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Swiss and Italian paddle steamer Timetables
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Sunday - 25th June 2023

PS Piemonte  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Andreas Hofer


The paddle steamer stands at Laveno pier waiting to take passengers
off a special Historical Train from Milan on a special sailing
to Isola Bella and Isola Superiore

Saturday - 24th June 2023

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

CAN YOU HELP ?

Unconfirmed reports also "suggest" as a result of a severe shortage of operational
motor vessels the paddle steamer had to be pressed into service to cover
the "lunch-time" sailing from Como on Friday 23rd June

(presumably in similar tmes to Saturday 1st July)

Then to add "icing onto the cake" when mv Bisbino also broke down at Como
the following morning,  the paddle steamer was quickly crewed and covered her
planned evening fireworks cruise from Varenna and other mid-lake piers
to the annual St John's Feast at Isola Comacina
(not held since the start of Covid)


Any confirmation or other information - especially if supported by a photo(s) -
would be gratefully recieved !!!

Saturday - 24th June 2023

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer approaches Beckenried on her twice-weekly evening
"Sunset Cruise" sailing 33 from Luzern

Unusually this was her only public sailing of the day as she operated
a private charter earlier

Saturday - 24th June 2023

MPV G Zanardelli  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Leila Blythe


Despite a costly re-build,  a couple of years ago,  the motor paddle vessel spends
most of her time moored at Peschiera harbour "on standby"

It is almost unbelievable that she will only operate public sailings on just
four afternoons in 2023 - the first of which is planned for Friday 14th July

If YOU are aware of any date she has actually covered another member of the
fleet - please email me with the details so the information can be included
on this website for the benefit of other visitors to it

Saturday - 24th June 2023

MPV Italie  and  PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Robert Monch


Between 1700 and 1730 Coppet pier is busy with first MPV Italie (on sailing 309)
then PS Simplon (on sailing 105) returning their passengers to Geneva
from Hermance and Lausanne respectively

Thursday - 22nd June 2023

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                        photo:   Philip C


The paddle steamer unusually operated a private charter from the small Hermitage pier
 (normally used by only the smaller motor vessels)  leaving there at 1827 in heavy rain
due to the thunder and lightning storm which had begun half an hour earlier

Thursday - 22nd June 2023

MPV G Zanardelli  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Harold Blythe


The lightly loaded motor paddle vessel passes Sirmione
on a rare charter sailing

She is only planned to operate four special public sailings this year

Wednesday - 21st June 2023

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                        photo:   Nicholas Lars Carrel


The paddle steamer stands 'tied up' at the pier "ready for action"

Tuesday - 20th June 2023

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Harold Blythe


The motor paddle vessel approaches Riva and the end of sailing 74 from Malcesine
before taking her lunchtime break

Tuesday - 20th June 2023

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Harold Blythe


The motor paddle vessel approaches Riva and the end of sailing 74 from Malcesine
before taking her lunchtime break

Sunday - 18th June 2023

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                        photo:   Philip C


The paddle steamer approaches Beckenried on her regular morning
'Gotthard Panorama Express' sailing 13  from Luzern to Flüelen

Sunday - 18th June 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                        photo:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer crosses the lake from Rolle (Switzerland) to Yvoire (France)
on sailing 101 from Lausanne to Geneva as seen from passing PS Savoie

Sunday - 18th June 2023

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                            pictures:   Coppet and Nyon webcams


The well loaded paddle steamer departs Coppet on sailing 102 to Lausanne
before joining the "queue" at Nyon for Yvoire

From the following day her larger sister PS Simplon takes over the popular
morning sailing 102 from Geneva.....
.....as she becomes the "standby" ship for the rest of the month

Thursday - 15th June 2023

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Nyon webcam


The paddle steamer loads passengers at Nyon for her special pre-season "Jazz Cruise"

