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Cruises to Zurich

10 Reviews
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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Emerald Dawn
Emerald Dawn

10 Night
Jewels Of The Rhine & Lucerne - ZurichDetails

168 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Emerald Dawn
Emerald Dawn

7 Night
Jewels Of The RhineDetails

168 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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River Princess
River Princess

9 Night
Zurich & The Rhine River ValleyDetails

51 Reviews
Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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Emerald Luna
Emerald Luna

10 Night
Tulips Of The Rhine & Lucerne - ZurichDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
Apr 17, 2023
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Virgin Voyages

10 Night
Jewels Of The Rhine & Lucerne - ZurichDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
Sep 18, 2023
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7 Night
Christmas Time On The Rhine & Lucerne - ZurichDetails

168 Reviews
Leaving:Mainz
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
Nov 28, 2023
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7 Night
Rhine HighlightsDetails

76 Reviews
Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
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Rhine HighlightsDetails

145 Reviews
Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
Sep 18, 2023
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Rhine HighlightsDetails

76 Reviews
Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
May 22, 2023
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Rhine HighlightsDetails

76 Reviews
Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
Sep 30, 2024
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10 Night
Christmas Markets On The Rhine & Lucerne - ZurichDetails

168 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
Dec 9, 2023
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Tulips & The RhineDetails

168 Reviews
Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
Apr 29, 2023
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Christmas Markets Of The RhineDetails

168 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
Dec 9, 2023
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Jewels Of The Rhine & Lucerne - ZurichDetails

168 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Jewels Of The RhineDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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More about Zurich

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
So much to see in Zurich. The cathedral with the Chegal stained glass windows was a highlight. Be sure to rent the self-guided earphones. The lake tour via tour boat was lovely. Easy city to get around - wonderful trRead More
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Stella2249
Loved Zurich. Spent three days there before meeting Scenic's guests. However, Zurich is very expensive.Read More
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CruisingSusan3
The people weren't too friendly but the old town is easy to navigate and picturesque. Don't miss the Christmas market in the Central Train Station and the huge Swarovski crystal Christmas tree there.Read More
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Annebar1
The day was colder than expected However, lots to explore between the underground train stations, the predestrian street with the high end shops and old town Had an authentic Bavarian dinner that was dellicious Read More
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