LAKE  LUZERN

SUMMARY

Lake Luzern - Paddle Steamer Summary
4 operational Paddle Steamers
(see Fleet Lists)
In service
PS Gallia - PS Stadt Luzern - PS Unterwalden - PS Uri
Laid up for the winter
none
Laid up as an SGV economy measure
PS Schiller
 
Routes
(see map)
1) Luzern - Vitznau - Beckenried - Flüelen  (Spring, Summer and Autumn only)
      (also some short workings between these points)

2) Luzern - Stansstad - Alpnachstad  (motor vessels only in 2021)
3) Luzern - Küssnacht am Rigi  (motor vessels only in 2021)
 
Paddle Steamer Sailings
(see Timetable Index)
Based on early-July 2020 to start-July 2021 (or until further notice)
(with information updated where possible)
Any specific date where a paddle steamer is officially advertised to operate 
timetabled sailings which I have been pre-advised will be substituted by a
motor vessel is shown as a sepatate timetable - see the Lake Luzern Index page for further details.......
Always check the latest position direct with the SGV
Spring
start to
mid-May
Mondays to Fridays
  1) Luzern (dep 1112) - Flüelen (dep 1400) - Luzern  #
   # - ALL sailings PROVISIONAL and confirmed paddle steamer allocation still awaited
Saturdays
  1) Luzern (dep 1112) - Flüelen (dep 1400) - Luzern  #
   # - ALL sailings on other Saturdays PROVISIONAL and confirmed paddle steamer allocation still awaited
POSTPONED until Saturday 11th SEPTEMBER
. Saturday 1st May 2021
  Instead of the above,  all "operational" paddle stemers will operate a special "Welcome Back Parade" for PS Stadt Luzern
Sundays  also 'local' holidays
  1) Luzern (dep 0912) - Flüelen (dep 1200) - Luzern  #
  2) Luzern (dep 1112) - Flüelen (dep 1400) - Luzern  #
   # - ALL sailings PROVISIONAL and confirmed paddle steamer allocation still awaited
Mothers Day Sunday 9th May 2021  CANCELLED
  A paddle steamer is advertised to operate a non-landing Mothers Day Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130
Early Summer
late-May
to start-July ??? 
(or until 'catering' permitted)
 TEMPORARY Coronavirus Timetable
(no 'on-board' catering)

BEWARE - subject to short-term changes
PS Stadt Luzern
The large re-built paddle steamer is back in dock for further
repairs after her breakdown at Rütli on Friday 14th May
BEWARE - her planned Early Simmer sailings MAY have to
be replaced by either another paddle steamer or a motor vessel
if repairs are not fully completed in time
   The following sailings are CANCELLED until 'on board' catering is again permitted..........   
 Sunday and Public Holidays only
   0940 Luzern to Beckenried
   1135 Beckenried to Luzern
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Daily
   1912 Luzern to Beckenried *
   2032 Beckenried to Luzern *

