Family bike ride along the Ägeri Lake
My kids have been hassling me to dust off our bikes and go for a family bike ride all year long. I love a family bike ride, but riding in traffic with my precious cargo behind me makes me anxious. So, while searching for a place where we could safely ride around our home canton of Zug, I discovered the new Zug bike map. At first glance it seems the map caters to more experienced family bike riders, but once I took a closer look and got a little creative, I was able to map out a bike route for any ability.
Our family’s various abilities required something relatively flat, on quiet roads (or ideally car free), and we found that on Route 5. As a bonus we could ride to the Morgarten Monument to give the kids a history lesson as well. So before the weather got too cold to ride, we dusted off our bikes, pumped up the tyres, loaded the car, and headed up to Unterägeri.
Route 5 starting point: Unterägeri
Whether you come by car or bus, let your vehicle of choice get you up the big hill from Zug to your starting point in Unterägeri. We parked our car (loaded with 4 bikes and a bike trailer for the 4 year old) at the lakeside carpark on the left as you leave Unterägeri. Another option is to take your bikes on to bus number 1 (direction: Oberägeri) from the Zug Train station, not forgetting to hop off at bus stop “Seefeld” next to the Seminar Hotel in Unterägeri.
With our helmets on, we made our way from the centre of town following Route 5 through the quiet back streets of Unterägeri, perfect for that safe on the road riding practice we were looking for (head towards Wildbrunnenstrasse). Once we passed the local campground, it wasn’t long before we were off the road, and on to an easy and relatively flat gravel path that hugs the lake shoreline all the way to Morgarten. We rode past farms with self service farm shops, picnic spots, more campgrounds as well as places to swim (noted for next summer!).
Once we arrived into Morgarten we headed straight to the Morgarten Monument, where it’s worth it to hop off your bikes and climb up the steps for a lovely view over the Ägeri valley. This large stone structure perched high on a hill commemorates the battle of Morgarten in 1315 - where the Swiss confederate Army ambushed the Habsburg soldiers - an important part of Swiss history.