Period IV

Oberalppass. Photo/Foto: TES.

A lighthouse in the Alps

No mountain is too high for Swiss, but what does a lighthouse on the Oberalp Pass do at 2 046 above sea level? The Rhine Source Lighthouse is an hour’s walk from the source of the Rhine. The Gotthard massif is the source of four rivers: the Rhine, Reuss, Rhône and Ticino.

The lighthouse is intended as a call to travel to the source of the Rhine, a kind of Siren. The Lighthouse was built in 2010 in the Swiss village of Alpnach and then transported to the Oberalp Pass.

In October 2010, the Lighthouse was opened with a festive ceremony as a visual icon for the entire Rhine area with its more than 50 million inhabitants. The Lighthouse is a replica of a Lighthouse that has been in use in the Netherlands for more than seventy years, in the Rhine delta, after the 1 233 kilometre journey from the Gotthard Massiv to the North Sea.

On 9 August, Nik Hartmann was appointed as the new lighthouse keeper. Perhaps this lighthouse is located on a beach of the sea again in 20 million years. (More information: