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This is the lighthouse of Westerhever, a tiny village in the very northwest of the peninsula Eiderstedt which extends into the German North Sea.

This tower was built in 1906 about one kilometre in front of the sea dike and it started running in 1908. For its pile foundation a four metres high mound was banked up, 127 thick oak poles were piled into the ground and a concrete base was built on it. In addition houses for the families of two lighthouse keepers were built on this mound.
Until 1974 the source of light in an altitude of 41 metres was an arc lamp of which the carbon rod had to be renewed again and again after about 9 hours. In 1975 a new 2000 watt high pressure xenon discharge lamp was installed. The reach of the light is about 39 kilometres (21 nautic miles), its indirect visibility is about 55 kilometres. Since 1979 the lighthouse - with others - is supervised by a control center and the two buildings today house a most interesting nature preservation centre.
The lighthouse Westerheversand is one of the most known buildings of Germany and a real landmark of the German coast and it even was pictured on a stamp. Please see HERE.

Seeing it in this endless wideness after having climbed up the sea dike is an unforgettable experience ...

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