May 3, 2017 - 3:19 PM
in reply to sunnybunch
>> Thank you I have a bad back and very bad knees so I am very worried about falling.
In that case, I think you are wise to avoid the Ice Palace and walking on the plateau. I think you should be fine on the Sphinx observation terrace though. The outdoor surface there is a metal grid, and I had no concerns about losing my footing there.
>> So if I have to go up an incline to get to the ice palace I may wait at the top for my family to go
You don't have to go up an incline to enter the Ice Palace. Rather, you enter from a level underground paved walkway (cement, I think). However, once you get on to the ice, it is slippery, even though it is level. At the end of the Ice Palace, you emerge onto the "path" up to the plateau. That's where the rising ground is.
Coming back into the Jungfraujoch building from the plateau, you don't go through the Ice Palace again, but down in a lift and end up somewhere different! So if you are going to wait for your family to return from the Ice Palace and plateau, waiting at the entrance to the Ice Palace is probably not a good idea, as it is likely they will not come back that way. I would suggest arranging to meet them in one of the restaurants.
I hope you have lovely weather for your visit! I was fortunate to have a sunny day with blue skies on my last visit in December last year. I have attached some photos I took that day, including people walking around on the plateau, and one showing the metal grid surface which I think I took on the Sphinx observation terrace.
Last modified on May 3, 2017 - 3:20 PM by Alpenrose666
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