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Zurich
HOTELS
-The Park Hyatt is fantastic and a 10 minute walk to shul.
Tram stop: Stockerstrasse

RESTAURANTS

Meat:

Olive Garden - Located inside he JCC
Tram stop: Bahnhof Enge


Milk/Parve:

Fein und Schein - cafe type of place; ambience lacking, but hey, food is food

Bagels and Co.  (Bederstrasse corner Klopstockstrasse 8002 Zürich) Tram Stop "Waffenplatzstrasse"

Books & Bagels - combination bagel shop and judaica store

Bakery:

ATTRACTIONS
-Walk around the lake area
-Bahnhofstrasse window shopping
-Take a train to Lucerne and buy the golden ticket, included a boat ride on Lake Lucerne, cogwheel train and tram. Then take bus back to Lucerne
-When you arrive in Lucerne you can go to the tourist office to see a live view from Mount Pilatus (Or you can check online). If it's cloudy skip the cogwheel train and just take a nice boatride and explore the town, ancient bridges, and walk on top of the old city fortress walls.




Options in the Alps

Arosa: Metropol Hotel - quaint little old hotel. Not very fancy - it's like honeymooning in your grandmother's house (HT: Mrs. Moishebatchy). The food is very basic, but delicious. Mikva on premises. If skiing is your thing, the have an agreement with one of the ski places (Härtner) not to charge Metropol customers for ski rentals over Shabbos.


Need a meal on shabbes, please PM me (Chuchem). I live 15 minute walk from the hyatt, close to chabad. Zürich has no eiruv!

Major Attractions
“Please edit the wiki to add more attractions”

Central Switzerland
-Lucerne, Pilatus Offers: Cogwheel, Gondolas, Alpine Sliding, Mini Zip-line and fun area
-Titlis Offers: Gondolas, Snow Tubing, Trutti Bikes, Ice Museum, Row Boating
-Brunni Offers: Gondolas, Alpine Sliding, Stroll in Lake(!)

Jungfrau Region
-Jungfrau/jungfraujoch Click here for the Kosher hotel in Wengen / 360-degree panorama of Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe
-Grindelwald Offers: Gondolas, mega Zip-line, Trutti Bikes

Eastern Switzerland
-St. Moritz
Davos / Klosters
Arosa Click here for the Kosher Levins hotel

Southern Switzerland
-Zermatt - "Matterhorn"
-Saas-Fee Offers: Gondolas, Alpine Sliding, Mega Zip-line, Trotti Bikes, (Saas-Grund has Monster Trotteres) and on top of "Allalin" you can go Snow Tubing and Skiing even in the summer!
-Crans Montana You can email the Kosher hotel in Crans Montana Hotelmk@gmail.com  or call them at 0032485640498 or 003233011600


HalbTax Pass

A HalbTax pass (or Half Fare card) is a card designated for tourists and not for Swiss residents (officially...). The card gives you half price on all public transportation like buses, trains, trams, boats and also on "most" cable cars (attractions). There are basically 4 kinds.

1) An annual pass, the price is currently 175 francs. If i remember correctly it has a photo ID of the recipient, so double check before sharing it.
Click here for the annual pass

2) A 30 day pass, the price is currently 120 francs, it does not have a photo ID on it.
Click here or here for the 30 day pass

3) - Recommended for frequent traveling Swiss Travel Pass - you prepay a set amount per day and get unlimited for that day (plus "optional" for a fee, for 1 month including the days you chose, it is a HalbTax, even on the prepaid free days, it's only free for all transportation, on cable cars you only get half off). The price per day depends on how many days you prepay, for example if you prepay 8 days, the price per day will be about 53 francs, if you prepay 3 days the price per day will be about 73 francs. If you are 25 y/o or younger, you can get the Youth Pass which is cheaper - If you prepay 8 days  the price per day will be about 40 francs a day, if you prepay 3 days the price per day will be about 62 francs.
Click here (or here) for the prepaid pass

The card comes with a few days “you could chose your dates later”, officially when you want to use a certain day for the free day you should fill in on the pass that date, and when the first conductor comes he punches that day, but technically you can leave the date blank until the conductor comes, that way you have a chance if no conductor asks you for your card (happens quite often) you can save it for the next day :)

4) Swiss Transfer Ticket" This card costs 141 francs and is valid for 2 trips from and to the boarder or airport, for example you are traveling from the airport to Arosa and are not planning to go anywhere else or take any other transportation, with this card you will effectively pay 71 francs per way. This card is only valid for trips to and from the airport or boarder and no (long) stops allowed. Technically if you will travel one more day, the Swiss travel pass mentioned above will probably be cheaper.

