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March 2004
Switzerland lies in deepest Europe and is completely land-locked.   Yet it has plenty of water in the shape of vast and spectacular lakes.   These lakes are served by paddle steamers and pleasure cruisers that form part of the enormous Swiss tourist industry.   Almost 20 steamers remain in service, principally on the two largest lakes - Geneva and Lucerne - although some operate on the smaller lakes.   There is definitely more to Switzerland than soft snow and hard cheese.
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Montreux at Geneva, June 2003.
Italie leaving Montreux, July 2003
Savoie passing the Jet d'Eau, Geneva, June 2003
La Suisse sweeping into Montreux, July 2003 
   Lake Geneva
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Blümisalp leaving Beatenbucht, July 2003
Lötschberg arriving (backwards) into Interlaken Ost, July 2003
   Lake Thun and Brienz
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Unterwalden reversing out of Flüelen, June 2001
Schiller, July 2003
Unterwalden berthed at Lucerne, July 2003
Lucerne, July 2003
Unterwalden at Alpnachstad, July 2003
   Lake Lucerne
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Flüelen on Lake Lucerne, June 2001
Berner Oberland at Interlaken West, July 2003
Schwyz on Lake Lucerne, June 2001
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Lake Konstanz is bounded by three countries - Switzerland, Germany and Austria.   Here Allgäu leaves Lindau (Germany) on a balmy evening in June 1993.
Lake Konstanz
1  Lake Geneva
2  Lake Neuchatel
3  Lake Brienz and Lake Thun
4  Lake Lucerne
5  Lake Zurich
6  Lake Konstanz
7  Lake Maggiore 
8  Lake Lugano
All photos taken by Gerry Cushley, apart from top and bottom shots.
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