Navigation on Lake Lucerne



A boat trip that’s fun as well as beautiful. Enjoy the fresh lake air on an outing on Lake Lucerne. 

You’ll be fascinated by the scenery, the attractions of inland navigation and the historical places dotted along the shoreline.

Combine your walk with a boat trip. Enjoy a late cruise on a mild summer evening or sail towards Lucerne’s sea of lights during Advent.

Blue water - green shipping

The Lake Lucerne Navigation Company is the first major shipping company in Switzerland to offset the CO2 emissions caused by its fuel consumption. In this way, the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company is not only committed to the careful use of resources, but also supports social projects for clean drinking water. Customers have the option of offsetting the CO2 emissions of their journey with myClimate. In the future, too, the focus will be on reducing fossil fuel consumption in shipping.

SGV scheduled services

A trip aboard one of the five historic paddle steamers or 15 elegant saloon motor vessels is one of the highlights of the region. Dating from the Jugendstil period, the paddle steamers sail between Lucerne and Flüelen through some fabulous natural scenery. The meals served up by the galley double the pleasure of the on-board experience.

Cruises and charters

Numerous cruises offer musical entertainment and culinary specialities. Would you like to charter a boat? Book a trip with one of the three charter companies in Lucerne, “Charles Bucher”, “SNG” and “SGV”, and charter boats of all sizes.

A trip to the mountains

You can sail to many destinations, mountain railways and aerial cableways in the region, such as those on the Rigi, Pilatus, Bürgenstock and Seelisberg. And in winter you can take the boat from Lucerne directly to the Klewenalp and Rigi winter sports resorts.


The German name of the lake has its origins in the four historical “forest cantons” that surround Lake Lucerne: Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Lucerne. The oath sworn in 1291 by representatives of these cantons on the Rütli meadow by Lake Lucerne laid the foundations for the Swiss Confederation. For a long time, the lake was the most important transport axis in the region. Until 1863, it was the only means of accessing the Gotthard mountain pass if you had goods to transport.

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Navigation on Lake Lucerne
6002 Luzern