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There's plenty of stuff you can do (references are to the German Wikipedia for more extensive descriptions, which I assume you read given your origins). I don't know whether you enjoy visiting castles, churches and museums as well, whether "outdoor activities" include things other than hiking, and what kind of nature interests you most. Anyway, here are a ...


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Directly after the train station in Zurich there will be nothing to see. You will drive through a tunnel for a quarter of hour and when you will see the daylight again, you are already at the lake Zurich. The train line follows more or less directly the shoreline, and if the weather is nice it can be interesting to observe the people there sunbathing and the ...


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With one connection in Paris, the cheapest I found on french voyages-sncf.com was a ticket for two passengers at about 170 EUR (210 CHF). But I agree that usual fares are more in the 400 CHF range. It would be worth to spend some time with a SBB-CFF employee or in a travel agency to find the cheapest train at the dates you plan to travel. Alternatively, ...


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If you're willing to sacrifice speed and comfort to travel cheaper, then car pooling or an advance booking on a Eurolines bus is likely to come out cheaper than the train. From Zürich to Brussels, you have to go through either France or Germany. It's quite possible that careful shopping between SBB, SNCF, DB and SNCB will yield a cheaper price than booking ...


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One of my favorite places in Switzerland is Interlaken. The are is beautiful and you can take a short train ride up to Kandersteg for some beautiful waterfalls and a great mountain hike. It is a 2 hour train ride. Interlaken is known as the extreme sports capital of Switzerland. You can skydive, canyoneer, or mountain climb. Kandersteg: Another option is ...


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This is, for a 3+ hour drive, pretty much as easy as it can get. It's a drive 100% over Italian and swiss highways. It is also pretty much one straight line north - on the same road, with only one single fork in the road. If you print out a google navigation beforehand and stick to the road, you basically cannot do anything wrong. If you are willing for ...


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The center of Zurich is not very big, and most places in Zurich are actually whole streets and areas that are interesting. Generally you can consider the whole area between the Bahnhofstrasse, Bahhofbrücke, Seilergraben, Rämistrasse, and the Quaibrücke as the inner center of the city (more or less the district Kreis 1. There are some more places of course. ...


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At least a partial answer: Raileurope and Wiki has told me that EC (EuroCity, formerly called Cisalpino, not all EC, just the former Cisalpino) and so called ICN (Intercity-Neigezug, German for Intercity Tilting Train) trains are tilt-enabled. Using the Deutche Bahn Travel Service one can exclude EC and IC (InterCity) trains from the search by using the ...


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If you don't have access to frequent traveller lounges, and you don't want to sleep in a chair, you can buy a ticket for one of the day rooms offered by the airport, which will cost you CHF84. sleepinginairports.com also recommends the Starbucks at the airport, if you don't really need a bed. In the city, which is easily reached by public transport, the ...


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If you like science I'd recommend the Technorama (Swiss Science Center). It's located in Winterthur. So it's very close to Zürich. Most instructions are available in English. http://www.technorama.ch/en/ I live in Bern and we have a yearly tradition: The Zibelemärit. From Wikipedia: The Zibelemärit (Bernese German dialect; English: Onion market) is ...


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You might also try to go by car pooling, e.g mitfahrgelenheit.de or mitfahrzentrale.de. It costs around 6 cents per kilometre usually, or 70 CHF for a one-way trip. You have to get lucky, though, to find a ticket. Also, it might be worthwile to ask the DB (German rail company) for cheap tickets from Zürich into Germany and from Germany to Brussels or for a ...


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Here you will find a map of all windsurfing schools that are part of the Swiss Windsurf Organisation. This will provide you with a good overview about the spots where wind surfing is possible in Switzerland, and will also give you a staring point if you need some instructions in the beginning. Here the interactive map as an image: Here you will find an ...


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The Zurich airport does not close overnight. Even though there are no flights overnight, you can generally stay there and sleep on the chairs. Even though it is not really comfortable it is more or less safe. It could be that you will be woken up by security, but they will only very rarely tell you that you have to move on. If they do so, just go around the ...


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The central point of Zurich I'd consider to be the main station. Other points that could be considered being the city centre: the old town with historic buildings the Bahnhofstrasse which is a famous shopping street and maybe Bellevue at the lakeside which is where a lot of events take place All those places are pretty central.


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First a quick note: Switzerland in general, and Zurich particularly can be very expensive. It is one of the most expensive countries in whole Europe and because of the strong Swiss franc, the exchange rates aren't very good at the moment. On the other hand, Zurich is quite a small city, and the public transport is quite good and reliable. So you can be in ...


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www.bergfex.com has a list of Swiss ski resorts, including an overview of the closing dates of some of the major resorts. Engelberg/Titlis officially closes on May 26, and is one of the resorts that are pretty close to Zurich.


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The train station to look for is Piombino. From there, walk to Piombino Marittima where the ferry starts. I found a ticket train from Zurich to Piombino at CHF 258. I don't know if it is the cheapest.


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Driving to Lake Lucerne have a look and go on to reach the Grimsel Pass. I like doing this by car or motorbike. Another day trip would be Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen, which is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.


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If you are taking any other trains in Central/Northern Europe during your trip, a Eurail pass may be worthwhile. You could opt for a 3-country pass (Switzerland, Benelux and France or Germany, depending on your route). Or, you could buy a Switzerland/Germany regional pass and pay for a single ticket to take you to Brussels from the border. However, check ...


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I'd go to Liechtenstein and hike the Fürstensteig. No different than hiking in Switzerland, but it's fun to visit such a small country.


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We were there in January, so we did one day skiing (Flumserberg seems to be the place of choice for most locals, although you can google a few other resorts within 1h-1.5h by train). If you don't have a car, then the cheapest way is to buy Snow'n'Rail package (train + skipass) at the train station. We also went to Lucern, which is really nice. There is a ...


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Zurich is very nicely, centrally located, in Switzerland, both within the country itself, and in relation to neighboring countries. It's about three hours from Geneva, in the French part of the country. Another two hours or so will take you to Lyons, the second largest city in France. Likewise, it's a couple hours to Locarno, near the Italian border, and a ...


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Long story short, yes, you can get cheaper. The price is compounded by several issues: you're booking with not that much notice, in summer (peak season) you're booking close to the Olympics, where 500,000 people are suddenly arriving and departing London, many of whom will also travel around Europe or North America afterwards, depending on where they're ...


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If you stay within the international transit zone, then you don't need a transit visa: Airline passengers on authorised regular services in principle do not require an airport transit visa providing they fulfill the following cumulative requirements: a. they are in possession of a valid and recognized travel document; b. they do not leave ...


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I am not a windsurfing specialist, but I can see many people doing it on all the lakes I pass by. Mainly there are the Bielersee, Murtensee and Lac de Neuchatel (Neuenburgsee in German) these are in the region of the three lakes. Lake Geneva is also very popular especially when the east wind is blowing (a strong wind called bise in French). I haven't ...


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It's a matter of personal preference, of course, but I'd probably take the train. First airplane and then train sounds like a lot of hassle (check-in, check-out, transport, etc.). Also, you could get into trouble if the airplane is delayed and you miss the train you have booked. On September 12th, for example, there are various eight hour train connections, ...


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You will find some very good places at the IJseelmeer in Holland. Lake Garda in Trentino, Italy, is another famous spot with thermal wind that starts blowing usually around 12am. The area you might be most interested in is the northern one, near Riva or Limone or Torbole. You will find people rushing around 11am even if there is no single movement of the air ...



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