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The place is first recorded in 1328 as "Heyngesingen": at that time it was in Saarwerden County. Originally the little village clustered around its castle was positioned in the valley, but it was destroyed in the Thirty Years War. Hinsingen is on the frontier between Alsace and Lorraine: following further sustained destruction wrought by the interminablewarsfought between France and The Empire in the final decades of the seventeenth century, remaining villagers removed the settlement to its present hilltop location.
The name of the village has mutated over time through "Hinquezange" to "Hinsingen".