Top Things To See and Do In Zug
Zug is a beautiful city not far from Zurich. Known as a tax haven for the wealthy, it is also recognised as one of the prettiest places to live in Switzerland. Situated directly on Lake Zug with amazing views over the surrounding mountains, it is certainly blessed in the looks department.
The lake has always been really important to the town. In fact its name, Zug, relates to the fishing term dating back to the Middle Ages which referred to the right to pull up fishing nets and therefore the right to fish. The lake offers swimming, boating and pedallo fun in the Summer, but it is beautiful to stroll round at any time of year. The town of Zug lies in one of the smallest Swiss cantons, which is also called Zug.
With its charming cobbled streets and historic buildings, Zug is the perfect place to explore. Why not pop into one of the lovely cafés and restaurants in the old town or along the lake?
There is plenty to keep you occupied as you walk around. Zug’s key landmark is the Clock Tower which at 52 metres dominates the skyline. In fact you can actually hire the key for a small deposit at the police station and go and discover it for yourself.
Another landmark is the Powder Tower which was built in the 16th century and is now used as an event location. Zug Castle is apparently the oldest preserved monument in Zug and is also worth a visit if you have time. Alternatively you could visit the Rosengarten on Guggi Hill with its amazing views over the city and the lake.
Cherries and Zug
Zug is famous for its cherries which have been cultivated here for over 400 years. In June they have an event called the Cherry Storm and in July, Cherry Day, when a huge range of cherries and cherry related products are on display everywhere.
Zuger Kirschtorte and Kirsch Liqueur
Make sure to try the renowned Zug cherry liqueur cake “Zuger Kirschtorte”. Made of two meringue discs, sponge cake, kirsch liqueur and cream, the cake is delicious! Zuger Kirsch is the name for the cherry liqueur which is also world famous and is often drunk as a digestive after dinner and is used widely for baking.
Culture in Zug
There are plenty of little art galleries and some good museums, such as the Museum of Prehistory, the Fischerei Museum all about the history of fish and fishing on Lake Zug, the Afrika Museum, and the Kunsthaus Zug.
Excursions From Zug
There are lots of interesting day trips and excursions you can make from Zug. Here are a few suggestions:
- A day trip to Mount Titlis. Take a ride in the rotating gondola and then walk along the Titlis Cliff Walk, which is the highest suspension bridge in Europe standing at 3,041 metres above sea level.
- A day trip to Mount Pilatus.
- A trip to enjoy great views from on high at Zugerberg, Zug’s local mountain. Simply take bus No. 11 in the direction of Schönegg and the cable car. As well as amazing views there is a children’s playground, various trails, a sculpture park and a number of restaurants.
- Take a trip to the Raiffeisen Skywalk, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Europe.
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