A Swiss river cruise from The River Cruise Line is the ideal way to explore the majestic scenery of Switzerland. Cruise in comfort and style as you take in everything Switzerland has to offer.
Switzerland is a fairly small, picturesque country with a population of about 7.5 million. Its capital is Bern, but the largest Swiss city is Zurich. It is known for its alpine peaks and meadows, and its clear glacial lakes. It is also known for the waterfalls that become headwaters for major European rivers such as the Rhine and Rhône. And it’s our Rhine river cruises that bring people through this exceptionally beautiful country. Along the way, passengers also visit Germany and France.
The country is multilingual, with four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. As you cruise through Switzerland, you will have the opportunity to experience each of these languages in the various towns and cities.
Switzerland River Cruises
Guide to cruising in Switzerland
The Rhine flows 865 miles from the snow-capped Swiss Alps and takes visitors past lush, breathtaking scenery. Along the way there are many places to explore in order to better understand the cultural and historical charm of a country that perfectly blends the traditional with the modern.
Basel is one of the first points on the navigable portion of the Rhine. With world-famous choirs, museums and theatres, Basel is one of the most important cultural centres in central Europe.
Lucerne is another area that visitors flock to; this Swiss resort houses the Jura Mountains – the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland.
Great food and wine
Swiss cuisine inevitably combines influences from German, French and Italian food. This means that the food will vary dramatically depending on which area of Switzerland you’re in.
Swiss specialities, however, include its chocolate and many cheese-based dishes such as fondue and Älplermagronen, a gratin of sorts with potatoes, macaroni, cheese, cream and onions — and, most importantly, stewed apple on the side. Cheese is extremely important in Switzerland and it would be easy to explore Switzerland from cheese dairy to cheese dairy.
Swiss wines, beer and liqueurs are also very good. Whatever your tastes, you’re sure to find something to suit you.
Switzerland is particularly noted for its natural beauty, with its breathtaking mountain ranges of the Jura and the Alps. There are also great lakes, such as Geneva, and river valleys with sheer cliffs and waterfalls. A journey to Switzerland is certain to delight those handy with a camera.
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• Lucerne is north of the Reuss river, and features several painted half-timber structures. Remnants of the old town walls, complete with eight tall watchtowers, exist on the hill above Lucerne. An additional gated tower can be found at the base of the hill on the banks of the Reuss.
• Lake Lucerne sits within a cluster of mountains, and is the scenic heart of Switzerland.
• Basel is Switzerland's oldest university city and historic landmarks of the city include the large market square with its richly decorated red sandstone town hall and the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral.