Family Activities in Zug Switzerland for families

With an abundance of natural playgrounds, fascinating history, culture and museums, Switzerland is a great place for family outings. Take advantage of discounted family passes and railway combination offers while exploring the city and countryside.

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

Cinemasmuseums 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


Photo: © Perret, Pilatus Bahnen

Author: Jeannette Ruival

Jeannette Ruival was born and raised in Central Switzerland and is a native German speaker. After her commercial school and training in Switzerland she spent ten years living and working in the USA. It was during this time that she became familiar with the needs and expectations of expatriates through her own experience. Jeannette has been a relocation consultant for Packimpex in Zug and Lucerne for the past seven years. She has an in-depth knowledge of the region and is fluent in German and English.

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