germany drone laws
height flight limit

100m max height

can't fly over crowds of people

100m away from crowds

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1.5km from airports

wieght limit of 500g for registration

insurance over 250g

All Drone Laws in Germany in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)

This is a guide for German drone laws in 2020 (updated every year) where you'll get a clue about what you can or shouldn't do while flying and travelling through this country.

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Are drones legal in Germany?

Yes. Drones are legal in Germany.

Germany’s drone laws can be bulked into two main categories, commercial and recreational. Both categories are subject to a strict code of conduct and restrictions that govern their operations. The weight of the drone is key when arriving at their classification.

 

Who do I contact?

Drone regulations and management falls under the German Federal Aviation Office and can be reached anytime through:

 

Mail Luftfahrt-Bundesamt-38144 Braunschweig

Phone: +49 531 2355 115 (Monday to Thursday)

Contact form

What are the rules governing recreational drone use in Germany?

Germany has made it easy for recreational drone users and hobbyists to have a good time. Provided you do not fly your drone close to a restricted zone, you are good to go. Here are rules governing the recreational use of drones:

  • line of sight icon
    Line of sight
    You must maintain a visual line of sight with the drone.
  • plane icon
    No flying near airports
    Maintain an operational radius of 1.5km away from any airport or airstrip.
  • crowd icon
    100m from crowds
    Fly the drone at least 100m away from a large crowd of people.
  • height icon
    100m height limit
  • ambulance icon
    Do not fly close to a natural disaster
    Or any other type of emergency
  • historical museum icon
    Insurance
    Drones weighing over 250g need to be insured
  • moon day icon night flying
    No night flying
    Do not fly at night
  • weight icon 500g
    2kg weight limit
    Anything over that needs to be registered.

What are the rules for flying a commercial drone in Germany?

A commercial drone user must have a permit and a license to operate in Germany. It does not discriminate on the weight of your drone.

How do I get a commercial drone license in Germany?

You must then take a theory exam that qualifies you on the underlying rules given by the certifying body, Luftfahrt-Bundesamt Authority. More information available here.

What is the validity of my drone flying license?

The license to fly my drone remains valid for a period of 5 years.

What is the penalty for illegally flying a drone?

The punishment is guided by the severity of your infraction with the laid out drone laws. 

Can I travel with my drone to Germany?

You should be able to travel with your drone within Germany as long as you own the rightful owner.

Can I travel with my drone via an airline?

Contact the airline you will be traveling in and inquire about their drone policy. Check whether they have special rules that govern battery storage. 

1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)

DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is half of the weight required for registering in the first place.

 

I have covered it much more in depth in my article review and even compared it with the DJI Spark and Mavic Air.

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2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

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If you want more control over things like shutter speed, iso and such, the best professional drone that still falls under the 500g category is the DJI Mavic Air.
 
It's made mostly for people who want to play around with settings and enter into the pro category.
 

 

DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.

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Restricted Areas and Geofencing (drone FLying map)

The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're here is by consulting DJI offilicial map.
They do a great job mapping the places that one should avoid while flying in every country:

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