Lindau Lighthouse

Lindau (Bodensee), Germany

Lindau Lighthouse is the southernmost lighthouse in Germany, located on Lake Constance. The lighthouse was built from 1853 to 1856 at the western mole in the entrance to the harbour of Lindau and was first lit on 4 October 1856. It succeeded the light station in the Mangturm tower of 1230.

During the first years of operation the light was created by an open oil fire. At that time the keeper would steadily have to keep the fire burning in great pans and operate a bell and foghorn. The firing was later converted to kerosene and then gas. Since 1936 the tower has been operated electrically and was automated in the early 1990s. The light is lit on demand by ships using radio signals. The light characteristic is one flash every three seconds which is created by two rotating parabolic reflectors.

The lighthouse and the entire port of Lindau were originally built by the Bavarian Railway Company and later used to be operated by the shipping department for Lake Constance of Deutsche Bahn. Eventually the port was sold to the city works of Constance in 2002 together with the Bodensee-Schiffsbetriebe GmbH shipping company. After several years of negotiations the port area and thus the lighthouse were transferred to the town of Lindau in April 2010. It is open to visitors who may find information on local fauna and flora and on Lake Constance shipping.

The lighthouse is a popular subject for photographs.



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Founded: 1853-1856
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Germany
Historical period: German Confederation (Germany)

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Ralf Wendland (2 months ago)
Lighthouse of Lindau. One of few Lighthouses in the World woth clock tower. Worth to see, also walk up 139 stairs to top. Very nice illustration and wall paintings indide light tower refecting history of light tower over hundred of years. A must for Tourists. Perfect view over Bodensee, however the light tower is just 10m to small, due to earth rounding Konstance at other end can not be seen.
Adel Armanous (3 months ago)
*** New Lindau Lighthouse*** Lindau (Lake Constance), Germany I was here on March 30, 2019 A very beautiful lighthou
Cláudio Cardona (5 months ago)
As one approaches the charming town of Lindau, nestled on the edge of Lake Constance, the Neuer Lindauer Leuchtturm stands as a beacon of historical and architectural significance. Erected in the mid-19th century, this lighthouse is not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing, contributing to the picturesque landscape of the Bavarian shores. Architectural and Historical Significance The Neuer Lindauer Leuchtturm, known as the New Lindau Lighthouse, is notable for its distinctive architecture. The structure is characterized by its robust, cylindrical shape and its classical detailing, which is somewhat unique for a lighthouse. Historically, it has played a crucial role in guiding ships through the waters of Lake Constance, a testament to its enduring functionality. Visitor Experience Visitors to the lighthouse are often captivated by the panoramic views it offers. Climbing to the top, one is rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the lake and the Alps, a view that unites nature’s grandeur with human ingenuity. However, it’s important to note that the climb may be challenging for some, as it involves navigating a series of narrow steps. Cultural Impact The lighthouse is more than just a navigational aid; it’s a symbol of the region’s maritime heritage. It stands as a testament to the historical importance of Lindau as a trading and transportation hub. The integration of a clock on its facade, unusual for lighthouses, further highlights the community’s connection to time and precision, hallmarks of German culture. Inclusion in Travel Itineraries For travelers exploring the Bodensee region, a visit to the Neuer Lindauer Leuchtturm offers a unique blend of historical insight and natural beauty. It’s an ideal stop for those interested in maritime history or for photographers seeking to capture the essence of Lake Constance. The lighthouse’s proximity to the charming old town of Lindau makes it a convenient addition to any travel itinerary. Overall Impression The Neuer Lindauer Leuchtturm is more than just a functional structure; it’s a piece of history that continues to charm and captivate. Its contribution to the local landscape and its cultural significance make it a noteworthy destination for those visiting the Lake Constance region. While its primary role as a navigational aid may be a thing of the past, its symbolic presence continues to light the way for visitors seeking a connection to the region’s maritime past.
Rashid Farook (8 months ago)
A picturesque lighthouse in scenic Lindau with easy pedestrian access to the shops and landmarks around the harbor and town center. A recommended activity is to sit at one of the cafes across the harbor and enjoy a tasty treat while admiring the view of the harbor and the lighthouse.
James Malone (8 months ago)
Drive here to check it out at night. Very nice. Didn’t do a tour just had a walk around
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