PS Unterwalden

Of the five paddle steamers on Lake Lucerne, the "Unterwalden" is the only one capable of sailing under the low Acheregg bridge and reaching Alpnachstad at the foot of Mount Pilatus. This is thanks to several technical innovations that allow the funnel and wheelhouse to be hydraulically lowered. Watch this spectacle on one of the regularly scheduled cruises to Alpnachstad in the summer season or experience it on a private charter.

As a charter vessel, the "Unterwalden" is well suited for elegant events, be they for family gatherings, weddings or corporate functions. Impress your guests with this authentic gem from the early 20th century.

Information about the ship

Special features

Elegant dining salon with wood-carved panels and hand-painted ceilings
Panorama restaurant on the upper deck
Only steamboat that can sail to Alpnachstad

Cozy upper deck cabin with seating for 10 people

Seating Capacity

Main deck bow:40
Main deck - Salon:67
Upper deck Stern:64
Number of salons:3

Technical data

Capacity700 passengers
Ship typeSalon steamer
BuilderEscher Wyss, Zürich
Maiden voyage18 May 1902
Overhauls1949, 1961, 1985, 2011
Engine2-cylinder steam
Propulsion2 paddle wheels
Top speed28 km/h
Weight294.5 t
Performance515 kw
Total length61.00 m
Total width13.70 m


Wheelchair toilet:yes
Baby change:yes
Play table for kids:no

Technical infrastructure

Audio:radio / CD
Wireless microphone:yes
Electronic presentation equipment/beamer:no

Charter prices

Start and finish in Lucerne - flat-rate prices for up to 170 people

1 hour:CHF    5'300.00
2 hours:CHF    7'600.00
3 hours:CHF    9'900.00
4 hours:CHF  12'200.00 
every additional hour:CHF    1'800.00

Rates for passengers in addition to the quoted amount for the group:
CHF 18.00/person for the first hour + CHF 3.00/person for each additional hour

Ground plan

  • Main deck bow
  • Main deck - Salon
  • Upper deck stern
  • Unterwalden Lounge
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