Aerial Photography

Flying at the Forggsensee Lake

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Neuschwanstein castle and the Tegelberg mountain are not the only sights worth seeing in Schwangau, Bavaria. This time we grabbed our drones and visited the near Forggensee lake, as well as the gorgeous and calm Buchenberg Alm.


On a warm, sunny autumn day we’re heading to the Buchenberg Alm, which is accessible via a chairlift. Although the Buchenberg is located near the world-famous Neuschwanstein castle, it’s actually still an insiders’ tip and not too frequented by hikers and tourists. It’s calm and quiet there, especially in the early morning hours.

The slightly rolling terrain is perfect for hikers who are looking for a less astringend tour. After a peaceful and chilling ride with the chairlift, we’re heading to a clearing among the woods to throw our drones up into the air. The scenic panoramic view is gorgeous and provides an outlook over the Buchenberg valley, the Forggensee lake and endless woods that seem to vanish into the distant horizon.

Later on the same day, we’re heading to the near Forggensee lake wich also provides beautiful scenic views, especially when flying with the multicopter.

Forggensee is a lake located north of Füssen in the district of Ostallgäu in Bavaria, Germany. One of many lakes in the region around Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castles, Forggensee is the fifth-largest lake in Bavaria, with a surface area of 15.2 km². The River Lech flows through it. Forggensee is known primarily as a tourist destination for aquatic sports and recreation. The lake provides ideal conditions for surfing, sailing, fishing and boating. The lake is stocked with pike, trout and eel. Two ships navigate the lake on two different routes.

Forggensee is a man-made lake. It was created in 1954, when the River Lech was dammed for the first time to create the Lechsee Lake. The option of letting water in and out reduces the risk of flooding when the snow melts in the spring and regulates the flow of water over the “Power Plant Step” located downstream.

My Drone Shots

Most of my aerial shots and videos are done from first-person view using Fatshark goggles and the DJI Phantom 2 V2 with the Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal. I am not a fan of the latest "once click" drones with all the built-in smartphone stuff. Digital video submission does not provide the same, smooth experience than analog 5.8GHz submission and suffers from a low framerate and a high latency - which is absolutely deadly for a pleasant FPV experience.


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