccardo Suzzi

The paddle steamer arrives back at Como at the end of her sailing 31 back to Como

Unlike previous weekends,  there was no official advance notice she was to cover the sailings

Saturday - 30th April 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

ABVL - AGM


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer is seen passing Lavaux from mv Lausanne
on her post-AGM Special Cruise

Thursday - 28th April 2022

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer returns to Luzern after her pre-season "trial" in the lake

She is planned to return to service vice a motor vessel with the 0912 sailing 7
to Flüelen on Monday 2nd May

Thursday - 28th April 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Pully on her return lunchtime sailing 825
from Vevey to Lausanne on Thursday 28th April

Monday - 25th April 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

Italian Freedom Day


                                                                                                                photo:   Riccardo Suzzi

The paddle steamer approaches Menaggio after her lunch break
ready to operate sailing 31 back to Como

Easter Sunday - 17th April 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                photo:   Jacapo Memeo


                                                                                                                photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer returned to service after major repairs to her engine and is seen leaving
Como on the her first 0950 sailing 12 of 2022 from Como to Menaggio
(in the Central Lake)
Later she is seen departing Bellagio on the same first trip

Good Friday - 15th March 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer 'hoots' as she arrives at the pier from Ouchy harbour
ready to start her 2022 season by operating the new sailing 822 to Vevey

where she connects with sister MPV Italie for other piers in the Upper Lake

Good Friday - 15th April 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                picture:   Montreux webcam

The paddle steamer returned to service and operated the revised Lausanne based
Upper Lake sailings 822-823-824-825-224-225

This now includes a new
(for spring) anti-clockwise afternoon sailing completely
'Round the Upper Lake' and she is seen calling at Montreux on her return sailing 225

Thursday - 14th April 2022

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The broken down paddle steamer remains at Ouchy dock for further repairs
She should have sailed 'light' to Geneva on the Thursday afternoon ready for
her daily sailings over the Easter weekend commencing Good Friday.....
.....all of which had to be cancelled

Sunday - 10th April 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                              photo:  Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel operates her final short sailing 738 of the winter from Geneva
 prior to moving to the Upper Lake for the summer commencing Good Friday

Friday - 8th April 2022

PS Hohentwiel  (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer visited Romanshorn for the Harbour Festival weekend and is seen
setting off into the lake for a short cruise

Her stablemate - the historic mv Oesterreich - also visted
and can be observed moored in the background

Friday - 8th April 2022

SS Spiez  (Lake Thun)



                                                                                                photos:   Robert Horlacher and Ernst Mischler

The oldest operational steam ship in Switzerland made her (second) maiden voyage
(the first was back in 1901) from Spiez following a four year complete re-build
along with a new boiler

Pending the re-entry into service of her larger sister PS Blümlisalp in early-May
the smaller ship made a welcome sight on the lake

She is initially seen arriving light from the works before conveying invited guests
on her Inauguration Cruise

Saturday 9th April 2022

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer sets off into the evening gloom from Luzern on her first evening "Candlelight Dinner Cruise" of 2022 on Saturday 9th April

Tuesday - 5th April 2022

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

PS Simplon raises steam again as part of her preparations to re-enter service
on Good Friday - 15th April - sailing in the Upper Lake

Sunday - 3rd April 2022

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                          picture and photos:  Zurich webcam,  Alain Vuistiner and Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Zurich after her winter lay-up to pick up passengers
for her first sailing 111 of the season for Rapperswil
She is later seen calling at Mäennedorf and Stäfs on return sailing 112

Tuesday - 29th March 2022

PSs Savoie and Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photos:   Jean Vernet and Robert Monch

PS Savoie (left) passes Montreux on a test run round the Upper Lake........
........meanwhile at the other end of the lake PS Simplon
(right) raises steam for the
first time in 2022

Friday - 25th March 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                              photos:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel operates two short sailing 738 and 740
from Geneva  prior to an evening "Fondue Cruise"

Wednesday - 23rd March 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photos: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer undertakes yet a further "test" sailing as far as Montreux

It is now understood she will return to regular service at the start of May


Monday - 21st March 2022

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddles have been removed from the motor paddle vessel prior to replacing her shaft
as part of her winter overhaul

She is planned to return to service late-May in time for the annual Parade off-Montreux

Sunday - 13th February 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        picture:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel set off from Nyon back to Geneva on the return leg
sailing 331 of her weekly winter Sunday Lunch cruise

Sunday - 27th February 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)
"THE" steam sailing of the winter !!!







                                                  photos:   Daniel Eichenberger,  Ernst Mischler,  Robert Horlacher and Jean Vernet

The paddle steamer stands at Geneva Mont-Blanc pier prior to the "one way" winter
special sailing along the full length of the lake to Le Bouveret
before passing MPV Italie
(at Jardin Anglais pier waiting to operate the regular Sunday sailings 330-331 to Nyon) and PS Simplon (laid-up for the winter)
She is later seen approaching the normally 'summer only' pier at Corsier then at the border town pier at St Gingolph (where passengers had the option to alight and return to Vevey or Montreux on mv Général-Guisan)

This sailing brings back memories of the old "Grand Races" which PS Rhône
operated on a daily basis all summer back in the mid and late-1990s

following an unsuccessful experiment to allocate these sailings to
mv Lausanne on peak dates in the summers earlier in the decade

Saturday - 26th February 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)




                                                                                          photos:   Robert Monch and Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer operated five short special 'Welcome Back' cruises
round the "Petit-Lac" from from Geneva

Wednesday - 23rd February 2022

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer has the sides of her paddle box removed ready for
replacement of the shaft

As her extended winter overhaul is expected to last into May,  her normal
spring sailings from Lausanne to the Upper Lake will be covered by PS Rhône

Tuesday - 22th February 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                              photos:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer gets up steam prior to a special VIP sailing from
Geneva Mont Black pier
 (with the laid-up PS Simplon in the distance)

Sunday - 20th February 2022

"Welcome Back" ---  PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)





                                                                                          photos:  Daniel Funk  and  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer operated four (of five planned) special short "Welcome Back"
cruises from Lausanne before sailing light to Geneva ahead of the approaching
strong winds on Sunday 20th February

She is seen arriving at Geneva before berthing at Mont-Blanc pier

Thursday - 10th February 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)




                                                photos: Robert Horlacher (top),  Jean Vernet (middle and Alain Vuistiner (bottom)


The paddle steamer undertook her "Inauguration cruise" for VIPs and is initially
seen arriving at Lausanne-Ouchy pier,  on board
(main and upper decks)
and finally returning to Lausanne-Ouchy
A news item with pictures us also available on Swiss TV

She is now planned to commence public sailings on Sunday 20th February

Sunday - 13th February 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                        pictures:  Nyon and Coppet webcams

The motor paddle vessel arriving at Nyon on her weekly Lunch Cruise
sailing 330 from Geneva and later approaching Coppet on return sailing 331


Thursday - 10th February 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Jean Vernet


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                                                photo:   Markus Graf

The paddle steamer was initially at Ouchy harbour before moving to the
Lusanne-Ouchy pier where she was visited by members of the CGN staff
and other companies who took part in the re-build

She is now planned to commence public sailings on Sunday 20th February

Below is the 'standard' view of the engine -- as part of the rebuild
the former metal casing has been replaced by perspex which now allow
passengers to view the engine in motion

Friday - 4th February 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                        photos:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel stands at Geneva Mont Blanc pier on the first Friday
of the 2022 season prior to operating her short afternoon sailing 738
and later on board the return sailing 739

Wednesday - 2nd February 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer undertakes yet another "test" sailing to the Upper Lake
- this time a berthing test at Cully pier in terrible weather

Wednesday - 26th January 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Jean Vernet

The paddle steamer undertakes yet anoher "test" sailing from Ouchy Harbour

Tuesday - 25th January 2022

SS Spiez  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                photos:   Ernst Mischler

The small re-built steam ship which will operate on the lake along with her
larger sister PS Blümlisalp undertakes a cross lake "test sailing"
and is seen shortly after calling at Oberhofen pier

Monday - 24th January 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                                                photos:   Jean Vernet

The paddle steamer undertakes a further "test" sailing into the lake from Ouchy Harbour

End of 2021 Feature and Quiz

The paddle steamer fleet  (Lake Geneva)



click on photos to zoom in                                                                                                     photos:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer fleet was scattered all round the lake - mostly laid-up
can YOU recognise which ships were where ?

Tuesday - 18th January 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer undertakes a "test" sailing into the lake from Ouchy Harbour
prior to operating some Special Sailings next month followed by taking over the
Geneva based weekend timetabled sailings from the start of March

Sunday - 16th January 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


click on photos to zoom into pictures:                                                                          Coppet and Nyon webcams


                                                                                                                picture:   Vevey webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Coppet on her first outward leg of the weekly
Lunch Cruise sailing 330 from Geneva to Nyon..........
........leaving the Upper Lake in the hands of the much smaller mv Versoix

Monday - 10th January 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Ouchy Dock after her major re-build
virtually ready to return to service next month and operate Winter Sailings


Initially she is planned to operate some Special Sailings before taking over the
Geneva based weekend timetabled sailings later in the month
These will be the first "regular" timetabled steam powered sailings
on any Swiss lake this century

Sunday - 9th January 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                picture:   Vevey webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Vevey Marché pier on the return leg of the Upper Lake "Circle" Lunch Cruise sailing 536 on a cold, wet January Sunday

The MPV now moves to Geneva to take over the weekend sailings from her sister MPV Vevey
leaving the Upper Lake in the hands of a smaller motor vessel

Friday - 31st December 2021

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                photo:   Lukas Bruckner


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher

What a difference '24 hours' makes as the paddle steamer departs Faulensee
and heads into the mist as she crosses the lake to Merligen on her final
New Year's Eve sailing 15 of 2021
Later - after the mist clears - she is seen from high up the cliffs
near Sundlauenen on her return sailing 16

Thursday - 30th December 2021

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)



                                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Only this paddle steamer is in service between the Christmas and New Year's weekends
She is seen departing Faulensee on a sunny afternoon on her
Christmas Timetabled sailing 15 from Thun to Interlaken
and later arriving Sundlauenen (Beatushöhlen) on return sailing 16

Monday - 27th December 2021

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer near Faulensee on her Christmas Timetabled sailing 15
from Thun to Interlaken on Monday 27th December

Christmas Day - Saturday 25th December 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Monch

On board the motor paddle vessel on the second short afternoon sailing 740
near Geneva on Christmas Day

Christmas Day - Saturday 25th December 2021

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                photos   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer operates her first sailing 15 from Thun to Interlaken
on Christmas Day and is seen near Spiez at Lunchtime

Thursday - 23rd December 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        picture:   Montreux Webcam

The motor paddle vessel standa at Montreux pier after her final special one-way
evening Dinner Cruise of 2021 from Lausanne

Sunday - 19th December 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel stands at Geneva Jardin Anglais proir to oerating her
weekly Lunch Cruise sailing 330 to Nyon
The former CGN MPV Genève
(now in private hands) can be seen
moored in the background

Saturday - 18th December 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

The motor paddle vessel approaches Montreux on her special one-way evening
Dinner Cruise from Lausanne

Tuesday - 14th December 2021

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer is towed into the lake for "bow-thrust" tests

Sunday - 12th December 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

The motor paddle vessel broke down with an electrical
problem resulting in the CANCELLATION of her
advertised Lunch Cruise from Geneva to Nyon
Following quick repairs she was able to operate her
two short 'Little Lake' afternoon sailings as planned


                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Monch

She was later seen returning to her lay-up berth after operating
just her two short afternoon cruise sailings 738-739-740-741

Sunday - 12th December 2021

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

The motor paddle vessel approaches Montreux on the second of her clockwise
Upper Lake Circle Cruise sailing 536 from Le Bouveret via the other Upper Lake piers

Saturday - 11th December 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel returns to Geneva in "breezy" conditions at the end
of her first additional Advent special sailings of the day

Thursday - 9th December 2021

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        pictures:   Montreux webcam

The motor paddle vessel arrives Montreux on the first of her new one-way special
evening Dinner Cruises from Lausanne to Montreux for the Christmas Market
She remained tied-up to the pier all evening
to allow other visiters to the market to have a meal on board

Monday - 6th December 2021

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Christan Meyer

The paddle steamer is towed by mv Léman form Geneva to Ouuchy Harbour
ready for her annual winter overhaul

Sunday - 28th November 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel returns to Geneva at the end of her last afternoon
sailing 741 of the weekend

Thursday - 25th November 2021

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer departs at Ouchy Harbour on her first "test" sailing
following her major re-build

Thursday - 18th November 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)




                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel has been decorated internally ready for the
Advent/Christmas period sailings from Geneva

Sunday - 14th November 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her weekly Lunch Cruise
sailings 330-331 from Geneva

Thursday - 11th November 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel initially stands at Geneva Mont Blanc pier prior to
operating her short afternoon cruise with sisters PS Montreux and PS Simplon
laid-up nearby for the winter

Later with her lights illiminated she prepares to operate her weekly evening
Fondue Cruise sailings 390-391 to Coppet

Sunday - 7th November 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on the first of her weekly winter
Lunch Cruise sailings 330-331 from Geneva

Thursday - 4th November 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel passes the "laid-up" PS Montreux and PS Simplon
as she sets off from Geneva Mont Blanc pier on her first short afternoon
winter sailing in the "Little Lake"

Sunday - 29th October 2021

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch


                                                                                                                        picture:   Nyon webcam

The paddle steamer sails light to her moornings after operating her final return
afternoon sailing 741 in the "Petit-Lac"

Earlier she was seen approaches Nyon at the end of her final outward
Lunch Cruise sailing 330 from Geneva

Friday - 29th October 2021

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

What a great way to start the winter !!!



                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner



                                                                                                            photos   Daniel Funk


                                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer unusually operates the first Friday of the Winter weekend
timetabled sailings from Geneva

Judging by the good loadings it would appears the expereiment of replacing
a smaller vessel on these sailings has been well worth while !!!


