Pilsum Lighthouse, Krummhörn, Germany (with Photos)

The approximately 11 meter high Pilsum lighthouse was completed at the end of the 19th century as one of four beacons on the East Frisian North Sea coast. Its yellow-red "striped sock paint" gives it its unmistakable appearance and made the lighthouse one of the most famous landmarks in East Friesland.

Pilsum Lighthouse
Pilsum Lighthouse

To climb the 28 steps, you need to take part in a guided tour, because the lighthouse is only open at certain times. Although the Pilsum lighthouse is not nearly as high as the not far away Campener lighthouse in Krummhörn, it is all the more famous.

Pilsum Lighthouse
Pilsum Lighthouse

One man is largely responsible for the awareness of the Pilsum lighthouse. We are talking about probably the most famous East Frisian: Otto Waalkes. In his comedy "Otto - Der Ausserfriesische" he lives as the main actor in the Pilsum lighthouse. The film, released in 1989, celebrated its 30th anniversary in Krummhörn in 2019. In the classic, Otto Waalkes saves his homeland, East Friesland, from the multi-billion dollar company "High Speed ​​Unlimited".

Pilsum Lighthouse
Pilsum Lighthouse

The lighthouse was not only used as a backdrop in films. Author Bernd Flessner also used the “Lükko lighthouse” as the main motif in his children's books. The Pilsum lighthouse is open for guided tours. Interested visitors are guided through the lighthouse and learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of this famous landmark on the East Frisian North Sea coast as well as about the importance of the dyke construction in the Krummhörn.

Pilsum Lighthouse
Pilsum Lighthouse

For children, separate tours are offered in cooperation with the Lükko Lighthouse Children's House. The Pilsum lighthouse is not only used as a sight, but also as a wedding room since 2004. Couples in love can say yes or the second marriage promise in the East Frisian landmark. In spring 2020, the yellow-red paintwork of the Krummhörn dyke was renewed. Since then, the tower has shone in new splendor and continues to be a special motif for photographers.

Pilsum Lighthouse Map