Kap Arkona Lighthouses


Kap Arkona Lighthouses

Rugen, Germany

 Arkona (1) (Schinkelturm)1828 (Friedrich Karl Schinkel). Inactive since 1902. 21 m (69 ft) square 3-stage brick tower with lantern and gallery, incorporating keeper’s quarters. Tower is unpainted red brick; lantern has a black roof. A photo is at the top of this page, Anett Jauernig has a closeup photo, and Huelse has a historic postcard view showing both lighthouses. Kap Arkona, the northern tip of Rügen, is the most prominent and dangerous cape on Germany’s Baltic coast, so it is not surprising that the Kingdom of Prussia built this light station as early as 1828. The original tower was restored after reunification and opened to the public in 1993. Since 1996 it has housed a maritime and historical museum, which has since expanded to include a nearby keeper’s house. The lighthouse also includes a registrar’s office and is available for weddings. Located on the cape, near Putgarten on the Wittow peninsula. Site open, museum and tower open daily year round (hours vary). Site manager: Schinkelturm am Kap Arkona. ARLHS FED-065.

Arkona (2)1902 (station established 1828). Active; focal plane 75 m; three white flashes, separated by 4 s, every 17 s. 35 m (115 ft) round brick tower with lantern and double gallery, rising from an octagonal granite base. Tower unpainted; lantern, watch room, and galleries painted red. A photo is at the top of this page, Trabas has a good photo by Klaus Potschien, Werning has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This wonderful German Imperial tower stands behind the original lighthouse and has been open to the public since 1996. Site open, tower open daily April through October. Operator: WSA Stralsund. ARLHS FED-010; Admiralty C2592; NGA 5900.

-The Lighthouse Directory

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