Lighthouses of Poland: Świnoujście Area

Since the end of World War II in 1945, the coast of Poland has stretched from Świnoujście in the west to the Gulf of Gdansk in the east. Poland has at least 26 lighthouses on its Baltic coast and also many lighthouses on the inland waterway that extends from Świnoujście to Szczecin. This page lists the lighthouses of the Świnoujście area and the northern portion of waterway leading to Szczecin. The southern portion of the waterway is covered by the Odra River page, and the remaining Baltic lighthouses are listed on the Poland's Baltic Coast page.

Szczecin (known as Stettin under German rule) is located on the Odra (Oder) River more than 50 km (30 mi) from the sea. The Odra empties into Szczecin Bay (Zalew Szczeciński in Polish or Stettiner Haff in German), a large lagoon that in turn empties into the Baltic through three channels. The western end of the bay and the westernmost of the three channels lie in Germany. Large ships enter the waterway through the central channel, the Świna, at Świnoujście (Swinemünde).

Today, Szczecin is Poland's largest port, but until World War II it was Germany's third largest port. The surrounding region, West Pomerania, became part of Prussia in 1720 and thus part of the German Empire when it was formed in 1871. As a result, nearly all the lighthouses in the region were built under German administration. The German names of these lighthouses are shown in curly brackets {}.

Active Polish lighthouses are operated by the regional Maritime Office (Urząd Morski). There are three of these offices, in Szczecin, Słupsk, and Gdynia. All of the lights on this page are managed by the Szczecin Maritime Office (Urząd Morski w Szczecinie).

In Polish, a lighthouse is a "sea lantern," latarnia morska, plural latarnie morskie. Wyspa is an island, zalew is a bay, and przystań is a port or harbor.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Light List numbers are from volume C of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 116.

General Sources
Polnische Leuchttürme
Photos posted in 2005 by Klaus Huelse, including many photos of the inland lighthouses. Special thanks to Klaus for the use of some of these photos here.
Baken Swinemünde
Photos and historical accounts by Gerd Liedtke.
Online List of Lights - Poland
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Leuchttürme an der polnischen Küste
Photos by Bernd Claußen.
Leuchttürme von Anke und Jens - Polen
This site has photos and information on lights of the Świnoujście area.
Min Blinkfüer
Photos and accounts in German of German and Polish lighthouses.
Lighthouses in Poland
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
World of Lighthouses - Poland
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Polish Lighthouses
Historic postcard views posted by Michel Forand.
Leuchttürme der ehemaligen deutschen Ostgebiete
Postcard views of historical German lighthouses in Poland and other former German Baltic territories, posted by Klaus Huelse.


Świnoujście Light, Świnoujście, August 2014
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by sebdok


Galeriowa Light, Świnoujście
photo copyright Klaus Huelse; used by permission

Świnoujście City Lighthouses
* Młyny (Windmill) Range Front {Mühlenbake}
1902 (tower built 1877). Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white light, 7.5 s on, 2.5 s off, synchronized with the rear light. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical brick tower, painted white. The front (seaward) side of the tower also sports four large white vanes as a "windmill" daymark, so that the tower looks from a distance as if it were a windmill. (The vanes do not turn in the wind.) Oliwier Brzeziński's photo is at right, Huelse has a good photo, Trabas has a closeup photo by Helmut Seger, Karolina Bartosiak has a 2011 photo, Anke and Jens have photos, Michał Jabłoński has a street view, Forand has a 1929 postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. This is the front light of the entrance range for the Świna. The tower was built in 1877 as a daybeacon; it had only three vanes then, one pointed straight up. The present configuration dates from 1902, when the light was added. Located at the end of the short west mole at the mouth of the river; accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-028; Admiralty C2670; NGA 6124.
* Galeriowa (Młyny Range Rear) {Galeriebake} (4)
1931 (light station established 1902, daybeacon 1873). Active; focal plane 23 m (75 ft); white light, 7.5 s on, 2.5 s off, synchronized with the front light. 24 m (79 ft) concrete mast with a round lantern and gallery mounted to the front of the mast at the top. Access to the lantern is by an external stairway that spirals 7 times around the mast. Entire structure is white. Huelse's photo of this unusual beacon is at the top of this page, Trabas has a good photo by Helmut Seger, Anke and Jens have photos, Daniel Szysz has a 2016 street view, and Google has a satellite view. Huelse has a postcard view of the original (1873) light. The modern light tower is located on the west bank of the Świna 520 m (1/3 mi) south southwest of the front light. Site open (there is parking near the lighthouse), tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-027; Admiralty C2670.1; NGA 6128.

