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.
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 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.
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.
Zug’s iconic local mountain is well worth a visit no matter what the season. The magnificent view from the mountain (925 m) extends to the foothills of the Alps. Some 80 kilometres of marked hiking trails take you past protected high moorland and a diverse range of flora and fauna. And features such as the sculpture trail, the Schattwäldli adventure playground as well as the numerous BBQ sites are sure to interest all the family. You can also hire scooters at the mountain station.
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Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge.
The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.