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Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine 2018 Trip Report I know its a been a while since this trip, but perhaps this can still be of help to people.
Note: I originally wrote a long introduction, but to certain reasons decided to skip it on this forum, instead delving right in!
Also, I didn't yet figure out how to add pictures, and don't have the time now, but maybe later on.

Enjoy!

Trip Part 1- Switzerland

Day 1: Titlis with a short stop in Zurich

We arrived in Zurich on time, at approx. 10:30am, picked up our rental car, and headed out for the 2 hour drive to Mt. Titlis.
We enjoyed watching the cows grazing the fields, spotted by chalet-style houses with colorful flowers in the windows, and the more-than-occasional parasailer, along the way.
The views from Mt. Tiltis are magnificent. Hashem blessed us with superb weather; clear, but with fluffy clouds, and cool, but with a strong sun.
The revolving chairlift allowed us to get panoramic views of the ascend. This was the first time we saw snow in the summer so the neflous haBora was evident.
Once on top, we walked the snowy paths to the Bridge. As someone who loves heights, this was magical. We enjoyed the glacier cave, did some scenery-gawking, and another, this time open, chairlift and headed back to the city, once again enjoying the views.
After stopping in the city for Mincha and some food, we headed back to the airport to catch our 9pm flight to VIENNA!

August 15, 2019, 06:03:17 PM
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Re: Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine 2018 Trip Report Trip Part 2- Vienna

Days 2-3: Vienna

We arrived in Vienna late at night on Thursday. A family member picked us up from the airport and drove us to the apartment we were staying at. (They arranged it for us.)
We have been to Vienna a few years ago, visiting family, and we toured the city then. This time we were just there for Shabbos so not much to say.
Friday, my husband went with some family members to Bratislava to pick up a rental car (much cheaper to rent from there) and they stopped in at the Chasam Sofer also.
Shabbos we just hung around with our relatives and caught up on some sleep….
Motze Shabbos we were busy repacking our suitcases, preparing for our tomorrow’s departure to…the Austrian Alps!

A note about this part of the trip: It was incredibly hot in Europe while we were there, especially in the city. For someone coming from the US/Israel, Europe is so, so left behind in their A/C systems. Also, as is typical in Europe, all stores are closed on Sunday (except for maybe some food stores, open half a day).

Day 4:
Sunday morning we realized that we needed some toiletries as in the Alps we were gonna be in a self-catered place with our family which did not provide anything except linen. We went to the nearest pharmacy (BIPA wouldn’t been more suited to our needs, but was closed). So officially its closed, but you can speak to the storekeeper through a window and she brings you what you need. It was so ridiculous. There we were, standing on line, behind about 5 other people, melting in the 95 deg heat, while the pharmacist is running back and forth helping a customer at a time. We got to hear everyone’s stomachaches….

After the pharmacy, we headed out for our 6+/- hour drive to Wald im Pinzgau, Austria.


August 22, 2019, 06:46:36 PM
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Re: ELAL Questions Master Thread
Two Random El-Al questions:

- When selecting my meal for my upcoming trip, the return leg (TLV-EWR) has 3 Strictly Kosher options - strictly Kosher, Strictly Kosher Child, and Strictly Kosher fish. The outbound leg (JFK-TLV) has only the latter two - what is the difference? (It's a 5pm flight, I am assuming it's dinner), do I just PUTPAC?



The strictly kosher "regular" meal may be called Regal on the outbound

December 31, 2019, 01:30:47 PM
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Re: Air Serbia NYC-TLV
Anyone have any information on how far keresir is from Belgrade? I’ve been getting conflicting reports when I google it.
Use simple google maps, obviously, it depends on the time and which route you take, see below link.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Belgrade+Nikola+Tesla+Airport,+Belgrade,+Serbia/Bodrogkereszt%C3%BAr,+3916+Hungary/@46.4756469,18.314354,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x475a688a5214cf59:0xc3184c4bc7f300f9!2m2!1d20.291691!2d44.820498!1m5!1m1!1s0x4738ad447758d9dd:0x2e966f614d9aeda4!2m2!1d21.3595899!2d48.1630176!3e0

Dont forget to take into account the wait at the border (if any). If it is anything like going from Ukraine to Hungary, it can take hours

February 10, 2020, 05:12:00 PM
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