   * - ONLY advertised for a paddle steamer on Fridays and Saturdays
Mondays to Fridays
 Expect odd 'day to day' variations as a result of private charters, etc.)
 (see Timetable Index and Paddle Steamer details page for details of any changes advised to me) 
  1) Luzern (dep 0912) - Flüelen (dep 1200) - Luzern  $
  2) Luzern (dep 1112) - Flüelen (dep 1400) - Luzern  $
   $ - EXCEPT  Whit Monday 24th May  Tuesday 25th May
Saturdays
 Expect odd 'day to day' variations as a result of private charters, etc.)
 (see Timetable Index and Paddle Steamer details page for details of any changes advised to me) 
  1) Luzern (dep 0912) - Flüelen (dep 1200)
  2) Luzern (dep 1112) - Flüelen (dep 1400)
  3) Luzern (dep 1312) - Flüelen (dep 1600) - Luzern  #
   # - ORIGINALLY advertised as 1212 ex-Luzern and 1500 ex-Flüelen on weekdays
Sundays  also 'local' holidays
 Expect odd 'day to day' variations as a result of private charters, etc.)
 (see Timetable Index and Paddle Steamer details page for details of any changes advised to me) 
  1) Luzern (dep 0912) - Flüelen (dep 1200) - Luzern
  2) Luzern (dep 1040) - Flüelen (dep 1340) - Luzern
  3) Luzern (dep 1112) - Flüelen (dep 1400) - Luzern
  4) Luzern (dep 1312) - Flüelen (dep 1600) - Luzern
Summer
early-July
to early-September
  PS Gallia will not sail in 2020 (as an SGV enonomy measure due to the Coronavirus precautions)   
Mondays to Thursdays
 Expect odd 'day to day' variations as a result of private charters, etc.)
 (see Timetable Index and Paddle Steamer details page for details of any changes advised to me
  1) Luzern (dep 0912) - Flüelen (dep 1200) - Luzern
  x) Luzern (dep 1040) - Vitznau (dep 1135) - Luzern 
  x) Luzern (dep 1200) - Kussnächt-am-Rigi (dep 1255) - Luzern 
  2) Luzern (dep 1212) - Flüelen (dep 1500) - Luzern
  3) Luzern (dep 1312) - Flüelen (dep 1600) - Luzern
  x) Luzern (dep 1438) - Alpnachstad (dep 1637) - Luzern 
Fridays
 Expect odd 'day to day' variations as a result of private charters, etc.)
 (see Timetable Index and Paddle Steamer details page for details of any changes advised to me 
  1) Luzern (dep 0912) - Flüelen (dep 1200) - Luzern
  x) Luzern (dep 1040) - Vitznau (dep 1135) - Luzern 
  x) Luzern (dep 1200) - Kussnächt-am-Rigi (dep 1255) - Luzern 
  2) Luzern (dep 1212) - Flüelen (dep 1500) - Luzern
  3) Luzern (dep 1312) - Flüelen (dep 1600) - Luzern
  x) Luzern (dep 1438) - Alpnachstad (dep 1637) - Luzern 
  4) Luzern (dep 1912) - Beckenried (dep 2032) - Luzern
Saturdays
 Expect odd 'day to day' variations as a result of private charters, etc.)
 (see Timetable Index and Paddle Steamer details page for details of any changes advised to me) 
  1) Luzern (dep 0912) - Flüelen (dep 1200) - Luzern
  x) Luzern (dep 1040) - Vitznau (dep 1135) - Luzern 
  x) Luzern (dep 1200) - Kussnächt-am-Rigi (dep 1255) - Luzern 
  2) Luzern (dep 1212) - Flüelen (dep 1500) - Luzern
  3) Luzern (dep 1312) - Flüelen (dep 1600) - Luzern
  x) Luzern (dep 1438) - Alpnachstad (dep 1637) - Luzern 
  4) Luzern (dep 1912) - Beckenried (dep 2032) - Luzern
Saturday 11th July 2020
  In addition to the above,  PS Uri is planned to operate an evening Candlelight Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 2000
Saturday 1st August - Swiss National Day 2020
  All three operational paddle steamers a special Naval Parade from Luzern to the annual fireworks at Brunnen
Sundays
 Expect odd 'day to day' variations as a result of private charters, etc.)
 (see Timetable Index and Paddle Steamer details page for details of any changes advised to me 
  1) Luzern (dep 0912) - Flüelen (dep 1200) - Luzern
  2) Luzern (dep 0940) - Beckenried (dep 1135) - Luzern
  3) Luzern (dep 1040) - Beckenried (dep 1200) - Luzern  #
  x) Luzern (dep 1200) - Kussnächt-am-Rigi (dep 1255) - Luzern 
  4) Luzern (dep 1312) - Flüelen (dep 1600) - Luzern
  5) Luzern (dep 1340) - Beckenried (dep 1500) - Luzern  #
  x) Luzern (dep 1438) - Alpnachstad (dep 1637) - Luzern 
   # - EXCEPT  Sunday 19th July
Autumn
mid-September to
late-October
Mondays to Fridays
  1) Luzern (dep 1112) - Flüelen (dep 1400) - Luzern
Saturdays
  1) Luzern (dep 1112) - Flüelen (dep 1400) - Luzern
POSTPONED from 1st May
. Saturday 11th September 2021
  Instead of the above,  all "operational" paddle stemers will operate a special "Welcome Back Parade" for PS Stadt Luzern
Saturday 10th October 2020
   PS Uri operated an evening Candlelight Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 2000
Sundays  also 'local' holidays
  1) Luzern (dep 0912) - Flüelen (dep 1200) - Luzern
  2) Luzern (dep 1112) - Flüelen (dep 1400) - Luzern
Early Winter
end-October to
mid-November
Daily
  no paddle steamers advertised to operate timetabled sailings
Saturday 7th November 2020
   PS Uri was planned to operate an evening Candlelight Dinner Cruise from Luzern.....
.....but this was CANCELLED dee to further Coronavirus restrictions
Advent
late-November to
mid-December
Daily
  no paddle steamers advertised to operate timetabled sailings
various Fridays and Saturdays 2020
   PS Uri was advertised to operate special Friday and Saturday evening Advent Cruises from Luzern..........
..........BUT these were ALL subsequently CANCELLED as an SGV economy
Christmas
mid to
late-December
Daily
  no paddle steamers advertised to operate timetabled sailings
Christmas weekend 2020
   PS Uri was advertised to operate special daily lunch cruises from Luzern..........
..........BUT these were ALL subsequently CANCELLED as an SGV economy
New Year
end-December
Daily
  no paddle steamers advertised to operate timetabled sailings
New Year 2020
   PS Uri was advertised to operate a special evening Gala cruise from Luzern..........
..........BUT this was subsequently CANCELLED as an SGV economy
Late Winter
start-January to
end-April
Mondays to Fridays
  no paddle steamers advertised to operate timetabled sailings
Easter 2021
   The SGV have extended the winter season until the end of April as a post-Coronavirus economy..........
.........meaning there are NO TIMETABLED SAILINGS advertised to operate over the Easter weekend
Saturdays
  no paddle steamers advertised to operate timetabled sailings
Saturday 17th April 2021  CANCELLED
  A paddle steamer is advertised to operate a non-landing evening Candlelight Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 2000
Sundays
  no paddle steamers advertised to operate timetabled sailings
Easter Sunday 4th April 2021  CANCELLED
  A paddle steamer is advertised to operate a non-landing Easter Sunday Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130
PLEASE check with the operator nearer the time, as it is often necessary to make late changes,   especially to the vessel operating a particular sailing
Note: Additional sailings are operated throughout the year by motor vessels
 
Fleet disposition All paddle steamers normally berth overnight at Luzern
Very occasionally one outstables at Flüelen or Brunnen in connection with special evening cruises
  PS Unterwalden is now the only paddle steamer still able to lower her navigation bridge, masts and funnel to sail under the Acheregg road and railway bridge at Stansstad and therefore normally operates sailings 65-66 to and from Alpnachstad from late-May to early-September


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