Thorn has a long and fascinating history, dating back to the 10th century when a group of noblewomen founded an abbey in the town. The town grew in power and influence over the centuries, eventually becoming a principality. Today, Thorn is known for its historic all-white buildings and picturesque streets, which give the town a charming atmosphere. So read on and plan how to spend a day in Thorn Netherlands!
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If you are following my Ulitmate Road Trip through the Netherlands, Thorn is just a stop on your way to Maastricht from Drodrecht. However, you can always spend the night in Thorn to break up the trip! The town is tiny, but I guarantee you will fall in love with the charm. Plus, there are some cute Bed and Breakfasts or hotel options. My personal favorite hotel is Hotel Abdijhof Thorn, located in the center of town with enchanting apartment-style rooms.
Regardless if you spend a day or more in Thorn, below are some top things to do while touring the quaint town. As always, I linked each place on my Google Maps.
Visit the Abbey Church
The Abbey Church in Thorn dates back to the 10th century and is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture. The church is open to visitors and is free to enter.
Learn about the History at the Museum Land van Thorn
This museum is dedicated to the history of Thorn and is housed in a former monastery. Here, you can learn about the town’s past, including its time as a principality and its role in the Middle Ages.
Explore the White Buildings & Town Center
The town of Thorn is known for its charming streets and historic all-white buildings. Take a leisurely stroll through the center of town and enjoy the picturesque scenery.
Try a Limburgse vlaai
Limburgse vlaai is a type of fruit pie that is popular in the Limburg region of the Netherlands. You can find it at many cafes and bakeries in Thorn.
Go cycling or hiking
The surrounding countryside of Thorn is beautiful and offers plenty of opportunities for cycling or hiking. You can rent a bike or hike one of the many trails in the area.
I hope this guide helps prepare you for how to spend a day in Thorn Netherlands! If you need any help planning or have any questions, please reach out or message me on my contact page! I would love to hear about how your trip went as well. Did you spend a night in Thorn or just do a day trip? Tell me in the comments below!