Day trip on the Zugerberg
47 minutes and 42 seconds. That’s how long I needed to run up the Zugerberg from Zug during the Zugerberg Classic. That was four years ago. Today, with a toddler, baby and plenty of bags in tow, I was more than happy to take the bus (the number 11 from Zug railway station to Schönegg) and the Zugerberg Bahn mountain railway. It’s both quicker and much more relaxed.
I grew up in the canton of Zug, but apart from the mountain run, I hadn’t been up the Zugerberg in many years. The happy memories came flooding back instantly: field trips and Sunday visits with my family as a child, afternoon sledding and full moon winter hikes as a teenager.
Hitting the trail with Zugiblubbi
But this time, we were there for Zugiblubbi. Zugiblubbi – full name Zugiblubbi of the swamps – is the friendly spirit of the Zugerberg. Exactly one year before our visit, an adventure trail was created in his honor, so there was cause for celebration. Zugiblubbi himself welcomed us at the summit station. Our daughter unfortunately didn’t enjoy this as much as the other children there. She was very scared of Zugiblubbi, so we kept a safe distance during the story hour with Jolanda Steiner – you can listen to her Zugiblubbi story here.
After the little party, our bellies full of cake and juice, we made our way to the adventure trail. There are eight play stations and nine diamond stations to discover along the four-and-a-half-kilometer trail. Our daughter is two and a half, so she was most interested in the play stations, which feature hidden mazes, barefoot areas, jungle gyms, an enormous mushroom garden, obstacle courses and much more. She did also like it, though, whenever she discovered a diamond with its corresponding letter at the other stations. The letters are entered on a treasure hunt scorecard that can be picked up at the Zugerberg Bahn summit station. At the end, if all the letters have been found, you can toss the scorecard into the mailbox to enter a draw for some great prizes.