Thionville is a town of the Moselle department, in the Lorraine region, north east of France. It houses 41,127 inhabitants called the Thionvillois. The town is 31km to the east of Metz, the prefecture of the department. By plane, you can land in Strasbourg airport or in Brussels airport. Both offer regular flights from and to the UK, which will let you go back to your country easily.
Thionville was a long time ago part of Germany and then Luxembourg. A former steel city, the town is now developing and benefits from the closeness with Luxembourg. Indeed, the economy of the neighbouring countries allow Thionville to remain dynamic: about 40,000 workers live in the town but travel each year to Luxembourg for work purpose, since salaries are higher there. Thus, property prices tend to be higher in the surroundings of Thionville, as there is a high demand in dwellings.
In the town centre, discover the historical heart of Thionville with its former seigniorial houses, town hall, Tour aux Puces, castles, belfry and 18th century properties. Some prestigious and ancient properties are also worth seeing since they present an interesting architecture.
A property in France is sold €3,197 /sq m in 2009. In the Moselle department, properties cost €2,122 /sq m. Such average may be higher than other departments of Moselle (although still affordable) but this is probably due to the proximity with Luxembourg and Belgium.
Furthermore, the number of tenants is quite high (57%) which implies good rental opportunities. The town being located in a touristy region, it attracts many holidaymakers who rent a property. Large dwellings are more searched than small ones. So if you plan to buy a property in Thionville and let it, it should be more profitable to buy a 4 or 5-roome property.
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Castles: several castles in the area or in Thionville are definitely worth visiting. The Château de Volkrange is categorized as an historical monument in France. The Hundred Years’ War did not spare the castle from damages. But it was later renovated and you can now see a pigeon house amongst others. Then, the Luxembourg earls’ castle: you can stare at the remains of this beautiful monument.
Leisure centre: at the heart of a greenery sector, only 5 minutes away from the town centre, the leisure centre is dedicated to relaxation and well-being. Mineral beaches, basins, sauna and hammam, this is a great place to spend time in family or with friends.
Surroundings: in the area, some interesting towns and sites are worth visiting. For instance, the medieval city of Rodemack is a charming and lovely village of France. Strolling in the town centre will let you admire its alleyways, ramparts and ancient houses. A site full of history, this is a great location to visit.
Apartments: you will find in Thionville a huge number of apartments. They are of course often located in the town centre and thus are close to all amenities. If you are looking for a buy-to-let investment or if you want to buy a second home in the area, a flat could be a good property type.
Houses: detached or town houses are also on offer in the town and its surroundings. You can also decide to buy a cottage. Houses in general come with a piece of land, garage, courtyard and terrace. They are ideal for those who want to settle in Thionville.
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