(proving if you provide what people actually "want" - they WILL supporte it)

Sunday - 24th October 2021

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                picture:   Zurich webcam


The paddle steamer stands at Zurich prior to operating her final sailing 111
of the 2021 season to Rapperswil

She is planned to undertake the first phase of a major re-build throughout 2022
and is now expected to return to service in April 2023


Sunday - 17th October 2021

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer catches the evening sunshine as she departs Cully on her
return afternoon sailing 923 from Château-de-Chillon to Lausanne

Sunday - 17th October 2021

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                      picture:   PS Stadt Luzern webcam


                                                                                                      photo:   William Campbell


                                                                                                      photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer sets off from Flüelen for the last time in 2021 on sailing 24
back to Luzern for her winter lay-up

Although PS Stadt Luzern was planned to be the final paddle steamer in
timetabled service during 2021 - owing to fine weather causing large crowds
- sister PS Uri had to 'double-back' to Vitznau before arriving at Weggis
to pick up the remaining passengers after PS Stadt Luzern left "full"
Finally she is seen arriving back to Luzern

Saturday - 16th October 2021

PS Stadt Rappperswil  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Thalwil on her return afternoon sailing 112
from Rapperswil to Zurich

Friday - 15th October 2021

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)



                                                                                                      photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamers heads back to Thun from Interlaken West along the
Interlaken channel to the lake on her afternoon

Wednesday - 13th October 2021

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer sets off from Geneva on a post-season charter

Wednesday - 13th October 2021

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer makes a special post-season visit to Geneva for a charter sailing

She is seen standing at Pâquis pier covered in flags ready to sail
with sister PS Montreux 'laid-up' behind

Friday - 8th October 2021

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer steps in to cover the broken down PS La Suisse for the rest
of the Autumn timetable

She is seen approaching Château-de-Chillon on her outward afternoon sailing 922
from Lausanne

Thursday - 7th October 2021

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                      picture:   Montreux webcam

The paddle steamer calls at Montreux on her return afternoon sailing 923
from Château-de-Chillon to Lausanne

This turned out to be her final sailing of 2021 as she broke down on return
to Ouchy Harbour

Her sailings for the remainder of the Autumn timetable will now be
covered by sister PS Simplon

Do you have any further information ?

Wednesday - 6th October 2021

PSs Stadt Rapperswil and Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                      photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamers stand at Zurich Wollishofen Dock prior to the "friends AGM

After the meeting PS Stadt Rapperswil
(left) operated a '90 minute non-landing cruise'

Sunday - 3rd October 2021

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                      photo:   Martin Eisl

The paddle steamer has just called at Beatushöhlen-Sundlauenenon her daily
outward sailing 15 from Thun to Interlaken

Saturday - 2nd October 2021

PS Piemonte  (Lake Maggiore)


                                                                                                      photo:   Martin Eisl

The paddle steamer departs Arona dock (Italy) for the pier prior to her full-length
international charter sailing (open to the public) to Locarno
(Switzerland)

The sailing was originally planned for 2020..........
..........but it was delayed due to the Covid restrictions at the time

Saturday - 2nd October 2021

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                      photo:   Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                                      photo:   Olivier Bachmann

The paddle steamer approaches Grandson from Neuchâtel on a
post-season special sailing in connection with the Trivapor AGM

Later arriving back from her post-meeting Lunch Cruise.........
..........before her final sailing of 2021 back to to Neuchâtel

Friday - 1st October 2021

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                      photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer arrives at Portalban from Neuchâtel on her
final timetabled Lunch Cruise sailing 103
during the last day in public service of her extended 2021 season


Thursday - 30th September 2021

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                      picture:   Limone webcam

This was the last sighting of the motor paddle vessel from the Limone webcam
before it went off-line
She is seen approaching Limone for Riva on sailing 76

Do you know if she did continued in service until the end of the summer timetable
on Sunday 3rd October ?

Saturday - 25th September 2021

PSs Uri and Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                      photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamers 'double-bank' at Hergiswil for the delayed "Friends" AGM

Thursday - 30th September 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

The motor paddle vessel approaches Montreux on another autumn chrter

Wednesday - 29th September 2021

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                      photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer sails between Spiez and Faulensee on her outward sailing 15
from Thun to Interlaken

Monday - 27th September 2021

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer is covering the 'double' Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon
late-Autumn roster and is seen approaching Pully on her first return sailing 921

Sunday - 26th September 2021

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer arrives back at Zurich at the end of the final return
Sunset Cruise sailing 118 of 2021 from Rapperswil

Wednesday - 22nd September 2021

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Montreux on the last week of her outward
evening sailing 288 from Lausanne

Friday - 17th September 2021

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer approaches Brienz on sailing 65 from Interlaken

Tuesday - 21st September 2021

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Bienne/Biel prior to operating her final return sailing 42
of 2021 to Neuchâtel

Friday - 17th September 2021

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer operated a special pre-season sailing from Geneva to mark her
'return to service'
She is seen 'whistling' as she passes the Geneva Fountain

Tuesday - 21st September 2021

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Bienne/Biel prior to operating her final return sailing 42
of 2021 to Neuchâtel

Saturday - 18th Septerber 2021

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        picture:   Nyon webcam

The paddle steamer - complete with flags flying - calls at Nyon on sailing 102
from Geneva to Lusanne - her first public sailing of 2021
The start to her much delayed entry in to service was caused by waiting parts
to complete her major overhaul

Friday - 17th Septerber 2021

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        picture:   Weggis webcam

The paddle steamer unusually covered the 1712 "After Work Cruise" sailings 29-38
from Luzern to Vitznau and is seen leaving Weggis on her outward journey


These sailings used to be regularly operated by a paddle steamer throughout the summer
but in recent years have become part of the normal motor vessel rosters

Thursday - 16th September 2021

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer arrives at Genena from Ouchy Dock
to start her much reduced 2021 season

After a weekend of public sailings from Geneva to Ouchy over the local holiday weekend she
moves to Lausanne for a few days on the 'double' mid-week Lausanne to the Upper Lake sailings

Saturday - 11th Septerber 2021

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer stands at Pier No.3 at Luzern ready to set off on her much delayed "Welcome Back Parade"
Her other three operational paddle steamer sisters can be seen at the piers onthe right

Friday - 10th September 2021

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

The motor paddle vessel arrives Montreux in the dark
at the end of a non-stop Charter sailing from Yvoire

Friday - 10th September 2021

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer stands at Ouchy Harbour towards the end of her major re-build
She is expected to return to service before the end of the year

Wednesday - 8th September 2021

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

The paddle steamer operates a post-season Charter sailing and is seen off-Montreux

Wednesday - 6th September 2021

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)


  &nbsp;                                                                                                   photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer departs Ringgenberg to cross the lake to Bönigen on her
return afternoon sailing 72 from Brienz to Interlaken

Saturday - 4th September 2021

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer approaches Versoix of her penultimate outward evening
sailing 388 of 2021 from Geneva to Lausanne

Friday - 3rd September 2021

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch


The motor paddle vessel sets off from Geneva on her final non-landing
"After Work Cruise" sailing 392 of 2021

Thursday - 2nd September 2021

PS Montreux (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer departs Vevey Marché pier on her summer afternoon sailing 906
from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon

Saturday - 21st August 2021

PSs Stadt Luzern and Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)


click on photo to enlarge                                                                                                         photo:   Carlo Sottocasa

The flagship (left) sets off from Luzern to Flüelen on the
'Gotthard Panormana Express' sailing 13
On the right PS Unterwalden stands at Luzern waiting to operate
a special charter sailing later in the day


Monday - 23rd August 2021

MPV Vevey and PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

Lunchtime at Lausanne
MPV Vevey
(left) sets off for Geneva on her return afternoon sailing 105 whilst
sister PS Montreux
(right) - now re-converted to steam power - arrives from the dock
to form afternoon sailing 906 to Château-de-Chillon

Saturday - 21st August 2021

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                              photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer enters the Interlaken channel at the end of her outward
sailing 15 from Thun


Note the mast has already been lowered ready to sail under the Interlaken by-pass
mid-way along the canal

?????? - August 2021

PS Montreux (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch


The paddle vessel nears the end of her evening sailing 487 from Lausanne to Yvoire

Tuesday - 17th August 2021

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Twann on her weekly return afternoon sailing 42
from Bienne/Biel back to Neuchâtel

Friday - 13th August 2021

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel eventually returned to service following her breakdown
on Wednesday 7th July and is seen departing Cĥateau-de-Chillon on her
late-afternoon sailing 508 "Round the Upper Lake"

Tuesday - 10th August 2021

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

Following a long period waiting for spare parts..........
..........the motor paddle vessel made her first test sailing - seen off Montreux
which if successful should hopefully result in her returning to service before too long

Sunday - 8th August 2021

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                        picture:   Morat/Murten webcam

The paddle steamer made her very much delayed first visit of the year
to Lake Morat/Murten
She is seen at Morat/Murten harbour having just completed her outward
Lunch Cruise sailing 63 from Neuchâtel

Saturday - 7th August 2021

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

On a very wet Saturday,  the paddle steamer arrives at Lausanne from the dock
ready to form her afternoon sailings 906 to Château-de-Chillon

Saturday - 7th August 2021

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer unusually had the morning off..........
Instead she operated the afternoon and evening sailings 17-26-33-36
vice PS Unterwalden
- which had a private charter

Thursday - 5th August 2021

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)



                                                                                                            photos:   Jean Gersbach

The motor paddle vessel spent a sunny day sailing round the Upper End of the Lake
The top photo shows her heading north off-Torbola on lunchtime sailing 76
and below off-Limone on sailings 75 and 77 respectively

Sunday - 1st August 2021

PSs Uri, Unterwalden and Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam


The paddle steamers set off on their Parade along with mv Diamant


Saturday - 31st July 2021

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                pictures:   Neuchâtel webcam


                                                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer departs Neuchâtel harbour on her first much delayed
sailing 201 to Estavayer-le-Lac - then sailing 205
Later she calls at Estavayer-le-Lac pier


Being the last Saturday of the month,  the sailing should have
continued to Yverdon-les-Bains but all sailings are still SUSPENDED
at the southern end of the lake due to the high water level
Instead she doubled back to Neuchâtel and operated the lunch cruise from there

Thursday - 29th July 2021

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Lukas Bruckner

The paddle steamer passes close to the Dezaley vinyard on her outward sailing 906
from Lausanne to the Upper Lake

She is seen from sister PS La Suisse on her return aftrenoon 'anti-clockwise'
circuit of the Upper Lake

Monday - 26th July 2021

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer passes Meggenhorn on her outward sailing 13 to Flüelen
Unfortunately by the following Wednesday she was back at the dock
yet again missing a further two days of sailings..........
..........the largest number recorded for any Swiss paddle steamer this year

Wednesday  Thursday and Friday - 21st to 23rd July 2021

PS Savoie   mv Lausanne  and  MPV Vevey   (Lake Geneva)

   


On Wednesday most sailings by PS Savoie and on
Thursday all sailings by acting PS-mv Lausanne also
Friday the "After Work" evening cruise by MPV Vevey *
were all reported CANCELLED
* - she did operate the earlier Geneva--Lansanne-Geneva sailings as booked

Do YOU know why ?


According to the local newspaper    mv Lausanne was stopped
on reaching St.Sulpice as a crew member had tested positive for Covid

Saturday - 24th July 2021

PS Gallia (Lake Uri)


                                                                                                        pictures:   Luzern and Weggis webcams


PS Gallia was the last SGV paddle steamer to emerge from the dock
after the High Water Level on the lake and is seen heading
light
from the dock to Pier No 1 at Luzern before approaching Weggis
on sailing 43 to Flüelen
with Mount Pilatus in the background



Friday - 23rd July 2021

PS Uri (Lake Uri)


                                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam


PS Uri was the first SGV paddle steamer to emerge from the dock
and is seen standing at Pier No 1 ready to operate sailing 7 to Flüelen



Thursday - 20th July 2021

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer leaves Geneva Pâquis pier to cross the harbour to Jardin-Anglais
at the end of her lunchtime return sailing 365 from Yvoire

Thursday - 22nd July 2021

PS Stadt Zürich (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                picture:   Zurich webcam


A good crowd was waiting to join the paddle steamer on her first sailing 111
from Zurich to Rapperswil after the HIGH Water Level on the lake had
resulted in the suspension of sailings to/from Rapperswil



Wednesday - 21st July 2021

PS Blumlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                picture:   Oberhofen webcam


The paddle steamer has returned to service following the recent suspension
of sailings on most of the Swiss Lakes due to High Water Levels

She is seen leaving Oberhofen on her outward morning sailing 15
from Thun to Interlaken

Look closely and you can see her trying to hide behind Oberhofen castle !


Wednesday - 21st July 2021

PS Lotschberg (Lake Brienz)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Giessbach on her return afternoon
sailing 70 Brienz to Interlaken

Tuesday - 20th July 2021

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)


Click on picture to zoom in                                                                                                      picture:   Bönigen webcam


The paddle steamer was the first of the "High Water Storm Bound" ships to return
to service following the recent suspension of sailings on most of the Swiss Lakes

She is seen leaving Bönigen on her outward morning sailing 63
from Interlaken to Brienz



Sunday - 18th July 2021

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        picture:   Vevey webcam


The paddle steamer approaches Vevey on her return
morning sailing 102 from Lausanne round the Upper Lake



Friday - 16th July 2021

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Christian Meyer


The motor paddle vessel approaches Morges on her return
afternoon sailing 105 from Lausanne to Geneva


Unusually for mid-summer - Lake Geneva was the only Swiss lake to operate
paddle steamers as on this date the sailings on all the other lakes were suspended
due to 'High Water Levels' following horrendous rain throughout Switzerland
causing unprecedented lake shipping disruption

Tuesday - 12th July 2021

Brunnen (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        picture:   Brunnen webcam

The last motor vessel arrrives at Brunnen dock for the "short-term" mid-summer lay-up

Monday - 11th July 2021

PS Montreux (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at Rivaz/St-Saphorin on her return afternoon
sailing 907 from Château-de-Chillon to Lausanne

Sunday - 11th July 2021

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)


                                                                                              pictures:   Bönigen webcam

After two days having to remain at Interlaken due to the High Water Level
the paddle steamer was back in action as she called at Bönigen on outward
morning sailing 63 to Brienz

Friday - 9th July 2021

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

Following her breakdown at Montreux on Wednesday 7th July
the motor paddle vessel stands at Le Bouveret awaiting repairs

Wednesday 7th July 2021

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                                    pictures:  Limone webcam

After missing the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus restrictions..........
..........the motor paddle vessel makes her first visit of 2021 to Limone


She is seen arriving about 10 minutes late
at the end of her new sailing 72 from Malcesine

Wednesday - 7th July 2021

Lakes Thun and Brienz


                                                                              pictures:   mv Berner Oberland and Bönigen webcams


Owing to the low water level on Lake Thun - all sailings
(by both PS Blümlisalp
(in the background) and the motor vessels
had to be SUSPENDED on Wednesday 7th July

The same is to apply until AT LEAST Thursday 8th July

So why not head over Lake Brienz where PS Lötschberg is still sailing ?

