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Vinga, Gothenburg

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Vinga Lighthouse, is a Swedish lighthouse on Vinga island. The present-day lighthouse was built in 1890, although Vinga has been a significant island for mariners long before that. This lighthouse is the third built on the island. It is one of Sweden's most noted lighthouses and a special symbol for the city of Gothenburg.HistoryThe first tower was built in 1841, it was the first Swedish lighthouse with lens. A second was built in 1854 to make Vinga a "double light", since there had been complaints that it was hard to tell the difference between the lighthouse in Skagen, Denmark, and Vinga, Sweden, from afar. The flame ran on colza oil. In the 1880s the need for a better and higher lighthouse was urgent and in 1890 the new lighthouse was built, it ran on paraffin. The lantern on the second lighthouse was removed and it was transformed into a watchtower (the red and gray short tower on the picture). The first lighthouse was demolished and only the foundation remains.In 1948, the tower was electrified and in 1974, it was automated. It is now remote controlled by the Swedish Maritime Administration, who wanted to deactivate the lighthouse in 2007 since the commercial shipping did not need it anymore. The proposition met with heavy opposition and the tower is still active.The Vinga station also has a distinctive red pyramid, a day beacon, adjacent to the tower. It was built in 1857.
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  • Book a boat trip, Vinga has been tourism. It is adults, children (aged 6) is 150 Krone 300 kroner. Departure is from Lilla Bommen (LIRA Pier) is 2 hours 45 minutes. And cruise around the Islands Saltholmen, Styrsö, Brännö och Kössö in Vinga off the boat, you can stay 30 minutes. A stunning view of the endless ocean from Vinga island is square, the famous lighthouse and pyramid-shaped indicators, 1-West.
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  • So it's not very cheap to take the boat going out to Vinga. And it's not very pleasant if the weather is bad. But it is a wonderful island. Located on the rim of the Gothenburg archipelago, it gives a...  more »
  • Wonderful place. Easy to get there with Stream boats. Small fine path which goes across the island and great swimming spots, both in the calm Bay and the more adventurous places on the island's outer edges. Lovely view from the lighthouse, and do not miss a visit to the Taube Museum. Sometimes the kiosk open also
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