Zug is a German-speaking city in Switzerland. The name ‘Zug’ originates from fishing vocabulary; in the Middle Ages it referred to the right to ‘pull up’ fishing nets and hence to the right to fish.
The city of Zug is located in the Canton of Zug and is the Canton capital. According to the census of 2013 Zug has population of 27,961.
Zug has an area, as of 2006, of 21.7 square kilometers (8.4 sq mi). Of this area, 35.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 38.1% is forested.
Today, the small Canton of Zug is a sought-after place of residence, an attractive living space, and a successful business area. The foundations for this were laid in legislation of the 1920s. Like the pioneer Canton Glarus, the Canton of Zug lowered tax charges for holding and domiciled companies. The tax law revision after the Second World War especially benefitted companies.
The Counts of Kyburg are said to have founded the city at the beginning of the 13th century. The 52-meter-high Zyt Tower dates back to the same era. It was first built as a simple wall entrance to the Old Town and in the course of the centuries it was built higher and received additional structures, until it finally reached its present form, complete with bay windows and a steep hipped roof. In 1574 the large clock was built, which gives the tower its name. Below this main clock there is an astronomical clock with four hands, which indicate the week, the phase of the moon, the month and the leap year.
The Late Gothic town hall, built in 1505, and the church of St. Oswald, which belongs to the same epoch, are located in the Old Town itself.
Transportation: The Swiss Federal Railways and other railways link at Zug railway station. Zug is the hub of the Zug Stadtbahn (commuter rail network) and is also a terminal station of the Zürich S-Bahn on the lines S9 and S21.
Sport: The EV Zug is the main sport in Zug, who plays in the Swiss National League A. They play their home games at the Bossard Arena. EV Zug is a professional men's ice hockey team from Zug.
Education: Private schools, like the Montana Institute Zug, on Zugerberg, or the Dr. Pfister Institute AG, Oberägeri supplement the range available. In addition, there are the three former non-state teacher training colleges in Menzingen, Holy Cross in Cham and St. Michael in Zug. The range of educational institutions is a key factor for location in the globalized world of competition. international schools have been developed accordingly, and report a high student intake. 1300 children from more than 50 countries attend the International School of Zug and Luzern alone, at its two campuses in Hünenberg and Baar.
Interesting places in Zug:
Old Town – an impressive Old Town building from the late Gothic period, emblem of the historic centre, is the 52 m high Zytturm, rising above the other ancient towers.
Art Museum – six annual exhibitions of modern art, artists are invited to help create the exhibition.
Zug station – a light installation by the American light artist James Turrell has turned Zug station into a trendy work of art.
Chapel of former Cistercian abbey – impressive early Gothic monastery church near Zug, dating from the 13th/14th century, with fine choir stalls and stained glass windows.
Lake Zug – organise a boat ride or enjoy a romantic sunset from the lakeside promenade.
Baar Caves – especially fine cave with stalactites and stalagmites in the deep, shadowy Lorzentobel valley.
Attractions of Zug:
By way of the fish market we reach the Zug old town with its attractive burghers' houses and fountains. Several buildings are noteworthy: the Baroque gabled building of the municipal planning office (18th C.).
Those interested in bee-keeping should pay a visit to the Hotel Rosenberg, where the collection of the German-Swiss Bee-keeping Association is on display. The collection covers bee-keeping, the life and anatomy of bees and the production of beeswax.
The Late Gothic Rathaus (town hall) of Zug was completed in 1505; in a council room on the top floor fine carvings of 1507 have been preserved.
Near St Oswald's Church (Kirchgasse 11) the so-called "Burg" (13th C. castle), once the official headquarters of the Kyburg and Habsburg governors, houses the historical and cultural museum of the town and the canton. The collection includes items of pre- and early history, stained glass, clocks, weapons, uniforms and implements used in agriculture and crafts.
The former 15th C. Corn Exchange has been converted into a museum of art which mounts temporary exhibitions, specializing in 19th and 20th C. art of Zug and the heartland of Switzerland. Four watchtowers and remains of the walls of the old town fortifications can still be seen.
Lake Zug - Boat Excursions:
The Lake Zug Shipping company provides both breakfast trips (Schiffs-Zmorge) and an interesting evening circular program from May to November; on Wednesdays and Fridays (at 8 p.m from Zug): Chinese Fondue, Risotto and Spaghetti Plausch, summer nights buffet, dance trips, raclette and fondue parties and the Lake Zug Metzgete.
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