Dinant: City on the Meuse River
Contributor Mrgilchen created this aerial tour of Dinant, a small town in Belgium which was the site of a famous atrocity in the first weeks of World War I. When Germany invaded France through Belgium in August, 1914, the fortress at Dinant on the Meuse River represented a formidable obstacle. Following a hard-fought battle, German troops are alleged to have executed hundreds of civilians here, an act which helped to inflame public opinion in Allied and Neutral countries.
Brussels: Belgium's Capital City
This video will provide you with a drone's eye view of the city of Brussels, capital of Belgium and the second largest metropolitan area of the Benelux countries after Amsterdam. Since World War II, it has played an outsized role in European politics as the de facto capital of the European Union. The video will show you the mix of old and new that is so characteristic of Brussels, including footage of the landmark Atomium building, constructed in the late 1950's.
Bruges: Belgium's Cultural Treasure
Contributor c13studio brings us this amazing drone's eye view of the medieval town of Bruges. Situated in the West Flanders province, Bruges became an important town in the cloth trade during the late Middle Ages. Incredibly well preserved, it's a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site. Sometimes referred to (along with Amsterdam) as the Venice of the north due to its canals, Bruges was the shooting location of the 2008 film In Bruges.
DVOW Finalist from Belgium
Belgian contributor Kelly's Heroes created an instant drone video classic with this amazing film, which was created to help promote the Comic Arts Museum and Hotel in Ghent, the great medieval city in the country's Flanders region. It tells a human story, set against a beautiful backdrop of the Benelux landscape of plains intermixed with hills. The video combines both elements beautifully, and it was nominated for the Drone Video of the Week Award in one of the contest's first weeks.
Antwerp: Great Harbor of Belgium
Contributor 11ShotsMedia created this drone video of Antwerp, the great Belgian harbor city. Surprising to many, the city is actually Belgium's largest city proper, although in terms of metropolitan area Brussels is larger. Antwerp is located in Flanders (northern Belgium) on the Scheldt River, near the end of its run where it flows into an estuary and thence to the North Sea. The city's massive seaport is one of the busiest in Europe, second only to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Contributor Brent De Bleser created this rather haunting drone video of Fort Breendonk, a Belgian fortress in the north-central part of the country. It was constructed prior to the outbreak of World War I to protect the port of Antwerp, which was eventually overrun by the German Army as part of its invasion of France. In World War II, it was again captured by invading Germans, and developed a fearsome reputation (by Western European standards) as an SS prison camp.
DVA Finalist from Belgium
Created by the Belgian contributor Kelly's Heroes, "Drift" is a short that tells the story of a young boy named Oscar and his imaginary friend. The film uses a technique that the creator calls Anamorphic retrozooms, which can only be understood by watching the film. Suffice to say it's an extremely creative use of the power of the modern drone to make incredible content. This video was a finalist for the 2017 AirVuz Drone Video Awards in the Originality category.
Limburg's "Transparent" Church
Check out this amazing drone video of a "see through" chapel in Belgium, compliments of contributor Brent de Bleser. It's called Reading Between the Lines, for reasons which will become obvious when you watch the video. It depends greatly on the angle at which you are seeing the structure; from most angles it appears to be a "normal" church building. Built in 2011, the church is in Limbuirg, one of the country's Dutch-speaking provinces.
Antwerp: Belgium's Second City
Take an aerial tour of Antwerp, Belgium in this beautiful drone video, compliments of contributor bartreding. Situated near the mouth of the River Scheldt, Antwerp is actually the largest city proper in Belgium, although in terms of its metropolitan area it's second to Brussels. The city has a storied history as a trading and shipping center; at one point in the 16th century it was the most important city in Western Europe, and its port is still one of the busiest in Europe. The video was shot with a DJI Mavic Air drone.
Doel: Threatened City on the Scheldt
Check out this beautiful drone video of Doel, Belgium, compliments of contributor barteding. Doel is situated on the River Scheldt in the province of East Flanders, in the north central part of the country. The town dates to the 13th century. The city is at risk of extinction due to the next planned phase of expansion of the Port of Antwerp, which lies just upstream of Doel and is one of Europe's busiest ports. This video was filmed using a DJI Mavic Air drone.
Drone Tour of Bruges
Bruges, the capital of Belgium's West Flanders province, is considered one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Due to its strategic location relative to the North Sea, Brugge was at one time one of the most important commercial cities in Europe. It sat at the crossroads of the Hanseatic League and Southern European trade routes, and at its height in the 15th century it was by some measures the world's most important city. See it from above in this drone video by contributor ra.
Leuven: Belgian University Town
Contributor Bartreding used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this aerial tour of Leuven (Louvain), Belgium. It's the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in the middle of the country. This medieval town is home to KU Leuven, the oldest university in the Low Countries. Leuven was the site of an infamous atrocity at the outset of World War I, when invading German soldiers pillaged the town, killing hundreds and burning over 230,000 volumes at the university's library. The incident shocked world opinion.
Antwerp: Port on the River Scheldt
Here's a drone's eye view of the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, compliments contributor Bartreding. Situated about 0 km (around 50 mi.) from the mouth of the River Scheldt, the port handled over 10 million 20 foot equivalent container units (TEU's) in 2017. That made it the second busiest container port in Europe that year, second only to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It's also a major bulk cargo port; measured by total tonnage it's also #2 in Europe. The video was shot with a DJI Mavic Air drone.
West Flanders: Oostende
Oostende, Belgium is the largest city on the Belgian coast. Founded in the 13th century, this city in West Flanders has played an important role in numerous military conflicts by virtue of being on the North Sea. Famously, the city played a key role in the 80 Years War, by which the Netherlands (which included modern day Belgium at the time) gained independence from Spain. The Seige of Oostende lasted from 1601-04, during which about 80,000 on both sides were killed or wounded.
Abandoned Coal Plant in Hainaut Province
Contributor Bartreding used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this fascinating aerial video of an abandoned power plant in Belgium. Built in 1921, Power Plant IM is situated in Charleroi, a city in the Hainaut Province in the west-central part of the country. Originally a coal-fired plant, it was retrofitted in the 1970's to be able to burn natural gas as well. The plant accounted for 10% of Belgium's CO2 emissions and was closed in 2007 as part of the country's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
East Flanders: Dendermonde
Contributor Bartreding used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this aerial video of an important town in the East Flanders province of Belgium. Dendermonde dates to the 13th century, although the city was built on the site of a considerably older fortress. The city was of considerable military significance during the 80 Years War for Dutch independence, as well as the later struggles to contain the ambitions of France's Louis XIV. The city is situated on the River Dender, a tributary of the Scheldt.
Antwerp by Mavic Air
See the great Belgian city of Antwerp from a new perspective in this video from contributor Bartreding. Shot with a DJI Mavic Air drone, the video will give you a great perspective of this important city on the River Scheldt. It's Belgium's largest port, and the second largest in Europe. Like Hamburg (Germany), to which it is often compared, it benefits from being located some ways upstream from the mouth of a major river. In addition to being a great port, it's also Belgium's largest industrial center.
Profile of Brent de Bleser
In this segment of Drone Dish, we profile Belgian drone pilot and contributor Brent De Bleser. Brent talks about the beauty of both his native Belgium and his current home Norway. You might think UAV regulations and landscapes are quite similar between the two countries, but Brent explains they distinct differences too. Brent's videos are featured extensively in the Belgium as well as the various Norway related collections on AirVuz.