Dreaming of Escape? Dozens Seek Job in Remote German Lighthouse

Ever wondered what it might be like to quit your desk job and live in a remote lighthouse somewhere? It turns out it’s a real prospect for some.

The German North Sea village of Wremen struggled for a long time to find a keeper for its lighthouse, but an advertisement for the voluntary job produced surprising results.

“We received 120 applications,” Wremen councillor Henning Siat told dpa. Applications came from all over the country and from as far away as Australia.

The lighthouse now has seven retired keepers, who used to work as meteorologists, craftsmen or management consultants, as well as three professionals.

According to dpa in Hannover, the requirements for the job are a love of sea travel, knowledge of the tides and weather.

German lighthouse


Of the 120 applicants, 15 were short-listed for interview before the final group of 10 was chosen.

“These 10 people will share the work; there is a work roster,” Siat said. What is really important is “simply to have contact with the holidaymakers and day-trippers and chat to them.”

The lighthouse, dubbed “Little Prussian” or “”Kleiner Preuße”, is no longer an official navigational marker and is in fact a replica of the original that was taken out of operation in 1930. It sits on the coast midway between the cities of Cuxhaven and Bremerhafen.

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