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Old 03.08.2012, 21:51
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Zug/ baar - what's it like

Hi guys and girls

I have finally made it across to Switzerland and am currently staying in a company flat in zug. Originally my plan was to find. Flat in horgen and commute across but after visiting horgen I don't think there is enough there to keep my wife entertained while I am at work.

So.... The plan has now shifted to zug / baar area. Tis is great for me as my new job is here however all our research up until now has been horgen centric so I need to fill quite a few holes in my knowledge if possible?

I know zug has quite a nice town centre and atmosphere but is it a good place to live?

Are there lots of English speaking families with young kids here? If so is there ways to meet them? Clubs etc. my wife and baby will be joining me at the beginning of October at which point sienna (my little girl) will be 4 months old. How can I find other people with young kids to meet up for lunch or drinks!

Are there parent toddler English speaking in zug? Does anyone have any contacts?

More importantly are there areas in zug and baar to avoid. I would ideally like to be surrounded by other English or English speaking families to help make the transition here that bit easier while we learn German.

Any advice or information would really be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Zug/ baar - what's it like

you will fit right in in Zug, just hang out at the Metalli on any Saturday and you'll meet lots of folks, or try Peace Foods (the food is actually quite good and it is always chock full of English speakers). the old town area in Zug along the lake is very pretty and there are loads of English speakers there on most afternoons, as well.

take advantage of the opportunity to learn the local language, though. if you stick with only English it can be very difficult to avoid eventually feeling like you live on an island, because of course you do. the country really becomes a pretty amazing place once you start to pick up even just the basics of the language.
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Old 03.08.2012, 22:19
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Corbet and I are in the area, if you're looking to meet up.
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Old 03.08.2012, 23:17
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We live in Walchwil - a bit further down the lake - the whole area is great, lots of English speaking, and you will fit in straight away - feel free to make contact and we will get your family feeling at home - cheers Neil
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Re: Zug/ baar - what's it like

Its very quiet in Zug/Baar depends on what you want in life. But much more livelier than Horgen, doesn't compare to London or a large city though.

Baar is a town and if you are going to look there I suggest you also look at Cham and Steinhausern as they are same proximity to Zug and similar in size to Baar. Not quite as quick on the trains to Zurich though but a little cheaper and you have more apartments/ houses to look at. (Houses are expensive and rare, you may have to venture further from Zug depending on budget)

Its sleepy at night but there are some restaurants, bars etc and its not that far to Zurich or Luzern.

Great place for kids which I think is Switzerland in general. The fact that 5 year olds are walking to school gives some idea of how safe it is for children.

Zug has loads of expats/ English speakers and most of the locals speak some English. Speaking German would be ideal but you can live without it.

I would suggest day care is one way to meet other parents at the point you want your child to have some social interaction with other children. I have heard of Stepping Stones but no personal experience as our daughter was older when we moved here.

If you can make it work financially Zug or Baar are much better than Horgen in my opinion.

Good luck.
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Re: Zug/ baar - what's it like

We have been living in Zug a little over a month. I have found the parks are good places to meet people, but with a baby there won't be as much mixing going on! I have also met very nice families on the bus, I would recommend she take advantage of the public transit, there are plenty of families with kids rolling around on the bus during the day in summer. I think I noticed a Gymboree play and learn in the train station. She could go to the Baar pool and hang in the baby pools, or anywhere where little babies are being entertained. Library? The moms in the store buying baby food?

I enjoy Zug and don't regret choosing to live in Zug instead of Baar, Cham, etc. We can walk most places including the train station and the waterfront, but if it is raining or too hot we can use the train or bus and save a little time. There is all the basic shopping here but can take transit or drive to a shopping area outside of town if I need something else. There is plenty of walking/hiking/biking trails so after dinner we can walk through a field and visit some cows if we want to. That said, Cham and Baar are very nice too and not as expensive. Beautiful towns with their own character. And the bus or train will take you where your legs can't.

As far as english vs german speaking neighborhoods, I don't spend a lot of time hanging around outside our building, I am usually out and about with the kids at a park or enjoying a view somewhere. English is everywhere, so you may not need to stress about your neighbors being english speaking. With the scarcity of apartments here, you probably won't have a choice anyway :-) My impression when speaking with locals is the newer apartment buildings are rented mainly to expats because the rents are too high for most locals.

A smile, thank you, awareness of the basic societal rules and a sense of humor goes a long way here. We are enjoying our stay.
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Hi there, we have just moved here with our two girls (8yrs & 7yrs). We are up the hill in Allenwinden as we had trouble finding a house/apartment in Zug/Baar/Steinhausen/Cham. We have been in our apartment since last Tuesday!! So everything is still so new to me

I have had no trouble at the moment with language as everyone is happy to talk to me in English. I do plan on taking German lessons as soon as the girls are at school. They will be going to a local school so there will be lots of changes in our household over the coming months.

I am planning on joining the International Women's Club as a way to make friends. Also check out http://www.zug4you.ch/_international_clubs.html as they have a list of clubs that maybe of interested to you. I am happy to meet up once you have settled in. All the best, Tracey
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I agree Zug/Baar/Cham/Steinhausen are much better than Horgen.
There is also the "International Mothers and Kids Club" (IMKC) which has a meeting point in a building behind the McDonalds in Baar/Zug. the website is www.imkc.ch I found it useful when we first moved here, they have playgroups on each morning, where you stay with your child. You get to meet other Mums with similar age kids and the kids have plenty of toys and company. The playgroups are a different age group every day, I'm sure the schedule will be on the website. So if you have a baby of 6 months old you could go to the 0-12 month playgroup etc.
We stayed in Horgen for a month when we relocated, waiting for the furniture etc. and it really isn't the most interesting place to live.
Good Luck with the move.
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Re: Zug/ baar - what's it like

Hi, everybody! I just moved to Baar about a week ago, and it seems like there are a lot of Baarers and Zugers around on this forum. Is anyone interested in an informal get-together sometime? If so, respond or PM me and I will try to get something organized. Let me know what dates/times work best for you, and also if you have any ideas for places to meet.

Hope to see you soon!
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