Romania's Carpathian Mountains
The Carpathian Mountains extend across a number of countries in Central and Eastern Europe. About half of the area occupied by the range lies in the northern half of Romania, where the mountains mark the boundaries between Transylvania and Moldavia to the east and Wallachia to the south. The Brothers M, one of the top drone piloting companies in Romania, give us a bird's eye view of the Romanian Carpathians. Prepare for your jaw to drop as you take in these aerial views.
Transylvania: Surrounded by the Carpathians
The core of the Romania's Transylvania region is the Transylvanian Plateau, which is more or less surrounded by various groupings or divisions of the Carpathian Mountains. The mountains produce the other core feature of Transylania, a series of rivers which ultimately drain into the Danube River (Europe's second longest waterway) and thence to the Black Sea. Contributor PaulVlad's aerial video of this land shows its connection to these great mountains and rivers.
Fall Colors in the Carpathians
One of the things which distinguish the Carpathian Mountains from the taller Alps Mountains to their west is the nature of the tree cover. With their lower altitudes, the eastern range has a much higher mix of deciduous trees (i.e. trees with leaves). Among other things, this gives rise to a stunning change of colors in the fall. Contributor BearSkillz captured this to beautiful effect in this stunning drone video of the Romanian Carpathians during this magical turn of seasons.
Slovakia's Mala Fatra National Park
In this video, contributor HikeTheWorld takes us on a winter aerial tour of Mala Fatra National Park in western Slovakia. Watch it to experience flying over the snow-covered park in the Mala Fatra Mountains, part of the Western Carpathian mountain range. This is a fairy tale like alpine wonderland which lies just a short distance from the Slovakian capital city of Bratislava. The park was created in 1988, before Slovakia separated from what had been Czechoslovakia.
The High Tatras
The Tatras Mountains, the highest of the Carpathian range, form the border between Slovakia and Poland to its north. The highest of the Tatras lies in Slovakia and reaches an altitude of 2.7k meters (8.7k ft). In this video by contributor Eaglewood Films, you will soar above the pure beauty of the Slovakian mountain wilderness from the view of a drone, at the height of the Fall season. Watch it and you'll see why these mountains have become one of the hottest tourist destinations in Europe.
The Carpathians in Ukraine
The Carpathian Mountains of Central and Eastern Europe form an arc which juts eastward starting around the Austrian capital city of Vienna. The portion of the arc where the range turns southward (towards Romania) sits in the southwestern portion of the Ukraine. This is the area which you'll see in this marvelous aerial video by contributor Antonio Esteban Gonzales, specifically the area from Yasinya to Lake Dogyaska.
The Iezer-Papusa Mountains
The Iezer-Papusa mountains, part of the Carpathian range, run through central Romania in the area of Brasov in the country's Transylvania region. The area features some of the most spectacular alpine scenery to be found anywhere on the European continent, comparable in beauty to the Alps despite lower altitudes. Contributor George Moldovan's insiring drone video of this mountainous district will amaze and delight you.
Romania's Western Carpathians
Top contributor Lewique created this amazing drone video of the Western Carpathian Mountains in Romania's Transylvania. This range is one of several Carpathian sub-ranges which surround the Great Transylvania Plateau; the plateau and the mountains surrounding it together have historically defined the region. This sub-range, with its distinctive looking peaks, extends westward from Romania into Hungary and Slovakia. It is less continuous than the other ranges which surround Transylvania.
Slovakia's Tatra Mountains
The Tatra Mountains occupy a portion of northern Slovakia and a somewhat smaller smaller part of neighboring Poland, acting as the border between the two. They are part of the great Carpathian Mountain range which forms a great arc running through Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. In this video, contributor Roman Malik gives us an unforgettable aerial tour of this alpine zone, whose peaks are not as high as those of the Alps but which are nonetheless spectacular.
