Family Life


While many consider Zug ideal for taxation purposes and doing business, it is also an idyllic place to raise your family. There are a variety of organizations, activities and attractions to discover. From renting sleds on the Zugerberg during wintertime to splashing in the Zugersee lidos in summer, families will find Zug welcoming and entertaining every season of the year. For inspiration and ideas, check out Zug Tourismus.

Educational opportunities abound, whether you choose to register your children in the local Swiss schools, or prefer a more international environment, there is something for every age and stage. For more details on the topic of education, visit our information guide Relocation Essentials or our Services Guide for an extensive list of private schools. 

Family Support Association Zug


Supporting families and individuals
 

"We offer our assistance to individuals and families living in the canton of Zug who find themselves in difficult life circumstances. Our fees are based on our client's income."


Help in the following life situations...

   

  • Help and support when someone in the household falls ill or has an accident.
  • Help for overburdened families and individuals who find themselves in difficult life situations.
  • Help during pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Help for families with several children or families with ill or handicapped children who need care.


Services...
 

  •     Housekeeping
  •     Childcare
  •     Care for ill family members
  •     Assistance for daily hygiene care
  •     Taking time for your concerns and simply listening


"Our family helpers have amassed great experience and carry out their duties with great devotion and responsibility."

 

Don't hesitate to reach out


If you need our help, call us or send us a message via our contact form. Our three operational managers, Katharina Fierz, Gisele Schweizer and Doris Stegmann will support you in finding a solution. +41 41 710 08 42 or familienhilfe-zug.ch.


Please note: We offer help and relief for individuals up to retirement age. If you are already at retirement age, please contact Pro Senectute: +41 41 727 50 58.

 

Frauenzentrale Zug


For more than 50 years, the Frauenzentrale (women’s centre) has been actively providing their services and support for women in need, often before a legal basis even exists. Despite its name, men, youths and children can also find refuge here.

 

The non-profit organisation has neither political or religious affiliations and remains entirely neutral. A mix of employees and volunteers are active across two main areas:

 

The expert centre eff-zett is comprised of six specialised departments. This is where persons in difficult situations can turn to for advice and help. Parenting classes are also on offer.  

 

  • Alimony collection and advance payments
  • Contact point for self-help
  • Victim counseling
  • Couple, family or individual counseling
  • Sex and pregnancy counseling
  • Separation, divorce or family mediation
     

The Brockenhaus (thrift shop) sells used goods and is responsible for the bulk of income that sustains the Frauenzentrale. It also provides an important social service, offering inexpensive goods and meaningful recycling of wares to the public, as well as offering volunteer helpers a social network.  
 
Without volunteers, there would no Frauenzentrale. The commitment and dedication of individuals, be it through providing financial support, volunteering, or serving in an honorary function on the board, committees or workgroups is invaluable.  


Are you seeking advice or interested in volunteering? For additional information, please contact the Frauenzentrale. Consultations are also available in English.

www.frauenzentralezug.ch
Tel. +41 41 725 26 66
E-mail info@frauenzentralezug.ch

Kinderregion.ch - family activities in and around Zug


The best family experiences are right on your doorstep: forests, swimming spots, museums, adventure parks and much more await.
 

Children of all ages want to experience something exciting, discover the unknown, understand the unexplained and let off steam. Zug, Zurich, Winterthur, Rapperswil and Baden make up a wonderful child-friendly region, offering an enormous range of excursions and recreational experiences. As it’s easy to lose sight of all the options, consult kinderregion.ch for your next adventure.
 

kinderregion.ch
c/o Zürich Tourismus
Stampfenbachstrasse 52
8006 Zürich
info@kinderregion.ch
 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kinderregion.ch/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kinderregion/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBvl8G9herNCoQS8ZerpuhQ

 

Recreation grounds


There are 67 public recreation- and playgrounds in the canton, all which are listed here as drawn up by the Health Department and Zug Tourismus.
 
