Destination: Zug (cantonal capital)
Guests: immediate family minus one due to school!
Interesting thing: We caught the Zug (train) to Zug. But Wikipedia tells me the name comes from a fishing term, where in the middle ages, Zug referred to the right to pull up fishing nets and hence to the right to fish.
I met a guy from Zug at a Scandinavian Midsommar party in Zurich (just to confuse the Switzerland/Sweden thing even further). This has little to do with my story, except that it amused me at the time to meet someone who was born in Zug, one of Switzerland’s smallest, richest and lowest-taxed cantons. It seemed a bit like meeting someone born in London – ie: a rarity – when most residents move there because reasons.
Anyway, we had a little jaunt to Zug today, it’s less than an hour by train from Zurich. And it couldn’t have felt less like mid-summer. In fact, I think it’s the first day I’ve seen snowfall this winter! Brr.
I was unexpectedly charmed by Zug’s altstadt (old town). Although it’s fairly similar to other well-preserved old towns around Switzerland such as Solothurn, Fribourg and even Zurich itself, with lots of cool old buildings, carved wood and moulded stone, gothicky images and script and lots of fountains featuring knights and jester-types, Zug has its own unique charm. Not least because Lake Zug is very pretty, especially today, with a light dusting of snow on the slopes of the mountains across the water.
We had a stroll, or should I say, a brisk, chilly walk by the lake and visited the local aviary. Said g’day to a couple of Kookaburras looking rather miserable! Some snowy owls were more in their element. But I was mainly lakeside to check out the Roman Signer “Seesicht” sculpture, which takes you down below the waterline. I found it underwhelming and a little public-toiletesque. It looks much better in the Zug tourist site pictures. Oh well.
With snow zinging through the Zug air, it was time for lunch. I had a few hot tips on spots to eat from fellow blogger and local resident, Tamara, the part-time working hockey mom (thankyou!) and we couldn’t resist buying a couple of the indulgent, adults-only Zugerli chocs for afters. Yum.
I have read that the lake is also positioned to provide spectacular sunsets but weather conditions were not conducive and we couldn’t hang around… I’ll simply have to return to Zug in mid-summer for that!
PS: Thanks to the encouragement of various people and my own sheer pig-headedness, I now think I will manage to achieve my goal of visiting every Swiss canton this year. Woo!
Cantons visited / to go so far.
Bravo Claire. That’s a lovely goal and one that many in the country couldn’t claim to have done, if my local experience here holds true.
Thanks Frank! Do you mean most Swiss people haven’t or most Aussies? 🙂
Most Swiss. Over here folk like me tend to sit back and know everything without going anywhere.
Ha ha. I’m just thinking actually, i haven’t even visited every state in Australia, oops!
Yep. That’s what I’m getting at. To visit all the Cantons is good work.
Well they’re a lot closer together 😉 But yes, I’ll take it!
If you head to Vaud I can recommend Vevey, the home of the fork in the lake. I went for the open air art festival which was good fun but it’s in September!
What a good idea! It looks like I have been missing your posts on most cantons so time t play catch up! The Zugerli treat – only the picture gave me a sugar shock! 😉
It was so yum though!! I wish I’d bought a whole box! 😉
You had to start the post with a photo of chocolate and make me hungry 😀
Yay, you made it! Glad you you enjoyed it, cold temps aside.
Definitely come back for a sunset, they are spectacular!
How did you like your chocolate Zugerli? I have never had one.
Thanks for the shout-out ♥
The Zugerli was delicious, wish I’d bought 20! Probably not wise to have one before driving tho!! Hoping to do xmassy stuff in Lucerne this week, thanks for the tip! X