Młyny Light, Świnoujście, July 2015
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Oliwier Brzeziński
Świnoujście East Mole {Swinemünde Ostmole} (5)
2000 (station established 1805). Active; focal plane 13 m (42 ft); red light occulting once every 4 s. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, painted red with one green horizontal band. Dieter Kiefer has a photo showing the green band (added in 2015). A photo is at right, Trabas has a good photo by Helmut Seger, the Anke/Jens lighthouse site also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Huelse has a postcard view of the 1877 light, and Forand has a 1940 view of that light with a more modern lantern installed in 1925. According to Liedtke, there were lights on the east mole as early as 1692, although the mole has been extended considerably since then. Located at the end of the east mole, which curves northwestward in front of the Świnoujście lighthouse. Site status uncertain (the mole appears to be walkable, but there is a lack of closeup photos); there are distant views from the beach. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-026; Admiralty C2672; NGA 6120.
Świnoujście Entrance Breakwater
2015. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green light occulting once every 6 s. 11 m (43 ft) round cylindrical tower. Entire lighthouse is green. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This light and the next one frame the entrance to a new LNG terminal. Located on a spur of the east mole. Site and tower closed. Admiralty C2672.3; NGA 6117.
Świnoujście East Breakwater
2015. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white or red light, depending on direction, occulting once every 6 s. 11 m (43 ft) round cylindrical tower. Entire lighthouse is red. Michael Witlowski has a photo, a 2016 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This light and the previous one frame the entrance to a new LNG terminal. Located at the end of the 3 km (1.8 mi) long east breakwater built to shelter the terminal. Site and tower closed. Admiralty C2672.5; NGA 6117.5.

East Mole Light, Świnoujście, August 2008
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by KDB...
**** Świnoujście {Swinemünde} (2)
1857 (station established 1828). Active; focal plane 68 m (223 ft); white light 4 s on, 1 s off; red light is shown southwestward over the Świna for outbound ships. 65 m (213 ft) round brick tower with lantern and gallery rising from an octagonal base with a second gallery. Tower is unpainted yellow brick; lantern painted black. 1st order Fresnel lens in use. Adjacent 2-story brick keeper's house. A photo is at the top of this page, Trabas has a good photo, Huelse has a photo, Anke and Jens have photos, Wikimedia has numerous photos, and Google has a satellite view and a street view of the base of the lighthouse. This magnificent lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse ever built; it is nearly 4 m (13 ft) taller than the Cape Hatteras Light in the U.S. The view from the gallery is about 45 km (28 mi) in clear weather. The tower was restored in 1902-03 to repair spalled brickwork; this project converted the tower's cross-section from the original octagonal to circular. Forand has a postcard view showing the lighthouse's original appearance and another view showing the result of the repairs. In 1945 retreating German troops ordered the destruction of the lighthouse, but the German keeper could not bring himself to light the fuses and the tower survived. Damage from World War II was repaired belatedly in 1959. In 1998-2000, as a Millennium project, the lighthouse was completely restored and opened to the public, along with a lighthouse museum in the keeper's house. Located on the east bank of the river Świna just inside the entrance. Site open, museum and tower open Monday through Friday. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-019; Admiralty C2668; NGA 6116.
Kosa (Marine Pier) North End {Eichstaden Nord} (2)
1913 (station established 1893). Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); green light occulting once every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted white, lantern and gallery green. Huelse has a photo, Claußen has a photo, the Anke/Jens lighthouse site also has a photo, Trabas has a closeup, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a long pier along the west side of the Świna channel about 2 km (1.2 mi) south southwest of the Galeriowa lighthouse. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-036; Admiralty C2678; NGA 6136.
Kosa (Marine Pier) South End {Eichstaden Süd} (2)
1913 (station established 1893). Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); green light occulting once every 4 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted green. Trabas has a closeup photo, and Bing has a satellite view. This tower is similar to the North End light, but shorter. Located at the end of a long pier along the west side of the Świna channel about 2 km (1.2 mi) west southwest of the North End light. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-037; Admiralty C2678.75; NGA 6140.

