Neuschwanstein: Bavaria's Fairytale Castle
Behold this amazing aerial video of Neuschwanstein, one of the world's most famous castles. This Romanesque Revival masterpiece was completed in 1886 as a retreat for the then-King of Bavaria, a kingdom which had become part of the German Empire. Famously, the castle inspired the Sleeping Beauty castles at the Disney theme parks. It's also served as a shooting location for numerous feature movies, notably as Baron Bomburst's castle in the 1968 hit Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Munich: Bavaria's Capital
New Entertainment pictures created this magnificent aerial tour of Munich, Germany's third largest city (after Berlin and Hamburg) and the capital of the state of Bavaria. Situated just north of the Bavarian Alps, Munich has the best natural scenery of any of the large German cities. An important center for German culture, Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, which were tragically marred by a notorious act of terrorism against the Israeli wrestling team.
The brilliantly colored Eibsee Lake is located in Bavaria in southern Germany, about a one hour drive southwest of the state capital of Munich. The lake is in the heart of the German Alps, sitting near the base of Germany's highest mountain peak, Mt. Zugspitze. Contributor OnFocus used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to create an aerial video of this small yet wondrous Alpine lake, one which leads to the area being nicknamed the Maldives of Bavaria.
Aerial Tour of Bavaria
Bavaria is the largest state in Germany, occupying most of the southern part of the country. It's the largest of the German states by land area and second largest in population. In terms of physical scenery, most would agree that Bavaria has the most spectacular in the country. In this amazing video, top contributor Vitali flies a drone over Bavaria, affording us amazing aerial views of the Bavarian Alps, mountain valleys, shimmering alpine lakes, and the glorious city of Munich, Bavaria's largest.
Peaks of the Bavarian Alps
The area of the Alps Mountains located in southern Germany is often called the Bavarian Alps. It is home to some of the most amazing natural scenery in Germany, as well as its highest mountain peak: Mt. Zugspitze, which stands at just under 3k meters (around 9.7k ft.). In this video, contributor BashirAbuShakra used a drone to create an aerial tour of this landscape including footage of Berchtesgadener, St. Bartholomä, Jenner, Lake Obersee, Hintersee, and more.
Wendelstein: Germany's #1 Ski Destination
Wendelstein is a medium sized mountain peak in Bavaria, the southernmost region of Germany. It is part of the Mangfall Mountains, which form part of the Alps Mountain system. The mountain's peak is about 1.8k meters (just over 6k ft.) above sea level. While not the largest ski area in Germany, Wendelstein does have one area for highly experienced skiers. Contributor On Focus used a DJI Phantom drone to give us a beautiful aerial tour of this alpine paradise.
Regensburg is the fourth largest city in Bavaria, Germany's southernmost state. It's most prominent landmark is the Regensburg Cathedral, a 16th century structure in the old city center on the Danube River. The cathedral escaped serious damage from a famous (and ultimately unsuccessful) Allied strategic bombing raid on Regensburg's aircraft factory in August, 1943, during the height of World War II. Contributor Minglam created this amazing drone video of the architectural marvel.
Königsee: Germany's Deepest Lake
The area around Lake Königsee, Germany's deepest and cleanest lake, provides a variety of recreational entertainment for tourists, including hiking, swimming, boating, and even enjoying the echo demonstrations against the rocky mountain walls. Videographer Javi Mora captured his own exciting hike up the trails with his drone and used the footage to create this phenomenally edited video, which shows off the charming colors of the region and was nominated for Drone Video of the Week.
DVA Nominee from the Bavarian Alps
After you watch this epic mountain dronie, you'll understand how it won first place in the Dronie Category for the 2017 AirVūz Drone Video Awards! Top contributor Wellington Rodriguez traveled up into the Bavarian Alps with a drone, and shot this stunning pullout shot capturing some of the most amazing rock formations you'll ever see. Keep the title in mind as you watch it. This was voted the top Dronie of 2017 by contributors for the first annual AirVuz Drone Video Awards.
Walhalla: Commemorating Germany's Greatest
Contributor Oszibusz created this remarkable drone video of Walhalla, a museum of sorts to honor the great Germans of history. It's located on a hill overlooking the Danube River near Regensburg, in the southern German state of Bavaria. Walhalla was conceived in the early 19th century, prior to the existence of a unified Germany. Its core collection is over 200 busts and plaques commemorating key figures of famous Germans ranging from Albert Einstein to Martin Luther.
Upper Franconia by Drone
Contributor Videobros created this epic drone video from a two day bike trip in southern Germany. The trip started at Wurzberg, a beautiful town on the Regnitz River in Upper Franconia, a region of Bavaria. The video opens with an epic shot of Marienburg Fortress, which overlooks the town. From there it moves into Wurzburg proper, a beautifully preserved medieval town. It ends with footage of Bamberg, another beautiful burgh which also lies on the River Revnitz, near where it joins the Main.