In addition to details about the various sites, you will also find useful information on how to get to there. We also recommend that you check out the nature experiences offered by NATURENA (in German).
 

Lidos around the Zugersee


There is more to the Zugersee than amazing sunsets. In fact, there are plenty of spots around the lake to enjoy quality time by the water, each with its own charm. While the majority of lidos open from mid May through to September in good weather, there are also many lake access points that you may use at your own risk all-year-round.

If you want a family-friendly lido with a beach, restaurant, kiddie pool and plenty of space, the lido Strandbad Zug is a great place to start. For those who love the charm of the old town, Seelikon is the place to be. For a lido set in nature, the bathing area Choller might just be your thing.

Just as there are numerous hiking trails on the Zugerberg, there are equally many options to explore the lake on foot. For an extensive list of all lidos, trails and activities, click here.

 

Things to do for teens


Industrie 45
Industrie 45 is the youth culture centre of Zug town. The i45 offers a place where ideas can be put into practice, and also serves as a platform. Both the premises and infrastructure of i45 are those of a professionally equipped concert hall: club room with bar, video-cutting room, digital video camera, film screen, photographic and sound laboratories, rehearsal room for bands, several rooms for groups, mobile music equipment and much more are available. The operators of the i45 also help in the planning and execution of events and projects.


Contact:
Jugendkulturzentrum industrie45
Industriestrasse 45
Postfach 2457
CH-6302 Zug
Tel. +41 41 761 26 42

contact@i45.ch
www.i45.ch


GGZ@Work - Podium 41
Podium 41 is a place where youths and adults from different walks of life, with opposing opinions and views, can meet, talk, listen and learn tolerance. In addition, Podium 41 considers itself to be a platform for creative artists of all ages. Apart from a variety of culinary offerings at low prices, without obligation to eat or drink, the Podium 41 team is in the process of building up its cultural programme. A visit to Podium 41 is certainly worthwhile - for families with children too.


Contact:
GGZ@Work - Podium 41
Chamerstrasse 41
6300 Zug
Tel. +41 41 710 53 83

podium41@ggz.ch


Opening hours:
Tuesday until Sunday    
11.30 - 21.00
Kitchen 11.45 - 20.00



Galvanik
This culture centre lies on the border of Zug town in the Kollermühle area, and is housed in a former electro-plating factory. The bar, restaurant and concert hall are on the ground floor. The 13 rehearsal rooms on the three upper floors are hired out to local bands and musicians, and are an important part of the culture centre.


Contact:
Kulturzentrum Galvanik Zug
Chamerstrasse 173
Postfach 7549
6303 Zug
Tel. +41 58 558 61 66 (Wednesday until Friday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm)

info@galvanik-zug.ch
www.galvanik-zug.ch


Youth Animation Zug jaz
jaz is a contact and lobby centre, mainly for young people aged 11 to 25 years. As the jaz team focuses on the living world, the centre is open to all those who make use of the town’s welfare service. In the heart of the town, at Kirchenstrasse 7, the "Shop for Socioculture" serves as a meeting place. In addition, jaz has a good specialist library on the subject of socioculture. On the upper floor, offices and workshops can be hired at favourable conditions.


Contact:
jugendanimation zug «jaz»
Kirchenstrasse 7
6300 Zug
Tel. +41 41 761 54 34

jaz@zjt.ch
www.jaz-zug.ch



Zug Specialist Unit for Youths and Children - Youth Support
The duties of the youth support of the Zug Youth and Child Unit are very varied and include: the establishment of networking and coordination in the youth sector, discussions on topical subjects, initiation and support of projects, offering of specialist knowledge and mediation between youth and parent and/or youth and public.


