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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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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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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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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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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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In addition to the standard city tours (which are quite nice, btw.), there are quite a few places that are open to visitors, though most are by appointment only, and several require minimum group sizes. I've been to several of these (and some more that are only possible if you know people working there), and found all of them really nice. Note that in ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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No. The option you mention is by far the fastest. Fly directly from Zurich to Amsterdam. Swiss has four flights per day. This takes 1h30. Then take a train from the Schiphol airport to Eindhoven. That's another 1h30. There are plenty of (direct) trains between Schiphol and Eindhoven. Add the time in between to get luggage, go to the train etc. And you are ...


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I contacted the hotel and this is the reply I got from the hotel management: Yes you can stay with us overnight, as we’re located in the Non-Schengen zone. All we need for a reservation is all your flight details from your in- and outbound flight.


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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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I suppose you travel on a daytime train (Railjet)? If yes, the whole trip is worthwhile. Just look out of the window. But note that it flattens out gradually (literally and figuratively). The leg from Zurich to Innsbruck is the most scenic one. Mark Smith, aka the Man in Seat 61, has a video about this leg.


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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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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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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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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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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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Yes, you can, if you are an Egyptian passport holder or a US permanent resident. As discussed in an answer about transit visas, if you are an Egypt passport holder, as stated in point 3, you do not need an airport transit visa in Switzerland. In fact, as an Egypt passport holder, the only country for which you need an airport transit visa is Czech republic. ...



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