As I have said in many of my posts, I enjoy visiting the Emmental region of Switzerland. The architecture is eye-catching, there are still a few good inns, and the scenery is attractive, with good easy hiking over the rolling hills. There are enough modest mountains to add some strenuous climbs. From some locations, you can get a good view of the Alps. Public transport, both by bus and rail is good.
Recently, I stayed at the Gasthof Bären in Ranflüh, not far from Ramsei and Sumiswald. It is a “backup” inn for the Bären in Sumiswald, a truly grand old Emmental inn, where I frequently stay. As a back up for the inn in Sumiswald, it would surely be expected to meet high standards, and it does.
Ranflüh itself is a charming village. The lower, and older, of two main streets has attractive private houses, businesses and the inn. It is quiet.
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The owners of the Bären, Herr and Frau Gross-Dubach, are investing a lot of money in fixing up and modernizing areas such as the bathrooms in the rooms. The dining rooms and breakfast room are nice. The rooms are comfortable, and, of course, meet Swiss standards for cleanliness. There is a lot of nicely done renovation. That is somewhat unusual these days; many of the inns are struggling due to the strong Swiss Frank. Many of those other inns tend not to be investing because of lowered income.
Frau Dubach is an excellent hostess. Good English, thoughtful, and helpful.
My room was large, had a very generous sized nice modern bathroom, attractive furniture, and a Nespresso machine. All at a very good price for such facilities. The kitchen was very good, the wine list was small but well-selected and vegetarian dishes were available.
I have attached some pictures showing the village of Ränflüh, the inn itself, and some views from my room on the street side of the building (not from the balcony outside the rooms on the upper floor as is noted incorrectly in image #.....830). The typical Emmental design has a steeply sloping roof which descends partway below the first floor (second floor for USA readers) and covers a walkway/ balcony outside the rooms.
Also, a couple of other images from elsewhere nearby, showing how the Alps are often present on the horizon
I’ll be going back to this inn.