Currently the name of a local organisation formed to promote and create growth in the village, ‘Hejnsvig On Top’ also refers to the fact that Hejnsvig is built on what is geologically known as a ‘hill island’ formed during the Ice Age. And not just your run-of-the-mill hill either but the highest in the Kingdom of Denmark no less!
Hejnsvig has a rich history dating back to the 13th century, when the original version of the village’s church was built. And it’s the church that has been a constant in the settlement’s history ever since.
The first building was built 800 years ago and was likely built of wood. It was then replaced by a tiny stone building during the 14th century and it was around this time that Hejnsvig first appeared in written accounts of the region. Although the church was relatively small, the parish grew in power and was one of the most important in the region up until the 17th century. Finally, the church was extended at the beginning of the 20th century and has stood in its current state ever since.
In many ways the growth and expansion of the church over the centuries matches that of Hejnsvig itself. It grew in influence and prosperity over the years and even had its own train station from 1917 to 1968.
As well as a proud history, Hejnsvig has a solid business community and a beautiful golf course, where the buildings have a special status.