Mielin Island Lighthouses
Note: The island of Mielen divides the Świna for about 3.5 km (2 mi). The navigation channel is on the west side of the island.
[Mielin North End {Großer Mellin Nord} (2)] (?)
Date unknown (2008?) (station established prior to 1902). Active (?); focal plane 11 m (36 ft) (?); three red flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 12 s. Approx. 4 m (13 ft) round red fiberglass tower. A 2009 photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. NGA formerly listed the original light, a square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, painted red. The 11 m focal plane probably refers also to that light. Trabas now has a photo showing a buoy placed off the point, so the light may have been moved offshore. Located at the north end of the island of Mielen, which divides the Świna for about 3.5 km (2 mi). Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-064; Admiralty C2680; NGA 6156.
Mielin North Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); green light occulting once every 4 s. 18 m (59 ft) square skeletal tower painted with red and white horizontal bands. Trabas has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. This range guides northbound vessels past Mielin Island. Located 220 m (240 yd) north of the common front light. Site status unknown. Admiralty C2682.1; NGA 6168.
Mielin Ranges Common Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); green light (for the north range) or white light (for the south range) occulting once every 4 s. 15 m (49 ft) square skeletal tower painted white. Trabas has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the beach on the west side of the island. Site status unknown. Admiralty C2682; NGA 6164.
Mielin South Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white light occulting once every 4 s. 18 m (59 ft) square skeletal tower painted with red and white horizontal bands. Trabas has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. This range guides southbound vessels past Mielin Island. Located 220 m (240 yd) south southeast of the common front light. Site status unknown. Admiralty C2681.9; NGA 6172.
Mielin South End {Grüner Holm} (2)
1916(?) (station established prior to 1902). Active; focal plane 6 m (21 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 7 m (26 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, painted red. Huelse has a photo, Claußen also has a photo, Trabas has a closeup, Zbigniew Wilczek has a 2008 photo, and Bing has a satellite view. The present light may be the 1916 tower with some later modifications. Located at the south end of the island of Mielen, which divides the Świna for about 3.5 km (2 mi). Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-065; Admiralty C2685; NGA 6176.

Karsibór Area Lighthouses
Kanał Piastowski North End (Karsibór North End) {Kleiner Mellin} (3)
1958(?) (station established prior to 1901). Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); red or green light, depending on direction, occulting twice every 8 s. 8 m (26 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, painted red. Huelse has a photo, Claußen also has a photo, Trabas has a closeup, Anke/Jens have a page with photos, a 2016 closeup is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the north end of the Kanał Piastowski, a dredged channel about 8 km (5 mi) long connecting the Świna to the Zalew Szczeciński (Stettiner Haff). Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-068; Admiralty C2689; NGA 6188.
* Karsibór Range Rear {Caseburg Oberfeuer} (2)
1931 (station established prior to 1893). Active; focal plane 39 m (128 ft); orange light, occulting once every 4 s, synchronized with the front light. 38 m (125 ft) triangular pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern, watch room, double gallery, and enclosed central cylinder. Lighthouse painted red with one white horizontal band. Huelse's photo is at right, a closeup photo is available, Trabas has a distant view up the range, and Bing has a satellite view. The Karsibór range lights are located west of the Kanał Piastowski; they guide vessels northbound through the waterway. Located about 800 m (1/2 mi) west of the north end of the Kanał Piastowski. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-059; Admiralty C2690.1; NGA 6196.
* Karsibór Range Front {Caseburg Unterfeuer} (2)
1931 (station established prior to 1893). Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); orange light, occulting once every 4 s, synchronized with the rear light. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical metal tower with lantern and gallery, painted white; lantern roof is red. Huelse has a photo, Trabas also has a photo, Wilczek Zbigniew has a 2011 photo, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse was rebuilt after storm damage in 1913. Located on the west bank of the Kanał Piastowski, 1.3 km (3/4 mi) southeast of the rear light. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-058; Admiralty C2690; NGA 6192.

Karsibór Range Rear Light, Karsibór Island
photo copyright Klaus Huelse; used by permission
Paprotno Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white light occulting once every 4 s. 14 m (46 ft) square skeletal tower painted white. Trabas has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This range guides southbound vessels. Located on the west side of the Świna opposite Karsibór. Site status unknown. Admiralty C2687; NGA 6180.
Paprotno Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white light occulting once every 4 s. 18 m (59 ft) square skeletal tower painted with red and white horizontal bands and carrying a white triangular slatted daymark. Trabas has a photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located 220 m (240 yd) south of the front light. Site status unknown. Admiralty C2687.1; NGA 6184.

