There is more to Zurich and Zug than banks, business, and low tax. The cities have a rich history, a young urban population, and places to relax. Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and Zug is much smaller. They are around 33 kilometers away from each other.
The majestic beauty of the lakes Zurich and Zug is the crown jewel of both cities. You can walk the glorious paths of history by visiting many museums or the old town in both cities. When you feel your stomach starting to growl and are in need of food you will experience a fantastic food scene. Make sure to taste traditional Swiss meals and enjoy devouring amazing Swiss chocolates and cakes.
All in all, when you are traveling to any of these two cities with your limousine service or between them make sure to leave just enough time to do or visit at least one thing that will be mentioned in this article.
The focal point of Zurich and the most popular spot for tourists and locals is unquestionably the long Lake Zurich.
Promenades and parks are nestled along its entire shore. During sunny days, local residents enjoy the sun on the shore, go for a picnic, jog along or swim in the lake.
The best way to enjoy the lake for many is to go on a cruise from which they can see striking views of the Glarus Alps.
Make sure not to miss the boat dock at Burkliplatz, the point where the Limmat flows from the lake. It is a marketplace, art area, and an event site from which you will see the best view of the Alps across the lake.
The sparkling glacial lake Aegeri is a perfect spot to spend your free time when in Zug. It is a perfect place for relaxation and refreshment which offers a breathtaking panorama next to the deep blue water of the lake.
Enjoy a peaceful meal on one of many benches along the shore or go for a boat ride for a plate of delicious food served to you on board. You can go for a jog, ride a bike, or skate on the beautiful promenade by the lake. During the summer season, you can take a dip in the lake.
The old town
Both of these cities have remnants of the past you shouldn’t miss. Go on a journey into another era and enjoy some amazing architecture.
The Old Town of Zurich
In the middle of hustle and bustle of the metropolitan city of Zurich, you can find a remnant of the past, the Altstadt district.
The stunning old town is a part of the city filled with historic charm. The narrow streets rise steeply on the sides of the river.
The Medieval houses, winding narrow streets, and guild and town halls from the Renaissance period draw you in and you feel like you have traveled in time to Medieval Switzerland.
The old town has the highest concentration of clubs in the country as well as some great cafes, restaurants, and shops.
When you are there you cannot miss Zurich’s landmark, the double towers of Grossmϋnster (Great Minster). It is a Romanesque-style Protestant church. Legend has it that Charlemagne built the towers on the spot where the graves for the city saints Felix and Regula were discovered.
Make sure to visit Fraumϋnster (Minster of Our Lady), a church embellished with stained glass windows made by Giacometti and Chagall. In addition, you should visit the Peterskirche (Peter’s church) which has the biggest clock face in Europe.
The Old Town of Zug
This is an astronomical clock which in addition to showing the time, shows the month, phase of the moon, and the day of the week. It also tells if the year is a leap year or not.
The old city is directly on the shore of Lake Zug. As well as the old town in Zurich, the old town in Zug has narrow winding streets.
You are transported back in the past when you walk by the colorfully decorated façade of former stately homes and well-preserved guesthouses. It used to be a busy town center.
Today, it is still bustling with people, young and old, who get together and enjoy coffee, take a walk, and admire the beauty of the past. If you want to visit both old towns on the same day, you can rent a limo and travel to the but in the comfort of today.
Both cities have some amazing museums that will take your breath away and tell some amazing stories.
Museums in Zurich
You can find over 50 museums in Zurich and some of the best ones in Switzerland are in the bunch. National Museum Zurich is the best place to understand the history of Switzerland and its residents. It is the most frequently visited cultural museum in the country in which you will be able to see how people lived all the way from prehistory to the present day.
When you think about Zurich you cannot help but think about money. You can learn all about it in the Money Museum. Furthermore, you will be able to learn a story of money, how it transformed itself from currencies made of feathers and bone, all the way to bitcoin. You will also be able to check out pieces from the private collection of Swiss numismatist Juerg Conzett.
The Bayer clock and watch museum is located in Zurich as well. It exhibits the history of timekeeping all the way back to 1400 BC. Shadow sticks, oil-lamp clocks, grandfather clocks, and many more are a part of the museum’s ever-expanding permanent exhibition.
Museums in Zug
Zug has a lot to offer too. If you are a fan of Viennese art make sure to stop by the Kunsthaus Zug museum. It holds the biggest collection of Viennese art outside the Vienna. Works from the Schiele, Klimt, Wotruba, and Gerts can be seen there.
One more interesting museum in Zug is The Museum of Prehistory. When you visit this museum, you can take the trip to the past. You will be able to understand how the people in the Roman empire and Iron age lived. Archaeological soil findings from the canton of Zug can be observed here also.
Zurich is home to some of the best restaurants where you can try traditional Swiss cosine. Kronenhalle in Zurich is one of the most renowned restaurants in the country.
Its artistic ambiance featuring great works of Picasso, Chagall, and Miro will make visitors feel as if they are dining in a different era.
Make sure to order Zϋrcher Geschnetzeltes. It is a Swiss dish from Zurich. This culinary masterpiece consists of sliced veal strips, white wine, cream, and demiglace.
If you have a sweet tooth, you should most definitely try Zuger Kirschtorte. Make sure to rent a limousine since it is not advised to drive after eating this cake.
It is a cherry liqueur-infused butter cake. It consists of a nut-meringue, sponge cake, and buttercream. This cake originated in the city. Pastry chef Heinrich Höhn invented it back in 1921. It won gold medals in pastry exhibitions in Lucerne and in London.
During the times of hype for this cake, up to 100.000 cakes were made per year by Jacques Treichler the Höhn’s successor.
Glorious nature, amazing food, plenty of museums, and historical parts of these two wondrous cities will most definitely make you want to come back.
There are plenty of things to do and see in both cities. Relax and enjoy eating great food.
Our recommendation is to tell your limousine chauffeur to take you to some of these places, but end the day on the shores of any of the two lakes watching a wonderful sunset with the drink in one arm. Your eyes will most definitely sparkle from delight.