Sunday - 4th July 2021

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch


The motor paddle vessel passes the fountain on the approach to Geneva
on her return afternoon sailing 105 from Lausanne

Sunday - 4th July 2021

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                              picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer 'hoots' as she sets off from Luzern Pier No 1 on her weekly
Breakfast Cruise sailing 9 to Beckenried

Thursday - 1st July 2021

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

Work continues to take place at Ouchy Dock so the paddle steamer can re-enter
service in the autumn


Note the large "hole" where the starboard paddlewheel should be

Monday - 28th June 2021

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

Despite the thunder and lightening,  the paddle steamer departs Montreux
on her final sailing 509 of the day from Le Bouveret to Vevey

Thursday - 1st July 2021

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                        pictures:   mv Berner Oberland webcam


The paddle steamer returns to service with her normal sailing 15
to Interlaken
She is seen leaving Thun from mv Berner Oberland who was having a well deserved
'day-off' having covered for the paddle steamer the previous three days

Saturday - 26th June 2021

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        photo:   Beat Zumstein

The paddle steamer operates her first special 'Wine and Dine' evening cruise
sailing 105 from Luzern

She is seen passing the narrow part of the lake between Vitznau and Beckenried

known locally as "the noses"  (English translation)

Friday - 25th June 2021

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel calls at Coppet on her return afternoon sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geveva

Unlike other days when she finishes service at teatime..........
..........she continues with an evening 'after work' cruise

Sunday - 20th June 2021

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                              photo:   Robert Horlacher

Timetabled calls at Bouchs by a paddle steamer are now quite rare
- in fact there is now only one Sunday call on sailing 9 from Luzern to Beckenried
She is seen approaching the pier on the weekly morning breakfast cruise

Saturday - 26th June 2021

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              picture:   Nyon webcam

A good crowd waits at Nyon pier for the motor paddle vessel to take them
across the lake to Yvoire (in France)
as part of her outward sailing 102 from Geneva to Lausanne

Friday - 25th June 2021

mv Europa (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                              picture:   Weggis webcam

ONCE AGAIN the recently re-built flagship PS Stadt Luzern failed to operate her
advertised sailing to Flüelen
With no time to prepare another paddle steamermv Europa had to cover
the "Gotthard Panorama Express" sailing 13

Wednesday - 23rd June 2021

PS Montreux (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at Montreux on her outward afternoon sailing 906
from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon

Tuesday - 22nd June 2021

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

The paddle steamer approaches Montreux on her first morning sailing 201
of the day from Le Bouveret to Lausanne

Monday and Tuesday - 21st and 22nd June 2021

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        pictures:   Luzern and Weggis webcams


PS Stadt Luzern failed to leave the dock for the daily 1112 sailing 13
meaning PS Unterwalden had to cover yet again on both days

CLEARLY SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE LARGER PADDLE STEAMER
..........do YOU know what the problem is ?

Sunday - 18th June 2021

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch


Despite the miserable weather,  the paddle steamer completed her usual Summer
three trips 'Round the Upper Lake'

She is seen approaching Lausanne at the end of her early afternoon sailing 203
from Le Bouveret

Friday - 18th June 2021

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch


The motor paddle vessel arrives 'light' at Geneva for the start of the 2021 Summer Season
She had set off from Le Bouveret that morning where she had been
"standing in" for her sister MPV Italie in the Upper Lake

Wednesday - 16th June 2021

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                      photo:   Ernst Mischler

Following a SGV "change of strategy" - instead of only operating on Sundays the paddle steamer is now operating Mondays to Thursdays as well vice PS Unterwalden and is seen returning from Flüelen on return sailing 26 near Sisikon before continuing to Luzern

Friday - 11th June 2021

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                      photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer operates her delayed "first" Firday evening cruise of 2021
and is seen near Gunten on her return sailing 126 from Beatenbucht to Thun

Friday - 11th June 2021

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photos:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer sets off from Geneva Mont Blanc pier on her late-evening non-landing cruise sailing 386 into the Petit-Lac

From next weekend her evening sailing will also call at Yvoire and inter-connect
with sister PS Montreux

Thursday - 10th June 2021

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                          photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel rounds the Château-de-Chillon on sailing 528 to approach
the pier and pick up the connecting passengers for the Upper Lake piers
who have just alighted from PS La Suisse
(view from her dining saloon)
as she heads back to Lausanne on sailing 923

Tuesday - 8th June 2021

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                          photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer heads for Geneva having just called at Coppet on her return
afternoon cruise sailing 327 from Yvoire


Sunday - 6th June 2021

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        picture:   Montreux webcam

The paddle steamer departs Montreux on her last leg of her evening cruise sailing 289
back to Lausanne


Saturday - 5th June 2021

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)


                                                                                              pictures:   Bönigen webcam

It was miserable weather to greet the paddle steamer as she approached Bönigen
on her much dealyed first sailing 65 of the season from Interlaken to Brienz
Fortunately by the time she operated her afternoon sailing 71 it had begun to improve

Tuesday - 1st June 2021

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer "slams on the brakes" (ie - "full astern") as she approaches
Montreux on her morning sailing 920 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake
This "apparent" sudden change of direction is the easiest way for the captain to steer
the ship towards the pier so his crew can reach to fasten the ropes to the pier

No extra pier staff to catch the ropes in Switzerland !!!!!

Sunday - 30th May 2021

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

The motor paddle vessel approaches Villeneuve on her first morning sailing 521
of the day from Le Bouveret to Vevey

Friday - 28th May 2021

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

The paddle steamer departs Montreux on her return evening cruise sailing 289
back to Lausanne


However at the other end of the lake - sister PS Savoie will not start her evening cruises until
Monday 31st May due to the ongoing "Coronavirus precautions" in force at that part of the lake

Tuesday 24th May 2021

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                              photos:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer has just been re-floared before being hauled out of the dry dock
into the harbour after spending many months undertaking a major re-build


She will now spend the summer in the harbour whilst 'fitting out' is completed
with a target of re-entering service towards the end of the year

Whit Monday 24th May 2021

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                              photos:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer sets off from Geneva for Yvoire on her first sailing 364 of the day
to Yvoire
after missing five days of sailings due to a crew member testing positive for Covid

Whit Sunday - 23rd May 2021

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                  picture:   Brunnen webcam


                                                                                    photo:   Beat Zumstein

Following a year 'laid-up' due to Coronavirus economies..........
..........the paddle steamer crosses from Treib to Brunnen whilst operating the first
NEW lunchtime' sailing 43 from Luzern "Round the Upper Lake" for the benefit
of walkers using the "Weg der Schweiz" path
By the time she reached Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock on her return sailing 44
she had picked up a "good" load


In previous years the equivalent sailing was 'stand-alone' from Brunnen and operated daily
by the old,  much smaller mv Mythen (which was withdrawn at the end of the 2020 season)

Friday - 21st May 2021

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                              picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer sails "light" from the dock to Pier No.1 at Luzern to re-commence
her advertised timetabled sailings following further engine repairs

Wednesday - 19th May 2021

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                              picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer stands at Luzern No.1 pier prior to operating her first sailing 13
of 2021 to Flüelen vice her brokendown sister PS Stadt Luzern

Tuesday - 18th May 2021

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Cully on her afternoon "Upper Lake Cruise"
sailing 922 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon

Monday - 17th May 2021

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)



                                                                                                        photos:  Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                              photo:   Andreas Hofer

The VERY lightly loaded paddle steamer approaches Thalwil on her first afternoon
sailing 111 of 2021 from Zurich to Rapperswil and later near Männedorf

Saturday - 15th May 2021

PS Uri (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                              picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer loads at Luzern No.1 pier prior to operating sailing 13 to Flüelen
vice her brokendown sister PS Stadt Luzern

Friday - 14th May 2021

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                      photo:   supplied by a visitor to this website   $$
  $$ - it is now understood this may have originated from Thomas Weber - if he reads this will he please email me

                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger and Beat Zumstein

The paddle steamer broke down at Rütli pier on outward sailing sailing 13
from Luzern to Flüelen
Temporary repairs were quickly made to a boiler problem
and she set off about 35 minutes late direct to Flüelen
Whilst at the pier mv Diamant operating sailing 20 'doubled-banked' allowing
passengers wanting an early return to transfer
She is later seen running about 10 minutes late approaching Beckenried and also
Hertenstein on return sailing 24 having made up most of her lost time

Friday - 14th May 2021

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              picture:   Montreux webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Montreux pier on her first sailing 521 of the day
from Le Bouveret to Vevey

Ascension Thursday - 13th May 2021

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                      picture:   Neuhaus wenbam

The distant shot at least proves the paddle steamer DID sail specially on Ascension Thursday

She is seen crossing the lake from the end of the Interlaken channel to Beatushöhlen
on her return afternoon sailing 16 from Interlaken to Thun

Do you have a better photo you would prefer to see displayed on this website ?

Wednesday - 12th May 2021

SS Spiez (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                      photo:   Ernst Mischler

The re-built steamship undertakes another test sailing
which this time included a call at Einigen pier

Sunday - 9th May 2021

PSs Uri and Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)




                                                                                              photo:   Robert Horlacher

PS Uri arrives at Flüelen on sailing 7  before passing the Schiller monument
on return sailing 18 then calling at Brunnen dock

due to the strong Föhn winds at the bend on the lake
Later her larger sister PS Stadt Luzern also departs from Brunnen dock on sailing 13

Sunday - 9th May 2021

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                              photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer calls at Horgen on her return "Sunset Cruise" sailing 118
from Rapperswil back to Zurich

Monday - 5th May 2021

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photo:  Robert Monch

The lightly loaded paddle steamer sets off from Geneva on her daily
afternoon sailing 326 to Yvoire

Tuesday - 4th May 2021

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                              photos:   Alain Vuistiner
The virtually empty paddle steamer approaches Versiox pier in windy conditions
on her afternoon sailing 326 from Geneva before calling at a deserted Yvoire pier


At least there is now a shelter to provide cover for any waiting passengers
during inclement weather

Sunday - 2nd May 2021

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The lightly loaded paddle steamer approaches Beckenried on her return sailing 18
from Flüelen to Luzern

Monday - 3rd May 2021

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        picture:  Nyon webcam

The paddle steamer operated the first much delayed International ferry crossing from
sailing 1346 Nyon (Switzerland) to Yvoire (France)


Prior to that,  she had simply sailed past the end of the pier

Saturday - 1st May 2021

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)



pictures:  Luzern and Weggis webcams    

                                                                                                                   photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


                                                                                                                      photos:   Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                                                      photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer returned to service after her major re-build and is seen making her
way from the dock to Pier No.1 at Luzern - then later setting off before approaching
Weggis on her first "Gotthard Panorama Express" sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüelen
in miserable weather
- then finally departing Flüelen and arriving Brunnen on return sailing 24

Monday - 26th April 2021

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Jean Vernet

The motor paddle vessel departs Montreux on her morning clockwise
Upper Lake Circle Cruise' sailing 522

Saturday - 24th April 2021

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                              photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer returns from Zurich to the dock
after working sailing 112 from Rapperswil

Friday - 23rd April 2021

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                      photo:   Andreas Hofer
The paddle steamer made a further "test" which is expected to be the last
before entering service for real

This was mainly for "crew familiarisation"

Wednesday - 21st April 2021

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The empty tables in the main dining saloon of the paddle steamer is the clearest
sign that the Coronavirus precautions are far from over

Hopefully things 'will' improve next month with many shipping companies
planning to re-start catering..........
..........but looking back earlier in the year,  the same was being said for April

Time will tell how long it takes for passenger numbers to rise again !!!

Tuesday - 20th April 2021

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Coppet on her outward afternoon sailings 326 from Geneva

Owing to the ongoing Coronavirus Precautions preventing "Tourist" calls at any
French piers,  she had to omit Yvoire and in consequence sailed slowly to Nyon
ready for her return sailing at 1710

Monday - 19th April 2021

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photo:   Jean Vernet

The large steam powered paddle steamer continues to operate her twice daily sailings 920-921-922-923 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake

She is seen leving Montreux on her first sailing of the day - heading for Château-de-Chillon

Saturday - 17th April 2021

PS Rhône (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photo:   Robert Horlacher


                                                                                              photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer is nearing the completion of her major re-build in Ouchy dry-dock
and is partially covered in plastic sheeting ready for her final external painting


She is expected to be refloated shortly to enable a start to be made on the
first of two new motor ferries for the mid-lake services

Sunday - 18th April 2021

MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The motor paddle vessel arrives Château-de-Chillon on her first day in service
during 2021


She is now planned to cover all the "Upper Lake Circle Cruises" throughout
the summer season - out-based at Le Bouveret

Saturday - 17th April 2021

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

photos:  Robert Monch,  Maurice Decoppet and Daniel Eichenberger  
The paddle steamer operated the regular afternoon ferry
sailings 1111-1112-1113-1114-1115-1116-1117-1118-1119-1120-1121-1122
from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains to coincide with the "Open Day"
to see progress on the work to complete the re-build of PS Rhône

She is seen leaving Ouchy dock,  departine Lausanne (sailing 1111),  on-board at Evisn-les-bains Casino pier,  returning to Lausanne (sailing 1112) and departing Lausanne (sailing 1117)

Saturday - 17th April 2021

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer operated the regular afternoon sailings 111-112 from Zurich

She is seen arriving Thalwil on the outward leg to Rapperswil

Friday - 16th April 2021

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photos:  Robert Monch

The immaculate paddle steamer has just arrived at Geneva Jardin Anglais pier
- having sailed 'light' from Ouchy dock - ready to start her 2021 season

She is planned to make her first public sailings on Sunday 18th April

Monday - 12th April 2021

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                        photo:  Alain Vuistiner
The motor paddle vessel arrives Ouchy dock for her much delayed winter overhaul
Initially it was planned she would have been replaced by sister MPV Italie mid-winter
but she was delayed at Ouchy undertaking further repairs

Sunday - 11th April 2021

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)
                                                                                                        photos:  Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Thalwil on her weekend afternoon sailing 111
from Zurich to Rapperswil and return

Easter Sunday - 4th April 2021

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                        photos:  Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer operated the re-timed afternoon sailings 111-112 from Zurich
to Rapperswil and return

She is initially seen ready to leave Zurich and later departing Thalwil as she heads for home

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 2021 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 Marché 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 !!!!

Sunday 7th June 2020

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                  photo:   Robert Monch


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


MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                  pictures:   Vevey webcam


 Could someone please remove that tree
or move the pier

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


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

Saturday 6th June 2020

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                        photos:   Mario Gavazzi


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

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

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

Saturday 6th June 2020

PS Savoie,  Simplon and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

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


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


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

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


                                                                                                                    photo:  Andreas Hofer

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

Tuesday 2nd May 2020

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch

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

Whit Saturday/Sunday 30th/31st May 2020

PS Piemonte  (Lake Maggiore)

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


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

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


Were you at Stresa over the weekend ?

