International Schools in Zug
If you're looking for international schools in the canton of Zug, Switzerland, you have come to the right place! Below we list several schools and kindergartens in Zug. You'll find information about the facilities and fees at each school.
The Canton of Zug – Destination Guide
The Canton of Zug is located in central Switzerland and its capital is Zug. At 239 km2 the canton is one of the smallest of the cantons in terms of area.
The Canton of Zug is arguably Switzerland’s biggest mecca for those that love the outdoors. It’s easy to understand why when you consider that 10% of the Canton consists of nature reserve, and there are both Lake Zug and Lake Ägeri to wander around, lounge beside, and cruise upon. The Canton’s largest city is Zug, a small yet charming tax haven called home by a big population of expats, enticed by opportunities at the biggest Swiss companies.
If you’re here to hike, the Canton of Zug will leave you spoilt for choice. For those wanting to stay close to town, Zugerberg is ideal for hikers of all abilities, and boasts a staggering 622km of trails. The Alpine Panorama Trail, is a wonderfully scenic hike, which leads you through Zug’s upland moors, and past countless cherry trees. Should you wish to venture further out of town, Lake Ägeri and its surrounding area are the Canton’s major leisure attraction, plus they are home to Mortgarten, an important historic battleground where Switzerland won its independence. The Agerital Trail is a popular loop around the lake. A number of fantastic trails start in nearby Oberägeri, and from Unterägeri you can follow a breathtaking trail through the Lorze Ravine. Those seeking a real challenge might wish to hike or mountain bike to Wildspitz, which at 1580m is the highest peak in the Canton.
Lake Zug is popular for boating, sailing, and swimming, during warmer months, and you can also enjoy watersports and boat trips around Lake Ägeri, which although smaller, is equally scenic.
You might think you’ve seen good sunsets, but mark our words; you haven’t…until you’ve seen the blood red sunsets over Lake Zug. Equally charming is Zug’s historic Old Town, which is best explored on foot, and with no real direction in mind. Get lost in the narrow, winding alleyways, linger awhile on the lakeshore, or nip into one of the many cafes that pour out onto Zug’s cobbled streets. Climb the Clock Tower, and visit Zug Castle to delve into the history of the town.
Kunsthaus Zug Art Gallery certainly delivers on culture. Housed inside the baroque Hof im Dorf building, here you will find the largest collection of Modern Viennese works outside of Austria.
Zug is known as the “Cherry Canton”, this means it’s a prerequisite that you sample their range of cherry specialities. Highlights include Zuger Kirsch liquor, Zuger Kirschtorte cake, Zuger Rötel trout, Zuger Chriesiblüete, and Zuger Bsetzistei chocolates.
For the kids…
Zug is family friendly city, and has a number of parks and swimming areas dotted around. If you want to take your antics onto the water, head to Marcello’s Bootsvermietung on the waterfront near Landsgemeindeplatz to rents out pedalos, motorboats, and stand-up paddleboards. It’s also possible to hire bikes for free with I.D just outside of Zug Train Station at Zuger Veloverleih.
Seebad Seeliken is a fantastic city centre beach, located south of the Old Town. Strandbad Zug is another option just 4km west of the centre, where families can lay out blankets in the shade, or pinch one of the picnic tables.
Many families like to hop on the funicular to the top of Zugerberg Mountain. Not only is the eight-minute ride a lot of fun, but once you’re up there the views are incredible, and there is an adventure playground for the kids. If you enjoy hiking as a family, there are lots of trails to enjoy, plus cross-country skiing, and sledging in winter. For child-friendly skiing head to Sattel or Unterägeri. The Nollen ski lift takes you to an area ideal for first attempts on skis or snowboards, and there are three different runs for cross-country skiers.
Another popular option is to head underground into the remarkable world of the Höllgrotten Caves. Prepare to be amazed by underwater lakes, stalagmites and stalactites dating back 6,000 years. The tour lasts 45 minutes, and it’s cold down there, so remember to pack something warm to stop you getting chilly.
Rest your head…
Hotel Guggital is a comfortable and friendly hotel just a short stroll from the Old Town. Their breezy terrace overlooking the lake is an ideal spot to enjoy Zug’s infamous sunsets. For a room with lake views, prices start from 148CHF.
Located in the heart of the Old Town, just a short saunter to the Lake, is City Hotel Ochsen. Dating back to 1543, this historic hotel has hosted some of Europe’s most important figures, including King Louis Philippe, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Prices start from 235CHF.
Just a five-minute walk from Zug train station is the four-star City Garden Hotel. This modern hotel boasts stylish and thoughtfully designed rooms, with all of the latest technology to make your stay comfortable. There is a gourmet restaurant on-site as well as a sleek terrace bar serving up tempting tapas dishes. Prices start at 490CHF.
Time to dine…
Fuel the day ahead with a crepe or pastry at Intermezzo, a buzzy Old Town café. All food is made from natural ingredients, and the staff are very welcoming.
As you’ll guess from the décor, prior to becoming Zug’s hippest café, Café Platzmühle was once a working mill. Nowadays you can enjoy tasty wood-fired pizzas, pastas, and salads served on their leafy terrace.
You must try Zuger Kirschtorte, an unbelievably tasty local cake made from pastry, biscuits, almond paste, and butter cream infused with cherry liqueur. The best place to try it is Confiserie Albert Meier.
Dine at Schiff to enjoy a fusion of Swiss and world flavours. Inside, wood panelling and stained glass evoke a rustic mood, but on warmer days, enjoy an al fresco dinner overlooking the lake.
Most of Zug’s best shops and independently owned boutiques are tucked away in the quaint lanes around the Old Town. For designer threads and big brands, your best bets are either Metalli or Herti shopping centres. We can’t mention shopping in Zug without mentioning Etter Sons Ltd, the only place to go for all of your kirsch needs. The Etter Family pride themselves on only use fruit sourced in the region.
There is a produce market every Saturday morning at Landsgemeindeplatz. If the sun is shining, there is little lovelier than grabbing some treats, and heading down to the shore to enjoy them with the view.
Paint the town:
Kick-start your night with a spot of culture at Choller Hall, where their varied events programme includes anything from theatre, to comedy, and dancing. For good pub grub, live sports and a fantastic selection of beers and ales, look no further than expat favourite Mr Pickwick Pub. If you’re in the market for something a touch more swanky, set your sights on the Im Hof Lounge, a fancy bar with a great selection of wines and it’s very own specialist gin bar, Cayo’s Lounge. The Fabric Club is Zug’s hottest late night venue for those who want to dance. It’s best to check the line-up to see who’s performing when you’re in town.
A bit of fun:
Should you be visiting during late June, you may catch the Cherry Storm, a traditional race that see’s competitors race through the Old Town with cherry picking ladders in tow. Alternatively, pay a visit to the sculpture of beloved town mascot, Greth Schell, who famously carried her husband home in a basket on her back after he enjoyed one too many drinks at the local inn.
To experience the best views in the Canton, you have two adrenaline-fuelled choices. First, the Raiffeisen Skywalk, in the Ägerital-Sattel region, which is home to the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Europe, and hangs 58m above the beautiful Lauitobel Gorge. Should that tickle your fancy, another incredible walk can be found at Mount Titlis, where their cliff walk takes you across Europe’s highest suspension bridge to the summit at 3,041m.
Did you know?
In the 15th Century and 19th Century two particularly brutal storms washed parts of Zug’s Old Town into the lake. Head out with a local scuba school to visit these underwater relics of times gone by.