Make sure to order your pass a few weeks before leaving, it takes about 1-3 weeks for the pass to arrive. But you can always buy it in the Airport, though you might have to wait in line and also if you want to buy the Youth pass (for 25 y/o or younger) they might ask you for proof...

There is also a family pass if you travel with a large family, I am not familiar with that.


Fast Baggage
There is a service via SBB, They deliver your luggage for you!! For example you are traveling from ZRH to Arosa, you don't want to be busy Shlepping around your luggage, You can check in your luggage in the airport and they (SBB) will deliver it to the train station in Arosa. This service is available "from and to" most train stations in Switzerland. You can ask about the Fast Baggage by any train station or read here or here

You can even buy a tag that you put on the luggage before checking in your luggage in any airport (i.e. JFK) and Rail Europe will take your luggage from the airplane in Switzerland and deliver it either to your hotel or to the train station in the city you're going to.  Read about Flight Luggage Here




PS. When doing research and getting to a website in German, just add /en (after .ch) to translate to English.
And Hey, Don't forget to write a TR ;)

Sample Itinerary for 9 hour stopover on Swiss flight from TLV to U.S. that lands at 810 and takes off around 5
Copied from @cholent:
Here it is: landed in zrh, crazy line for entering country but moved pretty quickly, about half an hour. Picked up sim in the airport. Rented car through Priceline from europecar. Drove to Titlis, stunning scenery along drive. Missed a turnoff because I couldn't get Waze to talk and I was trying to do some stuff online while we were driving, added half an hour to get there, but the stunning scenery made it worthwhile. Got there, parked, you pay at the entrance if you're going to park for more than an hour. Paid, took the cable car. Got off at there halfway station by mistake, gorgeous lake. Went back on and back up to the top. It was somewhat cloudy which was a pity. Suspension bridge was fun but no view because of the clouds. Took the ice flyer to the other peak, then went sledding down the hill, lots of fun. No tubing because there wasn't enough snow. We didn't have enough time for the ice cave because of the extra time driving there and we weren't sure where it was anyway. Made some new Israeli friends and took the cable car down with them. Got back to the airport, returning the car took less than five minutes, getting through the airport took a little longer so we didn't have time for showers at the lounge. It was amazing all around, I would definitely recommend

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #900 on: February 08, 2015, 12:29:31 PM »
Thanks for the info

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #901 on: February 16, 2015, 04:48:23 AM »
What's the earliest Shachris minyan I can get in Zurich on a Thursday (3/19)?

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #902 on: February 16, 2015, 07:23:25 AM »
Yea. It seems like a lot to cram in. I am thinking of just taking park hyatt in Zurich and saving the alps for next time when I can do them properly.

If youre staying in the park hyatt dont show up late at night. Otherwise just stay in the radisson blu

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #903 on: February 16, 2015, 08:34:02 AM »
What's the earliest Shachris minyan I can get in Zurich on a Thursday (3/19)?
I didn't check all but Agudas Achim (biggest Minyonim center) has a 6:45 minyan


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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #904 on: February 16, 2015, 08:55:33 AM »
Thanks.

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #905 on: February 16, 2015, 09:16:46 AM »

If youre staying in the park hyatt dont show up late at night. Otherwise just stay in the radisson blu
Park hyatt far from the airport so not worth the shlep?

