Sleepless in Zug City - Drone hyperlapse

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This is a collection of aerial views taken as a drone hyperlapse at night between summer 2019 and spring 2020. Focused on city lights shining through the moving fog and clouds. It took me a total of 153 drone flights and 45 hours flight time to get the final result. Zug is a small business city in central Switzerland. It is also known as "Crypto Valley". It's located next to a small mountain (Zugerberg) from where I could start and land my drone safe.

Why the city of Zug?

First of all this is my hometown. When I got my drone and took some first shots I realized that I don't have to go far this time. Zug is perfect as it is one of the view cities without any additional drone restriction in Switzerland. Also there is no airport nearby! Another great thing is mount Zugerberg on which I live. This close to the city mountain gave me the ability to start on different ground level just as needed.

The advantage of flying a drone at night

It may surprise you but flying a modern drone at night is much easier and safer than on daytime. It can be seen much better on far distance, as there are 4 lights blinking with different colors (frontside and backside). Also there are no small aircrafts in the lower levels and less people in the streets.

Special thanks

Thanks to Zug Tourismus for let me stay a night on Zytturm and another building. Many thanks to Zugersee Schifffahrt for sponsoring the ship ride and leting me shoot from the deck. Thanks to Rigi Bahnan AG for sponsoring a ticket. Unfortunately the weather was bad and only the short cloud seqence made it into the final video.


Music "Wonder feat. Eebee" by Generdyn licenced at Musicbed.


Dji Mavic 2 Pro, LRtimelapse, Lightroom, Premiere Pro and After Effects

More on my Instagram

I will upload vertical video loops of this project on my Instagram and TikTok account. In the meantime check out the photos here.

Some facts

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    45 h

    Flight time

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    Total flights

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