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Das Dampfschiff Stadt Luzern ist von oben zu sehen an einer Station.

Steamboat Stadt Luzern


The flagship

The stately steamboat Stadt Luzern is the flagship of our fleet. It is also the largest and most impressive passenger vessel on Lake Lucerne. With its maritime appearance and wide funnel, it mimics the great ocean liners of the early 20th century. Built in 1928 as the last paddle steamer for a Swiss lake and fitted with elegant Art Deco saloon, the vessel hosted Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit in 1980. This elegant ship is best suited for exclusive events from spring to autumn.

The Queen of Lake Lucerne is back

The majestic paddle steamer Stadt Luzern is the proud flagship of Lake Lucerne, leading an impressive SGV fleet that includes 18 other vessels. Originally built in 1928 as the last steamboat for a Swiss lake, the stately ship can look back on a rich history and has hosted numerous illustrious guests during the past 90 years. In July 1940 General Henri Guisan and the entire Swiss Army officer corps sailed on the steamer from Lucerne to the Rütli meadow for an important military conference during a precarious wartime moment, following the fall of France. 

A few years later in August 1947 Evita Perón, the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, was ceremoniously hosted on PS Stadt Luzern during an official visit and made a record-setting cruise to Tellsplatte in just 1 hour and 22 minutes. Another famous guest on state visit was Queen Elizabeth II in May 1980, when she enjoyed the fine amenities of the iconic flagship for a lovely Alpine cruise. In honor of the British regent, the ship's upper deck lounge was later renamed "Queen's Salon". 

The remarkable story of PS Stadt Luzern closely reflects 20th century history and as the ship approaches its centenary anniversary later this decade, it has once again been rejuvenated and stylishly renovated. Even during the pandemic, the restoration process has continued at the Lucerne shipyard and the flagship will be ready for its planned relaunch in spring 2021. Over 80 000 hours of labor and 13.3 million CHF have been invested into returning this wonderful ship to its original glory and historic luster. On 1 May 2021, the paddle steamer will re-enter public service and will also be used for special culinary cruises such as Wine & Dine or Jazz & Steam. Naturally, this amazing ship can also be chartered for private cruises, such as corporate functions, elegant weddings or unique family celebrations.

Dates for reintroduction

1 May 2021 First public cruises with PS Stadt Luzern as part of our regular timetable
From May 2021 PS Stadt Luzern is available for exclusive private charter cruises
Spring & Summer 2021 Specially themed Wine & Dine cruises with an exquisite selection of fine wines. First such cruise on 29 May 2021
11th September 2021 Steamboat parade to celebrate the official relaunch of PS Stadt Luzern

Seating capacity

Main deck bow 40
Main deck - Saloon 108
Queens Saloon 66

Upper deck stern 76
Total 290
Number of saloon 4

Technical data

Capacity 1100 passengers
Crew 6 people
Ship type Salon steamer
Builder Brothers Sachsenberg, Rosslau, Deutschland
Maiden voyage 23 June 1928
Overhauls 1954, 1989, 2001

Engine 3-cylinder steam (built by Sulzer)
Propulsion 2 paddle wheels
Top speed 29.8 km/h
Weight 415 t
Performance 1600 HP
Total length 63.65 m
Total width 15.20 m

Infrastructure / Audio

Wheelchair toilet yes
Baby change yes
Play table for kids yes

Loudspeaker 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 280 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 6'200.00
2 hours CHF 8'700.00
3 hours CHF 11'200.00
4 hours CHF 13'700.00
every additional hour CHF 2'000.00
Man sieht wie das Dampfschiff aus der Luzerner Bucht fährt.

Back on the lake from Mai 2021

Our flagship Stadt Luzern

Until 2021, the steamer Stadt Luzern will complete a comprehensive overhaul at our own shipyard. The historic features of the vessel are being skillfully repaired and revived, including the splendid lounges and salons. The ship is also being fitted with a new steam boiler and once it returns to the lake, it will be designated as a protected historic monument.

Rebberge mit Seesicht

Wine & Dine cruise

Wine & Dine cruise

from 29th May