The German blog has a good overview on German drone regulations.

The basic outlines are

  • You need to have a liability insurance covering drone flight.
  • You need to make sure you are flying in an unregulated zone – this is responsibilty of the pilot.
  • Up to 5kg, no license is needed, if there is no commerical intent.
  • As a hobbyist, your drone has to be in a radius of 200-300 meters and a maximal height of 30 to 100meters.
  • The drone has to be visible in the pilot’s line of sight at all times.
  • Any commercial flight need a license and official permission, even under 5kg.

A very good overview can also be found here.

The official law texts can be found at