Långe Jan Lighthouse

Mörbylånga, Öland, Sweden

Långe Jan ("Tall John") is a Swedish lighthouse located at the south cape of Öland. It is one of Sweden's most famous lighthouses and also the tallest lighthouse in Sweden. The lighthouse was built in 1785, probably by Russian prisoner of wars. The tower was built by stone from an old chapel. Originally the light was an open fire, and the tower was unpainted. It was painted white in 1845, and the same year the tower's lantern was installed, to store a colza oil lamp. A couple of years later a black band was added to the tower.

The lighthouse remains in use and is remote-controlled by the Swedish Maritime Administration in Norrköping. During the summer-season it is possible to climb the tower, for a small fee. The buildings surrounding the tower is Ottenby birding station.



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Founded: 1785
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Sweden
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Sweden)


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Reinhart Lutz (2 years ago)
Fun place. With sone luck you can see some Baltic Seals in the water at the shore.
Samantha Kenny (2 years ago)
We really enjoyed walking around the area and going up the lighthouse. My kids enjoyed looking at the birds, seals and sheep. The restaurant was good too, slightly pricey but worth it
Pascal Kahlig (2 years ago)
Place is located in a natural reserve in which you can observe birds and seals. Definitely a must see if you are in Oland. Wonderful landscape and animal life.
Alin Popescu (aLLin) (2 years ago)
Bird lovers paradise. If you go up on the Lighthouse, the view over the sea and south Öland is breathtaking!
Ola Sevandersson (2 years ago)
Many steps and great view .. worth 40sek .. you tell me :)
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