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Lbonifa104
Lbonifa104
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Jul 20, 2022 - 12:10 PM

Hi folks,

Just a quick question. Schilthorn is part of our itinerary. Is there a way to visit this place and enjoy the views without going through the Birg Thrill Walk? Can we skip it? I am so afraid of heights.

I would appreciate any input. Thanks in advance.

Maria

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Jul 20, 2022 - 1:42 PM in reply to Lbonifa104

Hi Maria,

Yes, you can enjoy the view at Birg without going through the Thrill Walk. It is only optional.

But if you are afraid of heights, you might be afraid of the cable car too. If you would like to go to Schilthorn you have to take the cable car: www.myswissalps.com/schilthorn/gettingthere.

Ildiko

Lbonifa104
Lbonifa104
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Jul 20, 2022 - 1:54 PM in reply to Ildiko

Hi Ildiko,

Thank you for replying. I’m afraid of heights if I’m doing it myself physically. Any vehicle that will bring me to the top of the mountain is fine with me 😉.

It’s good to know that this is only optional.

All the best,

Maria

Last modified on Jul 20, 2022 - 1:54 PM by Lbonifa104
1960man
1960man
4082 posts
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Jul 20, 2022 - 3:56 PM in reply to Lbonifa104

The clue is in the name 'Thrill'

This kind of mountain experience is a modern phenomenon. In the past - generally speaking - you were either a fully fledged mountaineer or a 'general tourist'. For the latter, from the late 19th century onwards, railways, cableways etc were built to get you up to the high altitude vistas. Once there you just went and looked at the view from a safe viewpoint, with a few extras such as orientation tables. Then of course as a 'General tourist' you could go hiking on 'normal' paths.

The Thrill walk concept has come about because 'ordinary' people now want to increasingly do 'extraordinary' things whilst remaining a 'normal' tourist equipment-wise

Lbonifa104
Lbonifa104
6 posts
new member
Jul 20, 2022 - 7:10 PM in reply to 1960man

Hi 1960man,

Thanks for sharing that information. What an amazing technology to satisfy the adventure seekers. I hope I can do it. We’ll see… 🙏

Take care,

Maria

pkerr
pkerr
239 posts
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Jul 20, 2022 - 7:13 PM in reply to Lbonifa104

I'm afraid of heights as well and I DID the Thrill Walk. It's really not that big of a deal. No real "exposure". And once you are there you can check it out and see if you might actually be able to do it. You can always backtrack...

Here's part of it. You are not really that high up

Last modified on Jul 20, 2022 - 7:14 PM by pkerr
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