Bremerhaven lighthouse

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Bremerhaven Lighthouse
Bremerhaven Oberfeuer
Bremerhaven Oberfeuer 04.jpg
Bremerhaven lighthouse
Bremerhaven lighthouse is located in German coastal states
Bremerhaven lighthouse
Location Bremerhaven, Germany
Coordinates 53°32′46.7″N 8°34′12.4″E / 53.546306°N 8.570111°E / 53.546306; 8.570111Coordinates: 53°32′46.7″N 8°34′12.4″E / 53.546306°N 8.570111°E / 53.546306; 8.570111
Year first constructed 1855
Automated 1951
Construction brick tower
Tower shape square base Brick Gothic tower with octagonal prism lantern
Markings / pattern unpainted bricks with white ornaments, green lantern
Height 37 metres (121 ft)
Focal height 37 metres (121 ft)
Range 8 nmi (15 km)
Characteristic ISO W 4s
Admiralty number B1268.1
NGA number 10412
ARLHS number FED-050
Managing agent WSA Bremerhaven[1]

The Bremerhaven lighthouse, also known as the Simon Loschen tower or Loschen-lighthouse, is the rear light of a pair of Leading lights at the "New Harbour" of Bremerhaven, Germany. It is the oldest operative lighthouse on the mainland along Germany's North Sea shore and is counted among the city's landmarks.


From 1853 to 1855 the lighthouse was built in the style of northern German Brick Gothic at the northern side of the harbour's lock from 1852, using plans by architect Simon Loschen from Bremen. It went operational in 1856. Next to the lighthouse there is another brick house that used to serve as a quarters and service building for the lighthouse and lock keepers and was partially destroyed during World War II.

The fire was first lit by a gas flame and was later electrified in 1925. It was automated in 1951.

Today's function[edit]

The original range of leading lights pointing down the river Weser was replaced by another lighting in 1959. For the upstream range that is still in use today, the tower still serves as the rear light. The corresponding front light Unterfeuer Bremerhaven is situated in a small red and white lighthouse on the southern pier of the lock, also called "the minaret" by locals.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Germany: Bremerhaven". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Leuchtturm Bremerhaven Oberfeuer at Wikimedia Commons