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #906 on: February 16, 2015, 10:14:11 PM »
I want to go this summer again to Switzerland. But this time for some reason i wont be able to leave behind my 6 month old daughter (will be 1 year then) I know many people from Europe that go with kids but they don't do the major attractions, they go to local parks but that's obviously not what I'm looking for. I want to go for a week and enjoy maxi but i have my daughter in my way... can anyone who was in this dilemma advise how we can make it work? I was thinking of a baby carrier but am skeptical if it will work, also i wont be able to go too high up since the oxygen level is low and might be dangerous for a baby.
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #907 on: March 09, 2015, 11:42:18 AM »
Anyone knows if/where there is a Shull in the summer in Klosters? (near Davos)

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #908 on: March 12, 2015, 05:23:32 AM »
What's the best dairy restaurant and the best meat resteraunt in Zurich?

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #909 on: March 12, 2015, 05:34:09 AM »
Radisson Blu is pretty nice and very convenient from airport. For me personally schlep to city would be worth it just for a 5 min lake on Banhoffstrasse and the lake, but you can do that after checking in at Radisson. 
Purpose > Pleasure

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #910 on: April 13, 2015, 12:34:39 AM »
I received a speeding ticket in the mail today because I speeded in Luzerne what is the risk of not paying it is don't live in Switzerland or in the eu

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #911 on: April 13, 2015, 01:06:25 AM »
If you plan on going back in the next 10 years pay it or it will be very expensive next time when you cross the border

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #912 on: May 05, 2015, 09:14:19 AM »
Did anyone stay at the kosher program of Tour Plus in Wengen or Galitzky in St. moritz that could share their experience?

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #913 on: May 05, 2015, 12:15:15 PM »
I need some insiders advice please. I am planning a 4 day trip for my parents to Switzerland (part of a stopover to Israel) in August. These are the tentative plans:
Firday: arrive in Zurich in AM.  Public transportation to Lucerne. Drop off luggage at hotel or shabbos accommodations (not planned yet) buy Golden Ticket and do the Mt Pilatus trip.
Shabbos: Was thinking of spending it in Lucerne, any idea for shabbos hospitality? (parents are on low budget) 
Sunday: Mt Titlis (http://www.titlis.ch/en) do lots of the recommended summer activities, travel to Zurich in evening - stay in hotel in Zurich overnight.
Monday: Tour Zurich ???, train back to airport and catch flight to TLV in evening.

1) Use of public transportation, I notice so many kinds of passes available and its a bit overwhelming. What kind of pass would be best to get based on their activities and travel plans?
2) Shabbos accommodations in Lucerne , for meals and accommodations. (I thought it would be more scenic and relaxing for them since they are not "city" people.) Any leads to find hosts for shabbos?
3) Regarding hotels in Zurich with starwood points, which one is the nicest location?
4) Ideas for day trip in Zurich to do on Monday?

Any advice would be appreciated, thank you for your input.

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #914 on: May 05, 2015, 12:19:14 PM »
I need some insiders advice please. I am planning a 4 day trip for my parents to Switzerland (part of a stopover to Israel) in August. These are the tentative plans:
Firday: arrive in Zurich in AM.  Public transportation to Lucerne. Drop off luggage at hotel or shabbos accommodations (not planned yet) buy Golden Ticket and do the Mt Pilatus trip.
Shabbos: Was thinking of spending it in Lucerne, any idea for shabbos hospitality? (parents are on low budget) 
Sunday: Mt Titlis (http://www.titlis.ch/en) do lots of the recommended summer activities, travel to Zurich in evening - stay in hotel in Zurich overnight.
Monday: Tour Zurich ???, train back to airport and catch flight to TLV in evening.

1) Use of public transportation, I notice so many kinds of passes available and its a bit overwhelming. What kind of pass would be best to get based on their activities and travel plans?
2) Shabbos accommodations in Lucerne , for meals and accommodations. (I thought it would be more scenic and relaxing for them since they are not "city" people.) Any leads to find hosts for shabbos?
3) Regarding hotels in Zurich with starwood points, which one is the nicest location?
4) Ideas for day trip in Zurich to do on Monday?

Any advice would be appreciated, thank you for your input.
1) Just buy a Halb Tax pass, that would give you half fare on trains and attractions.