650th Anniversary, Zug


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 traditional items.

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.

Here are some pictures of Zug's inhabitants celebrating the area's traditions at the festival
People, festival orchestra picture musician old soldiers
beggar photo blacksmith picture old warriors Zug festival old town
tradesman picture potter picture old costume festival costumes
tradition costumes goose picture
And here are some pictures of historical buildings in Zug Old Town
Zytturm, Zug Fischmarkt Zug old Zug
Kolinplatz, Zug Kolinplatz Seestrasse, Zug old houses Zug
Burg Zug, Switzerland Zug, Switzerland Zug from lake