Retezat: Southern Carpathians
Prepare to be amazed by this drone video created by Frame Hunters Media while climbing one of the highest mountain peaks in Romania. Mt. Pelegea is the tallest mountains in the Retezat range, which forms part of the Southern Carpathian Mountains which separate Transylvania from the rest of the country. The altitude of the peak is about 2.5k meters (about 8.2 ft). It is situated in the southwest part of the country's Transylvania region.
Romania's Prahova Valley
Contributor Mihaiflorea used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to create this remarkable aerial tour of the Prahova Valley, a scenic alpine valley in the Carpathian Mountains in the Wallachia (Montenia) region of Romania. The Prahova Valley is created by the junction of the Eastern and Southern Carpathian Mountains, and it serves to connect Wallachia with Transylvania to the north. The video contains epic bird's eye views of some of the highlights of the region, including Pele's Castle.
Paragliding in the Carpathians
This video will give you an aerial view of the Carpathian Mountains from a truly new perspective. It follows a paraglider cruising about a beautiful mountainous section of Romania, which is home to about 50% of the area of the Carpathians range. The video, by contributor George Moldovan, follows the paraglider against the backdrop of the mountains, and mixes in a few shots taken from the paraglider itself.
Castle in the Western Carpathians
Plavecky Castle is a beautiful medieval castle in western Slovakia. It lies in the town of Plavecké Podhradie, in the western part of the country, not far from the capital city Bratislava. In this video, contributor Pavol Turcani flies over and around this spectacular castle, which was constructed in the 13th century. The aerial view of the castle ruins, sitting on the forested hilltops of the Little Carpathian Mountains, is stunningly beautiful.
Romania's Little Carpathians
The 'Little Carpathians' are an approximately 100km long section of the Western Carpathian Mountains, covering the northern half of Slovakia and giving the country its majestic mountainous landscape. Over 40% of Slovakia is densely covered by fairytale-like forests, and when covered with a fresh blanket of pure, white snow, the scene is breathtaking. HikeTheWorld was a Drone Video of the Week nominee for this stunning aerial video of this magical slice of Central Europe.
Romania's Bucegi Mountains
Frame Hunters Media created this spectacular drone video of the Bucegi Mountains in central Romania. They are part of the Southern Carpathians, which form the dividing line between Wallachia (the core of modern Romania) and Transylvania to its north. Their highest peak, Mt. Omu, is one of the tallest in Romania with an elevation of 2.5k meters 9about 8.3k ft). The Bucegi's are known in part for their spectacular rock formations, caused by extensive wind and rain erosion.
Military Base in the Ukrainian Mountains
Creator Vasylkevych created this stunning drone video of a now-abandoned military base in the Carpathian Mountains of southwestern Ukraine. "Pamirs" served as an air-defense base for the Soviet Union, of which the Ukraine was part for most of the 20th century. It's located atop Hutyn Tomnatyk, a 2k meter (about 6.6k ft.) peak of the Chornohora region. Upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, hundreds of military bases in the former Soviet Republics were abandoned.
Transfargarasan: Carpathian Highway
One of the most well recognized sights in the Carpathian Mountain region is the Transfagarasan, a road which passes between the two highest mountains of Romania. It is one of the links between the Transylvania region and the Wallachia region to its south. Though it was only built in the 1970's, its crazy winding pattern has captured the imagination of aerial photographers. In this video, Adrian87 brings us bird's eye views of this incredible 90 km (56 mi) alpine road.
Village in the Ukrainian Carpathians
While much of the Ukraine is part of the Eurasian Steppe, its southwestern corner is covered by a portion of the Carpathian Mountains range. These graceful forested mountains provide some of the most spectacular scenery of Eastern Europe. In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of the area around Dzembroyna. The beautiful town enjoys the distinction of being the highest village in the entire country. It's in the Ivano-Frankivsk province, not far from the Romanian border.
