Hi Monica -
<<"Thank you for your input on Baeren-Ranflueh. I've just emailed to them requesting them for a room on 11th-12th Sept. Hope they have some accommodation available.">>
You are welcome. I would not have found this nice inn without this discussion. It is a good candidate for me to stay at on a future visit. I did check the German message on their website...and, it has a bit of Swiss German, too.
<<"Aus diesem Grund bauen wir um. Wir werden den Eingangsbereich und die Sanitären Anlagen komplett erneuern. Während den "schlimmsten" Umbauarbeiten werden wir den Betrieb gezwungenermassen schliessen. Das heisst
der "Bäre Raufli" ist vom 06. Januar bis und mit 04. Februar 2019 geschlossen. Wir freuen uns, Sie alle ab Dienstag, 05. Februar 2019 wieder zu begrüssen.
Das Hotel ist bereits wieder ab dem 20. Januar 2019 verfügbar. Montag bis Freitag ist Check-In jeweils zwischen 18.00 bis 19.00 Uhr. Falls Sie zu dieser Zeit nicht anreisen können, melden Sie sich rasch per Telefon bei uns! Samstag und Sonntag Anreise nur nach telefonischer Absprache.
Äs isch de no nid aues fertig - aber äs besseret vo Tag zu Tag! Wir rechnen mit einer Einschränkung und Umbauzeit bis ca. Ende April 2019. Wir freuen uns aber, wenn Sie uns trotzdem besuchen und danken schon jetzt für das Verständnis während dieser Umbauphase!
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It says that they are undergoing construction, and the restaurant will be closed from January 6 through February 4th. Some reduction in services will occur until April.
It seems that they will probably answer e-mails on weekdays, not weekends, until the 4th, but the phone will be OK on weekends.
It is nice to see that they are investing.... a good sign of the caring attitude of the management.
However, you can expect a delay in an answer, at least until a weekday.
<<"Some units feature a TV and a private bathroom with a shower and a toilet, while others have shared bathroom facilities.">>
<<"Inn: 8 rooms">>
I spent some time with the map
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And the route of bus #284, which stops 100 meters from the inn at "Ränflüh, Oberdorf" is quite handy. At one end it stops at Ramsei...which gives a couple of different access routes to the Schaukäserei in Affoltern....bus stop Affolterrn, Dorf.
At or near the other end of that #284 bus route, it passes through Trub, which is a really nice village to wander around in. I'll repeat the photo that I attached earlier to remind you.
Here is what I found.
Depart Wengen for Ränflüh -
You can leave Wengen for Ränflüh at 0803, 0833, 0903, and 0933 and still have a reasonable day. The trip takes 2 1/2 to about 3 hours, with easy connections, although there a several of them. If you leave at 0933, you might have to rush in Trub, to make sure that you get the last bus out.
Leave at xx03 - Wengen-Lauterbrunnen-Interlaken Ost - Thun- Hasle-Rüegsau - Affoltern i. E, Dorf. Arrive Ränflüh xx35, 2 1/2 hours later. You'll be on the bus from Ramsei, heading south toward Langnau , Trubschachen, Trub.
Leave at xx33- you go to IO, then change at Spiez, then Bern then Langnau i.E, with a 3 minute connection to the #284 bus...which will be parked close to the station. Same number of connections, slightly longer trip, going through Bern could sometimes be a problem, but there is a generous 12 minute connection. Total time 2 hrs 47 minutes. Arrive at Ränflüh, Oberdorf at xx20, heading toward Ramsei. The only connection problem would be at Ränflüh, in that you would want to continue southward on the same bus route on he next available bus after you drop your luggage, in order to pick up a train at Zolbrück toward Hasle- Rüegsau thence Affoltern.
Depending on which way you came in, you would have a 15 minute connection on the next bus toward Zollbrück, or a 1 hour connection. The inn is 100 meters from the bus stop. You'll be arriving at a time near or in the lunch hour, so they may have a slight delay accepting your luggage.
You could take a break , get a cuppa, or , maybe, make a 15 minute connection. Possible, but it would require good luck.
I'd take the 0903 from Wengen, to avoid a rush and allow for breakfast, or else the 0833. You could even take the 0803. Both of those options could give you a bit of extra time along the way. The 0803 would provide the greatest benefit.
I'll pick the worst case.
Leave Wengen at 0903, arrive Ränflüh at 1135. Catch the 1235 bus to Zollbrück, train at 1247 to Hasle-Rüegsau, bus 3 minutes later to Affoltern, Dorf, arrive at 1314.
5 minutes walk to the dairy, have lunch . Look around, and take the 1535 bus back down the valley to Hasle-Rüegsau, arrive at 1556, catch the 1559 to Langnau i. E. Aarrive 1617, and pick up the #284 bus at 1629, after a 12 minute connection, ride along the main road to Trubschachen, thence into a different valley, to Trub, arriving 1659.
Walk around Trub for 33 minutes (or 1 hr, 33 minutes), catch a #284 bus at 1732 or 1832, back through Langnau and stay on it to Ränflüh, 13 minutes later.
Caution, last bus out to Trubschachen is at 1832. However, it is only a 3.5 km walk, so you could walk out if you have energy after a long day. However, that last bus to Trubschachen at 1832 is the same last bus from Trubschachen to Ränflüh at 1846.
So, it is critical that you get to Trubschachen by 1846 for that bus.
Since I picked an 0903 departure from Wengen, that means that you can leave up to one hour earlier, put an extra hour of slack into the route somewhere, and still make it. If you leave Wengen 1 hour earlier, you can get to Trub, an hour earlier....
There are several options that you can explore with that map in front of you.
I selected that one option, but, in fact, you might choose to alter the route/timing a bit depending on whether or not you want to stop at the inn before you go anywhere else. Since that is the most time consuming option, a "worst case," I picked it to study in detail. You could take some time out of the journey if you did not stop at the inn first. Depends on your luggage.
If I were making that trip. I'd write down in some way the train and bus timings along the route, so I could keep track as I went through the day,, and would know if another train/bus could work at some point.
Trub is worth the effort. You won't need more than 30 minutes unless you take a lot of photographs. If you want to take a lot of photos there, take an hour out of Affoltern...might be tight... or leave Wengen earlier.