Aerial Tour of the Netherlands
Take an aerial tour of the Netherlands in this fantastic drone video by OCdrone. The video beautifully captures some of the landscapes and seascapes of this country on the great North European Plain. It includes bird's eye views of the Dutch countryside, its North Sea coastline, and its extensive dykes and other feats of hydro-engineering. It also includes some great aerial shots of some fabled Dutch windmills as well as some of the country's quaint medieval towns.
Kinderdijk: UNESCO Dutch Village
Kinderdijk is an incredibly well preserved Dutch village in the Netherlands province of South Holland. It is known primarily for its large concentration of old fashioned windmills, which were not invented by the Dutch but where an older design was perfected. AirVuz contributor Mike Zwiggers used a combination of drone and ground footage to create this amazing video of the town, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
South Holland: Brielle
Contributor Silvano1988 created this beautiful drone video of the historic Dutch town of Brielle. It's located in the western Netherlands, in the South Holland province. The town played a pivotal role in the 80 Years War, which raged from 1568-1648 over control of what Benelux region. In 1572, the town was captured by Protestant rebels fighting the forces of Spain's King Phillip II led by the Grand Duke of Alba; this was a turning point that eventually led to Dutch independence.
The Dutch Countryside by Drone
Amsterdam is certainly the most well known city in the Netherlands, although technically it is not the seat of the central government, which is located at the Hague. In this beautiful drone video, AirVuz contibutor Jaap gives us a bird's eye view of the splendid Dutch city and its immediate surroundings, which includes pastoral landscapes replete with iconic windmills, tulip fields, canals, and other hallmarks of the Dutch urban and rural landscapes.
South Brabant: Den Bosch
Den Bosch is an important Dutch city. It is the largest municipality and capital of the province of North Brabant, a region rich in historical significance which is in the southern Netherlands, along the border with Belgium. Top AirVuz contributor Veerdonkvisuals used a drone to create this unforgettable aerial video of the town, which was created in the 12th century and whose names translates approximately to "Duke's Forest" in reference to its early ownership.
Dutch Tulip Fields
Perhaps no other country sees such profound change with the arrival of Spring as the Netherlands. As March turns to April and May, the tulip fields which dot the Dutch countryside (many of which are large commercial operations) turn to brilliant colors of pink, yellow, and red. As amazing as this is from ground level, a drone brings an entirely new perspective to this phenomenon. Contributor Art of Drones created an amazing aerial view of a Dutch flowerfield in this video.
Rotterdam: Europe's Largest Port
The port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands handles millions of containerloads of freight every year. For forty years after World War II, it was the busiest port in the world, and it continues to be the biggest in Europe. Its massive facilities provide the crucial connection for freight traffic between Europe and Asia. Contributor Mike Zwigjers used a DJI Mavic Pro to create an amazing aerial video of this mammoth harbor in the southern Netherlands, the driver of the economy of the second largest Dutch city.
The Deltaworks: Keeping the Sea at Bay
Much of the Netherlands lies below sea level and is thus prone to flooding. Over the centuries, the Dutch developed advanced water control technologies to keep the (highly productive and populated) land from being washed away by the sea. The Dutch Deltaworks is one of the keys to this whole flood control system. Top contributor Mike Zwijgers used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this amazing video showing this sophisticated system from an aerial perspective.
South Holland: West head Lighthouse
An early seafaring nation, the Dutch excelled at navigation technology. This expertise later translated into sophisticated lighthouse systems to allow ships to avoid the dangers of the oftentimes treacherous North Sea shores. The Lighthouse Westhoofd in Ouddorp (West Head Lighthouse) occupies an important position in protecting the opening of the Hollands Diep. Contributor XL Creations used a drone to create an great aerial view of the lighthouse, constructed in 1946.
Iconic Dutch Castles and Windmills
While the Dutch did not invent windmills, they developed the post mill design which is the most iconic. The harnessing of wind to saw timber for ships was one of the reasons that Holland (the western province of the Netherlands) was able to establish a huge overseas empire in the 16th-17th centuries, in effect punching far above its weight. Contributor Benpwallis used a drone to create an amazing aerial tour of these predecessors to modern wind turbines.
The Art of Drone created this beautiful bird's eye view of a Dutch island off the coast of the mainland Netherlands. The island's beautiful seashores make it a popular tourist destination. Ameland is one of the West Frisians, a chain of about a dozen islands off the northwestern coast of the country in the North Sea. Ameland is part of the Friesland province, a territory which includes the northwestern part of the mainland plus some (although not all) of the West Frisians.
The Netherlands: The Great European Plain
One of the defining geographical features of Europe is its North European Plain. It includes some of the major agricultural areas of northern Europe, as well as major cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, and Warsaw. Given the lack of mountainous obstacles, it's also some of the most fought over land in the world. In this video by the Art of Drones, you'll get an epic bird's eye view of the countryside of the Netherlands, at the western end of the great plain.
