Nestled at the edge of the Alps overlooking the lake, this 800-year-old city, which took its name from the fishing vocabulary, charms anyone who visits it. The main spoken language in Zug is a variant of Alemannic Swill German dialect even though the official language is a Swiss variety of standard German. There is a big English-speaking community in this city too.
The city of Zug, Switzerland, is the capital of what used to be the poorest canton in the country, now, it has grown to be the home to around 30,000. Almost the same as the amount of companies is registered in Zug’s commercial registry.
It is well known that Zug is the canton with the lowest tax rates in Switzerland, but there is more to it.
In addition to its beautiful nature, it offers a great life to people who settle there, not only locals but also foreigners. You can eat great food, enjoy the view of the lake from the marina or hike the Zugerberg Mountain to bask in the beautiful scenery from the above.
There are enough schools, nurseries, and universities in the proximity. The local school system is open to both local and foreign children but there are international schools as well.
Its location is perfect and the city has preserved the charm of a small town while still providing all the conveniences of the metropolis. You can visit the Zug castle or go to a museum and it is all within walking distance. You don’t even need a car. If you need transportation, you can simply hire a limousine service and go anywhere.
The reasons why many choose Zug to live in are as follows:
- Low tax rates
- Stunning nature
- Good education
- Amazing places to see and visit
1. Low tax rates
In Switzerland, every canton has different tax rates and the lowest tax rates are in the canton of Zug. It has been dubbed a tax haven. This has appealed to many people from all over the world who decided to make a life there. One of them is former German tennis champion Boris Becker.
Not only the people have seen the opportunities that this city’s tax policy provides, but also more than 31000 international companies have sought them out and are registered in Zug. Just a while ago the companies, such as Jonson & Jonson, have outnumbered the residents.
Taking different variables into consideration, income tax can be a very low 3 percent. This is not that common and it factors in the income, whether you are married or have children. Normally the income tax is 10 – 20 percent which is not that bad compared to other areas where the income tax can be as high as 27 percent.
2. Stunning nature
The Deep blue water of Aegeri Lake coupled with its breathtaking panorama makes it the ideal place to spend a relaxing day by the shore.
You can choose to spend the day on the water and take a boat trip on the lake where you can eat the most delicious food on board.
If you are more of an adventuristic spirit you can hike to Zugerberg Mountain along the specially marked circular hiking trails and enjoy the view from the top. When you get back you can have a piece of Zuger Kirschtorte, a buttercream layer cake with layers of nut-meringue, and sponge cake flavored with cherry brandy.
The increasing popularity of Zug and new job opportunities meant that the families moving to this area will increase as well. The education of their children is very important for any parent and you will be pleased to hear that Zug doesn’t fall behind on this front. The local schools which are renowned in this area openheartedly receive both local and foreign children.
If you think that international school is a better fit for your child, don’t worry, there are plenty of them in Zug. There are English-speaking preschools for children aged 2 to 6. For example, Montessori Kindergarten and Bee Hive. Some of the international schools in Zug are International School of Central Switzerland, International School of Zug and Lucern, Institut Montana, Four-Forest Bilingual International School of Zug and Lucern.
The proximity of the Zurich, Bern, and Lucerne ensures the availability of many different universities as well.
The city of Zug has the best location and geography in Switzerland. It is only 25 minutes away from Zurich and Lucerne. Bern and Basel are a little over an hour away.
If you want to go skiing or enjoy your day doing winter sports you can easily reach the most famous ski resorts. It takes no more than two hours to reach them by car, or a limo. The city of Zug has the best combination of a city and landscape with nature only a five-minute walk away.
All in all, if you are considering where in Switzerland to live, your search is over. Some say that Zug is heaven on Earth. The Zug is not only the city where you don’t have to pay too much in taxes. It is more than that. It is the place where you have all you need to lead a perfect life.
Starting from various job opportunities, great local and international schools for your children to beautiful nature, great food, and rich history. Zug has it all.
Can you imagine going to a relaxing meal by the lake one day and hiking the mountains the other? Not having to worry about the commute since everything is close by and you don’t have to use the public or any other means of transportation to get to your job in time.
In Zug, you have all the perks of living in a modern city and don’t experience the drawbacks.
Could you imagine your life being like that?
If you can continue reading about places to see in Zug.
5. Places to see in Zug
If you are looking for a vacation in nature and a stunning place to visit, Zug is the right choice for you. It is a place where nature, tradition, and modernity live in harmony and is also an increasingly more and more popular place to live in.
Despite it not being a huge city with millions of inhabitants, Zug doesn’t fall short when it comes to things to visit and enjoy.
From museums, through restaurants with delicious food that you must try, to the magnificent lakes Zug and Ägerisee, Zug truly does have it all to make your stay memorable and delightful.
Here’s a list of 10 things to see in Zug:
- The museum of prehistory
- Lake Zug
- Zugerberg Mountain
- Restaurant Brandenberg
- Lake Äegeri
- Museum Burg Zug
- Zug Art Gallery
- Restaurant Rathauskeller
- Town Square
1. Kantonales Museum für Urgeschichte (The Museum of Prehistory)
Whether you’re interested in history or not, you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Museum of Prehistory.
