The historic catacombs of the Württemberg Mausoleum offer a stunning view over Stuttgart’s skyline, so we decided to dive into its history and how to get there.
About Württemberg Mausoleum
The Württemberg Mausoleum is a funeral chapel located on the top of the Württemberg hill in Stuttgart on the former site of Fort Wirtemberg.
The Mausoleum was designed by Giovanni Salucci for William I of Württemberg – the king of the Württemberg area from 1816 to 1864 – and houses the remains of William I, his wife Catherine, and their daughter Maria Friederike Charlotte.
Between 1825 and 1899 the Württemberg mausoleum was used as a Russian Orthodox Church and is still used to this day for a Russian Orthodox service every Pentecost.
Up to this day, the catacomb on the Württemberg attracts around 40,000 people, making it one of the most popular excursion destinations in the Stuttgart region. With its location above the vineyards of the Neckar valley, the grave chapel attracts many people who’d like to enjoy the chapel and its amazing view over Stuttgart’s skyline.
According to Patrick Dreizler, who has visited the Württemberg hill many times, the view over the city is really astonishing by night: “From the top of the mountain, you’ll be able to see Stuttgart’s soccer stadium (VfB Stuttgart) in the middle of the city, as well as the Mercedes Benz Museum and the old town of Stuttgart. You might even be able to spot the colorfully illuminated Ferris wheel.”
About the shot
Landscape photography – and drone photography in particular – might seem like black magic for some of our adventurous readers and aspiring photographers, that’s why we decided to break down the technical details behind this shot.
Patrick was an early adopter in regards to drone photography and switched to the DJI Mavic Air 2 as soon as it came to market, so he seemed like the right person to give us some tips regarding (drone) photography: “Well, honestly? The most important thing about drone photography is to make sure you are familiar with actually flying the drone. This way it becomes a natural reflex and you only have to focus on the content you are creating. Knowing the basics of photography (Aperture, Shutter speed, and ISO) comes in handy to adjust your settings depending on the weather conditions.
For regular photography, Patrick always used Fujifilm cameras: “I initially started out in 2018 with the Fujifilm XT-10, but moved over to the XT-3 when I realized I hit the camera’s limit. The thing I love the most about the Fujifilms is definitely its old-school vibes.”
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- Aperture: f/2.8
- ISO: 100
About Patrick Dreizler
Patrick Dreizler is an amateur photographer from Stuttgart, who likes to spend his free time hiking through nature, with the motto: “The best camera you can have is the one you have with you”.