The Zeeland Bridge over the Scheldt
Dutch contributor XL Creations created this spectacular drone video of the longest bridge in the Netherlands. The Zeelandbrug (Zeeland Bridge) connects the islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland over the estuary of the Scheldt River in the Zeeland province. Built in the early 1960's, at the time of completion it was the longest bridge in Europe. Composed of 50 spans, the bridge has a total length of just over five kilometers, or about three miles.
Gelderland: Loevestein Castle
Contributor and drone pilot Mikezwijgers used a DJI Mavic Pro combined with ground camera footage to create this aerial tour of a well known castle in the Netherlands. Loevestein Castle is a 14th century structure near the town of Zaltbommel in the central Netherlands. Until the 20th century, the castle was one of the key positions in the Dutch Waterline, a system of dykes and fortifications built in the 17th century which could turn Holland into an island via flooding.
North Holland: Zaanse Shcans
If you want an aerial view of a quaint town in the Dutch countryside, check out this video of Zaanse Schans by contributor Jaap. Located just a short drive northwest of Amsterdam, it's home to some of the best-preserved houses and windmills in the Netherlands. Zaanse Schans is part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage, a route through a group of European cities and towns that offer well-preserved looks into the continent's industrial past.
Vlieland, West Frisian Islands
Contributor Nielsboere created this stunning drone video of Vlieland, an island in the North Sea off the coast of the Netherland. It's one of the westernmost of the West Frisian Island, a chain which is separated from the northwestern Dutch coast by the Wadden Sea. One of the most sparsely populated areas in the Netherlands, during World War II it was fortified by occupying Nazi Germany as part of the Atlantic Wall. The western part of the island consists almost entirely of sand.
Aerial Tour of North Brabant
North Brabant (sometimes just called Brabant) is the main province of the southern Netherlands. It occupies some of the most fought-over land in Europe, on the North European Plain. Unlike most of the Netherlands, there is a large Catholic community here, as well as a strong cultural affinity with the Belgian neighbor. Much of the province sided with the (Catholic) Habsburgs during the 80 Years War. In this video, you'll get an aerial tour of this historic province, compliments of contributor NTG Drone.
Hague Province: Scheveningen Beach
Scheveningen is one of the districts that make up the Hague, the Dutch capital and the third largest city in the Netherlands. It's home to some of the finest beaches and seaside resorts in the Benelux region. Now known for its quaint beaches, the area was the site of one of the most famous battles of the First Anglo-Dutch War of the mid-17th century. At the Battle of Scheveningen in 1653, onlookers stood on these beaches and watched the English Navy inflict a heavy defeat on Dutch naval forces.
South Holland: Kinderdijk
One of the major natural dangers facing any non-arid plains area is flooding. This is particularly so if there is a nearby river. As a country on the Great Plain of Europe and crossed by numerous rivers, the Dutch developed some of the most sophisticated flood control techniques the world has ever seen. Perhaps the best place to see this is in the area around Kinderdijk, a small town in South Holland near the confluence of several rivers. See Kinderdijk from above, compliments of contributor Pepinair.
Zeeland: Submerged Saeftinghe
XL Creations created this marvelous drone video of Saeftinghe, a famous swampy area of the Netherlands. Saeftinghe was a 13th century town in the Zeeland Province. During the 80 Years War for the independence of the Netherlands, the area was flooded by desperate Dutch soldiers. Despite numerous attempts to reclaim it, the area has remained a swamp and in fact is now protected as such. It's now known as the Drowned Land of Saeftinghe.
Groningen: Fort Bourtange
Here's a bird's eye view of an important fortress in the northern Netherlands, near the German border, compliments of Wout. Bourtange Fortress is near the city of Groningen, the largest city in the northern Dutch province of the same name. It was completed in the late 16th century, during the course of the long fight for Dutch independence from Spain called the Eighty Years War. The star-shaped fort was situated here to cover a road between Groningen and northwestern Germany.
Amsterdam: Capital of the Netherlands
See the Dutch city of Amsterdam in a new light in this fantastic drone video from Passport_Aerial. It's the capital of the country and its largest city, the center of an urban area of about 2.5 million. Originating from a dam on the Amstel River, Amsterdam was one of the 2-3 most important cities in the world in the 17th century. It's still an important business and financial center, known around the world for its canals and cafes as well as for historical sites like the house where Anne Frank hid during World War II.
North Holland: Muiden Castle
Contributor Jaap put together this bird's eye view of Muiden, a well known castle in the Netherlands. It's located in a town of the same name, just a few minutes south of Amsterdam. The current structure was constructed in the 14th century on the ruins of a castle which had been built about a century earlier. It was used as a prison for a time in the 18th century, and was almost destroyed (again) but saved by an intervention by the Dutch King in the 19th century and subsequently restored.
Eidhoven and the Hague
BG Drone created this beautiful aerial look at two of the most important cities in the Netherlands. Eindohoven is the #5 Dutch city by population, and capital of the North Brabant province in the southern part of the country. The Hague is the capital of the South Holland province, in the southwestern part of the country. While it's not the capital of the country, some of its most important governmental functions are located here. It's the third largest Dutch city after Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Utrecht: De Haar Castle
De Haar is a very well known castle in the central Netherlands, in the Utrecht province. It was built in the late 14th century, nearly destroyed in a fire, and rebuilt in the 16th century. After that, it fell into disuse for over 200 years. Beginning in 1892, it underwent a 15 year restoration as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece. The castle is just a short distance from the provincial capital Utrecht, the fourth-largest Dutch city. Droneflybenny created this marvelous aerial view of the famous castle, shot over four seasons.
