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Centrally located in Switzerland:

Zug  belongs to Central Switzerland , into the „Pre Alps“ (Voralpen), just ahead of the „High Alps“ (Hochalpen). 
The „Gotthard Massive“ divides North and
South Switzerland

The exact geographical midpoint of   Switzerland is Alp Aelggi (660.895/183.251) in the Melchsee Frutt area or 46° 47' 51 n 8° 14' 10 e.

In the Zug area it’s still noticeable that huge glaciers, only shortly (10'000 years) before, have formed today’s landscape: in the East there was the Linth glacier, from the West the Reuss glacier was approaching. In the Menzingen area the two merged.

Scenically the “Zugerland” offers something from everything: lovely landscape with brooks, lakes, fields, woods, hills.
One step, and we’re in the high High Alps. Another short step, and we’re entering different cultures: the
Ticino in the South; to the East the Grisons; to the West Valais .


Gotthard is an interesting watershed of European dimension:

The Reuss begins in the Urserental, East of Furka, and flows in northerly direction into Vierwaldstaettersee and near Brugg into Rhein.

The Rhein commences to the East, in the Oberalppass area. In a wide bow he is reaching out to stream into Bodensee, then changes direction to the West, passing Basel, adjusts to a Northerly direction and is heading into North Sea at Rotterdam.

The Rhone starts its life on the western side of Furka. The Rhone Glacier still exists (he is diminishing rapidly) and is feeding the young Rhone . The „Rotte“ as the river is called by the locals in the Valais, is joining lake Geneva (Lac Léman) and is traversing part of Southeastern France to end up in the Mediterranean Sea near Arles.

The source of the Ticino is Southwest of Gotthard. The river is running in the Bedretto valley, down the Leventina valley, then demands some rest in the Lago di Maggiore. Finally, after passing Northern Italy and merging with Po it reaches its final destination in the Adriatic Sea.   

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Aletsch:  A dramatic change in landscape and culture, here in the Wallis you find another place in the sun. Protected by mountains there are those inviting old chalets. On a terrace overlooking part of the Rhonetal is my favorite holiday village Bettmeralp. The lower station of the cable car is combined with the railway station "Betten" of the Furka Oberalp Bahn (FOB). From Dec 7th 2019 the new Hub Fiesch will open: from MGB-train station Fiesch, with Bus-Stop, there is direct access to the new Gondola lift to Fiescheralp.
Andermatt, Gotthard:  Gotthard Pass was for ages a most important route for crossing the alps. Up to this days the importance has not changed. It is demonstrated by the amazing constructions that you see everywhere: The main road, the autobahn, the railway line, the protections against avalanches, the tunnels (a new railway tunnel between Erstfeld and Biasca is now under construction), the mountain railroad between Goeschenen and Andermatt! But it's also a great place for hiking tours. Near Andermatt in Realp, there is also a mountain golf course.
Goms This lovely valley on the eastern end of the Kanton Wallis is in "stones throw distance". On the other side of Furka it's accessable in a few Minutes by a rail tunnel. 

Sins to Lindenberg, that is the striking mountain range North East of Zug. Horben is a very popular destination, - not only for hikers.
On the way we're crossing  open country as well as forests, typical "Mittelland" areas. 

Strada alta 
On the south side of Gotthard in Airolo you enter a different world, the Italian culture. Often, when it's cold and foggy or raining in the north, here it's sunny and warm, although between Goeschenen and Airolo are less then 15 minutes for passing the tunnels. Hiking the  strada alta is quite popular, at least for the Swiss German.

The landmark in the Schwyz region is a challenge for people who love breathtaking views. Access is costing some sweat, but the track from Holzegg is excellent.
The area between Sattel-Hochstuckli and Rothenfluh is a great area for hiking.
In walking distance the popular region of Ybrig.

Napf: A rural area, tidy villages, lots of hills and a mountain with unsurpassed views.
Ob/Nidwalden   Klewenalp: Access by cable car from Beckenried (ferry Gersau-Beckenried, Autobahn A2 exit). A great area in summer and winter.

Stanserhorn: Access from Stans by romantic Stanserhorn funicular and cable car, or walk up  from the south side (cable cars at Wiesenberg and Wirzweli) and enjoy alpine sceneries. Pass road Kerns-Aecherli (Wirzweli, Wiesenberg)-Dallenwil.

Emmetten: Niederbauen, Stockhuette are excellent starts for many hiking trips in the area. Do the wildlife path from Emmetten/Niederbauen to Stockhuette/Klewenalp.

Pilatus:   The other great mountain in easy reach. The steepest cogwheel railroad from Alpnachstad, cable cars from Kriens (Three sections), Railroad/ship in Alpnachstad. At Fraekmuent is a (summer-) Rodelbahn.

One of my favorite mountains. It's very close, has a lot of options for walking, excellent infrastructure, fantastic lookouts. Trains in Arth Goldau and Vitznau (ship). Cable cars from Weggis (ship), Kraebel (near Goldau), or Kuesnacht (train, ship) to Seebodenalp, Vitznau to Hinterbergen, Vitznau to Wisifluh, Gschwaend to Burggeist, Brunnen to Urmiberg.





This holiday village has a lot of options for hiking, sport, leisure. Access by a funicular from Schlattli (bus service from Schwyz) or by cable car from Morschach (bus from Brunnen). Morschach is a modern Sport Center.

One of the most amazing walks atop the world, above the fog, on 1900m, is the Panorama trail. It's also suitable for "nonhikers".

Titlis The world known Peak is easily accessible from Engelberg, a pleasant holiday village. There is a wide range of hiking routes. Train from Luzern (LSE, Luzern Stans Engelberg).
Across Jochpass there is another popular region: Melchsee-Frutt, again with lots of attractions (one being fishing in the mountain lakes). Melchsee-Frutt can be reached from Stoeckalp (cable cars) and by a restricted access toll-road. Melchsee-Frutt is traffic free.
Uri Reusstal
Haldi can easily be reached by cable car from Schattdorf, a village between Erstfeld and Fluelen.
The cable car station to Eggbergen area is just one Bus stop from Fluelen SBB station, or a 15 Minutes walk. Another station (to Rietlig/Biel) is at Buerglen/Bruegg.
Weg der Schweiz:   This is the hiking path around the southern part of Vierwaldstaettersee, the Urnersee. It was officially opened in 1991 for the 700'th birthday of Switzerland. The whole region is full of Swiss history, emotion, literature, natural beauty. My favorite trip is  from Brunnen to Fluelen.
Another favorite, not only for me, with unsurpassed views. There are lots of tracks up to the peak, e.g. from Zugerberg, Unteraegeri, Sattel, Goldau, Walchwil. 
Old passroads There are quite a few old mountain passes that make interesting hikes.
Extended Some Ideas for multiple day tours and possible overnight stops.Notes about other regions.

Hiking in winter:

Winter: pink sign for Winter Wanderweg
Although, sometimes during winter, hiking can get a bit tiring (heavy snow, ice, sleet ("Pflotsch" we call it..). 

Signs in pink mark cleared Winter walking tracks. 

On other routes there are probably tracks left behind by some other hikers.


Some Popular winter Hikes, walks:

Rigi (Scheidegg-Kaltbad, parallel to cross country track).
Stoos (walks in the village area and atop Fronalpstock)
Wildspitz (a more demanding hike, but quite popular).
Sattel Hochstuckli (Erlebnispfad Engelstock)


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