Monday - 12th June 2023

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch


No it's not a 'steam leak from the boiler'  !
The paddle steamer passes in fromt of the Geneva fountain on a pre-season
Charter sailing..........
..........prior to taking over the daily timetabled sailing from Geneva to Lausanne
from her smaller sister - PS Savoie

Sunday - 11th June 2023

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer departs Montreux on sailing 900 - her morning "clockwise"
circuit of the "Upper Lake"

From the start of the Peak Summer timetable in July she will operate
"anti-clockwise" instead

Sunday 11th June 2023

PS Neuchâtel   (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Neuchâtel webcam


After missing the previous Sunday due to a charter,  the paddle steamer
departs Morat/Murten harbour on her return sailing 24
which is part of her weekly Sunday Lunch Cruise from Neuchâtel

Saturday 10th June 2023

PS Unterwalden   (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Horlacher


Since "Covid" the number of passengers having a meal on the weekend
"Sunset Cruise has resulted in her much larger sister PS Stadt Luzern
normally being allocated to the evening sailings 33-36

However,  with the flagship operating a special "Candlelight Dinner Cruise"
PS Unterwalden departs Hertenstein on sailing 33 whilst temporarily
back on her full "traditional" roster on Saturday 10th June

Thursday 8th June 2023

PS Hohentwiel   (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Paul Scheuchzer


The paddle steamer approaches Friedrichshafen having set off from
Wasserburg on Thursday 8th June as part of the "Two-Ship"
afternoon cruise along with mv Oesterreich

The Swiss based passengers returned to Arbon on the paddle steamer

Wednesday 7th June 2023

PS Neuchâtel   (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer stands at Bienne/Biel prior to returning to Neuchâtel on sailing 2
which is part of her weekly visit to the far end of the lake

Monday - 5th June 2023

PS Patria  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                               


Following the signing of a multi-muillion Euro contract,  the paddle steamer
was towed by mv Bisbino across the lake from Villa Olmo pier
(where she had
been moored for many years whilst various schemes were developed,  then failed
)
to the Tavernola dock (where she will be re-built ready for regular NLM service
- commencing in 2025
)

She was accompanied for the crossing by PS Concordia with the officials
who had earlier signed the contract on board

Monday - 5th June 2023

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer departs Montreux on sailing 900 for Le Bouveret whilst covering
the 'Lausanne to the Upper Lake' roster vice her sister PS La Suisse who had had
to visit Ouchy dock for three days for mid-season 'adjustments' to her engine

Sunday - 4th June 2023

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                photo: Robert Horlacher


Its "FULL ASTERN" as the paddle steamer departs Flüelen on her return
sailing 44  back to Luzern

At this time of the year this 'extra' sailing in the Upper Lake only operates
on Sundays,  but will become daily during the peak-summer period

Thursday 1st June 2023

PS Savoie   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


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

The larger PS Simplon takes over this sailing from Monday 19th June
for the rest of the summer season


Sunday 28th May 2023

All five paddle steamers   (Lake Luzern)




                                                                                                                    photos:   Paul Scheuchzer


This was the first day of the 2023 summer timetable resulting in all five paddle steamers operating timetabled sailings together on the same day..........
Gallia
Schiller   Stadt Luzern
Uri   Unterwalden
Sunday - 28th May 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne prior to operating her sailing 101 to Geneva

Sunday 28th May 2023

PS Hohentwiel   (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Rorschach webcam


The paddle steamer operated an International Cruise from Lindau (Germany)
to Rorschach


Saturday - 27th May 2023

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer approaches Rivaz/St-Saphorin on her final sailing 205 of the day

She is now planned to make a quick "pre-season" visit to Ouchy dock
during which time her roster will be covered by PS Simplon

Monday 22nd May 2023

MPV Vevey   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The motor paddle vessel sails between Le Bouveret and St Gingolph on her
early-afternoon "Upper Lake Circle Cruise" sailing 506
as seen from the passing PS La Suisse