Contact:
Zuger Fachstelle punkto Jugend und Kind
Jugendförderung
Alpenstrasse 14
CH-6300 Zug
Tel. +41 41 728 34 40

mail@punkto-zug.ch
www.punkto-zug.ch

 

Pregnancy, birth and postpartum


Tips on giving birth in Switzerland and the role of the doula

Growing a baby is such a miraculous process! Whether your little one is a surprise or a long-awaited gift, your life and the lives of those whom you love are profoundly changing. An informed pregnancy can result in an incredibly positive birth experience for you, for your baby and for your partner. Knowledge is power... especially when it comes to birth.  

In Switzerland, you will probably see an OB/GYN shortly after you hold a positive pregnancy result in your hands. Usually the first ultrasound is made when you are between 9 and 12 weeks pregnant. You can then decide to see a doctor or a midwife for further consultation – a combined option is also possible. If you plan a home birth, it is best to look for a midwife specialised in home births right after the confirmation of your pregnancy. Between week 19 and 22 of your pregnancy you will see your chosen OB/GYN for a second ultrasound.

Most hospitals and birth centres offer a monthly information evening to share their birthing philosophy and show you their facilities. It is recommended to visit several places so that you find the best option that meets your personal needs. Create a list of questions before you go so that you can gather as much information as possible while you’re there. Alternatively, you can book a personal appointment with a midwife at the specific hospital or birth centre you are interested in.

Midwives and doctors will be present throughout labour to ensure the safe passage for both mama and baby. In Switzerland, doctors are usually only present at the very end of labour, unless there is a medical necessity for them to be there during labour. Some people hire a private doctor and either that doctor or a doctor from the same practice you have chosen, will be present if necessary. However, as midwives and doctors often have more than one patient at a time alongside other responsibilities, they might not be able to be there the entire time to offer the kind of familiar supportive presence you deserve. This is the role of a doula – her presence can be invaluable.

In many cases, the birthing woman has had very little, if any, opportunity to get to know the midwife or midwives who will attend her birth. Often, they will meet for the first time when arriving at the chosen hospital or birth centre when they are in labour. The doula, on the other hand, has ideally had the opportunity to establish a good relationship with the mother and her partner during the pregnancy. Since the doula does nothing medical, rather gives emotional, physical and practical support, she is able to provide continuous care throughout all shift changes and will work to foster a harmonious relationship between her client and the staff.  

The continuous presence of a doula before, during and after birth can immeasurably increase a mother’s satisfaction with her birth experience, permanently impacting her feelings as a woman and a mother. By consciously learning about the birth process and intentionally creating a supportive and loving birthing environment, a woman empowers herself and her family in ways that can be sustaining for a lifetime.

In Switzerland, most insurance companies cover up to 16 midwife visits (until the 56th day postpartum) after your baby is born. She is responsible for making sure that you and your baby are doing well medically. It is recommended to hire a postpartum midwife as early into your pregnancy as possible. This ensures that you will find a midwife that can meet your personal requirements in terms of language, baby care and breastfeeding philosophy. Some midwives also offer medically trained breastfeeding support ("Stillberaterin IBCLC – Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant"). If your midwife has no such certificate, you can find an IBCLC online in addition to your postpartum midwife if you need extra breastfeeding support.
 

If you wish to join the La Leche League, you are welcome to attend a "Stilltreffen" in your area before or right after birth. This breastfeeding support network, from mother to mother, either in a one to one meeting, phone call or at a group gathering, is free of charge and is a wonderful opportunity to meet other new mothers. You can explore this website for more information.

If you need additional support with cooking and cleaning postpartum, it is best to contact your midwife or doctor to get a prescription for either help through a postpartum doula or Spitex. It is possible that your birth doula also provides postpartum services or she will be happy to help you find a postpartum doula.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to be accompanied by "Mütter- und Väterberatung" in your municipality. You will get all the relevant information after birth from your place of birth or postpartum midwife.

We wish you well on your journey and hope that this gives you a clearer picture of what birth is like in Switzerland. For further information, please feel free to contact Kathrin Burri here or Mary Kalau here.

Information provided by Kathrin Burri