Do you have a photo you would like to see displayed here ?


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

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


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

Monday 25th May 2020

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

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


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

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

Tuesday 12th May 2020

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Alain Vuistiner

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

Sunday 10th May 2020

PS Wilhelm Tell  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Mario Gavazzi

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

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

Friday 9th May 2020

PSs Gallia and Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Adreas Hofer

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

hopefully early next month

Wednesday 29th April 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch

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

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

Wednesday 29th April 2020

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Luzern webcam

A very rare sight for April 2020 !!!

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

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

Sunday 26th April 2020

Lake Zurich

                                                                                                                    picture:   Zurich webcam

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

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

Friday 24th April 2020

Lake Geneva

                                                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam

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

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

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Three Paddle Steamers  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch

All lined up at Ouchy harbour and nowhere to go !

Easter Sunday 12th April 2020

Lake Luzern

                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

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

Thursday 2nd April 2020

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch

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

Friday 27th March 2020

MV Flüelen  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Luzern webcam

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

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

Friday 20th March 2020

Four Paddle Steamers and some motor vessels  (Lake Geneva)


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

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

Friday 13th March 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

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

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

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

Sunday 8th March 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                picture:   Coppet webcam

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

Sunday 1st March 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                      photo:   Christian Meyer

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

Wednesday 19th February 2020

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                                    photos:   Andreas Hofer

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

Sunday 9th February 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Nyon webcam

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

Thursday - 6th February 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

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

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

Tuesday 28th January 2020

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:  Jean Vernet  "with permission of the CGN"

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

Sunday 26th January 2020

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Alain Vuistiner

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

Sunday 26th January 2020

acting paddle steamer mv Valais  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Nyon webcam

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

Thursday 16th January 2020

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Jean Vernet

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

Tuesday 14th January 2020

PS Patria  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Andreas Hofer

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

Monday 13th January 2020

Four (operational) Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Andreas Hofer

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

Sunday 12th January 2020

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


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

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

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

Saturday 11th January 2020

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

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


Sunday 5th January 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    pictures:   Nyon webcam

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

Saturday 4th January 2020

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                            photos:  Daniel Eichenberger

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

New Year's Day - Wednesday 1st January 2020

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam

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

Sunday 29th December 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                        photo:  Robert Horlacher

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

Saturday 28th December 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                        photo:  Olivier Bachmann


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

Friday 27th December 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Ernst Mischler

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

Boxing Day - Thursday 26th December 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                      pictures:   Luzern webcam

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

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

Christmas Day - Wednesday - 25th December 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam

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

Christmas Day - Wednesday 25th December 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Andreas Hofer

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

Tuesday 24th December 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                      picture:   Luzern webcam

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

Sunday 22nd December 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                      picture:   Luzern webcam

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

Sunday - 15th December 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

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

Sunday - 8th December 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photos:  Christian Meyer

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

Sunday 1st December 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                      picture:   Luzern webcam

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

Sunday 24th November 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                      picture:   Nyon webcam

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

Friday 22nd November 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

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



                                                                                                                    photo:  Christian Meyer

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


Thursday 7th November 2019

MPV G Zanardelli  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                                    photo:   NLC

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

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

Saturday 16th November 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

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


Tuesday 12th November 2019

PSs Stadt Rappersil and Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                      picture:   Zurich webcam

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

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

Sunday 10th November 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                      picture:   Nyon webcam

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

Friday 25th October 2019

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:  Robert Horlacher

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

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

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

Monday 20th October 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Christian Meyer

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


Saturday 19th October 2019

PSs Savoie and Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photos:  Robert Monch

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

Sunday 13th October 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                            photo:  Daniel Eichenberger

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

Friday 11th October 2019

PS Montreux and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:  Robert Horlacher

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

Monday 7th October 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                  photos:  Robert Horlacher also picture:  Weggis webcam

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

Friday 11th October 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                           photo:   Alain Vuistiner

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

Sunday - 6th October 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)




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

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

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

Sunday 6th October 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

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

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

Sunday 6th October 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              picture:     Luzern webcam

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

Tuesday - 1st October 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)


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

Monday - 30th September 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

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


Sunday 29th September 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                pictures:   Zurich webcam

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

Sunday 29th September 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 picture:   Murten webcam

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

Saturday - 28th September 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                      picture:   Bönigen webcam

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

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

Monday - 23rd September 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                      photos:   Ernst Mischler

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


Saturday 21st September 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 photo:   Alain Vuistiner

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


Sunday - 15th September 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                photos:  Robert Horlacher


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

Sunday - 15th September 2019

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

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


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

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

Tuesday - 17th September 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel - Murten)

                                                                                        picture:   Murten webcam

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


Wednesday 11th September 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

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

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

on one of her rare autumn 2019 timetabled sailings

Sunday 15th September 2019

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

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

Friday 13th September 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                            picture:   Zurich webcam

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

Tuesday - 10th September 2019

PS Montreux and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            photo:  Lukas Bruckner

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

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

Monday - 9th September 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            photo:  Christian Meyer

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

Sunday - 8th September 2019

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



                                            photos:   Daniel Eichenberger and Bellagio webcam

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

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

Thursday 5th September 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

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

Monday 2nd September 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)
broken down in dock

                                                                                                    picture:   Luzern webcam

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

Monday 2nd September 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                picture:   Nyon webcam

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

Wednesday 28th August 2019

MPV Italia (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                picture:  Limone webcam

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

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

Monday 26th August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:     Alain Vuistiner

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

Sunday 25th August 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:   Alain Vuistiner

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

Sunday 25th August 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              picture:   Bellagio webcam

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

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

Saturday 24th August 2019

MPV Italia (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                picture:  Limone webcam

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

Friday 23rd August 2019

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                picture:  Nyon webcam

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

Wednesday 21st August 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              photo:   Riccardo Suzzi

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

Monday - 20th August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photo:  Peter Devre1l

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

Monday - 19th August 2019

acting paddle steamer mv Morges (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                picture:  Nyon webcam


                                                                                                  photos:   Robert Monch

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


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


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

Monday - 19th August 2019

PSs Uri and Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                            photo:  Peter Devre1l

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

Monday - 19th August 2019

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                photo:  Ernst Mischler

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

Sunday - 18th August 2019

MPV Genève (Lake Geneve)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

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

Sunday - 18th August 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                            photo:  Peter Devre1l

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

Saturday - 17th August 2019

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                                photo:  Jacopo Memeo

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

Saturday - 17th August 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Horlacher

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

Thursday 15th August 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

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

Wednesday 14th August 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

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

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

Wednesday 14th August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

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

Monday 12th August 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

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

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

Saturday 10th August 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 photo:   William Campbell

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

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

Friday 9th August 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                 photo:   William Campbell

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

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


Thursday 8th August 2019

PSs Simplon,  Savoie and Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                 photos:   Lukas Bruckner

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



                                                       photos:  top-left Christian Meyer,   others Alain Vuistiner

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


                                                                                                 photo:   William Campbell

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


Saturday 3rd August 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

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

Friday 2nd August 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                    picture:   Luzern webcam

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

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


Swiss National Day - Thursday 1st August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

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

Various lakes





                                                                                              pictures:  local webcams

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

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


Wednesday 31st July 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                    picture:   La Tour de Peilz webcam

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


Thursday - 25th July 2019

PS Hohentwiel  (Lake Konstanz)

                                                                                          photo:   Lukas Bruckner

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

Wednesday 24th July 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

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

Wednesday - 24th July 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

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

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

Tuesday - 23rd July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                          photo:   Angelo Messere

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

Monday 22nd July 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

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

Friday 19th July 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

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

Friday 19th July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                   photo:   Nick Bandy

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


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

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

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

Tuesday and Wednesday 16th and 17th July 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

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

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

Monday 15th July 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

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

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

Sunday 14th July 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

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

Wednesday 10th July 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                 photos:   Carlo Sottocasa

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


Wednesday 10th July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                 pictures:   Liomone webcam

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

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

Monday - 8th July 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                photo:   William Campbell

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


Sunday - 7th July 2019

PS Hohentweil  (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                      photos:   William Campbell and Alain Vuistiner

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

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


Sunday - 7th July 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                pictures:   Bellagio webcam

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


Saturday - 6th July 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

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


Wednesday 3rd July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                 picture:   Salo' webcam

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

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

Sunday 30th June 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                 pictures:   Bellagio webcam

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

Saturday 29th June 2019

PSs Uri and Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                 photos:   Mario Gavazzi

Both paddle steamers set off from Flüelen at 1500 simultaneously on a
'mini-parade' - PS Uri was unusually operating sailing 28 whilst sister PS Schiller
was on a special sailing for Werner Amrein who worked 33 years for the SGV

First he was a member of staff (purser),  then motor ship navigator, 
then vice-captain on the steamers,  before becoming a chief engineer in 2008

Saturday 29th June 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                 photos:   Olivier Bachmann

The paddle steamer calls at Erlach on her weekly return sailing 42 back from
Bienne/Biel to Neuchâtel
A virtually full load of passengers took advantage of the special steam train
arranged by Trivapor,  the LMN and the VVT (Vapeur Val de Travers)

enabling passengers to sail outwards on sailing 41 and return on the steam train
hauled by loco number 52 221,   which is seen passing the vineyards near Landeron

Monday 24th June 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                  picture:   Salo' webcam

The stern of the motor paddle vessel was observed on the Salo' webcam
sticking out into the lake at 1446,  suggesting she could have been rostered
to the mid-week local sailing 13 back to Desenzano

Were you there or are you able to confirm ? - if so please e-mail the webmaster

Monday 24th June 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                            picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle staemer returns to Zurich after the ZSG AGM

PS La Suisse breaks down on Thursday 20th June
Consesquently all her Upper Lake sailings 200-201-202-203-204-205 were simply CANCELLED

Unlike previous occasions,  no attempt was made to 'step-up' other ships to cover
despite "mv Lausanne" being 'spare' at Ouchy
Do you have any information about what went wrong ?

Tuesday - 18th June 2019

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                  photo:   Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva on sailing 389 from Yvoire
at the end of another long day in service


Monday 17th June 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer leaves Isleten-Isenthal on outward sailing 7
from Luzern to Flüelen and later approaching Sisikon on her return sailing 18

Note all the flags - these were flown to mark the last day in service of
Captain Beat Kallenbach who had been her master since 1994
when the paddle steamer returned to service following her major overhaul

Sunday - 16th June 2019

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer (right) arrives back at Lausanne after her first day of
three round trip sailings 200-201-202-203-204-205
Meanwhile in the background PS Montreux waits to leave on her first
connecting evening sailings 487-488 of 2019 to Yvoire


Saturday - 15th June 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                     picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer had a private charter and unusually called at the berth
on the Schweizerhofquay on the opposite side of the river
adjacent to
the static former member of the SGV fleet
- PS Wilhelm Tell

Thursday - 13th June 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel was observed calling at Limone whilst operating
sailing 2-3 from Peschiera to Riva vice the regular car ferry
She was later seen approaching the pier again just before 1530 on her way back


Wednesday 12th June 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                  photo:   David Galloway

The motor paddle vessel departs Salo' on her return sailing 13 back
to Desenzano in glorious sunshine


Whit Saturday 8th June 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel was rostered to operate the afternoon Evian-les-Bains
ferry service instead of the usual motor vessel and is seen waiting at Lausanne
to form her first sailing 1111 to France and later returning on sailing 1112

It is comparatively rare for a CGN ship to display all her flags on a
timetabled sailing - this being an exception due to the Evian-les-Bains Festival

Thursday - 6th June 2019

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photos:  Robert Horlacher

The old 'port' bolier is lifted out during the major-re-build of the paddle steamer
taking place inside the SGV works dry-dock

Sunday - 2nd June 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como - visit to Lecco branch)






                                            photos:   Lukas Bruckner,  Daniel Eichenberger and Jacopo Memmeo

The paddle steamer initially arrives at Bellano (for a lunch break)
then proceeded to Lecco on her first visit this century
- before returning to Como,  she operated a short special sailing S1-S2
to Onno calling at Valmadrera


Saturday - 1st June 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel - Biel)

                                                                                                  photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Erlach/Cerlier on her return weekly
weekend sailing 42 from Bienne/Biel to Neuchâtel


Monday - 27th May 2019

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                  photo:   Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer approaches Yvoire on her additional mid-week
afternoon ferry sailing 1348 from Nyon


Sunday - 26th May 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer swings round after leaving Brienz pier
to return to Interlaken on her return morning sailing 66


Sunday - 26th May 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer heads 'full-speed' astern as she leaves Interlaken for the
first time in 2019 on her regular return afternoon sailing 16 back to Thun

Although the summer season had started a day earlier,   this sailing was
unusually covered by mv Bubenberg as PS Blümlisalp was operating a special
lunchtime sailing for the "Friends AGM"

Sunday - 26th May 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer departs Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock on the first day of her
new weekly Sunday morning sailing 43 from Luzern to Beckenried and back

Saturday - 25th May 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel - Biel)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer heads towards a thunderstorm after leaving Twann
on her first outward sailing 41 from Neuchâtel to Bienne/Biel

Thursday - 23rd May 2019

PS Hohentweil (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives Rorschach at 1330 on the outward leg of her
'AGM special' and later leaving "full astern" on her 1600 return sailing


Sunday - 19th May 2019

Naval Parade  (Lake Geneva)




                                                                                              photos:  Robert Horlacher

PS La Suisse arrives at Rolle prior to leading the "rest of the paddle steamers
- Simplon,  Savoie,  Montreux,  Vevey and Italie
" in the parade
At one point PS Montreux tried to give the impression she had been
re-converted to coal firing !

Saturday - 18th May 2019

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel - Biel)

                                                                                              photos:  Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                              photo:  Olivier Bachmann
The paddle steamer operated a special sailing from Neuchâtel to Lüscherz
- a very rare call as the pier is not used by any regular timetables sailings -
for the Trivapor AGM --- she is initally seen loading further passengers
at Ligerz and later after arrival at the small pier at Lüscherz
During the AGM a short "free" cruise was offered to the locals

Sunday 12th May 2019

PS Savoie  Lake Geneva)

                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

The prolongued strong winds which in resulted in virtually all the
CGN sailings
(including all the cross-lake ferry crossings) being
cancelled over the next three days had already started to build up as the
paddle steamer returned to Geneva on her return sailing 327 from Yvoire

Sunday 5th May 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                   photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer waits for time at Rapperswil before crossing the Obersee
on sailing 107 to Schmerikon
before returning to Zurich on sailing 108 where she is seen leaving Thalwil

Friday - 3rd May 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     photo:   Keith Finlay

The motor paddle vessel stands at Riva waiting to operate the return
sailing 3 back to Peschiera vice the regular car ferry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This is the first outing of 2019 'reported' to your webmaster
Can you advise is she operated any earlier sailings..........
..........possibly just to the piers at the southern end of the lake  ?

