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Looking forward to Zug

Hi Folks,

My fiancee and I just got back from Zug this past weekend, where we were looking for an apartment. We've put in an offer to rent a place. We're moving over with a business, and my partners and their kids are coming as well. Everyone's looking forward to the change of lifestyle from London. Our experience so far has been positive, both with the authorities and with the few locals that we ran into.

I hear there's a lot of expats in Zug. A few questions:

1) How is the language? I'm planning on learning German, which should be helped somewhat by my speaking Danish. I can understand some things (mainly vocab), but hopefully I'll be able to speak it too. With loads of expats around, do people simply switch to English, thus stunting your development?

2) What are your positives/negatives about the place? At the moment, it's all positives for me. I'd probably think differently about the nightlife if I were single, but we walked down to the Altstadt and found a handful of comfy bars/restaurants.
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Re: Looking forward to Zug

We moved from London 8 years ago and are still here

If you were in the old town yesterday perhaps you would have changed your mind. It was the yearly Bäckermühle where the butchers and bakers of Zug give out sausages, bread rolls, cakes and oranges. They were throwing them from the upstairs windows of Hotel Oschen and Aklin in Kolinplatz and Fischmarkt. You either catch the oranges or they hit you

We caught our dinner, so to speak, and had sausages for dinner The kids loved it.
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We moved from London 8 years ago and are still here

If you were in the old town yesterday perhaps you would have changed your mind. It was the yearly Bäckermühle where the butchers and bakers of Zug give out sausages, bread rolls, cakes and oranges. They were throwing them from the upstairs windows of Hotel Oschen and Aklin in Kolinplatz and Fischmarkt. You either catch the oranges or they hit you

We caught our dinner, so to speak, and had sausages for dinner The kids loved it.
My partners would appreciate some comments on the quality of the schools. Are your kids in the international or local?

I can't wait to go. In my mind, I've already checked out of London.
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Old 27.01.2011, 20:40
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I hear there's a lot of expats in Zug.
Yes, yes there are.

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1) How is the language? I'm planning on learning German, which should be helped somewhat by my speaking Danish. I can understand some things (mainly vocab), but hopefully I'll be able to speak it too.
My girlfriend is a Dane. Her German isn't as good as mine, as she's had much less schooling, but I go to her with every vocab question I have, and she usually gets 'em right just by thinking of a similar Danish word.

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With loads of expats around, do people simply switch to English, thus stunting your development?
Yes they do, and yes it does. But you can keep going in German anyway, and the locals at least will switch back for you.

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2) What are your positives/negatives about the place? At the moment, it's all positives for me. I'd probably think differently about the nightlife if I were single, but we walked down to the Altstadt and found a handful of comfy bars/restaurants.
I hated it when I was single, moved to the heart of Zürich and loved it. Now that I'm two years into lockdown, I'm moving back to Zug, and I'm confident it'll be perfect. It's quiet, bigger than one might think, clean, safe, lots to do and everything's convenient. Plus, if your German doesn't progress as well as you hope, English is a perfectly ok alternative there.
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Re: Looking forward to Zug

Luzern or Zürich are only 20-25 minutes by train. You can be very quickly
in either city to go to a selection of bars/pubs....


Here is a link to a local expats club. There are happy hours, shooting events,
ski weekends, hiking weekends, bowling,etc.


http://www.imcz.com/home.asp
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