Sunday 21st May 2023

PS Hohentwiel   (Lake Konstanz)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Olivier Braissant


The paddle steamer arrives at Arbon for the "Nautic Classics" Festival

Later two views on board on the afternoon "Ship"/old Post Bus" cruise


Saturday - 20th May 2023

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                                pictures:   Limone webcam


The motor paddle vessel has been observed in service MUCH earlier than previous years "suggesting" she will cover her usual Riva based roster (on a 'non-advertised' basis)
for the while of the summer

She was observed at Limone on sailings 75 and 78

Click here for a draft timetable - so far,  saiings based ONLY on observations
Please email me if you have any confimed information

Sunday 14th May 2023

7 paddle steamers   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Morges Webcam


All seven operational paddle steamers line up mid-lake ready to sail towards Morges
during part of the "Naval Parade"

Further photos to follow


Saturday 13th May 2023

MPV Italie   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch


The motor paddle vessel crosses the lake at at Geneva between Jardin-Anglais
and Pâquis piers on her outward weekend afternoon sailing 308 to Yvoire


Saturday 13th May 2023

PS Uri and PS Unterwalden   (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Horlacher


PS Unterwalden approaches Seedorf and is about to 'double-bank with PS Uri
prior to the "Friends AGM"


Friday 12th May 2023

PS Savoie   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer arrives "light" at Geneva from Ouchy Harbour
ready for the Naval Parade on Sunday 14th May prior to
taking over her usual Geneva based roster on the following Monday


Sunday 7th May 2023

PS Neuchâtel   (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner



                                                                                                                     photo:   Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer sets off from Neuchâtel to join the delayed from 2022
"150 years of the LNM" Parade"
and later making a "manoeuvre" crossing mv La Béroche


Saturday - 6th May 2023

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                picture:   Weggis webcam


The well-loaded paddle steamer approaches Weggis on sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüelen

Unfortunately on return to Luzern she had to sail direct to the dock for repairs
to her generator which meant she missed sailing on the Sunday

Saturday - 6th May 2023

PS Blümlisalp   (Lake Thun)



                                                                                                                    photo:   Lukas Bruckner


The paddle steamer returned to service with her usual round trip from Thun
to Interlaken and is seen shortly after leaving Faulensee on her return sailing 16

Saturday - 6th May 2023

PS Neuchâtel   (Lake Neuchâtel)



                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer waits at Neuchâtel to operate her first sailing of 2023
- a special post-AGM sailing

Thursday - 4th May 2023

PS Rhône   (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer arrives back at Geneva on sailing 321 at the end of her
morning round trip along the "Petit-Lac"
(Litttle Lake) to Yvoire (France)

Monday - 1st May 2023

PS La Suisse   (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer rests for the night at Lausanne after another day
sailing "Round the Upper Lake"

Monday - 1st May 2023

PSs Stadt Rapperswil   (Lake Zurich)

May Day


                                                                                                                    picture:   Zurich webcam


May Day s considered a local holuday at Zurich so the paddle steamer set off
early from the dock in pouring rain in order to operate the extra
0920 sailing 101 from Zurich to Rapperswil


Sunday - 30th April 2023

PSs Stadt Luzern and PS Uri   (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger


PS Stadt Luzern departs Gersau on her Spring sailing 13 form Luzern to Flüelen
shortly before PS Uri approaches on her return sailing 18


Monday - 24th April 2023

PS Rhône   (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Alain Vuistiner


The first weekday of the Spring Timetable saw PS Rhône allocated to
the "Petit-Lac"
(Little Lake) roster which is two round trips from Geneva
to Yvoire
(France)

She is initially seen at Yvoire waiting to depart for Geneva on her last
sailing 327 of the day and later shortly after departing Coppet

Sunday - 23rd April 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photos:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer approaches Yvoire on outward sailing 102 from Geneva

These days it is part of a much shorter roster covering just the western half
of the lake as far as Lausanne whereas 25 years ago..........

