A visit to the Burg Museum, Zug with kids
The Burg in Zug has been the backdrop to many Fairytale Sundays, old town strolls and Detective-Trails, but until recently, I had never considered taking the kids inside. Frankly, I don't often take my kids to visit museums. I fear they will make too much noise, touch something they aren't supposed to or mention the dreaded "bored" word. But museums are becoming more and more open to children, and with the Burg’s kid-friendly focus, it was time to give it a go.
Following the cobbled stoned streets through Zug's upper old town, the Burg is hard to miss as it rises from the center of its crenellated defensive walls. As we ventured into the castle grounds, we stumble upon the comic character, Lili, whose job it is to motivate the castle’s young visitors. She is inside the entrance hall too, which is where we picked up her deck of clues to guide the older kids through the exhibits. There is a yellow over-the-shoulder bag full of clues (German only) for the Kindergartener too. With our jackets and bags stored away in lockers, we head up the stairs following Lilli's instructions to begin our visit.
Our first stop took us straight into the world of medieval battles. We learned about the brave and internationally feared confederate fighters and imagined what it would have been like to be weighed down by the heavy armour on display. Lilli's clues moved us from room to room, and sometimes we even needed a torch to see the writing. We listened to tales from people who called the Burg home and entered into a Baroque world to count angels.
Following the clues up to the second floor, we moved into the games room and quickly took up the offer to play the games laid out on the table. The older kids played chess while the 5-year-old and I grabbed the Jass cards for a game of "Tschau Sepp" (a card game for children). We did though wonder why there was a games room here in the first place. The drawer in the cabinet next solved the puzzle: Swiss playing cards dating back to the 18th century, found during the castle's renovation. I wonder if back then they knew how to play "Tschau Sepp", too?
It was also in this room where we discovered some of the oldest wallpaper ever found in Switzerland. Between creating our own wallpaper on the screens next to the original and playing games, we could have stayed in this one room all afternoon.