Autumn Adventures

There’s a chill in the air and the days are beginning to shorten. That can only mean one thing: Autumn is here! As we approach Herbstferien (Fall break from October 5-20th for schools) in Zug, we wanted to offer some ideas for things to do, so you can make the most of this lovely time of year.

Be a Detective
Over the course of the 4.5 km Zug detective trail solve puzzles, learn surprising and interesting information about Zug and have fun. This family activity will have old and young alike eager to discover the next clue. Starting at the Zug Bahnhof, a total of 17 puzzles must be solved to find the treasure (a small gift) that will be waiting at the end.

Get Creative
Beginning on October 5th, and running for three weekends, there will be different creative workshops for you to sign up for at Something Different in Menzingen. Try your hand at furniture painting, learn the basics of painting or design a ceramic fairy house. Perfect for kids to engage their crafty side over the break and beyond. Advanced booking required for all workshops while pricing and timing vary.

Enjoy National Swiss Castle Day on October 6th. Castles all over Switzerland will open their doors and let the public in to participate in workshops and events. Museum Burg Zug is no exception. This year’s theme focuses on Play! You and your family can learn some games from the past and make one of your own in a “Rediscovering old games” workshop. You can also have a go at some outdoor pastimes in the courtyard. There will also be an historian on hand to discuss the castle’s construction and reveal where gambling used to take place.

Oktoberfest awaits
From now until October 12th, why not take the family on a culinary journey to Bavaria, Germany? Restaurant Bàren in Zug is hosting its 9th year of White-Blue weeks. There will be various Bavarian specialties (think hearty servings of sausage, roasted meats, potato salad and pretzels), live music on Friday and Saturday and this year the Munich Augustiner Oktoberfest beer will be available. `One, two, down the hatch! Great that you’re here!’

Go Underground
Visit the Höllgrotten in Baar while they are still open through October 31. Enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage in the Lorze ravine. Learn and discover more about these unique limestone caves between Lakes Zurich and Zug which date back thousands of years. A perfect family outing during the break or on one of the weekends.

Go Artsy
Feeling the chill in the air? Let the warm colors from where springtime is taking hold give you inspiration. Starting on September 29, there is plenty of time to check out the latest solo exhibition My Mother Country - paintings of the Aborigines at Kunsthaus Zug. The collection of Pierre and Joelle Clément of Zug, comprises 20 paintings and will be the first exhibition of Aboriginal art in German Switzerland. 

A little further afield

Pumpkins Galore
What would autumn be without pumpkins? The family-run Juckerhof in Seegräaben knows this is a wonderful time of year to celebrate pumpkins. This year’s theme is Music and guests will be amazed at the creative and sizable works of art on display, created with pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes. There is also an onsite restaurant, hofladen and even a labyrinth for kids to explore.


Pumpkins photo courtesy of Jucker Farm website.