Friday 3rd May 2019

PS Simplon  (Geneva)

                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer raises steam at Geneva ready for a private charter sailing

Tuesday - 30th April 2019

PS Montreux (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer sets off into the lake on a 'Test Sailing' following her
winter overhaul


Thursday - 25th April 2019

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva at the end of another day
as she passes her larger sister PS Simplon who is now "on standby"

having completed her pre-Season sailings over the Easter holiday

Wednesday - 24th April 2019

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

Owing to strong Föhn winds the paddle steamer sails past Sisikon pier
without attempting to call on sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüen

The following day the Föhn winds were even stronger
and forced her to terminate her sailings at Vitznau

Easter Monday 22nd April 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                 photo:   Jacopo Memeo

Large crowds on the fore-deck take advantage of the paddle steamer
as she arrives at Lenno on her return sailing 31 back to Como
on the last day of the Easter Weekend

Easter Monday 22nd April 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer stands at Geneva prior to operating
sailings 102-105 to Lausanne and back and later loads passengers at Yvoire
on her final pre-season sailing of the Easter Weekend
whilst sister PS Savoie waits to follow an hour later on sailing 327

click on either photo for an enlargement of PS Simplon
at Mont Blanc and Yvoire piers respectively

Easter Sunday 21st April 2019

PSs Uri and Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                            photo:   Robert Horlacher

PS Schiller approaches Beckenried on her first outing of 2019
- sailing 18 to Flüelen



                                                                            photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Later PS Uri sets off from Gersau on her regular early-season sailing 13
from Luzern to Flüelen
Shortly after PS Schiller
- which had entered service much earlier than previous years
- arrives from Flüelen on sailing 18 on the return leg of her first outing of 2019

Easter Saturday 20th April 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer calls Yvoire on return sailing 105
from Lausanne on the second day of her Easter sailings from Geneva

Good Friday 19th April 2019

PSs Simplon and Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner

PS Savoie arrives at Yvoire on sailing 326
as seen from on board PS Simplon who subsequently set off for Geneva first

                                                                            photo:   Robert Horlacher

PS Savoie stands at the inner berth at Yviore
as PS Simplon sets off for Geneva on sailing 105

Good Friday 19th April 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                            picture:   Weggis webcam

The well loaded paddle steamer approaches Weggis on her first sailing 7
of the season from Luzern to Flüelen
with the snow capped Mount Pilatus in the background

Sunday - 14th April 2019

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer approaches Morges on her return afternoon sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva


Friday - 12th April 2019

PS Rhône (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer enters the dry dock at Ouchy for the start of her
major re-build


Monday 8th April 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

Owing to the breakdown of Général-Guisan the motor paddle vessel was hastily
sent from Geneva to cover her sailings on the Thonon Ferry runs for three days commencing Monday 8th April

She operated the motor vessel's full roster of sailings 1201-1202-1205-1206-1107-1108-1109-1110-1213-1214-1221-1222-1225-1226

Do YOU have any further information ?

Sunday 7th April 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                            picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel waits at Nyon pier to return to Geneva
on her regular winter Sunday sailing 331 to Geneva


As it turned out,  this was her final sailing in the Little Lake because on arrival
at Geneva she immediately sailed "light" to Lausanne - ready to take over the
Thonon-les-Bains ferry sailings from first thing the following morning

Sunday 7th April 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                            picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle staemer arrives back at Zurich after her first round trip lunchtime
sailings 112-113 to Rapperswil


As her sister is still in dock,   she will now operate these sailings on all
Sundays and Local Holidays throughout April

Thursday 4th April 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Bruno Steiner

The paddle steamer approaches the Acheregg Bridge in snowy conditions
on a pre-season "test" sailing

She is planned to opertate her first timetabled sailing of 2019 on Good Friday

Sunday 31st March 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              photo:   Riccardo Suzzi

The paddle steamer was brought into service much earlier than expected
due to the non-availability of several of the larger motor vessels
She operated sailings 12-31 from Como to Menaggio and back
followed by a couple of shorter sailings from Como
She is seen approaching Menaggio
after anchoring off the pier for about
an hour
) to form her southbound sailing to Como

Thursday 28th March 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Andreas Hofer

The paddle steamer return to dock after a pre-season "test" sailing
prior to re-entering public service the following month

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              picture:   Luzern webcam

Later on the same day,  the smaller paddle steamer made a rare
pre
-season winter "charter sailing" from Luzern

Sunday 24th March 2019

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The largest paddle steamer 'floats' on the lake shortly before being moved
into the dry-dock for the start of her major re-build

Saturday 23rd March 2019

PSs Gallia, Schiller, Unterwalden and Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photos:   Andreas Hofer

The four "operational" paddle steamers waiting for the start of the 2019 season
as the sun sets over the docks at Luzern

note th scaffolding runnd the funnel of PS Gallia

Friday 15th March 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel stands at Geneva Mont-Blanc pier
prior to operating her weekly evening "Fondue Cruise
" sailing 390

Thursday 12th March 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel undertakes her winter maintenance in Ouchy Dry Dock
In additional to the usual overhaul,  she is to receive new stronger water cooled
electric motors and new air conditioning as well as work to her hull

Sunday 3rd March 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel sets off from Geneva on her
second short Sunday afternoon sailing 740 from Geneva

Sunday 10th February 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                      picture:   Nyon webcam

Despite gales causing some cancellations at the other end of the lake,
the motor paddle vessel operated her regular Sunday lunchtime
sailings 330-331 to Nyon
She is about to head out into the mist to return to Geneva

Sunday 27th January 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel nears Nyon at the end of the outward
"lunch cruise" sailings 330-331 from Geneva and later "on-board"
approaching Geneva
with its fountain blowing onto the shore

Saturday 26th January 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The first visit to the new dry dock at Thun by a paddle steamer

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel stands at Mont Blanc pier (Geneva) in the snow
waiting for her next Sunday sailing

Sunday 20th January 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


click on both pictures to zoom in                                                                      pictures:   Nyon webcam

Despite no other paddle steamer being in service on any of the Swiss
or Italian lakes - the faithful old motor paddle vessel made her
weekly winter sailings 330-331 from Geneva to Nyon and back

The large crane looks as if it is just waiting for a chance to lift the ship out of the water !

Monday 7th January 2019

MPV Italie and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Robert Monch

Following operating Christmas and New Year sailings at Lausanne
MPV Italie arrives at Geneva Mont Blanc pier to take over the winter
weekend sailings vice her sister MPV Vevey
(in the distance at Jardin-Anglais
pier
) which is about to move back to Ouchy dock for her winter overhaul

Sunday 6th January 2019
The Last Day of the Festive Sailings


MPV Italie and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                                   photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


                                                                                                   photos:   Christian Meyer
MPV Italie operated the Lunch cruise sailings 930-931 from Lausanne
to the Upper Lake
before moving on to Geneva the next day to take over
from her sister
MPV Vevey which unusually terminated her second
short afternoon cruise from Geneva at Jardin-Anglais pier

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                   photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer leaves Beatenbucht on her final return winter
"Niederhornexpress" sailing 112 back to Thun

Tuesday 1st January 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam

PS Uri sets off from Luzern on her final special Festive Lunch Cruise
for the 2018-2019 Christmas - New Year Periods

Sunday 30th December 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                 picture:   Luzern webcam

PS Uri sets off from Luzern for another special Festive Lunch Cruise

Sunday 30th December 2018

Lake Como

                                                                                                 photo:   Jacopo Memeo

The normally placid waters of the lake are replaced by large waves - perhaps
a good job both the paddle steamers were safely at their winter quarters

Friday 28th December 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)
                                                                                                photos:   Nicholas Lars Carrel

The paddle steamer operated an evening 'fondue cruise' from Luzern
showing the forward saloon,  the engine and the Christmas tree in the bows

Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December 2018

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)
                                                                                                   photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer 'gets up steam' prior to operating her first
Christmas sailing sailing 111 from Thun to Beatenbucht
and later at Interlaken before returning to Thun on sailing 16

Motor Paddle Vessels  (Lake Geneva)
 
                                                                                          pictures   Vevey and Nyon webcams

MPV Italie returns to service and calls at Vevey whilst opeating a Christmas Day Lunch cruise from Lausanne to the Upper Lake --- at the other end of the lake
MPV Vevey operates a similar cruise from Geneva to Nyon

Friday 21st December 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                 photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The lights on PS Uri's christmas tree are lit as she waits at Luzern
ready for yet another of her special evening Advent sailings

Saturday 15th December 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                   photo:   Carlo Sottocasa

The paddle steamer waits at Luzern ready for the next of her
special evening Advent sailings
- note the Christmas Tree in her bows

Friday - 14th December 2018

Paddle Steamers  (Lake Geneva)
 
                                                                                            photos:   Alain Vuistiner

A typical mid-winter sceen with most of the paddle steamers hibernating
alongside the harbour outer wall


Sunday 9th December 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

Despite sailings on the Upper Lake being cancelled due to strong winds,  the
motor paddle vessel made her weekly sailings 330-331 from Geneva to Nyon

Ironically just after she set sail back home,   a rainbow appeared behind the harbour !

Sunday 25th November 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel waits at Nyon pier ready form her return
sailing 331 back to Geneva

The Sunday market was in full swing despite it looking a very cold and dull day

Sunday - 4th November 2018

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Christian Meyer

This motor paddle vessel was the only 'paddler' in service on any of the
Swiss Lakes on this date and the unusual view of the funnel is
taken from on board on what must have been a rare suuny winter's day !


Sunday - 21st October 2018

PS Concordia (Lake Como)



                                                                                          photos:   Marcello Baldrati

Thanks to mv Volta remaining in dock undertaking repairs to her propellers
the paddle steamer was again rostered to cover the full-length timetabled
sailing from Como to Colico on the Sunday
She is initially seen on her outward Sunday morning sailing 14 approaching
Moltrasio then passing ex-paddle steamer-mv Milano on sailing 233 in the
middle lake between Cadenabbia and Bellagio
and finally departing from Domaso

She subsequently also operated the same sailings the following Monday
to Wednesday until mv Manzoni - which had also been confined to dock
for repairs - took over on the Thursday

Sunday - 21st October 2018

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          picture:   Luzern webcam

The largest paddle steamer loads at Luzern Pier No 1 immediately prior
to her final "Gotthard Express" sailing 13 to Flüelen..........


                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

..........later the paddle steamer arrives at Flüelen..........

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

..........then one final 'blast' on her steam whistle back at the dock
before being withdrawn from service for a major re-build
Joining in are sisters PS Unterwalden and PS Uri
with the stern of the
already laid-up PS Schiller on the extreme left


Sunday - 21st October 2018

PS Stadt Rapperswill  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                              pictures:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer sets off from Zurich to Rapperswil on her final
sailing 109 of 2018 and later returns in the setting sun on sailing 110

Saturday - 20th October 2018

PS Concordia (Lake Como)


                                                                                          photos:   Jacopo Memeo

Thanks to mv Volta being in dock undertaking repairs to her propellers
the paddle steamer was rostered to cover the full-length timetabled
sailing from Como to Colico on Saturday
She is seen on her return Saturday afternoon sailing 45
initially approaching Gravedona and later departing Lenno
It is very rare for the paddle steamer to be in service during the autumn
timetable period and this was understood to be her first such visit to Colico
(at the northern end of the lake) since 2010

Friday - 19th October 2018

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

On board the paddle steamer with a reflection of the setting sun
as the end of her 2018 season rappidly approaches


Thursday - 18th October 2018

PS La Suisse and MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer (left) has just left Vevey La Tour pier on her
return sailing 922 enabling the motor paddle vessel (right)
to call at the pier on her Upper Lake "circle" sailing 526


Saturday - 13th October 2018

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

Looking down onto the lake,  the paddle steamer sets off on her
afternoon sailing 922 to the Upper Lake

with the autumn sun catching her wake


Saturday - 13th October 2018

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva at the end of her return afternoon
sailing 327 from Yvoire


Wednesday - 10th October 2018

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer approaches Gunten on her return afternoon sailing 16
from Interlaken to Thun


Monday - 3rd September 2018

PS Piemonte (Lake Maggiore)

click on photo to 'zoom in' on the paddle steamer at the dock                                  photo:   Adrian Gloor

PS Piemonte stands at Arona dock covered in flags
suggesting she was either about to go out on a charter or retuirning from one
In the foreground stands the withdrawn, static PS Lombardia
Still open to the public - she currently displays the word "dancing"
suggesting her current owners are expanding her activities beyoud catering !


Sunday - 9th October 2018

PS Hohentwiel (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer calls at Romanshorn on a special sailing on AGM day

Wednesday - 3rd October 2018

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer stands at Ouchy waiting to form her evening peak
ferry sailing 1119 to Evian-les-Bains
In the background PS La Suisse sets off for the dock having arrived
from the Upper lake on sailing 923

Monday - 1st October 2018

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives stands at Ouchy between her morning
and evening peak ferry runs
Later shortly after PS La Suisse arrived at Ouchy from the Upper Lake
PS Simplon follows her into another pier on her return ferry
sailing 1118 from Evian-les-Bains

Sunday - 30th September 2018

PS Piemonte (Lake Maggiore)


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives calls at Stresa during her International Charter
sailing from Arona to Ascona

Sunday - 30th September 2018

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel - Murten)

                                                                                        picture:   Murten webcam

The paddle steamer stands at Morat/Murten harbour prior to her final
sailing 64 of 2018 from that port back to Neuchâtel


Saturday - 29th September 2018

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer arrives Flüelen in typical autumn weather on sailing 21
on her last round trip of her 2018 season


Thursday - 27th September 2018

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Limone on her last sailing 58
of the day from Malcesine back to Riva
on what is understood was her final day in service during 2018
Tuesday - 25th September 2018

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

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


Thursday - 18th September 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                     photo:   William Campbell

The paddle steamer stands at Zurich after returning from Rapperswil
on the return leg of her afternoon sailing 114

Tuesday - 25th September 2018

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

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


Sunday - 16th September 2018

PS Stadt Luzern and friends  (Lake Luzern)
Farewell Parade


click on the photo for a close-up of the "flagship"                              photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Stadt Luzern leads her four sisters towards the wider part of the lake........