XL Creations created this fascinating drone video of the Maasvlakte, a piece of reclaimed land in the Dutch North Sea at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas River. It was built in the 1960's as a way to enlarge the Port of Rotterdam, at the time the world's busiest port (and still Europe's busiest), which lies a bit upstream. It's now a massive industrial and transportation complex and part of the Europoort, the area west of the original port which had been developed starting in the 19th century.
Narden: Star Fortress City
Naarden is an important historical town in the Netherlands. It's located in the Gooi region of the province of North Holland, east of the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. It is known for its star-shaped fortification, a design which evolved in the early years of gunpowder-based warfare in the 15th century. The town's unusual shape was used as a navigation aid by Allied bombers in World War II; you can see it from a somewhat lower altitude in the beautiful drone video by XL Creations.
The Ij: Amsterdam's Route to the Sea
Contributor bartreding created this awesome drone video of Amsterdam, the Dutch capital city. Unlike most drone videos of the city which focus on its canals, this one centers on the Ij, the city's most important waterway. The Ij connects the North Sea Canal to the west with the Markemeer, the inland lake which lies to the east of Amsterdam. The origins of the Ij are not clear, and its shape has changed greatly over the years due to hydro-engineering as well as climate changes.
The Dutch Lowlands
If you've heard the term the "Great Plain of Northern Europe" and wondered what it really meant, this drone video by contributor Rlardon will tell you. This footage was shot over the Zuid-Beveland Peninsula in the Dutch province of Zeeland and the Belgian towns of Straboek and Wijnegem. These areas, like most of the Benelux country region, are part of a vast plain which extends southwards from here to western France, down to the Pyrenees.
Flevoland: Village of Urk
The Dutch seaside village of Urk has roots that go back for a millenium. It sits on the approaches to the Zwarte Zwarte Meer in central Netherlands, in the province of Flevoland. The life of the town revolves around fishing. Contributor The Netherlands from Above used a drone to create an amazing aerial view of his hometown. Take in the beautiful red roofs, the greenery along the water, and the gorgeous fishing boats, all from a bird's eye view!
The Meuse River
Contributor NTG Drone created this beautiful drone video of a spot on the Meuse River in the Netherlands. The river rises in northern France, flows north through Begium and into the Netherlands, where it flows through the Rhine/Scheldt Delta before emptying into the North Sea. The river has played an extremely important role in military conflicts in the region for centuries; major battles of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1 as well as both World Wars were fought on its banks.
Contributor Matthijs created this drone video of Texel, an important island of the Netherlands. It's the largest and second westernmost of the West Frisian Islands, a chain of just over a dozen islands which extends along the Dutch coast. Part of the province of North Holland, the island is famous as being the site of a number of important naval battles, including (during the Napoleonic Wars) a battle where a Dutch fleet was frozen in and defeated by a French army formation on horseback.
The World's Flowershop
Despite the close association between tulips and the Netherlands (particularly the Holland region), the flower is not actually native to the area. Tulips actually came to Holland from present-day Turkey in the 16th century. Today, Holland is sometimes called the Flowershop of the World due to its prominent tulip growing industry. If you like aerial views of these beautiful flowers, sit back and enjoy the splendid colors in this Drone Video of the Week nominated video from Abstract Aerial Art.
Pettelaarse Schans Fortress
Contributor NTG Drones created this beautiful drone's eye view of a fortress in the northern part of the Netherlands. Pettelaarse Schans is a star shaped fort just south of 's-Hertogenbosch, one of the main city's of the Noord-Brabant region of the country. Constructed in 1623, the fort was successfully beseiged by Dutch forces in 1629, during the latter part of the 80 Years War in which the Dutch won their independence from Imperial Spain.
The Pyramid of Austerlitz, Utrecht
Here's an amazing aerial view of a historical monument in the Netherlands, compliments of contributor rengervanesveld. The Pyramid of Austerlitz is situated on the Utrecht Ridge, in the province of the same name. It was constructed by Napoleon's soldiers in 1804. It was shortly thereafter renamed in honor of the Battle of Austerlitz, the great 1805 battle which is considered Napoleon's greatest victory. The pyramid shape of the base was inspired by Napoleon's earlier conquests in Egypt.
Ameland and its Lighthouse
Here's a stunning drone video from one of the North Sea islands of the Netherlands, compliments of contributor Jeroen Schrage Videography. Ameland is a mostly sand dune island which is part of a chain of islands called the West Frisians. The video opens with a beautiful shot of the Ameland Lighthouse, also known as Bonrif. Built in 1880, it's one of the principal navigational aids through the West Frisians, which in effect act as a screen to get from the North Sea to the port of Amsterdam.