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Did anyone have issues with shortness of breath at the high altitudes visiting Jungfraujoch or walking down Grandmother's walk?

We live at sea level in NC, USA and are in reasonable shape, but are 81 and 78, so just wondering?


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Comment by Bill Kover on February 28, 2020 at 5:07pm
Jungfraujoch is expensive but worth it to visit once in a lifetime. Be sure to pick a day with good weather predicted. Go early. Later clouds may appear as the morning progresses. It takes a long time to get there and return Be prepared for the possibility of a headache due to thin air at the altitude. We had lunch there, but had to leave because my wife got a migraine headache due to altitude sickness. Some people got very bad headaches. Not everyone. Do not run up and down stairs. I did. About 15-20 minutes went by before I was able to get my breath back.
Comment by Russell Crum on April 20, 2020 at 8:45am

It has been 25 years since we went up to the jungfraujoch so any comments about breathing difficulty would not be relevant. I do recall that we received, and followed, the same advice Bill Kover gave about checking the weather the day before and going early. I think we were on the first train up.

We have done the grandmother's and grandfather's walks several times more recently when we were in our late 70's. Assuming you don't have some pre-existing breathing difficulty, both are a piece of cake. They are relatively flat and you can take your time. Our favorite between the two is the grandfather's walk and stop for lunch at the restaurant at Winteregg half way. The grandfather's walk has a parallel train line with a stop at Winteregg so if you have a breathing problem, the walk can be shortened.

Comment by Claudia on April 20, 2020 at 1:30pm

Lots of construction (temporarily halted, I assume) . . .in the Grindelwald/Jungfrau area: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/opinion_v-cableway--grindelwald-s-cons...

Comment by Don Lund on April 20, 2020 at 3:10pm

Thank you Claudia, Russell and Bill


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