Guidepost through time: after almost 450 years of uninterrupted service, the Alter Leuchtturm in Travemünde entered well-earned retirement in 1972. The popular sight is still, however, the oldest lighthouse in Germany.
A treasury bill from 1316 mentions a lighthouse keeper in Travemünde.
This is the first mention of a light beacon on Germany's coast.
The round brick tower, which can still be seen on Leuchtenfeld, dates from 1539. After almost 450 years of uninterrupted service, the beacon of hope for many a sailor entered well-earned retirement in 1972.
The Maritim Strandhotel took on the job. A light beacon on its roof now guides the ships at a height of precisely 114.70 m.
Thus, Travemünde not only has the oldest lighthouse in Germany, but also one of the highest light beacons in the world.
The Alter Leuchtturm is now home to an excellent maritime museum.
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