Photograph of Hallstatt by Alex Nichol


My second motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Hallstatt, a famous little 16th century village buried in the Salzkammergut mountains, around 45 miles East of Salzburg.

Photograph of Helicopter attempting to put out a forest fire at Hallstatt by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

I had intended to take the funicular from Salzbergbahn Bergstation to the Salzwelten salt mine, and photograph the village from the Skywalk viewing platform at the top.

But when I got there, the entire town had ground to a halt while military helicopters attempted to extinguish a forest fire on the mountain that burned for several days.

Even despite the drama, Hallstatt was a bit of an anti-climax for me. There's not a lot to it, beyond the same tired photograph you see repeated over and over across social media.

Journey from Berchtesgaden to Hallstatt by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

The journey to it from Berchtesgaden through the mountains, amongst rumbling storm clouds was far more iteresting than the village itself.

These photographs were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary. Alex has shot with pretty much everything, from classic 35mm and medium format film cameras from Zenit, Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, to digital SLR and mirrorless systems from Leica, Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus. He is currently shooting with the Fujifilm X System.

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