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Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

Hi All, I am a single dad and have been working near Chur for last 3 months. I have been seeing my 10 year old daughter back home in UK (normally lives with mother) every 2-3 weeks for 3 day weekends. With the school holidays I would really love to spend some more time with her and treat her to a good holiday. I can only afford to take a week off from work at present, and plan to fly home and bring her here. Question: Are there any exciting children activities you could recommend where perhaps she could mix with other kids? She is very sociable but like me she knows no German I am thinking of going on a few train rides, perhaps to Zurich Zoo and St Moritz or the Glacier Express, which are 2 hours each from me. Has anyone got any other ideas?
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

Just on the flight detail: I'm just about to test out the Unaccompanied Minor facility by Swiss (EUR 40 extra each way in addition to the flight) with my 9 year old niece coming from the UK.

If you wanted to use this for your daughter, it would save you the cost of your flight.

I can report back and let you know how it went, if you like.
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

She might like the rope course at Atzmaennig - not too far from you.

http://www.atzmaennig.ch/seilpark_sommer_en.cfm
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

This is not easy at all. I have experience with my daughter, (she was 8 when she first flew alone with Lufthansa to Munich) and now she is 41 years old!

Would you consider taking her to a Butlins camp in England, or something similar in Italy or France? She might like to play at that age.
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

Many thanks on the info on the Swiss Air flight option for minors, I already discussed this with her a month ago and her first reaction was negative. Basically she didn't feel very comfortable. I think her mother is also not so keen on the idea. Perhaps I can try it again. On the cost side, a lot of the cost for me tends to be the costs to and from airports, so for example if she came with me on a car/cab in UK then that cost is already covered. Please keep me posted on your experience.
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

My Son (10) and Daughter (15) will be here for a month starting in 2 weeks time. In previous years the simple things worked best. Popping over to Como for a real Italian pizza and a quick day trip to Germany for shopping etc.

Try to find what festivals are near you and just go out for the day. We never spend much but always managed to have a good time even chilling at the lake.

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This is not easy at all. I have experience with my daughter, (she was 8 when she first flew alone with Lufthansa to Munich) and now she is 41 years old!

Would you consider taking her to a Butlins camp in England, or something similar in Italy or France? She might like to play at that age.
Forgive my ignorance but I have never heard of Butlins camp. Perhaps I should google it..
Also one aim of this exercise is for her to connect to where her dad lives and works. I think it might give her some peace of mind and some idea of where her dad is these days..
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She might like the rope course at Atzmaennig - not too far from you.

http://www.atzmaennig.ch/seilpark_sommer_en.cfm
hey this looks really cool she loves these sort of challenges, not seen the details yet but hope the course can be done in a few days..
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My Son (10) and Daughter (15) will be here for a month starting in 2 weeks time. In previous years the simple things worked best. Popping over to Como for a real Italian pizza and a quick day trip to Germany for shopping etc.

Try to find what festivals are near you and just go out for the day. We never spend much but always managed to have a good time even chilling at the lake.

Good luck!

I think Como is about 3-4 hours by train from chur. But I have heard its real pretty there. Thanks..
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I think Como is about 3-4 hours by train from chur. But I have heard its real pretty there. Thanks..
Well for me it was 3 hours each way by train so not exactly around the corner, but the kids like trains so that helped. It is worth a visit but I wouldn't stay overnight.
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

If you're going to be travelling with her by train, see if you can get a Junior Card from the station. For 30 CHFs for a year, she's then free when travelling with you on any form of public transport in the whole of Switzerland - buses, trains, some cablecars and boats, etc.

I have a feeling that the Card is technically for resident kids, but I certainly bought them for my kids with just their passports when we moved here and were waiting for the permits to be prepared.
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

The Pradaschier Toboggan Run is just around the Corner.



http://www.pradaschier.ch/sites/winter/rodeln_seilpark.html

Rope Course in the same area:

http://www.pradaschier.ch/sites/rode.../seilpark.html

20 minutes by bus from Chur
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

Hi

Try and see if you can get hold of the "Holiday Pass" from the SBB. It will save you a small fortune if doing things in Zurich. Bring a photograph to an SBB office in Zurich.

I have an 11 year old daughter, and 12 and 14 year old lads to look after this holiday, their wish list included (listed verbatim)

1) Swimming in the Lake
2) Zurich Zoo
3) Alpa Mare Water Park
4) Roller PArk
5) Wake Boarding
6) Pedalos
7) Billiards / Pool
8) Go KArting
9) Trip to China Gardens
10) A boat Trip
11) Trip up the Uetliberg
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

I recommend the Bernina Express instead of the Glacier Express. It is far more exciting, particularly for a child.
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

Day trip to Europeans steepest cable car (106%), 2hours hike around the lake and a picnic at the lake.

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en//des...l-thrills.html


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Try and see if you can get hold of the "Holiday Pass" from the SBB. It will save you a small fortune if doing things in Zurich. Bring a photograph to an SBB office in Zurich.

I have an 11 year old daughter, and 12 and 14 year old lads to look after this holiday, their wish list included (listed verbatim)

1) Swimming in the Lake
2) Zurich Zoo
3) Alpa Mare Water Park
4) Roller PArk
5) Wake Boarding
6) Pedalos
7) Billiards / Pool
8) Go KArting
9) Trip to China Gardens
10) A boat Trip
11) Trip up the Uetliberg
That's a great list. Spoilt for choice I will definitely ask for one of these passes at the SBB office. Zurich Zoo is for sure on the list, I know there is a Go Karting here in Bonaduz/Chur. But which lake is for swimming that needs a pass? Zurich?

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The Pradaschier Toboggan Run is just around the Corner.



http://www.pradaschier.ch/sites/winter/rodeln_seilpark.html

Rope Course in the same area:

http://www.pradaschier.ch/sites/rode.../seilpark.html

20 minutes by bus from Chur
That looks scary and sounds like is just around the corner!
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Re: Single dad bringing daughter from UK for holidays

No pass needed for lake swimming. The Pass mentioned above is separate to my kids wish list... See the links for full discount details.
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If you're going to be travelling with her by train, see if you can get a Junior Card from the station. For 30 CHFs for a year, she's then free when travelling with you on any form of public transport in the whole of Switzerland - buses, trains, some cablecars and boats, etc.

I have a feeling that the Card is technically for resident kids, but I certainly bought them for my kids with just their passports when we moved here and were waiting for the permits to be prepared.
That is an absolute bargain, I will definitely give it a try with our passports. I mean I am resident here, so as my child she has every right to live with me! I wish
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Many thanks on the info on the Swiss Air flight option for minors, I already discussed this with her a month ago and her first reaction was negative. Basically she didn't feel very comfortable. I think her mother is also not so keen on the idea. Perhaps I can try it again. On the cost side, a lot of the cost for me tends to be the costs to and from airports, so for example if she came with me on a car/cab in UK then that cost is already covered. Please keep me posted on your experience.
I think your daughter would rather enjoy being an 'unaccompanied minor' as they're really well looked after, and usually get to visit the pilot too.
My son used to travel as an 'um' every weekend from Heathrow to Brussels during the few years we spent in Belgium, until he finally admitted he knew more about the route than most of the cabin-crew. He just liked the sweets and biscuits he was given.
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