Hallstatt in July 2016 + VLOG

In todays blogpost i want to show you my impressions of beautiful and enchanting Hallstatt, which i visited in the end of July. Allthough Hallstatt is always  full of tourists and i have been visiting this little Village for a couple of times, there is always something magical to Hallstatt.

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It´s hard to describe, you really have to visit this place and you will experience what i mean.  In the meantime you can enjoy my photos i have taken with my trusty Sony A7II  + my trinity of lenses the Sigma 24mm 1.4, Canon 70-200 F4 L & the little Sony FE 50 1.8 all packed into my small Sony Bag and i also took my NX500 with me to shoot a bit of 4k Video packed into my Camslinger Streetomatic Bag. I had no tripod or monopod with me because i wanted to keep it as simple as possible.

The weather wasn´t the best unfortunately and it started raining on that day, but the light coming through the clouds was still good and on that day there where no terrible shadows over the mountains like in autumn.

All shots you see here are shot handheld including the panos, except of the long exposures, which are done with a ND 1000x Filter, the A7ii was laying on a wall.

You can compare my Autumn in Hallstatt post if you like here:

Hallstatt Phototour – Part I Images

About Hallstatt


Hallstatt is a village in Upper Austria. Currently, a little over 900 people live there. It is in the Salzkammergut, a mountain region in Austria. It lies on a lake.


Because of its position, Hallstatt could only be reached by boat (or by using narrow, difficult mountain trails) for a long time. At the end of the 19th century a road was built. Despite this, even in the Neolithic people might have lived there. This is because there is a lot of natural salt there.


In 1846, Johann Georg Ramsauer (a salt miner) found a cemetery from the neolithic age just above the village. A cultural epoch in Europe is named after this. It is called Hallstatt culture. Other finds in the region include a Shoe-last celt (a special kind of wedge, probably used to treat wood). A blacksmith site has also been excavatzed.


Today, the village lives mainly on tourism.


Source: wiki


First thing you probably want to do when you arrived in Hallstatt is to eat something and have a drink. We decided to go to one of the restaurants in the center of Hallstatt called “Cafe Bachts Polreich“, there you can enjoy some great traditional austrian food like the amazing warm “Apfelstrudel” with vanilla sauce or ice cream and drink a cold “Radler” (beer + lemonade) and enjoy the amazing view. The prices of this restaurant are not really cheap, but the food is definetly worth it.


Exactly after our lunch it started raining suddenly, so we took the chance to visit some of the tourist stores, there are plenty of them in Hallstatt, where you can buy handmade toys, soap and other souveniers. Everyone was quickly putting rain coats on and waited for the rain to stop. I took the chance to shoot some streetshots of asian people, who are extremely attracted to Hallstatt, so much that they decided to build a copy of Hallstatt in China.


You can also visit the museum in Hallstatt to learn something about the historical importance of old Hallstatt

The Hallstatt culture was the predominant Western and Central European culture of Early Iron Age Europe from the 8th to 6th centuries BC, developing out of the Urnfield culture of the 12th century BC (Late Bronze Age) and followed in much of its area by the La Tène culture. It is commonly associated with Proto-Celtic and Celtic populations in the Western Hallstatt zone and with (pre-)Illyrians in the eastern Hallstatt zone.


It is named for its type site, Hallstatt, a lakeside village in the Austrian Salzkammergut southeast of Salzburg, where there was a rich salt mine, and some 1,300 burials are known, many with fine artefacts. Material from Hallstatt has been classed into 4 periods, numbered “Hallstatt A” to “D”. Hallstatt A and B are regarded as Late Bronze Age and the terms used for wider areas, such as “Hallstatt culture”, or “period”, “style” and so on, relate to the Iron Age Hallstatt C and D.


By the 6th century BC, it had expanded to include wide territories, falling into two zones, east and west, between them covering much of western and central Europe down to the Alps, and extending into northern Italy. Parts of Britain and Iberia are included in the ultimate expansion of the culture.


The culture was based on farming, but metal-working was considerably advanced, and by the end of the period long-range trade within the area and with Mediterranean cultures was economically significant. Social distinctions became increasingly important, with emerging elite classes of chieftains and warriors, and perhaps those with other skills. Society was organized on a tribal basis, though very little is known about this. Only a few of the largest settlements, like Heuneburg in the south of Germany, were towns rather than villages by modern standards.


Source: wiki



After the rain stopped we continued our travel through the beautiful streets of Hallstatt, the Village with its old houses is very unique surrounded by mountains and a lush natural envoironment with the Hallstätter Lake.


As you further continue your travel in Hallstatt you will find also a lot of handmade art, charming looking alleys and decoration.



At the end of our travel I was looking for a  location to shoot some panos and found a church up on a hill, there you have an amzing view, also perfect for shooting some shots with my loved Canon 70-200 F4 L. Nearby is also a parking place higher upstairs with an even more amazing view. Hallstatt is definetly a playground for photographers, but also quite challenging, since the weather changes dramaticly fast, so its really better to come here allready in the morning and plan your day.



We really enjoyed this trip, allthough it was raining and are planning to come again next year, because there is so much more to see there, not just in Hallstatt, but the complete region Salzkammergut is just awesome!


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