Trips in Switzerland

ZUG old town, Switzerland

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ZUG originally got its name after the fisher men pulling fishing nets from Lake Zug, zug = pull/drag. The town, which is also the capital and biggest town in the Swiss canton Zug, is settled by the shore of Lake Zug, Zugersee, with beautiful views to Mount Rigi, Pilatus and other mountains. The old town, Altstadt, is relatively small but interesting with a marketplace and many funny statues, some picturing the history and legends of fishing.

Apart from the beautiful old medieval houses and churches, for example St. Oswald, the most interesting and quirk is the Zytturm, a 52 meters high clock tower, by the entrance to the old town. It was built in the 13th century and has an astronomical clock installed. Under the clock there are 4 hands showing various phases and even leap years! To get into the tower the key must be collected with a deposit of an id document as guarantee (see link for location as this varies).

The timbered Zug Castle, surrounded by a white painted wall, is now a museum and is also a very, very beautiful building, located a few hundred meters from the old town. It is also possible to walk along the shore promenade, with boat rentals, nice restaurants and cafés serving the typical and delicious Zuger cherry liqueur cake with a hot espresso, perhaps a market day and also the funny building inviting taking the stairs under the water level to see the bottom of the lake! Yes, Zug is a beautiful place, worth a visit 😊

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