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What to do 11/5 - 11/8 with Zug as home base?

Hoping for some day trips from Zug, during this shoulder season time. Suggestions welcome. Mountain views, cattle, Swiss dogs, chocolate making, if doable.

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If you have good weather, you are basically at the foot of Mount Rigi, which has beautiful views. Luzern is also a worthwhile day trip.

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Merci. Thank you!
If Bern is doable as a day-trip from Zug, what is recommended itinerary?

What about Interlaken as a day trip, any suggestions? Is ascending Schilthorn doable in a day trip from Zug?

I would really like to visit a farm with cattle and an authentic chocolate factory, plus maybe ride to top of mountain peaks.

Of course the weather is a factor for all activities during November. Not the best time to visit; but, work schedule rules.

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Interlaken in itself is not that interesting; you need to go further. Schilthorn is feasible (train via Bern) but it's a long day. I would not recommend it. If you want to see higher mountains, maybe consider Titlis in Engelberg? It is 3,000m high, you take a cable car to the top.
As for Bern, it is an attractive city but I would prioritize Luzern. You don't have many days, after all.

I cannot recommend any farm visits (no knowledge), and the only chocolate factories with tours that I know of are quite far from Zug (but maybe Google can help here!).

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Lucerne is very cute. Probably worth a day. balso mentioned Rigi and Titlus, there is also Pilatus. There were cows in meadows along the way to the top of Mt Rigi, but I don't know if you can visit the farms. Cruise around lake Lucerne.. Could also pop into Zurich, but it's not that exciting. Finally, Laderach chocolate has shops in most cities (Lucerne and Zurich for sure). I just checked their website, and you can book a chocolate experience in Zurich. Wish I had known that last month!!!!!
http://www.schoggi-erlebnis.ch/en/zurich/

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If you wanted to get up early, you could catch a 5:40 am train and be in Zermatt and see the Matterhorn shortly after 9:00 am. If you knew that it was going to be a clear day, it might be worth the trip.

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If you want to visit a chocolate company, the family-owned Aeschbach Chocolatier is only about 20 mins from Zug (on the way to Lucerne). Their visitor center is in the town of Root, located almost directly at the train station there. It's not huge, but well-run and it's always nice to support a local business. You can do a tour (lots of samples too!) and for an additional fee, you can even make your own chocolate. There is also a shop and on-site cafe.
https://aeschbach-chocolatier.ch/en/

With such a short visit, you will find most of what you are interested in by just sticking to the Lucerne region - mountains, cows, etc. There are also great mountain views (assuming it's clear!) from Zug itself.

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Thank you Hopper! I will check out Aeschback Chocolate! Touring Luzerne sounds like a fine plan too. May try to add Rigi Mt, if it is open the first week in November. It appears some options may be closed at Rigi at that time.

All suggestions welcome for Luzerne touring.

Thank you again!

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Mt Rigi is super easy from Zug - there is a direct train to Arth-Goldau (ca 30 mins) and then from there you can go up the cog-wheel train to Rigi Kulm, the top of the mountain (free with Swiss Travel Pass). This way is also usually a bit less crowded than going on the cogwheel from Vitznau station on the lake-side (Lucerne side). One of the cable cars might be closed for maintenance in early Nov, but the cog railways are year-round and should be running as usual.