                                                                                          picture:   Luzern Webcam

..........and later PS Stadt Luzern (centre) approaches the Luzern bridge
at the end of her "Farewell Parade" along with three of her sisters

PS Unterwalden held back off-Pier No.3,   but to compensate - the long-withdrawn
static PS Wilhelm Tell managed to join in the fun !


Friday - 14th September 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Weggis whilst unusually operating the
late afternoon return sailing 32 from Flüelen to Luzern


Saturday - 8th September 2018

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Spiez on the return afternoon sailing 16
from Interlaken to Thun

Wednesday - 5th September 2018

PSs Uri and Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                              photos:  Alain Vuistiner

PS Uri approaches Luzern the end of her return morning sailings 7-18
to Flüelen.....
.....and later PS Unterwalden stands at Alpnachstad pier as she waits
to form return sailing 66 to Luzern

as seen from a Mount Pilatus train setting off for the summit

Sunday - 2nd September 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

The paddle steamer departs Argegno on her way back to Como
on her last advertised "Steamboat Cruises" of 2018 to Varenna

Sunday - 2nd September 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Florian Abrecht

The motor paddle vessel approaches Rolle on her final sailing 101
of the 2018 season from Lausanne to Geneva

Sunday - 2nd September 2018

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer departs Lausanne on her final return sailing 105
of the 2018 season back to Geneva


Sunday - 2nd September 2018

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          picture:   Vevey webcam

The paddle steamer departs Vevey Marché to the Upper Lake
on her final afternoon sailing 906 of the 2018 season

Wednesday - 22nd August 2018

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Andreas Hofer

The large flag-ship paddle steamer stands at Luzern Pier No1
waiting for its next daily service run to Flüelen
near the end of her final season before withdrawal for a major re-build

Sunday - 19th August 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

It's "full speed ahead" as the paddle steamer departs Varenna
on her special Sunday sailing SP2 back to Como

Saturday - 18th August 2018

PSs Savoie and Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photos:   Alain Vuistiner

As dusk falls,  the paddle steamers depart Yvoire for Geneva and Montreux
respectively after inter-connecting on their dinner cruise sailings 389 and 488

Friday - 17th August 2018

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer departs Coppet on her return afternoon sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

Sunday - 5th August 2018

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                              photos:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches at the end of her lunch cruise sailing 926
from Grandson.....
.....and later reverses away from Estavayer pier on sailing 505
as she heads back to Neuchâtel

Thursday - 2nd August 2018

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel broke down on Yvoire on her return sailing 106
from Geneva to Lausanne resulting in all her remaining sailings for that day
being cancelled
She was later rescued by mv Général-Guisan and towed back
to Ouchy dock for repairs

BEWARE - all her sailings are now being covered by mv Henry-Dunant
until further notice


Wednesday - 1st August 2018

all five Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The annual parade of all the paddle steamers and some motor vessels
as they head off from Luzern for Brunnen and the fireworks display


Tuesday - 31st July 2018

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer passes Meggenhorn on her return
evening "Sunset Cruise" sailing 36 from Beckenried to Luzern

Friday - 27th July 2018

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel departs Morges and her return afternoon sailing 106
from Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux

Wednesday - 25th July 2018

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer emerges from behind the stern of PS Montreux at Lausanne
as she sets off back to Geneva on sailing 105

Thursday - 19th July 2018

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer departs Telsplatte on her daily outward morning
"Gotthard Panoramic Express" sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüelen


Thursday - 19th July 2018

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

Following repairs, the paddle steamer returned to service and is seen arrived
at Murten/Morat after her outward lunchtime sailing 63 from Neuchâtel


Wednesday - 18th July 2018

PS Lötschberg (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer departs Giessbach on her return morning sailing 64
from Brienz to Interlaken

There are great scenic walks from the pier either to the of the waterfalls
or a more gentle stroll through the woodland along the lakeside to Iseltwald

Sunday - 15th July 2018

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer approaches Menaggio on her return special sailing
back from Varenna to Como

Saturday - 14th July 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photos:   Olivier Bachmann

The weekly Saturday evening sailing 79 to Brienz approaches Bönigen
The fishermen seem completely oblivious to the passing paddle steamer

Saturday - 14th July 2018

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     picture:   Limone webcam

The well-loaded motor paddle vessel makes a fine sight at she leaves Limone
on return sailing 56 to Riva

Tuesday - 10th July 2018

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          photo:   Peter Devrell

The paddle steamer arrives Rapperswil on her morning sailing 103 from Zurich
Click on the picture above for a You-Tube Video of the Swiss Paddle Steamers
taken at the same time

Monday - 9th July 2018

PSs Stadt Luzern and Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                          photos:   Peter Devrell

The larger paddle steamer departs Beckenried on her outward morning
"Gotthard Panorama Express"sailing 13 to Flüelen
Later the smaller paddle steamer departs Alpnachstad on her daily
return sailing 66 to Luzern
Click on the pictures above for a You-Tube Video of the Swiss Paddle Steamers
taken at the same time
Sunday - 8th July 2018

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Peter Devrell

The paddle steamer departs Montreux on her return afternoon sailing 907
to Lausanne ---
four days later she broke down with boiler problems
and missed four days of summer sailings
Click on the picture above for a You-Tube Video of the Swiss Paddle Steamers
taken at the same time

Friday - 6th July 2018

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at Morges on her outward evening Dinner Cruise
sailing 487 from Lausanne to Yvoire


Sunday - 1st July 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer departs Giessbach on the final leg of her morning
outward sailing 63 from Interlaken to Brienz

Saturday - 30th June 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer rarely operates in the dark but the return Saturdays Only
evening sailing 70 from Brienz back to Interlaken is the exception
Seen above returning "stern-first" into Interlaken

Wednesday - 27th July 2018

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Beat Zumstein

The paddle steamer arrives Beckenried on the outward leg of the evening
"Sunset Cruise" sailing 33 from Luzern

Thursday - 26th June 2018

PS Simplon and PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

Due to gales the Nyon-Yvoire Ferry was withdrawn for the day leaving only
the larger paddle steamers to offer a limited service
PS Simplon sets of into the lake on her daily sailing 102 to Lausanne - she is
initially seen off-Geneva Eaux-Vives (the pier is currently closed for
maintenance work) as the waves begin to increase on height
Later she calls at Nyon on return and the usual small ferry can be seen
tied up sheltering inside the harbour wall
Later sister PS Savoie also calls Nyon on her return afternoon sailing 307
before unusually 'doubled back' to Yovoire to convey return commuters
before she continued back to Geneva

Sunday - 24th June 2018

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel inter-connects with sister MPV Vevey for the
final sailings of the day - as there is only one berth the MPV has to "hover-off" between calls and is seen from MPV Vevey waiting to return to the pier
to form sailing 510 direct to Le Bouveret


Tuesday - 19th June 2018

PS Simplon and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer sets off from Yvoire for Geneve on her return
afternoon sailing 105 as the well-loaded motor paddle vessel arrives in the
opposite direction for Lausanne and Montreux on sailing 106

Monday - 18th June 2018

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer leaves Montreux on her last afternoon sailing 205
back to Lausanne


Saturday - 16th June 2018

PS La Suisse and MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer (background) returns to Lausanne on sailing 923
after dropping off passengers for the other Upper Lake piers
to join the motor paddle vessel on sailing 923 at Château-de-Chillon
on the last day of the Spring Timetable

Saturday - 16th June 2018

Four Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

          PS Schiller arriving at Flüelen   Passing PS Stadt Luzern near Treib
  (sailing 7)     (sailing 13)


                                                                                          photos:   Carlo Sottocasa

PS Unterwalden sets off for Alpnachstad   PS Uri waits to operate an evening        
                          (sailing 65)       Candlelight Dinner cruise


Wednesday 13th June 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          picture:   Zurich webcam

Despite her sister (PS Stadt Rapperswil) originally being advertised
to operate the day's sailings,  the paddle steamer covered and is seen setting off
in the rain on her afternoon outward sailing 113 from Zurich to Rapperswil

Monday - 11th June 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer arrives Menaggio pier on her return afternoon
timetabled sailing 47 from Bellagio back to Como

Saturday - 9th June 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Carlo Sottocasa

The paddle steamer approaches Pier No 4 stern first
prior to operating her morning timetabled sailing 14 to Bellagio


                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

later, the paddle steamer departs Como on her afternoon
timetabled sailing 16 to Bellano

Friday - 8th June 2018

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                     picture:   Luzern Webcam

The paddle steamer failed to operate her planned afternoon sailings 21-30
from Luzern to Flüelen and her place was taken by mv Europa
Do you know why ?
This was "apparently" due to a shortage of steam engineers
In consequence sailings 21-30
(or occasionally another pair of sailings)
will for the immediate future be operated by a motor vessel

see below and further details to follow if or when I am advised

Friday - 8th June 2018

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     picture:   Limione webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Limone on sailing 53 from Riva to Malcesine
on her first day of sailings from Riva in 2018

She is now planned to cover the Upper Lake sailings daily throughout
the summer vice her sister MPV G Zanardelli who is spending the summer in dock
undertaking a major re-build - before returning to her usual role in 2019

Thursday - 7th June 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer leaves Giessbach - famous for its waterfalls - for Brienz
on her afternoon sailing 69 from Interlaken


Sunday - 3rd June 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                              pictures:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer arrives Bellagio on the outward leg of the first of her
three "weekly special Sunday Sailings" from Como

Friday - 1st June 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              pictures:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer unusually operated the lunchtime sailings 20-19
from Como to Bellano

She is seen loading a large crowd at Bellagio on her return journey
before heading across the lake to Villa Carlotta

Thursday - 31st May 2018

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                       photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Morat/Murten on sailing 63 from Neuchâtel

Tuesday - 29th May 2018

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                       photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Yvoire at the end of her afternon sailing 326
from Geneva prior to returning


Monday - 28th May 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          picture:   Vevey webcam

The motor paddle vessel leaves Vevey on sailing 528 whilst covering for
sister MPV Italie which made a quick visit to dock for repairs

She also covered the same sailings on Tuesday 29th May

Sunday - 27th May 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

With mv Bisbino still our of action following her accident earlier in the year
and both mv Volta and mv Manzoni requiring pre-season maintenance
the paddle steamer is having one of her most intensive starts to the season
including covering timetabled sailings before her Sunday special sailings
She is seen approaching Lenno on sailing 16 from Como to Bellanio
as mv Orion heads back to Como in the background

Saturday - 26th May 2018

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Oberhofen on return sailing 16
from Interlaken to Thun

ADVANCE INFORMATION
8th June to 28th September 2018


MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

MPV Italia near Bardolino in 2017

With her sister MPV G Zanardelli remaining in dock for a major re-build
the sole operational motor paddle vessel will normally be based at Riva during
2018 and cover the Upper Lake service between Riva and Malcesine-Limone

Whit Monday - 21st May 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Bönigen on her return morning sailing 64
from Brienz to Interlaken

Whit Sunday - 20th May 2018

Naval Parade  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

PS Savoie makes a very rare call at Excenevex on her way from Geneva
to the annual Naval Parade - this year off-Evian-les-Bains


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

Later,  after the Parade,   PS La Suisse calls at the pier at Evian les-Bains
to unload her passengers before returning across the lake to Lausanne

Thursday - 17th May 2018

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne prior to operating her
first pre-season charter of 2018

Monday - 14th May 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel covers for the flagship PS La Suisse for two days
whilst she remains in dock for repairs

Sunday - 13th May 2018

Paddle steamers  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photos:   Andreas Hofer

Most of the paddle steamer stand spare at Luzern
waiting for the main season to start

Friday - 4th May 2018

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

Despite making a test run, the paddle steamer remains out of service
with engine problems for several days

Thursday - 3rd May 2018

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Coppet on afternoon sailing 326
from Geneva to Yvoire on a cold and windy afternnon

May-Day Tuesdy 1st May 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

The paddle steamer approaches Lenno pier whilst operating
sailing 12 from Como to Menaggio

just after hydrofoil Freccia Delle Valli speeds off to Como

Monday - 30th April 2018

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                              photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer operated morning ferry sailings prior to the lunch cruise
to the Upper Lake --- on return to Lausanne she reverted to ferry sailings
and is seen about to depart on sailing 1115 to Evian-les-Bains,
  en route and later about to return to Lausanne on sailing 1116
With a strong wind getting up,  the afternoon sailing from Lausanne
to the Upper Lake was cancelled
- possibly why so many people
were outside on the ferry run
It is understood MPV Italie was also stopped mid-afternoon
Do YOU have any further information ?

Monday 30th April 2018

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer returned to service much later than usual
and operated her first sailing 111 from Zurich to Rapperswil

Sunday - 29th April 2018

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:   Vevey webcam

The paddle steamer failed to operate as scheduled to the Upper Lake
and her sailings were covered by mv Valais
PS Simplon returned 'light' from Geneva to Lausanne
on the Sunday afternoon to cover from Monday
Do
YOU have any further information ?

Saturday - 28th April 2018

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)
A busy day at Vevey

                                                                                              picture:   Vevey webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Vevey La Tour on her lunch sailing 526
round the Upper Lake

Sister PS La Suisse had left a few minutes earlier and PS Simplon is at
Vevey Marché pier (left) waiting to work a charter sailing to Geneva

Friday - 27th April 2018

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer gets warmed-up for the first time in 2018
prior to re-entry into service for the summer season

Thursday - 26th April 2018

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)
back in service after repairs

                                                                                              picture:  Luzern webcam

Following a few days out of service for repairs,  the paddle steamer stands
at Pier No.1 ready to operate sailing 13 to Flüelen as originally planned

allowing her larger sister PS Stadt Luzern to stand down

Sunday - 22nd April 2018

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              picture:  Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Nyon on her final sailing 105 in the Little Lake
After arrival at Geneva she was due to sail light back to Lausanne
to operate ferry sailings to both Evian-les-Bains and Thonon-les-Bains
vice a motor vessel from the following day

Sunday - 22nd April 2018

THE START OF THE SGV SEASON IS A DISASTER !
PS Unterwalden and PS Uri
 (Lake Luzern)
Neither paddle steamer sailed as advertised


                                                                                              picture:  Luzern webcam

After mv Gotthard had to cover the early sailings 7-18
PS Stadt Luzern quickly re-entered public service much earlier than planned
and covered sailings 13-24

It is understood she will now also cover these sailings all next week

                                                                                              picture:  Luzern webcam

After mv Gotthard arrived back at Luzern, she towed PS Uri to the
dock - presumably for repairs
Do YOU know what is wrong with both paddlee steamers ?


