Photograph of Lake Königssee by Alex Nichol

Lake Königssee

Day eight of my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Berchtesgaden, Hitler's summer retreat in the Bavarian Alps.

The morning started with a sticky-hot 29°c ride through the mountains to a little town called Königgsee, where I caught a ferry across to the other side of its deep black lake, which sits wedged on all sides by sheer rock-face.

Photograph of Lake Königssee, Berchtesgaden, Germany by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

Mid-way through the trip, the pilot stepped up, told us how amazing the echoes were in this valley and pulled out a trumpet. Standing on the side of the boat, he played a German folk song, while the mountain played its crystal-clear harmony in return. It was quite bizarre.

Photograph of Lake Königssee, Berchtesgaden, Germany by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

When the boat docked at the other side, I hiked a little way to another much smaller aquamarine lake called Obersee, hidden deep in one of the valleys. It was really quite a magical place. Farmers live and work there still; their small holdings only accessible by boat.

Photograph of Lake Königssee, Berchtesgaden, Germany by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

After a bit of a paddle to cool my aching feet, I hiked for about an hour to find the epic Röthbachfall waterfall, but was disappointed to find nothing but a dried-up old scar up on the ridge.

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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