Panoramic Hike from the Zugerberg mountain to Walchwil with breathtaking views of the imposing mountains as well as Zug & Lake Lucerne.
Zugerberg Mountain Hike: The most important in a nutshell
- – Restaurants, fireplaces and playgrounds are especially present in the beginning.
- – Beneches with a unique panoramic view on the Lake Zug, Lake Lucerne and the mountain panorama of the Alpine foothills
- – Also ideal for families (not suitable for prams)
- – Hiking is possible in any season as long as there is no snow
Start: Zugerberg; Destination: Walchwil; Conditions: light-medium; Time: 3h: January-December (without snow)
A lot of sun at the Zugerberg Mountain
When the gray fog lies in the valley, the sun is shining on the Zugerberg . Or at least a lot. With an altitude of almost 1100 meters, Zug’s local mountain has a very special charisma.
The mountain offers possibilities for everyone: Whether it’s a good traditional swiss meal in a restaurant, climbing up to the 1500 meter peak, a family excursion or a wonderful panoramic hike. We have opted for the latter and take you on this adventure hike.
Arrival by public transport
Since there are only a few parking spaces available at the valley station, it is best to travel by public transport. Take bus number 11 from Zug Bahnhof to Schönegg. The bus leaves every half hour (07/37). Theoretically you could also park your car in Zug and take the bus from there. If you would like to know in advance whether the sun is shining on the Zugerberg mountain, it is recommended to check the local webcam .
Loaded with enough water, you walk towards Walchwil. After a few minutes you pass the well-known Montana Institute , which was built in 1926.
The Institute has everything from a bilingual primary and secondary school to a college.
On the parking of the Institute you have a wonderful view on the region with the royal blue lake Zug and the surrounding mixture of nature, agriculture and city. The lake was still covered by fog, which gradually disappeared in next hours.
Beautiful views to Lake Zug and Lake Lucerne
Bytheway, what do you prefer? A sea of fog or a clear view? Let us know in the comment field.
You continue hiking passing various seating areas, playgrounds and information boards for children to a hilly landscape. These small hills, so-called drumlins, were created by the glacier, which pushed the debris back and forth. 150 million years ago, the Zug region was still covered by the sea. When the African and Eurasian plates drifted together which formed the Alps, sediments were deposited in the region of Zug and among other places. Since the glaciers have penetrated the Mittelland of Switzerland a few times in the last three million years, they also formed the “Zuger Berg” with their uncanny power. You can find out more details about the origins of today’s Switzerland and the present landscapes on a guided tour with myswisspanorama .
After the scientific excursion, the path leads you alternately through light forests and pastures (spring to autumn). Especially in autumn the forest with its beautiful colors has a very special character and makes the “Zugerberg mountain hike” outstanding. If the forest does not cover the view, you will be rewarded with a magical view. On this map you can see where the best viewpoints are. Restaurants and barbecue sites are also marked.
Descent to Walchwil
The 1h 15 minute descent to Walchwil begins on a rather steep path. The path leads through the forest to a farm with a magnificent view. Here you also see how the glacier has formed the landscape. Some spectacular small hills are visible. If you have knee problems, you should rather hike from Walchwil towards “Zugerberg”.
When you arrive in Walchwil, walk to the station and take the train or bus in the direction of Zug or Arth-Goldau. If you want it a little more special, you can take the boat on Lake Zug in just five minutes by foot.