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The Church of Hjerl Hede Open Air Museum

Step back in time when you visit the museum church at Hjerl Hede. A reconstruction of the Romanesque church type

The museum church at Frilandsmuseet Hjerl Hede near Vinderup is constructed as a reconstruction of the Romanesque church type that was built in the country in the 12th century. The model for this was Tjørring Church north of Herning.

The dimensions of the nave are 40 x 25 Roman feet, while the choir measures 19 x 19 Roman feet.

Inspiration from across Denmark

In the center of the floor stands an original East Jutland baptismal font from the 13th century, painted in strong colors. The painting in strong colors is an experiment from 1992, as are the lime paintings from 1985, which are part of a series of experiments with lime paintings. The motifs for the lime paintings are taken from Råsted Church near Randers. On the altar are a pair of candlesticks from Visby as well as a figure of Christ, a copy of a crucifix in Åby Church.

The church bell is a replica of Denmark's oldest bell, found in Smollerup. The church is located at Frilandsmuseet Hjerl Hede and can be visited during the museum's opening hours. On closing days, access to the church is not possible, but for 40 DKK, you can visit the museum and view the church and all the other buildings from the outside.

The old village on the heath

Frilandsmuseet Hjerl Hede is a collection of small cultural landscapes where you can explore regional variations of construction. Among other things, the museum also houses Jutland's oldest known farmhouse, Vinkelgården.

During peak season, summer holidays, and Christmas, the museum comes to life with over 100 people working in houses and workshops. Throughout the year, there are changing activities in the museum.

Plan your visit

Hjerl Hede is located on the Jutland heath just outside the town of Vinderup. The museum is easily accessible by car, camper, and bus. There are good, free parking facilities and three Pintrip spots for campers. Hjerl Hede is only an hour's drive from the North Sea and a fifteen-minute drive from the Limfjord.

Restaurant Skyttegaarden is located on the museum grounds, where you can buy classic Danish dishes, old-fashioned ice cream wafers, and more. The restaurant follows the museum's opening hours.


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