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The steamboat Gallia sails on Lake Lucerne in heavy swell.

Steamboat Gallia


The speedy steamer

Built in 1913 by Escher Wyss in Zürich, PS Gallia carries the Latin name of France and represents a traditional homage to French guests in Central Switzerland. Powered by a massive two-cylinders steam engine and thanks to a sleek hull design, Gallia has always been the fastest lake steamer in Europe and can reach speeds up to 31 km/h.

The ornate dining salon is styled in a Francophone Empire style and is perfectly suited for fancy functions, such as weddings. Comprehensively refurbished in 2004, this popular steamboat is also a classic summer ship with its fresh-air upper deck with expansive sun awning.

Special Features

Magnificent Escher Wyss steam engine

Elegant Belle Époque saloon in a French Empire style

The cozy cabin on the upper deck, ideal for intimate gatherings with seated space for up to 14 people

Seating capacity

Main deck bow 28
Main deck - Saloon 70
Total 98
Number of Saloon 2

Technical data

Capacity 900 passengers
Crew 6 people
Ship type Salon steamer
Builder Escher Wyss, Zürich, Switzerland
Maiden voyage 10 July 1913
Overhauls 1953, 1979, 2004

Engine 2-cylinder steam
Propulsion 2 paddle wheels with 9 buckets each
Top speed 31.5 km/h
Weight 325.4 t
Performance 798 KW
Total length 63.00 m
Total width 14.50 m

Infrastructure / Audio

Wheelchair toilet yes
Baby change yes
Play table for kids no

Loudspeakers yes
Audio Radio / CD
iPod yes
Wireless microphone yes
Electronic presentation equipment/beamer no
Start and finish in Lucerne - flat-rate prices for up to 100 people

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

1 hour CHF 4'900.00
2 hours CHF 7'000.00
3 hours CHF 9'100.00
4 hours CHF 11'200.00
every additional hour CHF 1'600.00