..........she would operate the daily "Grand Race" to the far end of the lake
at St-Gingolph and back
- an eleven and three-quarters hours day - seven days a week !!!

Saturday - 22nd April 2023

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                photos:   Robert Horlacher


Owing to a large tree immrdiately ahead of the pier.   the paddle steamer unusually
had to back from Treib before crossing the lake to Brunnen whilst operating
sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüelen

She is seen from the ascending Treib to Seelisberg funicular railway

Saturday - 22nd April 2023

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer approaches Vevey for the first time in 2023 whilst operating
sailing 900 from Lausanne

Saturday - 22nd April 2023

PSs La Suisse and Rhône   (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Alain Vuistiner


On the first day of the Spring Timetable PS La Suisse arrives at Rivaz on her first
clockwise sailing 900 of 2023 all "Round the Upper Lake

Later PS Rhône stands at Lausanne before returning to Geneva
on the return leg sailing 105

Friday - 21st April 2023

PS Rhône   (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer arrives "light" at Geneva having completed her winter overhaul
at Ouchy harbour - ready to start her 2023 season the following day


Friday - 21st April 2023

PS Uri   (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger


The paddle steamer has left Luzern and is seen passing the Meggenhorn
on her daily mid-week sailing 13 to Flüelen


Wednesday - 19th April 2023

MPV Vevey   (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Alain Vuistiner


MPV Vevey sailed "light" at short notice from Le Bouveret to Lausanne to cover
several Ferry Runs to Evian-les-Bains vice the larger PS La Suisse which in the end
undertook further "trials" prior to commencing daily service on Saturday 22nd April

She is seen waiting to operate the afternoon "ferry" sailing 1117
to France

All this was to allow mv Ville-de-Genève to go to Geneva after her morning
commuter "ferry" sailings to tow MPV Helvétie back to Oucky harbour


Sunday - 16th April 2023

PS La Suisse   (Lake Geneva)
Ouchy Dock "Open Day"



                                                                                                                    photos:   Alain Vuistiner



                                                                                                                    photos:   Paul Scheuchzer


PS La Suisse made five short sailing into the lake
as well as the dry dock and several other paddle steamers being available for viewing


Sunday - 16th April 2023

PSs Stadt Luzern and PS Uri   (Lake Luzern)
First Day of two paddle steamers in service together



                                                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger


PS Stadt Luzern departs Gersau on her sailing 13 form Luzern to Flüelen
followed shortly by PS Uri on her return sailing 18


Saturday - 15th April 2023

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    pictures:   Luzern webcam


The paddle steamer stands at Pier No.1 at Luzern in the pouring rain
waiting to operate her first sailing 13 to Flüelen prior to an evening
"Candlelight Dinner Cruise"


Easter Monday - 10th April 2023

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Jacopo Memeo


The paddle steamer sets off from Lezzeno on her erturn sailing 11
from Menaggio back to Como


Easter Sunday - 9th April 2023

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Luzern webcamo


The paddle steamer sets off from Luzern on her first sailing of 2023......
......a special Easter Lunch Cruise sailing 606


Easter Sunday - 9th April 2023

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


The paddle steamer approaches Varenna on the new sailing 11
from Menaggio back to Como on her fist day in service during 2023


Easter Saturday - 9th April 2023

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer returns light to dock after operating the April weekend only
sailing 111-112 sailing from Zurich to Rapperswil and return


Sunday - 2nd April 2023

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


The paddle steamer waits at Zurich to depart on her first sailing 111
of the season to Rapperswil


Saturday - 1st April 2023

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


The paddle steamer stands at Wollishofen dock ready to start
regular timetabled sailings commencing the following day


Thursday - 30th March 2023

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer made a full length "test" sailing from Luzern prior to
re-entering service on a special Easter Sunday Lunch Cruise

She took the opportunity to deliver some refurbished furniture and benches
to the SGV bistro at Flüelen,  before calling at Seedorf on the way back to
check the pier - which will be used on the day of the Steamer Friendsí AGM

Saturday - 11th March 2023

ex-PS Wilhelm Tell  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Hans Eichenberger


The former paddle steamer  "sails" acoss the lake from the SGV Dock to the
Schweizerhofquai Pier No.9 to return to her normal static restaurant duties

Look on the port side and it is essy to see how she did it without her engine !!!

