Zugerberg “Zugiblubbi” Theme Trail

Children help cave dwarfs living on Zugerberg search for their stolen gems along this interactive theme trail. The big playground, picnic areas and lovely Swiss countryside make this a fun, easy day out for families.

Zugerberg has a fun theme trail for children, with nine interactive stations along the short stroller-friendly trail. The Zugiblubbi theme trail tells the story of cave dwarfs living on Zugerberg and their search for nine stolen gems, which your children can find as they visit each station. I think smaller children (aged 3 to 8) will enjoy it the most, but the 10 to 13 yr olds in our group still had fun this year. The big playground and nice picnic areas makes it a fun, easy choice for families. There is also a restaurant along the trail also with a small playground.

The walk is mostly through forest and fields. On a clear day, you can see the alps in the distance, but this is not a trail for big views, more just a nice stroll in the countryside. Because of the low elevation, this is a particularly good option during spring and fall when mountain transport is closed. We’ve been as early as April, which was very nice with lush green meadows and wildflowers. In October, the fall colors are quite nice as well.

Location:   Central Switzerland
Address: Zugerberg Funicular: Schönegg 14, 6300 Zug
Car: Zugerberg Funicular parking: 47°09’04.3″N 8°31’15.3″E
Or park at trail head at top of funicular:
GPS: 47°08’47.2″N 8°32’17.6″E
Transit: Bus stop next to funicular: Zug, Schönegg
   
Trail: 5.4 km loop
Condition: wide dirt path and paved road
Skill: easy
Open: all year, weather dependent
Services: restaurant, playground, fire pits with wood, theme trail
More info: www.zbb.ch

Trail Overview

This is a 5.4 km loop trail, starting at the top of the Zugerberg funicular. The map below shows the numbered interactive station along the trail. It also shows the lettered storyboards that tell the story of the cave dwarfs and their gems, setting the scene for the experience.

The trail is a easy, wide dirt path through fields and forests, partially on a very lightly traveled paved road. The whole trail is suitable for strollers, with one stroller detour at the lower end of the map (the dotted line, clearly marked with trail signs), where the main path has a short section on a bumpy “root” trail through the forest. A variety of carved wooden animal sculptures are also scattered along the trail.

There are two picnic areas, both with multiple fire pits, wood, and tables. The Schattwäldli Adventure playground near the start of the trail has the big playground with swings, zip line, see saw, play house, etc. Brand has better views, lounging sun beds and a couple marble runs to entertain.

Here is a more detailed trail map.

There are many other trail options in the area, including winter walks. See website for trail options.

Tickets & Timetable

The Zugerberg funicular train runs daily every 30 minutes, from 7am to 11pm, the 26 and 56.

If you came with public transportation, it is included with the Zug region travel ticket. If you came by car, an adult full fare return ticket costs CHF 11.90, which also includes 3 zones of travel in the Zug public transportation area. SBB Half fare and Junior cards are accepted.

Getting There

This trail is best accessed by the Zugerberg funicular, which is located a bit south of Zug on the east side of the lake.

By car: Drive to Schönegg 14, 6300 Zug and park in one of the metered spots next to the funicular valley station.

By transit: Take a train to Zug, then bus 11 to Schönegg. The funicular is adjacent to the bus stop.

Alternatively, you can drive directly to the trail on a narrow, winding one lane road as shown below. This road is not always open to non-local traffic, so it’s possible it will be closed when you go. That’s why we recommend taking the funicular instead. If you drive, when you get to the top, before entering the little “village” at the top, park in the spots along the road and continue on foot to the Zugerberg funicular station, where the trail official begins.

Trail Details

The trail starts at the top of the funicular station, where you’ll find a restaurant and nice view.

Don’t forget to pick up your “Schatzsuchekarte”, aka treasure hunt car, at the funicular station. They are free to take next to the maps and other brochures. In the booklet, there is a secret word to discover. At each station, you’ll find a gem and a letter to write into this puzzle. The word is in German, but it’s easy to figure out.

After you complete your card, don’t forget to stick it in this post box at the beginning of the trail before leaving.

The trail starts to your right on a dirt footpath near the intro sign shown below. All text is in German and English.

There are a few fun bits along the path before you reach the gem stations.

Occasionally you’ll get wonderful views of the lake and surrounding countryside.

It’s pretty through the forest. There are still some of the animal sculptures from the old sculpture trail that was replaced by Zugiblubbi.

There are several storyboards at the beginning of the trail, telling the whole story about the cave dwarfs and how their gems were stolen, etc. The text is in English and you can even listen to the story with your phone.

Just follow the purple signs for the Zugiblubbi trail. When the trail forks, stay to your left toward the playground. You’ll see a couple characters from the story.

Here’s the big Schattwäldli playground that you’ll find on your left. The last time we went, it had a few fire pits with wood, a zip line, these playhouses and swings. The Zugiblubbi trail continues past the playground into the woods. This playground can get really busy on sunny days.

Back on the trail. Lots of the stations involve walking on wood in some form.

