Frankfurt: Germany's Financial Capital
Contributor Haussmannvisuals put together this magnificent compilation of aerial footage of Frankfurt in western Germany. The city was settled in Roman times, and became one of the most important free cities in the Holy Roman Empire. Absorbed into Germany in the 1860's, it ceded financial leadership to Berlin, but regained it following Germany's reunification. The video features impressive aerial footage of the central business district on the Main River as well as the upstream ECB headquarters.
Stuttgart: Capital of Baden-Württemberg
New Entertainment Pictures created this beautiful aerial view of Stuttgart, the capital of the Baden-Württemberg state in southwestern Germany. With a population of about 600,000, it's the sixth largest city in the country. Stuttgart was the home of car inventor Karl Benz, and is considered the cradle of the automobile industry. Watch the video to get epic bird's eye views of this amazing city, including shots of the Stuttgart 21 development, the opera house, and the Schlossplatz square.
Dusseldorf: Industrial City on the Rhine
Dusseldorf is the capital city of North-Rhine-Westphalia, a state in western Germany. The state's second largest city after Cologne, it is both a manufacturing center and a hub for international trade, particularly in fashion. Situated on the mighty Rhine River, it is also home to many important German educational institutions. Top contributor Alex Assenmacher used a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone to create a bird's eye view of this city in the heart of the Rhineland.
Cologne: Largest City of North Rhine-Westphalia
Contributor Yekalay used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this aerial tour of Cologne, the most populous city in Germany's Rhineland region and the home of one of the world's most famous cathedrals. The city is situated on the middle Rhine River in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, between Dusseldorf and Bonn . With its massive industrial base, Cologne was one of the biggest targets of Allied bombing in World War II; the Cathedral was hit 14 times and required massive postwar repair.
Duisburg and Oberhausen
Using a DJI Phantom 3 Pro drone, Oggy created this beautiful aerial video of Duisburg and Oberhausen, two important cities of Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state, the most populous state in the federation. Duisberg is Germany's 15th largest city. It lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers in the industrial heartland of the country. Oberhausen, the smaller of the two cities, is situated a bit to the northeast, roughly equidistant from Duisenberg and Essen.
Cochem: Castle on the Moselle River
Cochem Castle, built in the 12th century, lies on the Moselle River in the Rhineland area of western Germany. It is cradled on a hilltop that offers panoramic views of Cochem village and the surrounding landscape of the Rhineland-Palatinate state. Contributor Stefan Beumer flew his drone over the castle and the village, creating this spectacular aerial view of the magnificent landmark, which was destroyed in the 17th century and rebuilt in the 19th.
Heidelberg: Medieval German City
Contributor Frankiez used his DJI Mavic Pro Drone to create this lovely aerial view of the medieval city of Heidelberg, in the Baden-Wurtemberg state of southwestern Germany. You'll get a marvelous bird's eye view of Heidelberg Castle, built in the 13th century and one of the most famous castles in Europe. In 1622, Heidelberg was the site of an important battle during the early part of the Thirty Years War, in which the Spanish Imperial Army led by the Count of Tilly beseiged and overcame the city.
Lichtenstein and Hohenzellorn Castles
Contributor Stefan Beumer used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this aerial view of two of Europe's most famous Gothic Revival castles, both of which are located in southwestern Germany. The first, Lichtenstein Castle, was completed in 1842 on the site of an 11th century castle. The second, Hohenzellorn Castle, also built on the site of an earlier structure, was completed in 1867. It was the ancesteral seat of the Hohenzellorn family, which ruled Prussia and then all of Germany until 1918.
Abandoned Village in Germany's Coal Country
Immerath is a small village in the Rhineland Palatinate state in western Germany. This is the heart of Germany's coal country, which feeds the country's coal-fired power plants and supplies coking coal to its giant integrated steel mills. In connection with the expansion of a coal mine, the citizens of the village have been relocated. Contributor Martijneier flew his drone over this ancient village, creating a surreal aerial view of a mysterious looking ghost town.
Germany's Black Forest
Daniel Gavrilas used a GoPro Karma drone to give us this beautiful aerial view of the Black Forest. Situated in the southwestern corner of Germany, it is the source countless children's fairytales. The Black Forest marks the divide between the two great river systems of Central Europe: the Rhine River basin to its west and the Danube River basin to its east. As can be seen in the video, these forest-covered mountains are interspersed with idyllic small German towns.
Germany's Industrial Heritage Site
FreakinTim created this amazing drone video of one of the most important sites of German industrial history. The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is near Essen, Germany, in the heart of the country's Rhineland region. The plant shown in the video turned coal from the nearby coal mine to coke, a critical ingredient for making steel. At one point, it was the largest coking operation in the world, and was a vital component of Germany's steelmaking industry.
Aerial Tour of the Mid-Rhine
The Rhine River, which rises in the Black Forest and empties into the North Sea through the Netherlands, has served as the historical border region between France and Germany. Along its middle course in particular are a series of spectacular medieval castles and fortifications built to defend the border from either side. In this video, Firefox Drone Media flew a DJI Phantom 4 drone along a key stretch of the mighty river, and was able to aerially film a number of these impressive landmarks.