Allgäu: Winter Wonderland
Allgäu is a region in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, on the country's southern border with Austria. While its scenery is stunning year round, winter is perhaps its most beautiful season. With endless snow covered pine trees, the landscape becomes an iconic winter wonderland. Contributor Eye-Catchgraphy used a drone to create a marvelous aerial view of this magical winter landscape. Watching the time-lapse footage, you can almost smell the crisp mountain air.
Swabia: Allgäu in Spring
Algau is a region of Swabia in the far south of Bavaria, Germany, near the border with Austria. Its landscape transitions from the foothills of the Alps to the great range itself. It is a place of stunning snow covered mountain peaks, alpine lakes, and fairy tale forests. Top contributor and drone pilot Eye-Catchography flew a drone over the area just as winter was ebbing and spring was beginning to bloom. The aerial video, captured at the most beautiful time of year, is simply breathtaking.
Hitler's Eagles Nest Retreat
If you want a bird's eye view of Adolph Hitler's mountaintop retreat, check out this fantastic drone video of Kehlsteinhaus ("Eagles Nest"). It's situated atop a giant rock formation near the town of Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps. The retreat was built for the German dictactor, who made at least 14 trips to the building, which was near the Berghof where he spent the bulk of his time. In 1944, during one of those trips, the sister of Hitler's mistress Eva Braun was married to a senior SS officer here.
Neuschwanstein: Romanesque Revival Masterpiece
This castle set against the mountains in Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany was the inspiration behind Disney's Cinderella Castle. The Romanesque Revival palace was commissioned by Bavarian King Ludwig II as a personal retreat and, surprisingly, was paid for out of his own pocket, not through public funds. Ludwig lived there for several of the 17 years it took to complete, dying during the year it was finally completed (1886). See it in stunning 4K drone footage thanks to pilot Alessandro.
Bavaria's Two Famous Castles
Using a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone, Nadirtasciphotography was able to create this magnificent aerial tour of two of the most famous castles in southwestern Bavaria, Germany. The Romanesque Revival Neuschwanstein Castle is arguably the world's best known castle. It was completed in 1886 as a residence for the King of Bavaria. Nearby Hohenschwangau Castle, built a few years earlier on the site of a medieval fortress, is in many respects equally impressive if less well known.
Lindau Lighthouse on Lake Constance
Contributor Cyber_Drone used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to give us this aerial view of one of the world's most famous inland lighthouses. Lindau Lighthouse is situated on the town of the same name, which is an island on Lake Constance in Bavaria. The lake is part of the Rhine River and has shores in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The lighthouse was built in 1859. Since the 1990's, its operation has been fully automated. It stands opposite the harbor entrance from an iconic looking lion statue.
Karwendel Mountains: Limestone Alps
Top contributor BashirAbuShakra created this stunning drone video from the Karwendel Mountains in Bavaria, Germany. The mountains form part of a range called the Northern Limestone Alps, itself part of the great Alps system of Central and Western Europe. The Karwendels are shared between Germany (Bavaria) and the Austrian state of Tyrol. Their highest peak, Mt. Birkkarspitze, has an elevation of just over 2.7k meters (just over 9k ft.) above sea level.
Aerial Tour of Lake Constance
Cyber_drone used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this beautiful aerial of Lake Constance in Central Europe. The lake, which is part of the Rhine River, sits in Germany (Bavaria), Austria, and Switzerland. With a surface area of about 535 square km (just over 200 square mi.), it's one of the largest lakes in Europe. It's also one of the deepest, with a maximum depth of 90 meters (around 300 ft.). It's also one of the world's greatest boating lakes, with over 50k watercraft registered as of 2018.
DVA Winning Showreel from Bavaria
Lights. Camera. ACTION! That's what you're getting when you watch this Drone Video Awards nominated piece by aeroCircus, a professional aerial videography firm based in Munich, Germany. Their clients include some of the world's biggest brands and most well known film studios. This reel is all about action, ranging from epic car races to thrilling chase scenes that resemble something from a James Bond Movie. This video won the Reels category at the second annual Drone Video Awards.
Profile of Top Bavarian Drone Pilot
Bashir Abu Shakra is a top contributor and drone pilot from Bavaria, in southern Germany. He is the creator of numerous amazing drone videos of the Alps, shot from Switzerland and Austria in addition to his native Germany. In this Drone Dish episode, our host Tyler Mason chats with Bashir about his beginnings with drones and about Bashir’s passion for flying drones in this majestic mountain range, home to some of the world's most drone-able peaks.