On the water is where it all began

The history of navigation is almost as old as that of mankind. As harbingers of the industrial age, mechanised ships brought the modern world to Switzerland long before the railways.

The oldest means of transport at the Swiss Museum of Transport is a dugout canoe from Lake Biel dating back to the Neolithic period.
The more recent side of Swiss navigation is shown in the form of the engine from the Lake Lucerne paddle steamer “Pilatus” and a fully operational marine diesel from a 1929 River Rhine vessel.
In the Nautirama, you will be taken on an audio-visual tour through the history of navigation and experience a realistic (and prize-winning) depiction of the turbulent events of the early days of steam navigation.
The exhibition is complemented by historic models, original boats, marine engines and a model lock.