Zalew Szczeciński (Stettiner Haff) Lighthouses

Note: The Szczecin Lagoon, known as Zalew Szczeciński in Polish or Stettiner Haff in German, is more than 40 km (25 mi) in length from east to west; the western end is in Germany. A dredged ship channel about 30 km (19 mi) long crosses the Polish basin of the lagoon diagonally from the Kanał Piastowski to the mouth of the Odra. The channel (torowa) is marked by a series of pairs of lighthouses; each pair is called a gate (brama).
* Kanał Piastowski Entrance East (Brama Torowa 1E) {Kaiserfahrt Ost}
1931 (station established 1888). Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off, visible only along the line of the Kanał. 26 m (85 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern, watch room, double gallery, and enclosed central cylinder, mounted on a 1-story square masonry base. Everything but the base painted red. Adam Skotarczak has a photo, Huelse has a photo, Trabas has a fine closeup, a 2009 closeup is available, and Google has a satellite view. This is the first of the Brama (Gate) Towers, a chain of lighthouses guiding ships across the Zalew Szczeciński (Stettiner Haff) to Szczecin. Towers 1E and 1W have been restored and repainted recently. Located adjacent to the base of the east mole at the entrance to the Kanał Piastowski from the Zalew Szczeciński. Site open, tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-066; Admiralty C2693; NGA 6200.
Kanał Piastowski Entrance West (Brama Torowa 1W) {Kaiserfahrt West}
1931 (station established 1888). Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off, visible only along the line of the Kanał; also a red general navigation light, occulting twice every 8 s, at a focal plane of 23 m (75 ft). 26 m (85 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern, watch room, double gallery, and enclosed central cylinder, mounted on a 1-story square masonry base. Tower painted green, lantern and watch room red. Fog horn (Morse code "K," long-short-long, every 60 s). Trabas has a closeup photo, Huelse has a photo, Andrzej Armiński has a 2010 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Forand has a postcard view of the earlier light tower. Located adjacent to the base of the west mole at the entrance to the Kanał Piastowski from the Zalew Szczeciński. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-067; Admiralty C2694; NGA 6204.
Zalew Szczeciński Northeast (Brama Torowa 2E) {Hafftorfeuer Nord Ost)
1931. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); two white flashes every 8 s, visible only along the northwest-southeast channel crossing the sound. 21 m (69 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern, watch room, double gallery, and enclosed central cylinder, mounted on a circular concrete base. Lighthouse painted red, except the central cylinder is white. Huelse's photo appears at right, Trabas has an excellent closeup, Adam Jacyno has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located near the center of the Zalew Szczeciński, about 6.5 km (4 mi) northeast of the south shore near Podgrodzie. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-075; Admiralty C2700; NGA 6216.
Zalew Szczeciński Northwest (Brama Torowa 2W ) {Hafftorfeuer Nord West}
1931. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); two white flashes every 8 s, visible only along the northwest-southeast channel crossing the sound; also a directional light, white, red or green flash every 4 s at a focal plane of 23 m (75 ft), shown over a sector to the west northwest. 21 m (69 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern, watch room, double gallery, and enclosed central cylinder, mounted on a circular concrete base. Lighthouse painted green, except the central cylinder is white. Huelse has a good photo, Trabas has a closeup, Andrzej Armiński has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located near the center of the Zalew Szczeciński, about 6.5 km (4 mi) northeast of the south shore near Podgrodzie. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-076; Admiralty C2701; NGA 6220.
Zalew Szczeciński Southeast (Brama Torowa 3E ) {Hafftorfeuer Süd Ost}
1930. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); three white flashes every 8 s, visible only along the northwest-southeast channel crossing the sound; also a directional light, white, red or green flash every 4 s at a focal plane of 22 m (72 ft), shown over a sector to the north. 21 m (69 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern, watch room, double gallery, and tripod bracing mounted on a circular concrete base. Lighthouse painted red, except the central cylinder is white. Andrzej Armiński has a 2010 photo, Zbigniew Wilczek has a 2011 photo showing towers 3W and 3E, and Google has a satellite view. Huelse has a good photo showing the tower's original appearance, and Trabas also has a photo. This appears to be a renovation of the original tower 3E with its skeletal bracing removed, and replaced by the tripod braces. Located in the southeastern part of the Zalew Szczeciński, about 5 km (3 mi) north of the south shore west of Trzebież. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-077; Admiralty C2702; NGA 6224.

Brama Torowa 2E
Brama Tarowa 2E, Zalew Szczeciński
photo copyright Klaus Huelse; used by permission

Zalew Szczeciński Southwest (Brama Torowa 3W) {Hafftorfeuer Süd West}
1930. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); three white flashes every 8 s, visible only along the northwest-southeast channel crossing the sound. 21 m (69 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern, watch room, double gallery, and tripod bracing mounted on a circular concrete base. Lighthouse painted green, except the central cylinder is white. Adam Jacyno's 2009 photo is at right, Zbigniew Wilczek has a 2011 photo showing towers 3W and 3E, Huelse has a good photo showing the tower's original appearance, Trabas also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This appears to be a renovation of the original tower 3W with its skeletal bracing removed, and replaced by the tripod braces. Located in the southeastern part of the Zalew Szczeciński, about 5 km (3 mi) north of the south shore west of Trzebież. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Operator: Urząd Morski w Szczecinie. ARLHS POL-029; Admiralty C2703; NGA 6228.

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Posted April 18, 2005. Checked and revised March 11, 2016. Lighthouses: 23. Site copyright 2016 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.