Friday - 20th April 2018

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

After completing her two round trips to the Upper Lake
the paddle steamer returns 'light' to Ouchy dock

Wednesday - 18th April 2018

PS Simplon and MPV Italie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

A sunnay day in the Upper Lake as seen from Château-de-Chillon showing
sailings 923 and 528 close together

Monday - 16th April 2018

PS Simplon and MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Cully on afternoon sailing 923 to the
Upper Lake and later leaves Chateâu-de-Chillon as the smaller MPV Italie
follows her into the pier

Sunday - 15th April 2018

First day of Spring  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

It was all change for 2018 with PS Simplon covering the Lausanne to
Chateâu-de-Chillons sailings and MPV Italie has taken over the
Upper Lake Circle cruises for the 2018 season.....


                                                                                          pictures:   Nyon webcam

.....meanwhile at the other end of the lake both MPV Vevey was on the first
Geneva-Lausanne sailing 102 of the year and PS Savoie on the Little Lake cruises

Sunday 8th April 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives at Rapperswil on sailing 109 to from Zurich


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Later the well loaded paddle steamer initially approaches Erlenbach on her
return afternoon sailing 110 from Rapperswil to Zurich
and finally at Zurich prior to returning to dock

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Hermitage at approx 1545 on a
"driving school/instruction" test run

Easter Monday 2nd April 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jacopo Memeo

The paddle steamer approaches Menaggio prior to operating
sailing 31 back to Como

Easter Monday 2nd April 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer stands at Rapperswil loading a large crowd
prior to operating sailing 110 back to Zurich

Easter Sunday 1st April 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                          photo:   Jean-Luc Aegerter

The paddle steamer stands at Como loading for her first sailing 12 of 2018
to Menaggio

Easter Sunday 1st April 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Mario Gavazzi

The paddle steamer leaves Luzern dock prior to operating sailing 13 to Flüelen
whilst sister PS Unterwalden waits to operate a special Easteer Lunch Cruise

Easter Saturday 31st March 2018

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Mario Gavazzi

Snow is still around as the paddle steamer approaches Vitznau
on her return sailing 24 from Flüelen to Luzern

Good Friday 30th March 2018

PS Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                          picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer loads at Zurich on her first lunch-time
sailing 109 to Rapperswil

Monday - 5th March 2018

MPV Italie   (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel was called out to cover some of the peak-hour
Thonon-les-Bains commuter ferry runs
She is seen retiring to the dock after her morning duties - prior
to returning to the pier to cover some evening runs

Saturday - 3rd March 2018

MPV Vevey   (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Christian Meyer

The moon peeps through the clouds to get a glimpse of the
motor paddle vessel moored overnight at Geneva Mont Blanc pier

Friday - 2nd March 2018

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                   photos:   Mario Gavazzi)

Winter activity ! - the paddle steamer stands in the Tavernola shipyard at
Como raising steam pressure prior to a rare March charter the following day
Note the snow on the foredeck giving a wonderful "winter atmosphere"
Do YOU have any further details of the charter
 or better still a photo of her in action for inclusion on this website ? 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Meanwhile
(below) across the lake,  poor sister PS Patria lies looking
very forelorn at Como Villa Olmo pier

Unfortunately she will not be sailing in 2018 and nobody seems to know her future

Friday - 2nd March 2018

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel waits at a snowy Lausanne-Ouchy pier
prior to working the mid-afternoon ferry sailing 1217 to Thonon-les-Bains
and later setting off into the lake

Sunday 11th Febrary 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her outward winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 330


Sunday - 18th February 2018

MPV Vevey   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   photos:   Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel waits at Geneva before her "lunch cruise"
sailing 330 to Nyon
 (note the laid-up PS Rhône to her right)
and later at Nyon before returning on sailing 331



                                                                                                   photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Further picture of both the motor paddle vessel and the laid-up paddle steamer

Friday - 16th February 2018

MPV Italie   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel sets off from Lausanne for Thonon-les-Bains on her
late-afternoon ferry sailing 1223

Sunday 11th Febrary 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her outward winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 330


Friday 9th February 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer spends some time in the covered dock
whilst her steam turbine is replaced by a diesel one
The opportunity is also being taken to update the electronics for her boiler.

Friday - 9th February 2018

MPV Italie   (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at Lausanne prior to operating her
mid-afternoon ferry sailing 1217 to Thonon-les-Bains

Sunday 21st January 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel departs Nyon on the return the winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 331


Sunday 14th January 2018

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel has been transferred back to Geneva
and is seen approaching Nyon on the winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 330

currently she is the only paddle steamer in public service anywhere in Switzerland

Sunday 7th January 2018

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   pictures:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on the final winter Sunday
Lunch Cruise sailing 330 of her extended 2017 season from Geneva
and later leaving the pier on her return sailing 331
This is likely to be her last sailing in the Little Lake for some time
as she it planned to operate in the Upper Lake during Summer 2018

NEW YEAR'S DAY - Monday 1st January 2018

PS Blümisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Beatenbucht on the morning
"Niederhornexpress" sailing 16 from Thun

NEW YEAR'S EVE - Sunday 31st December 2017

PS Blümisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Merligen on her afternoon sailing 16
from Interlaken before swinging round to approach Thun stern first

(ready for her evening Gala Dinner cruise)

Wednesday 27th December 2017

PS Blümisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Spiez on her final sailing 16 of the day
back from Interlaken to Thun

BOXING DAY - Monday 26th December 2017

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon on her extra Boxing Day
Lunch Cruise sailing 330 from Geneva

Christmas Day - Monday 25th December 2017

PS Blümisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer gets 'steamed up' at Thun on Christmas Day morning
immediately prior to her first timetabled sailing 111 of the day

Sunday - 24th December 2017

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer stands at Luzern prior to operating her special
Christmas Eve Gala Dinner cruise and later returning to Luzern after her cruise

Thursday - 14th December 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The first two round trips to Thonon-les-Bains had to be cancelled due to storms
but after the wind died down it was still wet as the motor paddle vessel
operated the mid-afternoon sailings 1217-1218

Thursday - 7th December 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer remains laid-up at Geneva pending her major re-build

Monday - 3rd December 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer sets off on a trial to test the new 'burner control'

Friday - 1st December 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at Lausanne whilst waiting to operate
her two Friday International ferry sailings prior to her weekly
special evening Fondue Cruises from both Lausanne and Morges

Sunday - 26th November 2017

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel waits at Nyon prior to returning to Geneva
on her weekly sailing 331 lunch cruise

Friday - 24th November 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at Lausanne ready to operate sailing 1217
- the first of her two Friday International ferry sailings prior to her weekly
special evening Fondue Cruises from both Lausanne and Morges

Sunday - 12th November 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lakes Brienz)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives at Interlaken ready to operate
her rare WINTER lunchtime cruise to Brienz and back

note the HarderKulm funicular in the background
..........and later on arrival at Brienz


                                                                                        pictures:   Bonigen webcam

The paddle steamer calls at Bonigen on her outward sailing 65 to Brienz
and later on return sailing 66 back to Interlaken

Friday - 10th November 2017

PSs Blümlisalp and Lötschberg  (Lakes Thun and Brienz)


                                                                                        photos:   Ernst Mischler

The 62nd annual "Binnenschiffahrtstreffen" conference at Interlaken
woke both paddle steamers from their winter slumbers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On Lake Thun the paddle steamer set off early sailing light from Thun
to operate a special charter departing at 0930 which visited
mv Berner Oberland at the Thun shipyard

Meanwhile on Lake Brienz,  the paddle steamer also left Interlaken at 0930
(to connect with a special steam train as far as Gäldried
on the Brienz Rothorn-Bahn)
where she is seen arriving Brienz an hour later

note the three steam whilstle in action !

Friday - 10th November 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel is back in service after a quick autumn overhaul
and is now undertaking her regular winter duties
which on Fridays consist of two International ferry sailings
from Lausanne to Thonon-les-Bains followed by
a special evening Fondue Cruise from both Lausanne and Morges
She is seen waiting to leave for France on both sailings 1217 and 1223

Sunday - 5th November 2017

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel arrives at Nyon on her weekly sailing 330 from Geneva

Sunday - 29th October 2017

PS La Suisse   and   MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   François Rentsch

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne after completing her final
International sailing 1110 of the year from Evian-les-Bains
prior to operating her final sailing of 2017 to the Upper Lake and back..........


                                                                                                   picture:   Nyon webcam

..........meanwhile the motor paddle vessel arrives Nyon from Geneva on
sailing 330 just as the sun broke through - by the time she was ready
to return it had become overcast againt

Sunday - 22nd October 2017

All five Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          picture:   Luzern webcam

The sun finally comes out to welcome all the operation fleet back to Luzern
at the end of the final "Tanz der Dampfschiffe" of 2017




                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Earlier in the day the weather was overcast as first PS Uri then
PS Stadt Luzern called at Treib on sailings 18 and 13 respectively
Fortunately the rain kept off as the paddles steamers 'danced' round
each other between Vitznau and Luzern

It is understood this weekly autumn 'event' will not be repeated in 2018

Saturday - 21st October 2017

PS Piemonte  (Lake Maggiore)


                                                                                          photos:   Brigitte Eisl

Prior to her charter (see below) PS Piemonte undertook a short test run
in the early morning mist past Rocca di Angera castle




                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Piemonte made a rare international cruise from Arona (Italy) to Locarno (Switzeland) - which unusually was also opern to the general public
She made a call at Stresa en-route to the border
before later arriving at and subsequently departing Locarno
and finally arriving back at Arona dock

with former PS Lombardia (now a static restaurant) in the foreground



                                                                                          photos:   Martin Eisl

Two further views of PS Piemonte arriving Locarno

Sunday - 15th October 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                   photo:   Robert Knöpfel


                                                                                                   pictures:   Zurich webcam
The paddle steamer sets off on her lunchtime sailing 109
from Zurich to Rapperswil......
.....and later at the end of return sailing 110 before retiring to the dock

These sailings turned out to be the final ones of 2017

Friday - 13th October 2017

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer approaches Lutry on her return afternoon sailing 923
to Lausanne from the Upper Lake

Friday - 13th October 2017

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer returns to Luzern at the end of her evening
Candlelight Dinner Cruise

Sunday - 8th October 2017

MPV G Zanardelli  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                   picture:   Zurich webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Limone on her final outward sailing 57
of 2017 to Malcesine before returning to Riva and winter lay-up

Sunday - 8th October 2017

All six Paddle Steamers  !!!  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          picture:   Luzern webcam

Static PS Wilhelm Tell looks longingly at her operational sisters
as they return from their weekly "Tanz der Dampfschiffe"


Sunday - 8th October 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                   pictures:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer sets off on her lunchtime sailing 109
from Zurich to Rapperswil......
.....and later at the end of return sailing 110 before retiring to the dock

These sailings will be repeated on Sunday 15th October

Saturday - 7th October 2017

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                   picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle steamer loads her passengers at Zurich for for her special
'end-of-season' evening Fondue Cruise

Friday - 6th October 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer leaves Geneva on her daily Lunch Cruise sailing 304
to Versoix and Hermance

Wednesday - 4th October 2017

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel (covering for sister MPV Vevey undertaining maintenance)
departs Château-de-Chillon on afternoon sailing 528

Tuesday - 3rd October 2017

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The final week of steam-powered commuting from Evian-les-Bains !!!
Click on the photo above to see PS Simplon working hard..........

Sunday - 1st October 2017

Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                          photos:   Olivier Bachmann

The Sunday afternoon "Tanz der Dampfschiffe" Parade
as seen from the deck of PS Schiller

It is understood 2017 is the last year this event will take place

Sunday - 1st October 2017

PS Hohentwiel  (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                          photos:   Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer hosted the AGM on the lake
Initially seen from the Friedrichshafen to Romanshorn ferry as she
overtook the well-loaded steamer on a bright October afternoon
and later arriving at Romanshorn harbour

Friday - 29th September 2017

PSs Simplon and La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Horlacher

An unusual early-evening view of both of the the large paddle steamers at Lausanne

Monday - 25th September 2017

PSs Simplon and La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

Unusually both of the the large paddle steamers were in service together
at as late as the end of September
Initially PS La Suisse sets off for the Upper Lake on sailing 922
whilst PS Simplon having finished her summer season at Geneva
waits to take over the weekday Evian-les-Bains ferry service
for two weeks commencing with sailing 1115

Sunday - 24th September 2017

PSs Simplon and La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Top - PS Simplon prepares to leave Geneva for her last sailing of the season to
Lausanne and later departs Yvoire on her return

Bottom - shorty later PS Savoie arrives Yvoire on her afternoon sailing
from Geneva and later leaves Coppet on her return sailing

Monday - 18th September 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Olivier Bachmann


                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer operated four special last day public sailings
from Lausanne prior to withdrawal for a major re-build
The top photo shows her arriving at Lausanne for her final trip
"Anticlosckwise Round the Upper Lake" calling at most of the
still usable piers including Tourronde (
lower photo) which
is one of two French piers no longer regularly served by the CGN

Monday - 11th September 2017

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at Cully on her afternoon sailing 922
from Lausanne to the Upper Lake

Sunday - 10th September 2017

Last day of the Summer season
Five Paddle Steamers
  (Lake Luzern)


        PS Uri leaving Weggis                       PS Stadt Luzern approaching Treib

PS Schiller leaving Rutli                             PS Gallia approaching Rütli


                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Unterwalden nears Luzern at the end of her lunch cruise to Küssnacht-am-Rigi

Friday - 8th September 2017

Four Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

PS Gallia loading at Luzern                       .....later returning from Flüelen

  PS Uri between Vitznau and Weggis       PS Unterwalden approaching Luzern


                                                                                          photos:   Carlo Sottocasa

PS Stadt Luzern has just left Treib on her return daily
"Gotthard Panorama Express" from Flüelen to Luzern

Sunday - 3rd September 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            picture:   Morghes webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Morges on the outward leg of her final
evening sailings 487-488 of 2017 from Lausanne to Yvoire and return

Sunday - 3rd September 2017

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer was rostered to operate the lightly loaded 1000 ferry
sailing 504 connection off the recently re-opened Bürgenstock funicular
due to the breakdown of mv Schwyz on Sunday 3rd September

This enabled the regular small ferry mv Titlis to cover another motor vessel

Not quite the start the SGV were hoping for !!!!!