Wednesday - 29th March 2023

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

"Aktion pro Raddampfer" AGM


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


The paddle steamer stands at Wollishofen dock ready for the "Friends" AGM
which was held on board,  afterwhich she made a short non-landing specialsailing

This was the first sailing with passengers since completion of her major re-build last year


Sunday - 19th March 2023

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    picture:   Vevey webcam


MPV Vevey sets off from Vevey on her weekly winter Sunday Lunch Cruise
sailing 534 round the "Upper Lake"

Sunday - 12th March 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Monch


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The MPV Italie arrives at Nyon on her weekly sailing 330 from Geneva
whilst at the other end of the lake MPV Vevey arrives at Montreux on her weekly
"Upper Lake Circle Lunch Cruise" sailing 534 from Le Bouveret and Vevey

Friday - 10th March 2023

SIX Paddle Steamers  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                                    photos:   Daniel Eichenberger


Memories of 1970

SIX
paddle steamers  (count the funnels to be sure !)  stand at Luzern dock on a
wet and windy,  winter Friday

The former SGV ship PS Wilhelm, Tell had made a rare visit to the floating dock for
under-water hull repairs and was waiting for the wind to drop so she could sail across the
to the Schweizerhofquai


Saturday 13th August 2011

MPV Italia and MPV G Zanardelli (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                      photo:   Beat Leuthardt

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


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

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

PS Waverley (Llandudno)

                                                                                                        photo:   webmaster (John Bird)

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

Friday 8th May 2020

PS Rhos Neigr  (Rhos - on - Sea)

                                                                                              photo:   webmaster (John Bird)

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

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

Friday 8th May 2020

PS Rhos Neigr  (North Wales)

                                                                                              photo:   webmaster (John Bird)

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

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

Tuesday 1st September 2015

PS Waverley (Llandudno)

                                                                                                        photo:   webmaster

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

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

Wednesday 27th August 2014

PS Waverley (Llandudno)

                                                                                                        photo:   webmaster

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


She is planned to return this summer (2023) for two days only after an absence of many years

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Monday 2nd October 2023
   
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Nine Swiss paddle steamers remain in service..........
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updated following the last day in service of
PS Stadt Rapperswil  on Sunday 1st October 2023
For further information
  - see Paddle Steamer Fleet Details page

FUTURE SPECIAL SAILINGS

Dates of ALL public special sailings
in 2023
by paddle steamers
(that I am aware of *)
on the Swiss and Italian lakes will be shown on the
News Page or the Parades Page
also on the appropriate lake Summary Page

under the relevant date

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


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

In responce to numerous requests
limited Advance Information on some of the "POSSIBLE" sailings for 2023 are now given on this website

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

Click here

for the "Advance Information 2023" Index Page giving links to the individual lakes
this information will be updated as appropriate
until detailed timetables are posted


Please note - at this stage, some lakes are ONLY an outline compared with 2022 those lakes which have declared their intentions  
(incorporating ANY appropriate information supplied to me)


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

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


* - if you are aware of any others (or spot an error)
please e-mail me and I will update the information
for the benefit of other visitors to this website
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especially
those who regularly supply information, pictures, etc.

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

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


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

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

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

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If YOU know something else or spot something wrong on these pages,

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Lake Konstanz
(Switzerland/
Germany/Austria)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Further timetables for 2023 are gradually being added/updated for those lakes which have declared their
(in some cases revised) intentions

Please BOOKMARK this site NOW
and revisit again soon !

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

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



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