Things to do for families in Zug
Zug is a compact city that has a good selection of family-friendly activities to take part in during all seasons. The Hello Switzerland Events page, Zug Tourism and local newspapers provide information about upcoming events in the area. You can also find good suggestions in the Enjoying Zug article.
Outdoor family activities in Zug
The Zug region has unending options for activities all year around. Head to one of the many lakeside beaches during summer or stop by the Lättich (DE) pool complex in Baar, which has indoor and outdoor pools as well as waterslides. In winter, try some skiing lessons, sledging or ice skating (DE). Visiting Jucker Farm is a wonderful excursion for the family. Pick fruit to bring home, check out the autumn pumpkin exhibit or find your way through the apple maze. You can also enjoy a delicious meal on the farm restaurant terrace.
Several destinations just outside of Zug offer both summer and winter fun.
- Take the Zugerberg bahn up to the adventure playground and walk with the kids on the animal sculpture trail. There is a kids' ski lift open when there is enough snow, as well as pond skating and sledging (with rentals available).
- At Sattel Hochstuckli you can ski, toboggan and hike during the winter months. Take a ride on the revolving Gondola "Stuckli Rondo" and walk across the longest foot suspension bridge in Europe. In summer there are also climbing and trampoline options, as well as beautiful walks.
- Visit Mount Pilatus and take a ride on an extremely steep cogwheel railway, a panoramic gondola or an aerial cableway. Skis, sledges, toboggans and snow bikes are also all available for hire during winter.
There are several options for animals lovers as well.
- Take a peek at all the cute animals at the Tierpark Goldau (DE), which is open all year round. Here you will also find a casual restaurant and an adventure playground.
- Zooh in Zurich has lots of animals, an aquarium, a petting area, a slide, an outdoor play area and a cafeteria-style restaurant.
- Enjoy free entrance to the Wildpark Langenberg (DE). This is a wooded area with paths, animals, restaurant and playground. There is a CHF 5 fee for parking and it is open during all seasons.
- Kids will like to look at all of the animals at the Zuger Stierenmarkt in September.
- Or the family might enjoy a visit to Zuger Messe (DE), a 10 day agricultural event with rides and other entertainment, that takes place in autumn.
Rainy day activities with children in Zug
Cinemas, museums and theatres are always good choices. The prehistoric museum and the fishing museum (DE) have great appeal for kids. Kids Meeting Point (DE) is an indoor play park in Baar and Technorama is the Swiss science centre. It is a haven for young inquiring minds with lots of hands-on activities for children (best for kids age 5 and over). If your kids like to swim, head over to Alpamare, the largest covered waterpark in Europe. Or visit the limestone Hell Grottoes Caves (Hoellgrotten Baar) to see small underground lakes, stalagmites and stalactites, illuminated in stunning colours. Stop for a bite at the restaurant afterwards.
Babies and small children
With a little German, you could visit one of the mother-child playgroups that happen in the area. Sagadula is a children's centre that offers music and play for kids up to 8 years old.
Essential tips for planning family activities
- Check with SBB/CFF for special discounts and family tickets.
- Become a member of the Touring Club Suisse (DE/FR/IT) for security while travelling by car.
- Check the Swiss weather forecast in order to plan your activities.
Photo: © swiss-image.ch/Christian Perret, Pilatus Bahnen