There was apparently a fire in Hallstatt, which damaged a small number of structures. Travel and visiting is restricted for a short time. Inquire before going there.
Here is an article from DW, Deutsche Welle. They are asking people to stay away from the affected part today. https://www.dw.com/en/austrias-hallstatt-hit-by-major-fire/a-51483844
Paul, Do you mean Hallstadt (which is in Bavaria, not Austria), or do you mean Hallstatt (which is in Austria)?
If you mean the latter, there is a report here: https://www.dw.com/en/austrias-hallstatt-hit-by-major-fire/a-51483844
I apologize for my misspelling. I will correct the title. Thanks to Chris F for the error report.
I recognize the spot from that espalier-d tree on the white building across the street. Terrible thing to happen to this lovely place.
Between photos in the article and Google Maps, I've located the scene of the fire, a couple of wooden buildings along the lake at 179 Seestraße. One of the building destroyed was a bakery. The "Genussladen" across the street looks like it was damaged.
In 1750 Hallstatt was destroyed by a fire; only few buildings survived. The way Hallstatt looks today dates back to the reconstruction started then. Ironically, one of the remainig buildings after the 1750 fire was now severly damaged.
I hope the damage is not too extensive. Hallstatt is a bit of a tourist trap but for very good reason, it's absolutely gorgeous on the right day.
That's very sad news. I suppose it would have been worse if it happened at the peak of tourist season. The number of fire fighters and apparatus they were able to deploy in a small town is quite impressive. Hopefully the buildings can be rebuilt in their original style very quickly.
Ironically, one of the remainig buildings after the 1750 fire was now severly damaged.
So if the building was there in 1750, it's over 270 years old. It looked like it.
Ironically, one of the remaini[n]g buildings after the 1750 fire was now sever[e]ly damaged.
So if the building was there in 1750, it's over 270 years old. It looked like it (old, dried out wood). The surrounding buildings are stucco, and the fire only spread to their roofs.