Once a miniature principality led by an Abbess and convent of noble ladies in the tenth century, modern Thorn's cobbled streets and Abbey attract visitors seeking rural charm and history. From your hotel in idyllic Thorn in the heart of the Netherlands, you can access a number of European commercial centres.
What will I discover in Thorn?
Thorn is epithetically known as the 'white village' because of its pristine white buildings. But the painted façade belies a bitter class struggle that took place here in the eighteenth century. With the arrival of the French in 1794, they imposed a window tax on the poor population, leading many families to brick up their windows, masking their poverty by whitewashing their houses.
What can I expect from business life?
Thorn is within commutable distance of a number of commercial centres including Brussels, Antwerp and Düsseldorf. Closer in its orbit is Maastricht, where numerous business conferences and events in the region are held. Maastricht has a superb School of Business and Economics that regularly runs lectures and events for executives. Lecture and conference programmes here increasingly focus on themes such as sustainability and entrepreneurship. Businesses in the region can select top students graduating from the school, enhancing business life here.
Hasselt is another nearby business hub, where established companies and emerging businesses participate in its highly successful 'Pitch and Pizza' start-up and networking events. If you want to brush up on your skills, Hasselt offers a suite of engaging executive training courses.
What else can I enjoy from my Thorn hotel?
The municipal 'Land of Thorn' Museum features a striking three dimensional painting that depicts the city's history, known as the Thorn Panorama. The abbey church could not be more Dutch, surrounded as it is with picture-postcard fields and grazing cows. But don't be fooled by its present rustic charm, Thorn was an imperial abbey during the Holy Roman Empire and is around a thousand years old. A Romanesque abbey church was erected here in 992.
The Chapel under the Linden is only two kilometres away from your Thorn hotel and makes a pleasant excursion. A matter of minutes from the town by car or bus, you will find several lakes where locals swim, boat and take picnics in the summer and hike in the winter.