The Greif steamboat is the oldest and only passenger ship in Switzerland fired with coal. It operates on Lake Greifensee, the second largest lake in Canton Zurich.
The re-discovered steam machine
The Escher Wyss shipbuilding company in Zurich, the largest manufacturer at that time, built the Greif steamboat in 1895. Because coal became scarce after the outbreak of World War I around 1914 and maintenance was expensive, like many other ships, the Greif steamboat was equipped with an engine. When many years later, a floating dredger was dismantled on Lake Zurich, the original Greif steam machine reappeared again in 1979. The historical ship was originally restored and declared worthy of protection by the cantonal monument preservation authorities. On August 3, 1988, the Greif was cruising again as a steamboat for the first time.
On Lake Greifensee through time
«Greif» crosses the lake for public round trips from the end of April to mid-October on Sundays and public holidays and can be booked for individual tours during the week (e.g. birthdays, family celebrations, company events for a maximum of 24 people). Please use the contact and reservation form for further information on the website of the Greif steamboat
Unfortunately, COVID-19 social distancing regulations make round trips on the steamboat impossible during this season. The steamboat is simply too small to make sure that passengers can keep a distance of two meters. With a heavy heart, the foundation board has thus decided to cancel all trips in 2020.