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The name of this man-made hill derives from medieval German and denotes a place for law courts and execution. A similar site is also to be found in Bremen. But this only explains the present name, and not the real origin. All that seems certain is that the Jedutenberg was erected in the early middle ages, perhaps as a lookout post for Frankish coastal defence around 800. When the enemy approached -in this case mostly the Vikings-, a fire could be lit on the top of the hill to alarm the surrounding population. With reference to the name, other theories do not exclude an open-air medieval court of law. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 to 1871, a monument to the fallen soldiers was erected. One present function of the hill has a lot to do with pleasure and nothing to do with history. In the wintertime, children like to slide down the hill on their sledges.

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