Højer

 

 

Højer (German: Hoyer) is a town in Southern Jutland with 1,176 inhabitants (2020), located in Tøndermarsken near the Wadden Sea. The city is located in Tønder Municipality and belongs to the Region of Southern Denmark. Højer is an old marsh town, built behind dikes, and is located in one of the most sparsely populated areas in Denmark. Today it is a small industrial town with i.a. furniture factories and the company Højer Pølser, which is known for its South Jutland sausages in most of the region.

Højer offers several sights. Højer Church is a tufted stone church built in the second half of the 13th century. In the 14th century, earth was filled up around the building to prevent it from being hit by storm surge, which makes the church appear lower than it is. Another attraction in the city is Højer Mølle, which is a restored Dutch wind turbine from 1857. With its height of 22 m, the mill is considered one of Northern Europe's tallest of its kind. Højer Mølle and the two associated grain magazines are today part of Museum Sønderjylland, and house an exhibition about the Gate to Tøndermarsken. Here you can get an introduction to the history of the marsh and the human struggle with and against the water. The Marskstien passes Højer Mølle, which is also the starting point for one of the trail loops on the Marskstien. At Torvet in the town you will find Højer Rådhus, which is a small thatched building from 1803, and in Møllegade is Kiers Gaard, a stately marsh farm built in 1760, but with a background history dating back to the 15th century.

In general, Højer town is characterized by old houses and farms from the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the town's older houses, Lises Hus, built in 1708. In the garden of the house is a reconstruction of Højer's old town well from 1807. In Nørregade is Hindrichsens Gaard, a building from 1760 with a distinctive gable house and a large thatched roof. The building served for many years as the town's grocery store.

Slightly south of Højer, the Vidåen continues west through the marsh to Højer Sluse and all the way to the dikes at Vidå Sluse. At the latter lock there is a nature exhibition about the Wadden Sea and the marsh, and in the summer visitors can come for seal observation with excursion boats.

 

From Højer there are 8 kilometers to Rudbøl, 12 to Tønder and just over 26 to Skærbæk.

In 1825, Frederik VI paid a visit to the area to encourage the population after the storm surge. In Højer there is a memorial stone with an inscription in German that from here the king went out to the ravaged islands in the Wadden Sea.

Kunsternes By In Højer, art lives on. Paintings in soft and strong colors. Ceramics in traditional and challenging forms. Textiles in unique designs, and sculptures in a wide variety of materials. You do not have to be in Højer for long before you discover that you are in a real artist town. Painters, graphic designers, designers, sculptors, potters and photographers have found a place in Højer where the framework for practicing arts and crafts is present in abundance. The location by the marshes and the Wadden Sea provides both inspiration and space. Here is literally high to the sky, and nature has a fascinating changeability, which is brought further into the artists' works and productions. The buildings of the city and the area also contribute with their charm and rawness to a unique framework for art.

On the square is the Marskhotellet, which was built in 1888. The side building, popularly called Falles Hus, is today also part of the hotel. The hotel was originally called the Bahnhof Hotel, and has since had several different names.