Saturday - 2nd September 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                            photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer waits at Interlaken to form her final 2017
'Saturdays only' evening sailing 79 to Brienz

Saturday - 2nd September 2017

PSs Gallia and Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Gallia approaches Luzern pier No 2 to unusually operate the
morning sailing 151 to Küssnacht-am Rigi
and later on her return sailing 152 she passes sister PS Stadt Luzern
at the cross-funnel on sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüelen

Tuesday - 29th August 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The end of the summer approaches as PS La Suisse returns from Montreuz to
Lausanne on her final sailing 205 of the day from the Upper Lake
Later MPV Italie calls at Montreux on her evening cruise
sailings 908-909 from Lausanne

Saturday - 26th August 2017

MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Limone on her sightly late-running
teatime sailing 56 to Riva
After a further round-trip via Malcesine,  she went on to operate her
annual evening fireworks cruise from Riva

Thursday - 24th August 2017

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photos:   Lukas Bruckner

The paddle steamer returns from Beatenbucht to Thun on her evening sailing 126
Initially approaching Faulensee pier and later looking back at the sunset

Wednesday - 23rd August 2017

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer leaves a distinctive trail as she powers astern
from Flüelen pier on the final sailing 30 of the day back to Luzern

Tuesday - 22nd August 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The largest paddle steamer arrives Lausanne from the Upper Lake
in time to connect into PS Montreux (behind) which is loading
for her nightly evening sailing 487 to Yvoire

Thursday - 17th August 2017

PSs Montreux  Rhône and Savoie  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                        photos:   Robert Horlacher

PS Montreux waits at Lausanne to form her evening sailing 487
to Yvoire as sister PS Rhône (covering for PS La Suisse) heads for
the dock after her day of Upper Lake sailings..........
.........and later at Yvoire as she "inter-changes" with sister PS Savoie
which had just arrived from Geneva
prior to returning to their respectivs starting points

Tuesday - 15th August 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer nears Rivaz as she aheads for Château-de-Chillon
on her early-afternoon sailing 906 from Lausanne to the Upper Lake

as seen from her sister PS Rhône

Monday - 14th August 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer initially returns to Lausanne at the end of her early-afternoon
sailing 203 from the Upper Lake
and later after returning on her late-afternoon sailing 205

Note - PS Montreux can be seen standing in the background waiting to operate
her regular evening sailing to Yvoire and back - following breaking down the
previous day and having to be replaced by the much smaller "mv Morges"

Sunday - 13th August 2017

PS Rhône and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photos:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer makes her first St Gingolph call in the Upper Lake
(after coming off "on standby" to cover for her larger sister PS La Suisse)
whilst operating the outward 'anti-clockwise' circle sailing 200
and later the motor paddle vessel arrives Montrteux
on her reguilar Lunchtime 'clockwise' Upper Lake circle cruise sailing 904


                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher
PS Rhône later leaves St Gingolph on her second Upper Lake
round trip sailing 202 of the day.....

Saturday - 12th August 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer approaches Iseltwald on her return Saturdays only
evening sailing 80 from Brienz to Interlaken

Monday - 7th August 2017

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer passes in front of Mount Pilatus
shortly after leaving Luzern on her daily sailing 13 to Flüelen

She was back in service having broken down the previous day

Sunday - 6th August 2017

Paddle Steamers  (Lake Geneva)

PS La Suisse at Lausanne                               PS Montreux near Montreux

                                                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

              PS Montreux back at Lausanne                     ........and later with MPV Italie (in background)

                                                                                        photo:   Christian Meyer

and finally PS Simplon approaches Rolle on her return sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

Tuesday - 1st August 2017

all five Paddle Steamers (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The annual parade of all the paddle steamers as they head off from Luzern
for Brunnen and the fireworks display


Monday - 31st July 2017

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                            photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer stands at Interlaken prior to her first sailing of the day
and later leaving Interlaken on her afternoon sailing 69 to Brienz

Monday - 31st July 2017

PSs La Suisse and Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photos:   Peter Devrell

Initially PS La Suisse sets off from Lausanne for the Upper Lake
on her earlyafternoon sailing 202
and later sister PS Simplon departs Nyon on her return sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:  Vevey webcam

Finally, the motor paddle vessel sets off from Vevey on her special
evening Fireworks Cruise to the Le Bouveret display

Sunday - 30th July 2017

MPVs Vevey and Italie also PS Montreux   (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                        photos:   Peter Devrell

A busy, but windy sunny day in the Upper Lake with
MPV Vevey on morning sailing 505 off-Château-de-Chillon 
PS Monteux on sailing 906 arriving and departing Montreux on her afternoon sailing
and MPV Italie on sailing 908 arriving and departing Vevey on her evening cruise

Saturday - 29th July 2017

PS Lotschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Peter Devrell

The paddle steamer sets off from Interlaken on her afternoon sailing 69
to Brienz and is about to pass under the Brunig Railway Line Bridge
and enter the lake - as seen form the Harder Kulm

Thursday - 27th July 2017

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

PS Unterwalden returns to Luzern at the end of her
evening "Sunset Cruise" sailings 33-36

Saturday - 15th July 2017

PSs Savoie and Simplon also MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

A busy sunny day in the Little Lake with
PS Savoie on sailing 307 approaching Geneva, 
PS Simplon on sailing 105 leaving Yvoire
and MPV Italie on sailing 106 at Versiox pier

Tuesday - 11th July 2017

MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel approaches Limone
with a good load on the early afternoon sailing 54 to Riva

Sunday - 9th July 2017

PSs Stadt Luzern and Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The large PS Stadt Luzern approaches Treib on the return sailing 24
from Flüelen to Luzern
and later her smaller sister is seen leaving Brunnen on sailing 21

Friday - 30th June 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

Gales in the Upper Lake

Despite adverse weather conditions,  the paddle steamer still operated her
regular afternoon sailing 906 from Lausanne,  but had to terminate at
Clarens as the weather would not allow calls at either Montreux
or Château-de-Chillon piers


PSs Simplon,  Montreux and Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Alain Vuistiner

PS Simplon arrives Lausanne from Geneva on morning sailing 102
in somewhat 'un-summery' conditions
At the same time PS Montreux arrives light from the dock to form
the onward 1415 connecting sailings 906 to Château-de-Chillon



                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

PS Simplon passes sister PS Montruex as she sets off back to Geneva
on her afternoon sailing 105.....
.....and finally both PS Montreux and PS Savoie leave Yvoire
having inter-connected on their evening dinner cruise sailings 488 and 388

Monday - 26th June 2017

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer returns to Luzern at the end of her regular
morning sailings 7-18 to Flüelen and back
with Mount Pilatus towering over her in the background

Sunday - 25th June 2017

PSs Gallia and Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamers are seen returning to Luzern at the end
of sailing 22 and sailing 24 respectively on a sunny Sunday

Thursday - 22nd June 2017

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer loads at Lausanne prior to operating her regular
afternoon sailing 906 to Château-de-Chillon and return

Thursday - 22nd June 2017

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer returns to Luzern on her evening afternoon sailing 36
from Beckenried and is seen at the "crossfunnel"

where the branches to Alpnachstad and Küssnact join the main part of the lake

Wednesday - 21st June 2017

PSs Unterwalden and Gallia  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                        photos:   Alain Vuistiner

PS Unterwalden stands at Luzern ready to operate her afternoon
sailings 65-66 to Alpnachstad and back
Later her sister calls at Beckenried on her return sailing 30 from Flüelen

Sunday - 18th June 2017

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                            photo:  Shaun Moriarty

The motor paddle vessel passes Bardolino on her afternoon sailing 13
from Salo' to Desenzano

Saturday - 17th June 2017

PS La Suisse and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                photos:   Robert Horlacher

Lunchtime at Vevey La Tour as the paddle steamer heads for Château-de-Chillon
on sailing 920 and later returning back to Lausanne on sailing 921 as she passes
the motor paddle vessel on sailing 526 operating the Upper Lake 'circle' cruises

Saturday - 17th June 2017

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer is first seen off-Seeburg on here return lunch cruise sailing 154 from Küssnacht-am-Rigi and later approaching Kastanienbaum on her afternoon sailing 65 to Alpnachstad

Friday - 16th June 2017

MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                        picture:   Limone webcam

The first sighting of 2017 as the motor paddle vessel departs Limone
for Malcesine on sailing 55 from Riva

Are you aware of her operating any earlier ?

Tuesday - 13th June 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer loads at Yvoire prior to operating her regular
afternoon sailing 327 back to Geneva

Sunday - 11th June 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photos:   Ernst Mischler


                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer operated a special "Creux de Sciez" cruise from Lausanne
She is initially seen at Sechex, Sciez and Excenevex
then later returning to Yvoire and the end of her third circuit
of the rarely visited sandy inlet on the French side of the lake
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This was expected to be her final public sailing before being withdrawn
from service for a major re-build

However, she is now technically "on standby" so it still possible she may have to
be pressed into service again to cover any problem with one of her sisters

Sunday - 11th June 2017

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                            photo:  Gordon Craig

The motor paddle vessel calls at Sirmione on her pen-ultimate sailing14
of the day from Desenzano to Garda at the end of an extended three-day
weekend covering for a smaller motor vessel

Sunday - 11th June 2017

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                    photo:  Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches the Lido pier at Lunzern
near the end of her return afternoon sailing 30 from Flüelen

Wednesday - 7th June 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Versoix on sailing 326
from Geneva to Yvoire on a sunny afternoon
with the snow-capped Mont Blanc in the background

Tuesday - 6th June 2017

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photo:   Andrew Thompson

Behind the Scenes on Lake Geneva
An unusual view on board the motor paddle vessel
normally only seen by the engineering crew as they enter the engine room

Whit Monday - 5th June 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:  nyon webcam

The paddle steamer arrives at Nyon on ferry sailing 1339 from Yvoire prior to operating sailing 422 back to Lausanne
This is expected to be her final timetabled sailing of 2017
before being withdrawn for a major overhaul

      DON'T FORGET..........
  PS Rhône is still planned to operate one more final special  
"Creux de Sciez" sailing this Sunday - 11th June

calling at piers no longer served by regular timetabled sailings
Make sure you don't miss this rare opportinity !!!!

Whit Saturday - 3rd June 2017

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   pictures:  nyon webcam

Although the paddle steamer is basically "on standby" during 2017
she was unusually rostered to operate the Mid-Lake sailings from Lausanne
followed by an early-evening ferry run to Thonon-les-Bains
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Initally
(left) she is seen arriving at Nyon at the end of sailing 421 from
Lausanne and later
(right) after operating the early afternoon ferry
sailing 1339 from Yvoire before returning to Lausanne..........


                                                                                                    photos:  Alain Vuistiner

..........by mid-afternoon the weather took a turn for the worse as she is seen
approaching Morges
(left) on the return sailing 422 and by the time she left
Thonon-les-Bains
(right) on her evening ferry sailing 1224 it was raining hard

Sunday - 28th May 2017

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   picture:  nyon webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Nyon pier on her return sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

Ascension Thurday - 14th May 2017

PSs Simplon and La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                 photos:   Alain Vuistiner

PS Simplon arrives at Lausanne at the end of sailing 102 from Geneva
where she was taken out of service for repairs to her engine
Meanwhile PS La Suisse
(fresh from several weeks of ferry duty) approaches
Pully on her return morning Upper Lake excursion sailing 921

Monday - 22nd May 2017

PS La Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne, prior to operating sailing 920
to the Upper Lake vice her larger sister PS La Suisse

which is spending a couple of days at Ouchy Dock

Sunday - 21st May 2017

All 7 Paddle Steamers  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        picture:   Cully Webcam

All operational paddle steamers off-Cully during the Annual Naval Parade
as seen in the distance from the shore..........


                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

..........then from the decks of MPV Vevey
which spent most of the Parade and the rear of her sisters...........


                                                                                        photo:   Christian Meyer

..........and finally the two Motor Paddle Vessels
passed 'side-by-side' in one of the may "formation" moves

Saturday - 13th May 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            photo:  Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer returns from Château-de-Chillon to Lausanne
on her morning Upper Lake cruise sailings 920-921

Saturday - 13th May 2017

Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                              picture:   Luzern Webcam


All five paddle steamers follow the new "MS 2017" (now named "Diamant")
from Luzern at the start of her evening "Welcome Parade"

Wednesday - 10th May 2017

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                    photo:  Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer approaches Vevey La Tour on her return
morning sailing 921 back to Lausanne

Sunday - 7th May 2017

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              pictures:  Nyon Website


                                                                                              pictures:  Zurich Website
Traditionally "Swiss Navigation Sunday" has been on the last weekend of April
but in 2017 is was moved back to early-May
Weatherwise this was a bad move as seen from the webcams at
Nyon and Zurich respectively

Saturday - 6th May 2017

PSs Stadt Luzern, Unterwalden and Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                    photos:  Robert Horlacher and Daniel Eichenberger

It was a cold and windy day for the AGM at Brunnen
PSs Stadt Luzern
and Unterwalden operated the special sailing
from Luzern to Brunnen........
leaving sister PS Uri to cover the "Gotthard Panorama Express"
sailings 13-24 - seen passing Weggis on her outward leg


                                                                    photo:  Olivier Bachmann
Later, an unusual view of PS Stadt Luzern taken from PS Unterwalden

Friday - 5th May 2017

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Ernst Mischler

The motor paddle vessel approaches Montreux on her early morning
sailing 521 before the lake mist had completely cleared

The view brings back memories of her sister MPV Italie operating this run
when it used to continue along the whole lake to Geneva and back in a day


PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher

Meanwhile further along the lake at Lausanne, the paddle steamer waits
to depart again to Evian-les-Bains

Her sister PS Savoie can be seen in the background arriving to from the dock
to form the first sailing 920 of the day to Château-de-Chillon

Wednesday - 3rd May 2017

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                        photo:   Alain Vuistiner

It is "full astern" as the paddle steamer leaves Lausanne
on another ferry crossing sailing 1121 to Evian-les-Bains

In a couple of weeks she transferres to her "traditional"
Upper Lake cruises for the summer

Thursday - 27th April 2017

PS Gallia (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer approachs pier No1 at Luzern to form her first
sailing 13 of the 2017 season to Flüelen


Monday - 24th April 2017

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

PS Savoie leaves Lausanne on Friday 21st April                                           photo:  Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer suffered a failure just before operating the
1140 sailing 920 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon

(there was a minor technical problem with an engine pump which occurred
just before sailing,  but it was quickly repaired enabling the paddle steamer
to return to service with the afternoon sailings 922-923
)
Instead the CGN turned out the much smaller mv Général-Guisan
at short notice to cover the sailing afterwhich she was later able
to operate her evening Thonon-les-Bains ferry service

Monday - 24th April 2017

MPV Vevey (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The motor paddle vessel arrives at Vevey Marché to operate her
1405 sailing 526 circuit of the Upper Lake

Sunday - 23rd April 2017

PS Stadt Luzern (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                        photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer passes Hermitage towards the end of her return
sailing 24 from Flüelen to Luzern

Friday - 21st April 2017

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher