Zug may just be Switzerland’s most attractive place to live. Even its name, derived from a medieval German term signifying the action of pulling up a fishing net, is a nod to the region’s abundant resources.

In recent decades, the canton became known in and out of Switzerland for its low tax rates, luring many a financially oriented to the shores of its idyllic teal blue waters. Economic incentives aside, Zug is a splendid and tranquil pocket of German-speaking Switzerland; a lake, river, or mountain is never more than a few minutes away. Its highest point, the Wildspitz, may never break any height records, but what it lacks in altitude, it makes up for in unmatched beauty. On a clear day, both Zurich’s glistening Prime Tower to the north and the snow-capped Central Alps to the south can be seen from the summit.

Rigi, Queen of the Mountains, in all her splendor with Mount Pilatus in the background

The ascent to Wildspitz feels more like a walk than a hike. Nevertheless, due to snow, the period from May to October is the best time to visit. One of the most popular variants of the trek is the six-hour, ten-mile route starting in Zug and ending in Sattel, a village in the neighboring canton of Schwyz. The trail begins from the railway station atop the Zugerberg—Zug’s home mountain—where a relatively flat path hugging the ridge gradually winds southwards through the elevated pastures of serene Walchwil. All the while, magnificent vistas of the volcano-like Mount Rigi and trident-shaped Mount Pilatus keep a constant company. The top of the Wildspitz marks the cantonal line between Zug and Schwyz, and the descent down to Sattel trades views of the Rigi and Pilatus for an equally stunning panorama of Lake Lauerz and the twin peaks of Schwyz—the Grosser and Kleiner Mythen.

Besides its unparalleled view of Mount Rigi, the top of Wildspitz marks the border between Zug and Schwyz
Unattended Swiss alpine cheese for sale: the honor system is commonplace here on the mountain trails

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