Here are some of the passenger ferries that ply some of Switzerland's larger lakes.
First up are the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company's steamers. They have 5 of those, and we took one as part of the Gotthard Panorama Express package. It starts at the top of Lake Lucerne, and cruises the lake stopping at various ports of call along the way, ending at the bottom of the lake, where we picked up the Gotthard Panorama Express Train. These steamers are pretty cool; a nod to the past, really. They're sidewheelers and don't go very fast, but it's such a beautiful lake, who would want to go fast, anyway? Plenty of food options on board, including a really nice white linen restaurant.
this is one of their motor ferries. Mt. Pilatus is off in the distance
Next up are the Lake Thun (Thunersee) ferries. We took this one from the city of Thun just a little ways down the lake to Oberhofen to see their castle, about a 20 minute ferry ride. Like Lake Lucerne, you can go around the entire lake, and they make stops in most of the villages and towns along the shore.
Thun has steamer ferries, too
The ferry that took us back to Thun from Oberhofen