The Zugersee – or lake Zug – is the ninth largest lake in Switzerland. With a lake area of a bit more than 38 km2 it is thus only marginally smaller than lake Biel but for example bigger than lake Brienz. This central Swiss lake Zug is located at an altitude of 413 m above sea level in the cantons of Zug, Schwyz and Lucerne with the Zug share of the lake being almost two-thirds of the total lake area.
*) The city of Zug, well-known for its low taxes and because it is the seat of numerous companies, was founded by the Kyburgers. The Zyt tower, the Zug mountain and the lake Zug are the city’s landmarks.
Around the lake are the Zug communities of Risch, Hünenberg, Cham, Zug *) and Walchwil. The southern neighboring communities are Arth and Küssnacht in the canton of Schwyz and Meierskappel in the canton of Lucerne.
The length of the lake Zug is in the north-south direction from Cham to Arth just under 14 km. The lake is a max. of 4.6 km wide whereas the Eastern and Western banks of the peninsula Chiemen are separated by a distance of only about 1 km. The deepest point of the lake Zug is located in the southern part of Walchwil and is just about under 200 m.
The main tributary is the river Lorze coming from Ägerisee which flows to the West of the city Zug into the lake. In addition, various small streams lead into the lake such as the Rigiaa, the Rufibach or the Wihelbach. At Cham, the Lorze flows again out of the lake Zug. The lake Lucerne located to the South-West is at Küssnacht only about 2 km away from the lake Zug.
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