Aerial Photography

Flying at the Tegelberg near Neuschwanstein Castle

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Gorgeous views and a truly epic panorama: on one of the last warm, sunny autumn days we’ve been heading to the Tegelberg mountain near the famous Neuschwanstein castle in Schwangau, Bavaria, to shoot some awesome drone footage.

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The winter is near and autumn is such a short time of the year. If you’re lucky enough to catch a warm, sunny day that time of the year, you should really take your chances. This is why we grabbed our drones, jumped into the car and headed to the well-known Tegelberg mountain which is just around the corner of the world-famous Neuschwanstein castle.

You quickly notice that this is a world-famous location since there are lots of tourists on the way. But if you’re a happy drone pilot, you don’t have to care about. Throw your drone up into the air and enjoy the gorgeous and epic view from the top of the mountain.

A little warning if you’re planning to fly your drone there: the Tegelberg mountain is an El Dorado for hang gliding enthusiasts and highly frequented. You should, in all cases, avoid to fly on the front side of the mountain (which faces the Forggensee lake). Do not mess with all the hang gliders there and keep a good distance from that area to stay on the safe side – and also not to harm anybody.

The Location

Tegelberg is a mountain of Bavaria, Germany. It is a part of the Ammergau Alps. The nearest city is Füssen. Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle are about 2 km away. The Tegelberg has been a Hang gliding area since the 1970ies and a Paragliding area since this adventure sport became popular in Germany. The FAI Hanggliding World Championship 1983 took place there.

The Tegelberg Cable Car (German: Tegelbergbahn), on the Tegelberg mountain near Schwangau in southern Bavaria. The cable car is 2,146.18 metres long, climbs a height of 892.5 metres, has a carrying cable of 48 mm in diameter and a hauling cable of 26 mm in diameter. It has two cabins each capable of transporting up to 44 persons. They are driven by a 2,540 KW engine. The cableway has a 38 metre high support pillar, made of reinforced concrete.

There was an incident on 12 August 2011. After a tandem paraglider flew into the cables, operations had to be temporarily stopped. 132 people were flown from the top station back down to the valley. 30 passengers in the lower gondola had to be lowered by rope from a height of about 50 metres, an operation lasting into the evening. 19 passengers and the cable car operator in the upper gondola could not be rescued by helicopter until the morning of 13 August 2011, due to strong winds.

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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