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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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« Reply #555 on: March 18, 2013, 02:22:34 PM »
Started Wiki
Great, added some info.
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #556 on: March 18, 2013, 03:50:19 PM »
I'm surprised you left out Bahnhofstrasse
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I'm surprised you left out Bahnhofstrasse
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #558 on: March 18, 2013, 04:06:31 PM »
It's a wiki.
If you have what to share then add it.
My apologies.
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« Reply #559 on: March 18, 2013, 04:10:29 PM »
My apologies.
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #560 on: March 18, 2013, 05:17:00 PM »
-The banks will turn you in these days.
-The watches are cheaper elsewhere.
-You can get their chocolate elsewhere as well.
-Thommy, this is true.
-I don't think they even allow shchita in Switzerland?
-Army knife will be cheaper on Amazon...

FWIW they sell Thomy mayonnaise at most kosher grocery stores in London, for the same price, if not cheaper than ZRH.

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« Reply #561 on: March 18, 2013, 08:57:25 PM »
Added some restaurants, as well as info on Arosa.

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« Reply #562 on: April 18, 2013, 06:51:58 PM »
Booked a reservation for someone arriving (from TLV) to Zurich Sunday afternoon and leaving Thurs am/pm (haven't decided yet)

They are taking the train to Davos when they arrive and will be there Sunday night and Monday night - Should they go back to Zurich Tuesday already and spend some time there? Lucerne? Other ideas? Etc? OR should they stay in Davos until Wed and head back then?

Any ideas on how to piece the trip together would be appreciated!

They want to have time to see beautiful places and enjoy. Nothing too complicated.
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #563 on: May 10, 2013, 02:29:31 PM »
I read through the thread here and have come to the conclusion that 7-8 days in Switzerland may be too much.  In that, I can get a healthy dose of lucerne, Zurich and st. moritz in about 4 days. If I have 8 days on the ground in Europe and spend 4 days in Switzerland, where else, besides Paris, do you recommend I visit during those 4 days. I hope to go mid August...

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #564 on: May 10, 2013, 02:32:59 PM »
I read through the thread here and have come to the conclusion that 7-8 days in Switzerland may be too much.  In that, I can get a healthy dose of lucerne, Zurich and st. moritz in about 4 days. If I have 8 days on the ground in Europe and spend 4 days in Switzerland, where else, besides Paris, do you recommend I visit during those 4 days. I hope to go mid August...
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #565 on: May 23, 2013, 06:43:43 PM »
Any advice on kosher food in Geneva?

Also, anyone stay in Geneva over Shabbos?

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #566 on: June 11, 2013, 01:16:01 PM »
What will be the closest heimishe community to interlake?
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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #567 on: June 11, 2013, 01:37:45 PM »
Booked a reservation for someone arriving (from TLV) to Zurich Sunday afternoon and leaving Thurs am/pm (haven't decided yet)

They are taking the train to Davos when they arrive and will be there Sunday night and Monday night - Should they go back to Zurich Tuesday already and spend some time there? Lucerne? Other ideas? Etc? OR should they stay in Davos until Wed and head back then?

Any ideas on how to piece the trip together would be appreciated!

They want to have time to see beautiful places and enjoy. Nothing too complicated.
I'm not going to comment on staying in Davos or not, but if you do head back to Zurich/Lucerne area there are many nice places around Lucerne like Pilatus, Rigi and Titlis.

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #568 on: June 11, 2013, 07:22:58 PM »
Which one is nicer?

Arosa or Davos (Switzerland)?

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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
« Reply #569 on: June 15, 2013, 06:56:54 PM »
What will be the closest heimishe community to interlake?

Are you sure you got that name right?