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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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  • Starting with a nice harbour ride on a big shiplike boat was as a free sightsing itself. We did see so much more of the town from the seaside. Entering the open sea was exiting and so beautiful! The i...  more »
  • 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 »
  • Its summer. You´ve got plenty of time. Take the slow boat from central Gothenburg or from Hönö Klova and experience a place that time has left behind. bring along a pick-nickbasket, add some wine (don...  more »

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