Blankenese High Lighthouse

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Blankenese High Lighthouse
Blankenese Oberfeuer
Blankenese High Lighthouse.jpg
Blankenese High Lighthouse is located in Germany
Blankenese High Lighthouse
LocationBlankenese, Hamburg
Coordinates53°33′21.5″N 09°48′58.6″E / 53.555972°N 9.816278°E / 53.555972; 9.816278Coordinates: 53°33′21.5″N 09°48′58.6″E / 53.555972°N 9.816278°E / 53.555972; 9.816278
Year first constructed1984
Constructionreinforced concrete
Tower shapecylindrical tower with inverted conical at the summit
Markings / patternwhite tower with two horizontal red bands, red summit
Tower height40 metres (130 ft), height of light 39 metres (128 ft)
Focal height84 metres (276 ft)
Original lenselectric
Light sourcemains power
Intensity16 Mcd
Range8,410 metres (4.54 nmi)
Characteristicwhite light 2s on, 2s off, synchronized with the front light
Admiralty numberB 1568.71
ARLHS numberFED-040
Managing agentWSA Hamburg[1]

Blankenese High Lighthouse (also known as Blankenese Upper Lighthouse) is a lighthouse on the river Elbe in the Hamburg district of Blankenese. It has been operational since 1984 and is scheduled to be replaced in 2020.


Blankenese High Lighthouse and Blankenese Low Lighthouse form a range of lights for ships sailing upriver on the Elbe. With a range of 8.4 kilometers, they have the longest range on the Unterelbe.[2]

The Blankenese High Lighthouse is 40-meters tall, white-and-red-striped concrete tower with a red steel lantern house was constructed in 1983.[3] It is located in Baurs Park on the Kanonenberg, approximately 1,340 meters from the low light. Inside it has a round staircase leading to the top. Because of its height, the tower has an obstacle lighting for air transport.

Construction began in 1983. The eleven-ton lantern house was assembled using a mobile crane. The range of lights went operational on 29 November 1984.

The lighthouse is remotely controlled by the Seemanshöft Pilot Centre.


Due to adjustments to the Elbe fairway, both the High and the Low Lighthouses are scheduled to be replaced to a similar 62.25 m high at Mühlenberg and demolished.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Germany: Hamburg Area". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Lighthouse Blankenese Upper". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Diagrams". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  4. ^ Meyer-Odewald, Jens (23 October 2018). "Blankenese erhält Deutschlands vierthöchsten Leuchtturm". (in German). Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  5. ^ Braun, Ralf Nehmzow und Carina (23 July 2012). "Blankeneser Leuchttürme werden abgerissen". (in German). Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  6. ^ "New lighthouses for Blankenese". Retrieved 13 May 2019.

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