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Managers iconic Swiss cliff face restaurant want to ban ‘annoying’ drones

The new managers of the iconic Swiss cliff face restaurant are calling for a ban on ‘annoying’ drones. The Äscher mountain restaurant is located in the eastern part of Switzerland and is a very popular destination among Instagram users, many of whom use drones to capture the beautiful scenery.

Swiss restaurant calls for ban on ‘annoying’ drones

“There are a huge number of drones flying around. They fly over the whole terrace and even right up to the windows,” manager Melanie Gmünder told national broadcaster SRF. She added, “Drones are annoying. It’s disrespectful and it’s unpleasant. They are intruding on our privacy.”

Because of its scenic location, at the foot of a steep mountain cliff, the restaurant has become very popular among Instagram users. Gmünder is one of the new managers who took over about a month ago. She said that the restaurant had become a victim of its own success.

In an effort to stop the ‘annoying’ drones she has now called on the local authorities in the canton of Appenzell Innerhoden to establish a no-drone zone around the restaurant.

The Local reports that under Swiss law, drone pilots must respect people’s privacy and are not allowed to fly low over private property or places where people are gathering. The law even specifies that for safety reasons drones are not allowed to fly within 100 m or 300 feet of groups of people without a special permit.

According to Gmunder, only professional drone pilots are aware of drone regulations and restrictions. Hobbyist drone pilots are apparently not as well informed and the fact sheets outlining the rules are next to useless she added.

A police spokesperson said that they were not aware of the drone situation as the restaurant, but added that people can complain to the police if they are bothered by annoying drones.

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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo