A beautiful sight on the smallest inhabited mudflat island in the Netherlands is the red lighthouse in the middle of a dune. The lighthouse was built in 1853, is 37 metres high and is still functional today. But the red tower was not the only lighthouse on Schiermonnikoog.
History over the lighthouse Schiermonnikoog
In 1853 King Willem III had two lighthouses built on the island Schiermonnikoog. They were equipped with a lighting system and served as orientation for ships. Whenever the lights of the two towers coincide, the ships knew that they could sail from the North Sea into the Wadden Sea. At the beginning of the 20th century, the North Tower received a rotating mechanical light and the South Tower became superfluous. The white lighthouse was then used as a water tower for many years and is now only an antenna mast.
About the red lighthouse Schiermonnikoog
The red north tower is 37 metres high and has a light height of 55.5 metres above sea level. If you are on Schiermonnikoog and would like to visit the lighthouse, it is easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. The lighthouse is located on a dune from where you have a beautiful view of the North Sea and most of the island.