This week, Switzerland will celebrate Mother’s Day. Whether in-person or virtually, the best gift that any mum can receive on her special day is quality time with her family (and perhaps some alone time thereafter!). Read on for our favourite ideas to honour and say thank you to mum this May 8.
Plan a day hike
With the weather forecast looking promising, help mum recharge her batteries by spending some time in the great outdoors. Whether up in the hillsides, through forests or along lake shores, there’s an abundance of leisurely hikes to choose from in the Canton of Zug.
Gift something different
A bouquet of flowers is predictable you say. Not if it’s made of cupcakes, it isn’t. If you’re not the craftiest in the kitchen, commission a professional bakery to make a cupcake bouquet for you. Or alternatively, shake things up with a bespoke balloon arrangement.
Break a sweat
Live-stream fitness classes surged during the pandemic and we might as well keep making use of them. Get your gear on, clear the living room and tune in from the comfort of your own home. Whether dance, pilates or yoga, the choices are endless.
Head to a farmer’s market
There's nothing like heading to the farmers market on the weekend, mooching about stalls with a warm coffee in hand and picking local produce to turn into new and exciting dishes. Head to the Zuger Altstadtmarkt on Saturday and cook up a storm on Sunday.
Enjoy a brunch outing
This weekend there are plenty of Mother’s Day brunch options in and around town. While Strandbad Zug is reopening just in time to offer a buffet accompanied by live music, also Parkhotel Zug and Restaurant Incontro are hosting a special breakfast. For an extra child-friendly alternative, visit the Mother’s Day brunch at Gluscht, the tasting market being held at the lake all weekend.
Choose a location close to your family’s heart and hire a family photographer for a few hours to create a keepsake that will last a lifetime. Bring snacks and refreshments to keep everyone’s morale high and of course, the more generations that are involved, the better!
Explore a castle garden
Visit the Garden Days at Schloss St. Andreas in Cham, which opens its doors to the public only occasionally. The castle gardens will be in full bloom and there will be food and live music. For a special touch, travel to and from the castle by boat.
This one is for the dads out there! This Saturday, Zugerland is offering children the opportunity to make their own picture frames for mum. The activity is free of charge and means that you can run your errands and get any additional pressies sorted in the meantime.
Organise a picnic in your backyard
Make dining at home more exciting by taking the party outdoors. We’re thinking antipasti platters, crudités, freshly baked bread and finally a great bottle of vino. Not exactly a whizz in the kitchen? Why not order or pick up takeout from mum’s favourite local restaurant?
Attend a Mother’s Day concert
This Sunday at 4 pm, organist Alessandra Mazzanti from Italy will perform at the Klosterkirche Frauenthal in Hagendorn as part of the 40th anniversary of the International Zug Organ Days. She will cover works from the baroque period all the way through to the 20th century.
Host a virtual happy hour
Is mum abroad? Get everybody connected over Skype, FaceTime or virtually any video conferencing app. For an extra memorable meetup, preselect a spring mocktail and share the recipe in advance so that everyone has the ingredients at hand. Make it together and raise a glass to the woman who raised you!