Has always prevented streams, rivers and lakes to man in his movements. Waters were and are still an obstacle on his travels. First he looked for shallow, shallow bodies in the rivers that he could traverse wading. Such a body is called a ford. Therefore the locations Frankfurt, Erfurt, etc.
An other favorable places bridges were built. be settled at both ends of the bridge increases people: it arose villages and towns as Brugg, Brugg, Biberbrugg, Langenbruck, but also Basel, Baden, Schaffhausen, Zurich and many others.
Big problems for trade and travel made our elongated lakes. Formerly, as now induced the detours of hours or even days of traveling. An important roads and not too wide lakes is therefore set up a ferry. These are ships that always form only back and forth and some kind of mobile bridge. With the increasing traffic and has the need to car ferries. In Switzerland there are several of them: over Lake Lucerne from Beckenried to Gersau, Lake Zurich from Horgen to miles and across Lake Constance from Romanshorn to Friedrichshafen.
The model of such a ferry is in front of you. It represents the Zurich-ferry “Swan” as it appeared in the year of commissioning. Together with the sister ships “Horgen” and “miles” concerned the “Swan” every 10 to 15 minutes the passenger and car transport between Horgen and Meilen.
This ferry was built in 1969 is an elegant and practical boat. Cleverly it controls the captain of the harbor wall, and immediately the vehicles – even trucks – to the country, on the road or from there take the ship. Pro drive have 36 cars space plus about 300 people. Depending an engine of 350 horsepower for each direction drives the ship at a speed of about 21 km / h in 10 minutes via the lake.