The brick giant at Darßer Ort has shown many brave sailors the way to safety on shore. Visitors are now free to climb the 35 metres to its top.
After walking for about an hour through the Darß Forest, the lighthouse suddenly appears. For more than 160 years, a giant landmark on the rough coast. If you can manage the 134 steps to the top, you’ll get to enjoy some wonderful views of the open sea and the ever-changing landscape of Darßer Ort. On clear weather-days, you can even see Warnemünde, the Hiddensee, and the Danish islands of Falster and Mon on the horizon.
Before German reunification in 1990, the entire area around the lighthouse was off-limits and had been completely ruined by the military posted there. Since 1995, the lighthouse can once again be climbed and, in 2009, its listed façade received a complete overhaul.
He is the oldest active lighthouse in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The “fire” has been operated electrically since 1936. It is visible for up to 32 nautical miles at night.
The lighthouse itself and its outbuildings is now home to the Natureum, a special branch of the German Maritime Museum.