I can’t believe it’s now been about a year and a half since Jase and I moved to Switzerland from Australia! Since then I’ve been really good at sharing our travels to other places with you. But today I really wanted to share our favourite things to get up to when we have a quiet weekend in our Swiss home town Zug. It’s a town that not many people know about and it has some incredibly beautiful places that deserve a bit more love! So if you are thinking of a day trip to Zug, which is only a short train ride from Zurich or Lucerne, or you just want to see what we actually get up to when we are doing ‘real life’ and not traveling, then keep scrolling!
MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN ZUG
Before I jump into my favourite places, one of my favourite ways to get around is by bike! You will often find us riding around town on the weekends. Actually (and if I don’t mention this I’ll get in trouble) Jase even rides his bike to work every single day – even if it’s raining, we’ll see how he goes once it starts snowing! If you are visiting Zug during summer you can hire bikes for free.
1. CHILL OUT AT ZUG BEACH
When we first learnt that this spot is called a beach, we were kind of shocked… we have pretty high standards when it comes to beaches. But now well into our second summer in Switzerland we have learnt to appreciate there are different kinds of beaches! This spot is perfect to chill out with a picnic or launch your SUP (stand up paddle) board. SUPs are really popular in Switzerland at the moment and there are places you can rent them from if you want to try it out too.
2. GET AN ICE-CREAM BY THE LAKE AT ZUG ALTSTADT
There are lots of pretty spots in the Zug Altstadt, and you could spend a couple of hours exploring (it’s pretty small). But this spot is by far my favourite. Grab an ice-cream from 10′ Dieci stall and then wander over to the water and soak it all up. If you feel adventurous then hire a paddle boat and enjoy floating on the aqua waters. If it’s warm enough you can even dive in from your boat!
If you happen to be able to time your visit with sunset, then you might just catch the most stunning sky you’ve ever seen in your life. I am not kidding. when people ask me where my favourite sunset ever has been, it’s right here. Lake Zug is one of the only lakes in Switzerland that isn’t surrounded by really tall mountains, so you actually see the sun dip into the water. Add swans, turquoise water, a bright pink sky and you have one magical sunset! I’ve included a photo from one of my favourite sunsets here so you can see what I mean.
3. ENJOY THE VIEWS WITH A PICNIC IN THE ZUG ROSENGARTEN
We actually discovered this rose garden lookout accidentally a month or so ago and since then I’ve wanted to go back to set up a picnic and enjoy the view! It’s a bit of a steep ride, so you might want to opt for parking your bike at the bottom of the hill and walking up. Get yourself some yummy picnic food from Metzgerei Rogenmoser, our favourite deli in the altstadt and wander up for a magical view over the old town and lake!
4. VISIT THE CHOLLERMÜLI PICK-YOUR-OWN FLOWER FIELD
Ok so this one was a game changer for me and my excitement about living in Zug. Just a 10 minute bike ride (or 2 minute train ride) from town, you will find this cute little pick-your-own flower field. Depending on the month you can find tulips, peonies, sunflowers or dahlias! I’m definitely here at least once a week… It’s just by the Chollermüli train station and you can’t miss it!
5. GO FOR A DIP AT THE CHAM HIRSGARTEN BADI
This summer we’ve started a new little tradition of getting a take-away pizza from our favourite Italian restaurant and meeting at this badi (swimming area) after work. Not all badi’s in Switzerland are free to use, but this one is! There is a nice big grassy area to set up your towels, a little kiosk that sells ice-creams, drinks and food and the most incredible views over the lake. It is also connected to Vilette Park – my favourite place for a stroll and a must see if you are in the area.
I really hope you enjoyed that little tour around my Swiss home town Zug. Even though we do travel a lot, we also love a quiet weekend at home. Maybe I’ve even inspired you to visit one day?