Winter in Slovakia's Tatra's
The Carpathian Mountains take different names in different countries. In Slovakia, they are known as the Tatras. The highest sub-chain is the High Tatras, which are located in the north central part of the country. These mountains are home to the highest peaks in the entire Carpathian range, which extend for 1.7k km (about 1k mi.) across Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. In this video, HikeTheWorld gives us a spectacular drone's eye view of the High Tatras in the winter.
Romania's Rodna Mountains
The Romanian region of Transylvania is mostly defined by the mountains which surround it and in effect constitute its physical boundaries. All of the mountains are part of the Carpathian range, the great chain of mountains which runs across much of Romania. The northern boundaries of Transylvania are defined by the Rodna Mountains in the in the Maramureș region. Contributor Alin Constantin used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create an aerial view of this magnificent alpine region.
Winter in the Romanian Carpathians
Winter in Romania is a magical time. The tree-covered Carpathian Mountains which run through much of the country become tufted in white, providing a winter scene that is visually as appealing as any in Europe. Contributor BearSkillz, whose previous upload garnered the AirVuz Drone Video of the Week award in late 2018, created this marvelous aerial look at this beautiful country taken at the height of its winter splendor. Enjoy the views of this winter wonderland in Southeastern Europe.
Bukovel: Ukrainian Carpathians
The southwestern corner of the Ukraine presents a radically different landscape from most of the rest of the country. Here the Carpathian Mountains swing from an east-west axis to a north-south orientation, in the process covering three of the country's oblasts (provinces) with its gentle peaks. The heart of this area is Bukovel, which features some of the country's most spectacular scenery as well as its busiest ski resort. Check it out from this beautiful drone video, taken during the golden Autumn.
Castle in Hungary's Zemplén Mountains
Regec Castle lies in the northeastern corner of Hungary, not far from the country's border with Slovakia. It lies within Zemplén Mountains, part of the Carpathians. The castle is believed to have been constructed in the 13th century, and in its time it was an important fortification center in northeastern Hungary. The castle was demolished in the late 17th century. Using a drone of unidentifed model, contributor Mikklos created a beautiful aerial view of the ruins of this once great structure.
Poland's Pieniny Mountains
Southern Poland is mountainous, covered by a series of different ranges. Towards the eastern end is the Pieniny range, a sub-chain of the Carpathian Mountains. In this region, you'll find a land of green rolling mountains, the magnificent Dunajec River, and medieval landmarks like Niedzica Castle which overlooks Czorsztyn Lake. Contributor Droneujemy used a DJI drone to create an amazing aerial tour of this spectacular region, which contrasts sharply with the plains of central and northern Poland.
Eastern Carpathians: Bicaz Gorge
Contributor ChrisCross created this stunning drone video of a massive gorge in the Moldavia region of northeastern Romania. Bicaz Gorge (Cheile Bicazului) was created by the Bicaz River, which eventually flows into the Danube and thence to the Black Sea. One of the most popular rock climbing sites in Europe, it is situated near the border with the neighboring region Transylvania to the west. The great canyon is now part of the Cheile Bicazului-Hășmaș National Park.
The Ukraine's Highest Peak
While most of the Ukraine is flat, its southwestern corner is covered in medium sized mountains. Here can be found the country's tallest mountain: Mt. Hoverla, which stands 2,060 meters (almost 6.8k ft.) above sea level. Hoverla is part of the Beskids Mountains, a subrange of the great Carpathian chain which extends across portions of central, eastern, and southeastern Europe. In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of Mt. Hoverla, compliments of contributor Nebomriy.
Eastern Carpathians: Ceahlău Massif
Contributor Catachuppy used a DJI Phantom drone to create this stunning aerial video of the mountains of northeastern Romania. The video was shot in the Ceahlău Massif, part of the Eastern Carpathian Mountains in the Moldavia region of Romania. While these peaks are not the tallest in Romania, they are amongst the most well known, in part for their stunning rock formations. The area is home to some of the most popular rock climbing spots in Romania.