Pilsum Lighthouse

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Pilsum Lighthouse
Pilsumer Leuchtturm 2010-10 CN-I.jpg
Pilsum Lighthouse on the dyke
Pilsum Lighthouse is located in German coastal states
Pilsum Lighthouse
Pilsum Lighthouse
Location in Germany
LocationKrummhörn, Germany Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates53°29′53″N 7°02′44″E / 53.498013°N 7.045658°E / 53.498013; 7.045658Coordinates: 53°29′53″N 7°02′44″E / 53.498013°N 7.045658°E / 53.498013; 7.045658
Year first constructed1891
Constructioncast iron tower
Tower shapecylinfrical tower with conical roof, no balcony and lantern
Markings / patterntower with horizontal red and yellow bands, green roof
Tower height11 metres (36 ft)
Characteristicno available
ARLHS numberFED-018
Managing agentDiechacht Krummhörn
HeritageKulturdenkmal Edit this on Wikidata

The Pilsum Lighthouse (German: Pilsumer Leuchtturm) was built in 1891 in order to provide a beacon for the Ems‌hörn channel on Germany's North Sea coast.[2] It is located on a dyke near the village of Pilsum in the municipality of Krummhörn.[3] It has guided ships through the narrow channel until 1915.[2] In the First World War its light was extinguished so that enemy ships could not navigate the route.[2] After that it was no longer needed, because the channel was changed.[2] The height of the structure is 11 metres;[2] the height of the light about sea level is 15 metres. Today the tower is one of the best-known symbols of East Frisia.[2]


The tower grew in popularity as a result of the film Otto – Der Außerfriesische [de] ("Otto – the Outer Frisian") by comedian Otto Waalkes.[2] In the film Otto lives in the lighthouse. Although the lighthouse is one of the central scenes in Otto – der Außerfriesische, for some reason the picture used on cinema advertisements and later on the inlays of the video and DVD editions was of the Westerheversand Lighthouse, not the Pilsum Lighthouse.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Germany: North Frisia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Scheiblich, Reinhard; Staack, Hans Helge (2010). Leuchttürme Lexikon [Glossary of Lighthouses] (in German). Edition Ellert & Richter. pp. 136–138. ISBN 978-3-8319-0038-1.
  3. ^ Charles, V. (2015). Lighthouses. Our Earth. Parkstone International. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-78525-732-2. Retrieved 13 May 2019.

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