Hessigheim: Rock Climbers' Paradise
Hessigheim is a small town in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wurtemberg, which borders France to the west, Switzerland to the south, and Germany's own state of Bavaria to the east. It's an area of Central Europe where flat terrain is interspersed with unusual rock formations aboud, and it's a rock climbers paradise. In this video, Smartfan flew a DJI Phantom 4 drone around the area, capturing both types of terrain including some spectacular rock gardens.
Winterberg: Western Germany's Winter Playland
Contributor Oggy created this epic drone video of the area around Winterberg in Germany. It's situated in the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia, one of the principal states of western Germany. As the name perhaps suggests, Winterberg is Germany's winter wonderland. It's near the Skiliftkarussell Winterberg, one of the country's major ski resorts. What you'll see in this video is one of the most spectacular winter landscapes in Europe. The video was shot with a DJI Phantom 3 drone.
Duisburg's Industrial Heritage Park
Contributor Sebastian Ferguson created this amazing drone video of Landschaftspark Duisburg, a park in western Germany which was designed to celebrate Germany's industrial heritage. It's located near Duisberg, in the Ruhr valley. This region has been the center of Germany's smokestack industries that enabled the country to overtake Great Britain as Europe's leading manufacturing center in the late 1800's. A steel plant and coal mine (now closed) are the centerpieces of the park.
Aerial Tour of Germany's Rhineland
Contributor Marckcure gives us this beautiful aerial look at the Middle Rhine River in Wesern Germany. The Rhine is one of the most important waterways in Europe, belying its modest length of about 1.2k km (about 735 mi.). It rises in Germany's Black Forest as the High Rhine, meanders through parts of France and Switzerland as the Upper Rhine, runs north through much of western Germany as the Middle, then shifts to the northwest, discharging into the North Sea in the Netherlands.
Hesse: Taunus Mountains
While the southern state of Bavaria is home to Germany's highest peaks, there are smaller mountain ranges in other parts of the country. One of these is the Taunus range, which runs through the state of Hesse in west-central Germany. Großer Feldberg is the highest peak in the range, with an altitude of about 880 meters (around 2.9k ft.). Contributor Haussmannvisuals brings us this beautiful video of this graceful mountain, shot on a beautiful winter morning.
Schluchsee Lake in Germany's Black Forest
Contributor and drone pilot Daniel Gavrilas created this remarkable aerial video of Germany's Schluchsee Lake in the fabled Black Forest. It is situated in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The lake was created to power the Schluchsee Hydropower Complex, which supplies power to southwestern Germany. At the same time, it's a large recreational draw, and its cool, clear waters draw all manner of outdoors-seekers.
Eltz: Rhineland Castle
Eltz Castle is one of the most famous castles in the Rhineland area of Western Germany. It is situated on a hill above the Moselle River near Koblenz in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Most of the current structure was built in the 19th century in the Baroque style, on the partial ruins of an 11th century Romanesque keep. Sinbad the Aviator used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this aerial tour of the castle, one of the few in this long fought-over region which was never captured.
Tagebau Garzweiler: German Lignite Mine
The European Union still relies on coal for about 20% of the region's electricity generation as of 2018. With much of Europe's best coal resources having long since been depleted, most of this power is produced by burning lignite, a lower quality type of coal. Lignite is generally extracted via large opencast mines like the Tagebau Garzweiler in the North Rhine Westphalia state of western Germany. Contributor XL Creations brings this recently-expanded mine to life with this drone video.
Europa: Europe's #2 Amusement Park
Top contributor New Entertainment Pictures created this marvelous drone video of Europa Park, one of the largest theme parks in Europe. It's located near Rust, a town in the southwestern corner of Baden-Württemberg on the French border. Inspired by American amusement parks, the park opened in 1975 and has been expanded numerous times. Known for its 13 rollercoasters, it draws around 6 million visitors annually, putting it second only to Disney Paris amongst Europe's amusement parks.
Middle Rhine: Linz Am Rhein
Contributor Dannuell created this beautiful drone video of Linz-Am Rhein, a town on the Rhine River in the western part of Germany. Located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, it's very close to Remagen, the site of a famous bridge capture in World War II. The city dates to the 9th century AD, although it was nearly destroyed by a fire in the 13th century. The town lies in the heart of the Middle Rhine, the portion of the river between Bingen (upstream of the town) and Bonn.
Urft: Dam of North Rhine-Westphalia
Sebastian Ferguson used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this aerial video of an important dam in Western Germany. The Urft Dam is situated on the river of the same name in the state of North Rhine Westphalia. Built in 1905, the gravity dam has a height of just under 60 meters (around 200 ft.). The dam provides a modest amount of hydropower but was built mainly for water management. It was, briefly, the tallest in Europe until the construction of Bober Dam in Silesia in 1912.
Drone Tour of Frankfurt
DVA nominated contributor Haussmannvisuals does it again with this stunning drone video of Frankfurt, Germany. Situated on the Main River in the west-central part of the country, Frankfurt is Germany's financial capital and the second most important European financial center after London. The video does a phenomenal job of capturing the vertical architecture of this gleaming city, including the Europaturm TV Tower, Commerzbank Tower, and the European Central Bank headquarters building.