The Klinkenberg is a low mound with a ditch around it. It is a motte, a castle dating from around 1225 -1250 which was laid out on an artificial mound. Such a mound has steep sides, usually built with the earth thrown up from digging the ditch, and can be up to four or five metres high. The Klinkenberg still has the remains of somewhat lower precincts, the Keutershoogte, which give the ditch an octagonal shape. The motte belongs to the oldest type of medieval fortifications. The name motte comes from the Latin word mota, or hill. A wooden tower might have stood on the top with a wooden palisade around it. It would have served to dominate the road from Coevorden to Ruinen.
The Klinkenberg is cloaked in mystery. One story tells that a chest lies hidden on top of the mound. On the stroke of noon the lid of the chest is supposed to open and close with a loud bang. According to tradition, robber knights began to build a castle there. At night they were chased by farmers from Gees with flails and hayforks. But eventually the robber knights succeeded in raising their castle.
Location of the Klinkenberg (informationboard)
Coordinates: 52°44’44.3″N 6°39’16.6″E
- Goringdijk 5
- 7863 TC Gees