Their displays are diverse and numerous and show everyday life from the Ice Age up to the Early Middle Ages. You will find life-like human models of hunters, builders, traders and warriors in action. The museum has tools that were found in Canton Zug and artifacts over 20,000 old on display. It even has a Paleolithic tent where you can sit on furs and do puzzles.
Moreover, the museum often holds special events where you can see items not usually on display such as Ice Age and Roman herbs, mammoth skeletons and many more.
There is a special section for children called The Children’s Gallery and many reviews on their page left by parents say that their children learned a lot and were fascinated by the displays. Additionally, crafting rooms and workshops are also part of the museum, with special tours made for children and even a possibility to celebrate children’s birthdays. This makes the museum a perfect place for families and school trips.
2. Lake Zug
Located between Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich and mostly a part of the Canton of Zug, Lake Zug is a thing of beauty surrounded by lovely hills. Accordingly, the area around the lake offers a large variety of biking, hiking, and skating trails, but that is not all. A number of relaxing boat-trips and musical and special culinary cruises are also available for you to take.
If boats are not your thing and you just want to admire the lake’s beauty from land, there’s a large number of apartments and cottages around the lake where you can stay.
3. Zugerberg Mountain
Overlooking Zug and the Lake Zug is Zugerberg, a 925 meter high mountain. Its summit offers a playground and a nature protection area, along with a magnificent view of the Alps and the town.
Available activities are diverse: there’s both summer and winter activities. In the summer you can hike, bike and do Nordic walking, while in the winter there’s activities such as cross-country skiing, winter walking (with four marked trails), sledging, skiing and snowshoe waking.
Should you get tired, there’s organized relaxing lunch trips, restaurants, concerts and the famous Schattwäldi adventure playground with campfire and picnic spots and toilets with running water.
4. Wirtschaft Brandenberg (Restaurant Brandenberg)
Trying the local cuisine is part of every vacation and there’s no better place to do that in than Wirtshaus Brandenberg. This rustic but also urban restaurant offers not only Swiss classics but also wine tasting, barbecue, a variety of delicacies from the region and also vegetarian food.
5. Ägerisee (Lake Äegeri)
Located in the foothills of the Alps, this lake, where the famous Battle of Morgarten took place, offers a variety of activities including biking, hiking, picnic and swimming areas for both children and adults. The residents’ kayaks and paddle boats can be seen scattered across the shore, where cafés and restaurants can be found, as well. There’s cruises and boat trips you can take, and in the winter there’s an ice rink next to the lake, in Birkenwäldli park.
6. Museum Burg Zug
This castle build in the 11th century was purchased by the municipality of Zug and made into a museum with stunning artifact collections. They range from the Middle Ages to the 20th century and include suits of armor, paintings, weapons, flags, coins and medals and many more.
Not only is the castle the oldest building in town, but it was also the home to Lenzburger, Kyburger und Habsburger dynasties in the past.
Aside from the medieval artifacts, there’s rooms with completely different architectural and art styles. For example, one of the rooms is made in the baroque style, with a high painted ceiling and walls, and when you continue climbing to the fourth floor, you can see the elegant Gothic roof, with a typical Gothic arch.
Furthermore, the castle has a workshop area for children, as well. They can dress up in different costumes and participate in different activities, one of them being building miniature castles.
One of Zug’s most prominent landmarks, this 52 meter high clock tower rises above houses and all other town towers. But it’s height isn’t the only amazing thing about it.
The clock itself is unique, with four hands, which are the sun, the moon, the arrow and the letter S and in that order they represent the month, the moon phase, the day of the week and the leap year.
It had multiple purposes throughout history: it was both a prison and a fire watch tower. It was built in the 13th century, with the clock getting added in 1572 and today is available to visit and climb.
8. Kunsthaus Zug (Zug Art Gallery)
This gallery is home to modern and contemporary art, containing Swiss Surrealism, Fantastic Realism and Viennese Modernism, which includes two of some of the most famous artists of all time, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
Although it looks like a traditional building from the outside, the inside is pure white and quite minimalist, in tune with the modern art that is displayed.
The gallery’s space is unfortunately too limited to exhibit all the art that it possesses, but over the year 4 different exhibitions are organized, so be sure to check those out first if you have an art preference or would like to see a specific artist.
9. Gasthaus Rathauskeller (Restaurant Rathauskeller)
Gasthaus Rathauskeller is of the most popular and highest rated restaurants in all of Zug. This receiver of 4 Certificates of Excellence is located right next to the clock tower Zytturm, making the location as enjoyable as the food.
10. Landsgemeindeplatz (Town Square)
And last, but not least, Landsgemeindeplatz is located by the lake and is the centerpiece of Zug. Earlier a people’s assembly in the Old Town is today a gorgeous square with cafes, restaurants, and breathtaking views of the mountains, the lake, and the sunset. This is where celebrations, festivals, and open-air concerts take place, but also where the market comes to life every Saturday morning.
To sum up, Zug has a variety of things to visit and activities to try. Visit the museums to learn about history, go biking next to the beautiful lakes or take a cruise over them and have a lovely dinner afterward at one of Zug’s highly rated restaurants. Whether you are a history buff, a sports lover, a food enthusiast or all of the above, this beautiful town has all you need.
Now that you know what Zug has to offer, why not come visit and hire our chauffeured limousine to drive you around?