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Cruises to Zurich

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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S.S. La Venezia
S.S. La Venezia (Photo: Uniworld)

11 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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Scenic Jasper
Scenic Jasper (Photo: Scenic Cruises)

7 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
Dec 13, 2021
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Scenic Jade
Scenic Jade

14 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
Aug 3, 2022
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Scenic Opal
Scenic Opal

14 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
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14 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Scenic
Apr 12, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Scenic
Jul 25, 2022
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18 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
Jun 18, 2022
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11 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
Oct 1, 2022
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26 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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26 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:AmaWaterways
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7 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
Oct 23, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
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14 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Scenic
May 8, 2023
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18 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Scenic
Apr 11, 2022
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13 Night
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Leaving:Milan
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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11 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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7 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
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11 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Scenic
Jul 27, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
May 25, 2022
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Cruise Line:Scenic
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18 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
May 28, 2022
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11 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Oct 27, 2021
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13 Night
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Leaving:Milan
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Oct 22, 2021
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11 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Oct 24, 2021
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11 Night
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Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic
Sep 17, 2022
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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
Loved Zurich. Spent three days there before meeting Scenic's guests. However, Zurich is very expensive.... Read More
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CruisingSusan3
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
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ksloanbrown
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
Our time spent in Zurich was a car drive to Lucerne... Read More
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