Get to know Zug and meet new people
With so many international companies based in Zug, the city has a large expat community. Joining a club like the Zug International Womens Club, International Mums and Kids Club or Zug International Mens Club could help make meeting new people easier. Check out Zug Tourism and read local publications, such as the Zug Post, to find out about activities happening in the Zug area. Zug Tourism also offers several public guided tours.
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Things to do in Zug
Zug regularly appears on listings of the best places to live in Switzerland. It is well-situated with direct access to the lake and surrounding mountains. Whilst Zug itself boasts a beautiful lakeside setting and attractive old town, cosmopolitan Zurich and historic Luzern are also very nearby.
A beautiful public space in Zug to take advantage of is the Rosengarten. It is located on top of Guggi Hill and offers a lovely view of the city and lake. This is a wonderful quiet sanctuary to sneak away to for a lunchtime picnic. Bikes are available to rent at most main SBB/CFF train stations. During the summer months there also some free bike rental programs.
Zug is surrounded by several historic towers. Its landmark Clock Tower, at 52 metres high, is the tallest tower in the city. If you would like to climb to the top of it, pick up the key from the police station in the old town (a small deposit is necessary). The Powder Tower, which was built in the 16th century, is even available for event rental. The oldest preserved monument in the city is Zug Castle. It is open to the public for viewing and also houses a history museum.
Cultural activities in Zug
Zug has a rich selection of theatre venues to visit and it even has its own English speaking theatre group. It also has several wonderful museums. View the large collection of Central African masks, carvings, jewellery and household utensils at the Zug Afrika Museum. Visit the Fischerei Museum to see the spawn of the Zug red trout and the curious human fish made from fish scales! Museum Für Urgeschichte(n) (Museum of Prehistory) is a must for archaeology lovers. They have a children's gallery with games and books and an animal observation area. Kunsthaus Zug houses present day and 20th century art, shown in five exhibitions annually. In addition to Swiss artists, the museum holds the largest collection of Viennese Modern art outside of Austria.
The Canton of Zug is known as the Cherry Canton. There are many cherry related events when the fruit is in season. Cherry Storm, which takes place in late June, is a traditional race through the streets of old town Zug with cherry picking ladders in tow. There is also Cherry Day in July where you can buy not only fruit to take home, but also cherry kirsch, cherry syrup, cherry torte, and even cherry sausage!
Another fun Zug tradition is Greth Schell. You can visit the Greth Schell fountain any time of year to see the sculpture of Greth Schell carrying her drunken husband home through the streets. Once a year, at carnival time, Greth Schell "comes alive" and costumed revellers toss sweets, bread and fruit to onlookers in the streets.
Eating out, restaurants & nightlife
Zug has a good range of restaurants and bars serving both traditional and international cuisine. On nice days it is popular to eat lunch outside along the lake. Try one of the locally brewed beers or the famous Zug Kirsch (cherry cake) for some local flavour or head to Zug's local pub Pickwick's for a taste of home. Insider tip: several establishments sell Zug's famous Kirschtorte but the local favourite comes from Confiserie Meier. That is where you will find the best Kirschtorte in town! For more suggestions for trendy places to grab lunch, take a look at the Lunching Out in Zug article.
Leisure and day trips in and around Zug
Zug is the starting point for day trips to many picturesque destinations.
- The Zugerberg is the local mountain that rises up from Lake Zug. To reach it, take bus No. 11 from the city in the direction of Schönegg. Then you can ride up the mountain on the cable train. At the Zugerberg you will find restaurants, a kid's playground, trails and a sculpture park with children's walking trail.
- Explore the nearby Ägerital-Sattel region (DE). Walk across the Raiffeisen Skywalk, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Europe, or enjoy stunning panoramic views as you hike around the lake.
- Sattel is a small ski resort in winter. It has two runs that are a good level for families. In summer there is a toboggan run and a bouncy castle. Wildspitz (DE) is the highest point in Zug (there is a restaurant at the top). Nollen also has a small ski lift.
- Ägerisee has walking trails and is also the location of Morgarten (DE), an important historic battleground where Switzerland won its independence.
- Visit the renowned Höllgrotten underground caves near Baar. There is a campsite, a restaurant with open-air terrace, BBQ areas and lots of walking and hiking trails surrounding the caves.
- Explore the beauty of the region on the Weg der Schweiz tourism trail. It loops around one section of Lake Lucerne. Every canton has a dedicated section on the trail and it can be walked a section at a time.
- Mount Titlis is another nice local getaway. A major highlight here is the Titlis Cliff Walk. At 3,041 metres above sea-level, it is the highest suspension bridge in Europe!
- To rejuvenate, take a getaway at a wellness centre.