Thionville, France

Guide for the rail traveller


Local languageFrench
Country France


Thionville has had plenty of strife over the years. Its strategic location near Germany and Luxembourg meant the town witnessed gruesome battles during both World Wars, and the post-war years were not been kind to the local industry. However efforts have been made to turn Thionville into a tourist destination, with several festivals devoted to contemporary music, performance and literature. The 11th century Tower Flea remains one of its most impressive monuments; the former dungeon is named after the legend of the princess held captive here that was devoured by fleas. The Museum of Resistance and Deportation is a grim, if significant reminder of the Second World War. On a lighter note, there’s Fonzie’s Burgers, a sort of Planet Hollywood filled with statues of comic book characters.

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