Lighthouses of Austria

Before World War I the Austro-Hungarian Empire had a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea in what is now Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia, and the imperial government built many fine lighthouses on that coast. But since the end of World War I Austria has been a land-locked country, extending only from the Alps to the Danube. There is quite a bit of navigation on the Danube, and there is boating on many Alpine lakes. The largest of these lakes is the Bodensee, often called Lake Constance in English. The Bodensee is an international waterway: its northern shore is in Germany, the southern shore is in Switzerland, and the eastern end of the lake is in Austria.

In German, a lighthouse is a Leuchtturm ("light tower"), plural Leuchttürme.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights.

General Sources
Lighthouses of the Danube
A 2013 blog entry by Dániel Szávoszt-Vass.
Lighthouses in Austria
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
World of Lighthouses - Austria
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Seezeichen der Alpenregion auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard views posted by Klaus Huelse.
GPSNavigationCharts
Navigational chart information for the Bodensee.

Leuchtturm Bregenz
Westmole Light, Bregenz, August 2009
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Jan Olof Nygren

Bodensee Lighthouses
Note: The Bodensee is 63 km (39 mi) long and as much as 14 km (8.7 mi) wide. The Austrian state of Vorarlberg has about 15 km (9 mi) of shoreline at the southeastern end of lake, including the delta where the Rhine River flows into the lake. There are additional lighthouses on the Bodensee in Germany and Switzerland.
* Bregenz Westmole
2009. Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); flashing white light; there is also a continuous green light at a focal plane of about 7 m (23 ft). 30 m (98 ft) tower, with four square steel posts supporting a box-like lantern. Jan Olof Nygren's photo of this remarkable light is above, Wikimedia has a photo by Friedrich Böhringer, Christian Rajek has a December 2014 street view, and Google has a satellite view. The light was prefabricated and erected by a crane in a single day in May 2009. It is the signature piece in the reconstruction of the harbor. Bregenz is at the eastern end of the Bodensee (Lake Constance) and is the only Austrian town on the lake. Huelse has postcard views of an older and a second older pier light at Bregenz. Located at the end of the west mole of Bregenz. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed.
* Bregenz Ostmole
2009. Active; focal plane about 26 m (85 ft); continuous red light. Approx. 24 m (79 ft) tower, with four square steel posts supporting a box-like lantern. A photo of both mole lights is available, Christian Rajek has a December 2014 street view, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the east mole of Bregenz. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed.

Neusiedlersee Lighthouse
* Podersdorf-am-See
1998. Active; continuous white light; also a flashing orange light is displayed sometimes as a storm warning. 11 m (36 ft) round metal tower with lantern. Lighthouse painted white with three red horizontal bands; lantern painted white with a red dome. Derzsi Elekes Andor's photo is at right, Michael Gustke has a 2016 photo, a 2006 photo is available, Wikimedia has several photos, Peter Vrablec has a 2017 street view, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse stands on the eastern shore of the Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl), Austria's largest lake, near the Hungarian border at the eastern end of the country. It is well known as a landmark and tourist attraction. Located at the end of a short wooden pier in Podersdorf-am-See. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS AUT-003.
* Breitenbrunn
Date unknown. Active; directional light, characteristic unknown. 6 m (20 ft) round tower with a faux lantern, painted white with a blue band at the base. Andreas Wenth has a street view and Google has a satellite view. The directional light is attached to the outside of the lantern. Located at the Breitenbrunn campground and marina at the north end of the Neuseidlersee. Site open, tower closed.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

  • Maria Wörth (1890-1945), on the south shore of the Wörthersee west of Klagenfurt. ARLHS AUT-002.
  • Praterspitz (early 1900s), at the junction of the Donaukanal and the Danube on the east side of Vienna. This is the entrance to Vienna's commercial harbor. Daniel Szávoszt-Vass has a historic photo (halfway down the page). The lighthouse has been replaced by a signal tower; Manfred Fleiss has a street view and Google has a satellite view.
  • St. Wolfgang (?-1961), on the north shore of the Wolfgangsee west of Bad Ischl. ARLHS AUT-004.
Podersdorf-am-See Light
Podersdorf-am-See Light, Podersdorf-am-See, August 2013
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Derzsi Elekes Andor

Notable faux lighthouses:

Adjoining page: Northwest: Germany: Bodensee | Southwest: Switzerland

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Posted October 16, 2006. Checked and revised November 1, 2018. Lighthouses: 4. Site copyright 2018 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.