Zug is more of a business destination than one for tourists, but there’s a really lovely old town hidden away from the business district. Nice waterfront, good food scene, exotic birds. You can bike ride around the entire lake in about three hours and you should – it’s beautiful, not too strenuous, and filled with castles, cows, fancy cars, and grand houses. There are also many hiking options – we really enjoyed the Alpine Panorama Trail 9, which was scenic and not too strenuous. 

If you stay on the lake, rent a house on the water or just stay in Zug (town) itself. We tried hard to make Arth work (it’s pretty from a distance), but the hotel and restaurant options are pretty depressing.

Zug is very accessible from Zurich and Lucerne, and a nice pairing with Schwyz.


  • **Restaurant Zugersee Lido: really pretty setting on the southeast side of the lake, but fairly average food, windy and exposed, and indifferent service. It’s okay, but not a destination.
  • ***Gasthaus Rathauskeller: excellent, in the old town. Classic Swiss standards and a nice rotating menu of elegantly plated seasonal options.

Technically in canton Zurich but close to Zug, there’s a small *Johanna Spyri Museum, in the schoolhouse she attended in Hirzel. It’s a little odd and  conceptual, and takes maybe 15 minutes. There’s a good English-language brochure that gives more info than the signage itself.

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