|650th anniversary celebrations of the city of Zug, June 2002.
In June 2002, VIPs from all over Switzerland visited Zug to attend the
celebration of the city’s 650th anniversary.
The famous figures were headed by Federal Councillor Kaspar Villiger.
All of Switzerland was represented, including of course Canton Zug.
Landammann (Cantonal Governor) Hanspeter Uster acted as host.
Capital of the Canton of Zug in Switzerland, the city of Zug is
German-speaking and has a population of around 30,000 inhabitants.
Located on the edge of a lake, the name ‘Zug’ comes from a Middle Ages
word indicating the right to fish.
||Since around 14,000 BC, when the oldest traces of human
settlement have been found to date back to, settlers made their home
around Lake Zug. A city wall was built around the settlement of Zug some
time after 1200 AD, with the first recorded mention of the city dating
back to 1240.
In 1352, the Canton of Zug entered the Swiss Confederation, and this is
what the photographs in the first collection of pictures below show the
celebration of: 650 years since entering the Swiss Confederation. You
can see from the photos how Zug’s citizens dressed in traditional
clothing and engaged in various traditional activities like playing
traditional musical instruments, cooking traditional foods, and making
In 1478, this historical city began building a new wall, which would
expand the size of the town sixfold. Even at this time, Zug’s urban
planning was seen as modern. Buildings in the oldest part of the town
are quite crowded together, and although only a small number of towers
and parts of the wall survive today, there are still a number of
buildings which have been preserved.
|You can see the fine examples of architecture in the
Fischmarkt and Kolinplatz areas in the photographs in the second
collection below, as well as the lakeshore. However, Zug remained mainly
agricultural until the 19th century when, like most other places, the
Canton succumbed to industrialization, and in the second half of the
20th century the city of Zug became a financial trading centre on both a
national and international level.