Klopp Castle

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Klopp Castle
Klopp Castle (view from the southwest)

Klopp Castle (view from the southwest)

Creation time : around 1240
Castle type : Hilltop castle
Conservation status: Preserved essential parts
Standing position : Clerical
Place: Bingen am Rhein
Geographical location 49 ° 57 '58.8 "  N , 7 ° 53' 47.7"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 57 '58.8 "  N , 7 ° 53' 47.7"  E
Height: 127  m above sea level NHN
Klopp Castle (Rhineland-Palatinate)
Klopp Castle
Klopp Castle (view from the northwest)
Klopp Castle with a modern fountain at the foot

The Klopp Castle is a hilltop castle on a hill in the town of Bingen am Rhein in Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate .

Klopp Castle has been part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002 .


The castle complex was built between 1240 (Kloppberg was mentioned as the residence of a cleric) and 1277 (from then on it was mentioned as Clopp Castle ). A Roman origin is extremely unlikely, since the Roman fort Bingium did not include the Kloppberg according to recent studies. The purpose of the construction was to strengthen the Kurmainzer customs barrier, which formed Klopp Castle with Ehrenfels Castle on the other bank and the Binger Mouse Tower , which was added in the 14th century .

After the Archbishop of Mainz, Dietrich Schenk von Erbach, sold the town and castle to the Mainz Cathedral Chapter in 1438 , it also served as a fortress that controlled the townspeople striving for independence. After it was destroyed in the Thirty Years' War , it was rebuilt in 1653, but in 1689 the castle was destroyed again by French troops in the Palatinate War of Succession . In 1711/12 the Mainz occupation blew up the remains during the War of the Spanish Succession to prevent the enemy from using it. The ruins were bought by the notary and government commissioner of the canton of Bingen, Hermann Gottfried Joseph Faber, around 1800. Klopphügel and ruins changed hands around 1840. This was Gustav Johann von Mengden, who wanted to rebuild it, but changed his plans and sold it in 1853 to the Cologne shipowner and merchant Ludwig Maria Cron.

Today part of the Bingen city administration is housed in Klopp Castle, including the mayor's office.


The castle was given its present form in the course of the Rhine Romanticism in the 19th century. After a partial reconstruction (bridge, gatehouse , battlements and keep ) by Ludwig Maria Cron in 1853, the architect and former mayor of Bingen, Eberhard Soherr, had the neo-Gothic main building constructed as a bourgeois summer residence from 1875 to 1879 . Since 1897 this has been the seat of the city administration. From today's appearance one cannot infer the original shape. Only the lower walls of the keep, the neck ditch and parts of the southern curtain wall with the remains of the battlement have survived from the Middle Ages . The 37.5 m high keep is open during the summer months and can be climbed as a lookout tower .



  • Matthias Schmandt: The history of Klopp Castle in Bingen . In: Heimatjahrbuch 2004 of the district of Bingen .
  • From hand ax to franc sword. Bingen - history of a city on the Middle Rhine . Philipp von Zabern, 2003.

Web links

Commons : Burg Klopp  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Bernd Funke in Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz, Whitsun 2014 edition
  2. Information on the city administration on the website of the city of Bingen am Rhein
  3. ^ Burg Klopp on the website of the city administration of Bingen am Rhein