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LAKE LUCERNE (VIERWALDSTATTERSEE) - SWITZERLAND
Schiffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstattersees (SGV)


Above : PS Gallia at Brunnen in 2008. For passengers sailing from Lucerne, Brunnen is the main resort on the lake.


The SGV operates five paddle steamers, built between 1901 and 1928, and several other motor vessels for cruises on Lake Lucerne primarily from the city of Luzern to Fluelen, but also with services to Kussnacht and Alpnachstad. Important piers en route are at the resorts of Weggis, Vitznau, Beckenried, Gersau and Brunnen. Connection is made at various piers with mountain railways and cable cars, notably at Vitznau for the Vitznau-Rigi Bahn, the world's first cog-wheel railway. Originally the lake formed part of the route from Northern Europe to Italy, but once the railway was completed to Fluelen, the steamers provided primarily day trips for tourists.
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Stadt Luzern at her home base, Bahnhofquai, Luzern.

Unterwalden amidst magnificent scenery at Buochs

Uri at Kehrsiten-Burgenstock in 2001 - her centenary year


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THE STEAMER PARADE (DAMPFERPARADE)



Each year the SGV paddlers undertake a parade where the whole fleet (of operable paddle steamers) undertakes a cruise around the lake,sailing in various formations and providing excellent views for those on the lakeshore but especially those aboard the steamers, which are invariably booked solid for this special day

See some photos of the parade of 14/5/2011 markingthe return to service of PS Unterwalden after her comprehensive renovation kindly supplied by Nadia Joehr


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BIBLIOGRAPHY
Die Geschichte der Schiffahrt auf dem Vierwaldstattersee
Josef Gwerder, Jurg Meister, Erich Leichti
1999
Maihof Verlag AG, Luzern
ISBN 3-9520756-8-X
Reworking and updating of the 1987 celebration of 150 years of the SGV - a comprehensive illustrated reference

Unsere Flotte Vierwaldstattersee
Heinz Amstad, Othmar Egli, Kurt Hunziker, Anton Raber
1987
Verlag Dampferzeitung, Hirtenhofring 2, CH-6005 Luzern
Profile of the vessels in the fleet in 1987, short history of the SGV old and new yards

Schiffe Aus Alter Zeit
Peter A Meyer
1984
Buchverlag Keller & Co, CH-6002, Luzern, Switzerland
ISBN 3-85766-016-3
Detailed profiles of all the former vessels of the fleet up to PS Wihelm Tell and PS Rhein (MV Waldstatter)

Detailed and copiously illustrated profiles of the current paddle steamers are available in the "Bordbuch" series by Josef Gwerder

PS Stadt Luzern -published in 1989 by Keller & Co AG, Luzern. ISBN 3-85766-030-9
PS Gallia - published in 1991 by Keller & Co AG, Luzern. ISBN 3-0-7596-12-4
PS Uri - published in 1996 by Maihof Verlag, Luzern. ISBN 3-9520027-6-3
PS Schiller - published 2000

Brief details of the vessels can be found in the following more general Swiss steamer guides:
Dampfschiffe Schweiz
Anton Raber and Peter Horlacher
1982
Verlag Dampferzeitung, Luzern, Switzerland
Brief detals in four languages including English

Paddle Steamers of the Alps
Leslie Brown and Joe McKendrick
Ferry Publications
ISBN 1-871947-19-7
Illustrated profiles of the steamers and operating areas

Schiffahrt auf den Schweizer Seen
Anton Raber
1972
Orell Fussli Verlag, Zurich
ISBN 3-280-00285-0
Illustrated round up of Swiss lake vessels, with fleet lists and sections on vessel design and engineering.

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