Welcome to canton Zug

It was a cloudy day when we began our road trip through canton Zug, but that did not dampen our excitement to explore this region and discover their unique artisanal cheeses.  The lakes were beautiful even through the foggy mist, and the grass was the brightest shade of green despite the lack of sunshine.  Surely there are happy cows living in these lush pastures!

Our visits throughout Switzerland oftentimes change our perspectives.  Sometimes we think of Zug as the home to big businesses.  It is true that over the years, the canton of Zug has shifted its economy towards manufacturing, construction, wholesale businesses, business consultancy, etc. – However, agriculture and animal husbandry are still flourishing in the mountain and lake regions, which include 61 high alpine pastures. Perfect for the production of high-quality fresh milk.  These are the parts of canton Zug that we explore to find the hidden treasures of Swiss artisanal cheeses.

Our Discoveries in Zug

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  • Cheese
  • Cheese Dairy
  • Selection of the Month
  • Wine


Introduction Treat yourself or someone special with a gift of Swiss artisanal cheeses this holiday season. We love to end the year on a high note!  Our December 2021 Box features the “Best Of” cheeses and wine we discovered on our travels across Switzerland from the prior year (2020). This month we are taking you ... Read more


Introduction We traveled throughout the canton of Zug in search of the unique artisanal cheeses from the lakes and mountains of this diverse region.  We visited Chäs Hütte Rust and Chäsladä Unterägeri where we discovered and selected the following artisanal cheeses for our February 2020 Box. Our Box for February 2020 Walchwiler Tanne-Chäs Chäs Hütte ... Read more


Introduction : We enjoyed visiting the fromageries of canton Zug and meeting the people who are passionate about their life work. It is the most rewarding part of our job! Chäs-Hütte Rust, ZG Upon entering the cheese dairy, we were warmly greeted by André Rust of Chäs-Hütte Rust.  It is amazing how sharing cheese can ... Read more

Overview of the Canton

Capital:  Zug

Land Area:  238.73 km2

Population:  126,837 (décembre 2018)

Admission to the Swiss Confederation:  1352

Language:  Swiss German

The Cherry Culture in Zug

The canton of Zug is known for having a climate and environment that is conducive to growing magnificent cherries.  These cherries are then used in the production of a wide range of cherry products, including – cherry cakes, kirsch, cherry beer, cherry sausage, cherry cream.  We even tasted artisanal cheese that was infused with cherries!

The cherry culture in Zug dates back 600 years ago and the cultivation of cherries in Zug is listed as a UNESCO living tradition in Switzerland.

If you love cherries, the Chriesimarkt (cherry market) in Zug is open for 2 or 3 weeks starting in late June, depending on that year’s yield.  On 22 June 2020, the festival opens with the Chriesisturm, which is a 300-year-old tradition that marks the beginning of the cherry harvest season in Zug.  It is a festival where people (including children) run through the town center to the cherry orchards carrying wooden ladders and baskets for collecting the fruit on their back.  The tradition dates back to the 18th century where the Chriesigloggä (cherry bell) announces the start of the harvest season.  The ringing bell indicates that the cherries are now ripe and ready for picking, but do not pick cherries before hearing the bell – it is forbidden!

For more information on the cherry festival, visit https://www.zugerchriesi.ch/

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