Day trips around Zug with Kids
Continuing on our from our original post about family-friendly Zug, I thought I’d continue with that theme and share our favourite day trips reached easily from Zug. If you don’t already know it, Zug is a great place to base yourself for exploring further afield. Conveniently located on an efficient train line - you can easily get to and from Zürich, Luzern, Lugano and smaller towns in between, all in a day.
Whether you’re craving a bit of adventure on a sled, or want to breathe in fresh mountain air with a view, head to the top of our “little hill,” the Zugerberg.
Take the number 11 bus to meet the Zugerberg Bahn that will take you up the 925m. Don’t forget your camera because you will have a postcard view over the city with the Alps in the background.
In the summer take a 15 minute walk to the Adventure playground Schattwäldli if you’re looking for a place where your kids can be entertained for hours. Don’t forget to bring your BBQ supplies and sausages to cook on the fireplaces provided. In the Winter you can sled down the 2.5km run down the mountain. Sled didn’t fit in your suitcase? Or maybe you just forgot it? No problem. You can rent one from the Bahn station. If you’re not into sledding, you can still take a picturesque walk through the winter wonderland that we call home. If you are up for a longer walk, consider the Zuggiblubbi adventure trail.
The Tierpark (Animal Park) in Goldau is a wonderful day outing for all ages where you can see indigenous animals and plants in a natural setting.
Take the train from Zug (either the S2 or the quicker IR) along the beautiful lake of Zug to the train station Arth-Goldau. Follow the signs (and painted animal footprints) and in a short walk you will reach the Tierpark.
The Tierpark is a family favourite of many Zug families. The nature park and zoo has various species of deer and Mouflon sheep in a large free range area, who are more than happy for you to feed them (pellets available for purchase). You can also see otheranimals such as the rare Syrian brown bear, wolves, and lynxes in large, realistic enclosures . Take a picnic lunch to eat at one of the many picnic tables scattered throughout the park, bring some sausages to cook on one of the many barbecues, or enjoy a meal at one of the two self-service restaurants. Crepes and ice cream are also available near the wading fountains. On a warm day be sure to take your towel and possibly a change of clothes for the kids. Nothing beats stomping around in the water when the sun is hot!
Hoch Stuckli is a beautiful mountain with wonderful outdoor activities, no matter what the season.
Take the train via Arth Goldau to the village of Sattel (or with your car it’s a short 30 minute drive from Zug) and discover their mountain, Hoch Stuckli. Hope on the gondola and get ready to explore!
Hoch Stuckli is a great place year round. In Winter it’s a ski paradise for families with a super ski school and newly constructed magic carpet that takes your little ones up and down to the ski area. For the non-skiers try the well-posted winter hiking paths, or bring some snow shoes along. For those brave enough, the very steep sled run down to the valley (which can be icy) can be a real thrill.
Summer is when the fun real starts. From 14.April-5.November, Hoch Stuckli turns into a kids paradise, with a giant jumping castle and trampolines area, toboggan run and tubing. There are 5 great hiking paths to choose from. The RUNDweg Engelstock hike is our personal favourite. This hike takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours and is great for families. You will be treated with a great view of the the Alps. If you need to bring a stroller along, make sure it has suitable wheels as the path is gravel. Better yet, carry your little hiker in a backpack carrier when they get tired. At the end of the hike don’t miss the 374m long Raiffeisen Skywalk supension bridge that you can walk across, if you’re brave!
An underground cavern system, Höllgrotten (Hell Grotto) is aptly named!
Take the 2 Bus from Zug Bahnhofplatz and get off at Tobbelbrücke/Höllgrotten and walk 24 minutes to find the Höllgrotten Caves. Alternatively, there is plenty of parking, and this is one place where it may be more convenient to drive than take public transportation due to it’s somewhat remote location.
Here you can visit the 6,000 year old Höllgrotten caves in Baar that are open daily from 1. April till end of October. The drip drop of water will welcome you into in the cool and moist caves. Like something out of a fairy tale, your kids imagination can run wild as they explore these caves that are light up with colorful LED lights. There is an app you can download with a guide for those who understand Swiss German. Afterwards take a walk through the forest and bring a picnic along.
She watches majestically over the lake of Zug with her easily recognizable flat side and peak that looks like a perfect corner.
I’ve saved my favourite sight for last, Rigi: the “Queen of the Mountains”. Perched majestically at the end of the lake of Zug, this mountain is a feast for the eyes in all seasons. In Summer, in addition to great family-friendly hikes, the Rigi offers fantastic playgrounds. Take along some barbecue fare to cook on the fireplaces that are scattered across the mountain. In Winter, bring a sled (or rent one there) and enjoy a lovely winter hike, or take advantage of local skiing.
There are many routes from the area which lead you to the peak of Mount Rigi. You can take the train from Zug to Arth Goldau and then take the train up to the top. Alternatively you can take the train to Luzern, connect with the boat to Vitznau, and then take the the cable car up to Rigi. If you go the Luzern route you can take the bus back to Luzern and then back on the train to Zug which makes for a scenic day trip.
The time of year you visit doesn’t matter because the views are always spectacular. Rigi is particularly attractive when when it is foggy in the valley below.