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Cruises to Zurich

Historic City Center in Zurich, Switzerland (Photo: canadastock/Shutterstock)
Historic City Center in Zurich, Switzerland (Photo: canadastock/Shutterstock)

About Zurich

Zurich consistently lands near the top of quality-of-life rankings worldwide. The air feels crisp and clear, the water is so pure you can drink it straight from one of the city's 1,200 fountains (the most in the world), and there's enough to do here to occupy several days of leisure time.

This thoroughly modern city is surrounded by hills but offers glimpses of the famed Swiss Alps. Activities and sights unique to Zurich include the Chagall stained-glass windows in Fraumunster Church, open-air swimming pools in Lake Zurich and the Limmat River, and the Swiss National Museum.

River cruises along the Rhine that begin and end in Basel, Switzerland, are sometimes packaged with a stay in Zurich, roughly 50 miles away. When cruise packages that include Zurich are booked through a cruise line, passengers generally are transported between the ship and hotel by motor coach. The trip may include scenic stops and/or tours along the way to facilitate arrival at the appropriate check-in time.

Transportation by train is available between the two cities for those self-booking a Zurich layover. The massive Zurich Airport is the primary hub for Swiss International Air Lines and services flights from around the globe. Transportation within the city is typically via trams, bicycles or on foot, but rideshare services and taxis are also available.

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DAY 1: Amsterdam

10 Night
Cruise to Zurich

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Amsterdam
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Emerald Waterways
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DAY 1: Lyon

14 Night
Cruise to Zurich

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Lyon
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Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saone ...
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DAY 1: Basel

7 Night
Cruise to Zurich

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Basel
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Zurich, Breisach ...
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Emerald Waterways
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DAY 1: Amsterdam

11 Night
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14 Night
Cruise to Zurich

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Amsterdam
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Antwerp, Veere ...
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12 Night
Cruise to Zurich

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Zurich
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Lucerne, Luzern ...
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Emerald Waterways
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10 Night
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Amsterdam
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11 Night
Cruise to Zurich

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Zurich
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Montreux, Kehl ...
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14 Night
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Zurich
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Montreux, Tournus ...
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12 Night
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Lucerne, Luzern ...
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10 Night
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Lucerne, Luzern ...
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18 Night
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Amsterdam
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14 Night
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Zurich
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Breisach, Kehl ...
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Scenic
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7 Night
Cruise to Zurich

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Zurich
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Kehl, Rastatt ...
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11 Night
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10 Night
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11 Night
Cruise to Zurich

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Zurich
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Saint Anton am Arlberg, Innsbruck ...
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Cruise Line:
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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13 Night
Cruise to Zurich

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Milan
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Why go to Zurich?

Pros:

Easy to explore the city center on your own

Cons:

Everything is expensive, especially dining

Bottom Line:

Zurich offers Alpine scenery, art, history and shopping

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) but paper euro bills are accepted, with change typically given in CHF coins. Euro coins are not preferred. Credit cards are readily accepted and the abundance of banks in the city makes finding an ATM a simple matter. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit xe.com.

Language?

Switzerland has three official languages: German, French and Italian, each spoken more heavily in different regions of the country. German is the predominant local language in Zurich. Most Swiss learn English in primary school and are fluent.

Interestingly, the "CH" designation on Swiss currency, vehicle license plates and as the internet country code stems from the need to use a universal language among citizens speaking varied languages. It is the abbreviation for the Latin "Confoederatio Helvetica" or Swiss Confederation.


Zurich Cruise Reviews

Scenic Pearl
CruisingSusan3
Sail Date: Jun 2019
Loved Zurich. Spent three days there before meeting Scenic's guests. However, Zurich is very expensive.... Read More
Avalon Panorama
ksloanbrown
Sail Date: Jun 2019
I only clicked Zurich because there is one stop not listed. We stopped at Breisach on the 2nd day and went to Colmar, France. Both were great, especially Colmar but it was a day of 100F degrees!! Why doesn't that... Read More
Avalon Tranquility II
roswellmom
Sail Date: Jul 2018
Our time spent in Zurich was a car drive to Lucerne... Read More
Avalon Artistry II
Achatguy
Sail Date: Jul 2018
Second time in Zurich and loved it.... Read More
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