Look out for various sculptures along the way.

About 15 minutes after the big playground, you reach another picnic area with a couple fire pits and a very big field where you can picnic. On a clear day, you can see the Mount Rigi and Pilatus in the distance.

Plenty of wood!

Kids had a blast sending large wood marbles down this marble run. Little kids can surrender their pacifiers to this “Nuggi” treasure chest.

Hit different types of wood to see how the sound varies.

A little labyrinth ending at a spider guarding a gem.

Of course, a little barefoot path.

Keep an eye out for more animal sculptures.

Lots of fall colors in this lovely forest.

Here the trail splits, with a detour for strollers staying on the wide path to the left and foot traffic heading up steps onto a lumpy trail in the forest. They’ll reconnect in 10 minutes or so. There are no gems for the duration of the detour.

The foot path passes these adorable dioramas.

Exiting the forest.

Guess which animals made these footprints.

The path though the the meadows before reaching the road.

Now joining the paved road leading back to the playground.

On the paved road, before you get back to the playground, you’ll pass the Hintergiessboden restaurant, which was cozy and unexpectedly delicious. They have high chairs. Above is their “signature” garlic bread that was super yummy.

The playground outside the Hintergiessen restaurant.

Last two gem stations before reaching the end of the trail. On the left, you have to slide the ring around the puzzle without touching the sides. My kids loved this!

Let’s admire one last view before heading back down. Don’t forget put your completed “secret word” card in the dwarf post box at the funicular station. The funicular only runs every 30 mins, so check the schedule so you don’t have to wait too long here.

A last tip. The mountain train to Zugerberg sells a few postcards with vintage designs as shown above. I’ve collected postcards like these from all our adventures and I was super excited to add these to my collection.

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19 Responses

  1. Thank you for the tip we had a great day with a bit of a unexpected start. Depending on which way you come from you cannot go to the parking on the top and the train is under revision so kids were quite disappointed to go on a regular bus drive.
    We had a lot of fun through the day! I would advise to always keep an eye on the kids as the path is shared with bicycles and some drive really fast.
    Thank you again for another great tip!

    1. Glad you made it to the trail in any case. This kind of thing happens to us a lot too. Nice that you were flexible and ended up with a nice day.

  2. We did it yesterday. So far the best hike with kids. Amazing trail and thanks for sharing.

  3. Great trail close to Zurich. Went there today, would recommend it. First time we tried to go there with a car and got lost. Would suggest taking the train/bus/funicular which are very convenient.

    1. I agree, going by car is confusing and I much prefer using the funicular. Thanks for leaving your feedback and glad you enjoyed the trail.

  4. I did this trail yesterday with my 3 & 5 year olds. We all thoroughly enjoyed it! The first time that my 3 year old daughter hasn’t spent the whole time complaining “my legs won’t work”! I would say the trail and story is perfect for kids this age: they were enthralled by the story, and the trail had the perfect level of difficulty.
    Thank you for this wonderful, honest site, which I always turn to when in need of a good day out.

  5. We did the trail, thanks for the suggestion however i adapted because was too short for my 9 year old daughter so i went up on foot. total comes up to about 471 m in elevation.

    Great narrow paths through the forest.

    You can find the activity here. Includes this section (don’t look at the initial noise 🙂

    https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2716157570

    1. Great idea! Yes, as my kids get older, we are getting creative make some of our old favorite short trails longer. Glad you had a good time.

  6. Hello – we just did this trail today, on a cool and sunny day with a great view of the lake and the alps. Thanks for the amazing description – really useful! The trail is 4.5km though, not 2.8km (maybe 2.8 miles?), which left us a bit more exhausted than we had expected 🙂

    1. Glad you had a good time! Thanks for the note on the trail length. I’ll update that asap. Sorry for the misinformation!

    2. You are right! This trail is 5.4 km, not 2.8 km. I made a trail map of it, so I don’t know why I wrote this incorrectly. Sorry again for the misinformation and glad you still had a good time. Thanks for letting me know about this error.

    3. Ah, that would explain our three-year-old’s wailing at the end.;-) We did the trail mid-March and thought it was wonderful, first time she walked so much by herself, and the diamond stations definitely keep them busy.

    4. So sorry about the misinformation about the trail length! I need an editor to double check my work. I’ll try harder next time. Glad you had a good time anyway.

  7. We did this trail today and had such a lovely day out – thank you for always pointing us in new and exciting directions!!

  8. Hello – we did this walk yesterday. Me and my son 3 y.o. -first time alone without my husband- “adventured” on this trail and we loved every second of it. Thank you for your tips and for structuring the site so brilliantly! Looking forward to this hiking season 🙂

  9. Hello – we did this walk on a cool and cloudy day in April, and it was really fun. Thank you so much for the tip! The restaurant is fantastic (and open on Sundays and holidays!), the parks were great for our kids. But part of the walk was really unsuitable for our double buggy…we had to lift it over a stile at one point. Probably easier with a single buggy and we can't wait to go back when the sun is shining!

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