Brienzersee

Brienzersee

The third leg of my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Lake Brienz in the Interlaken region of Switzerland. It is one of my favourite places on Earth and the second time I've visited.

Photograph of Lake Brienz, Switzerland

The view of its milky turquoise water is particularly spectacular from the top of Rothorn Kulm, a 2,350m high mountain in the Bernese Oberland.

Photograph of Lake Brienz, Switzerland

You get to the peak from the town of Brienz via the Brienz Rothorn Bahn steam railway, that has been chuffing its way up and down the mountain for 128 years.

Photograph of Lake Brienz, Switzerland

The views of the lake and the surrounding Emmental Alps are simply breathtaking, especially at sunset.

Photograph of Lake Brienz, Switzerland

I stayed just outside of Brienz at a local campsite, so I was able to catch the last train and capture the clouds pouring over the mountain tops at golden hour.

Photograph of Lake Brienz, Switzerland

The train takes about an hour, trundling past lush farmlands.

Photograph of Lake Brienz, Switzerland

It's difficult to imagine that anyone could live in a place like this, it feels so remote and inaccessible.

Photograph of Lake Brienz, Switzerland

Photograph of Lake Brienz, Switzerland

Photograph of Lake Brienz, Switzerland

These pictures 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 in medium format, 35mm film and digital.