Nomination for World Cultural Heritage

Great Spas of Europe

Baden and the "Great Spas of Europe"

Baden bei Wien looks back on a 2,000-year old bathing tradition and rich cultural history, which is still reflected in the cityscape today.

In the 19th century and early 20th century Baden bei Wien was one of the European spa towns of international standing.

The "Great Spas of Europe", which in addition to Baden bei Wien include 10 other European spa towns, were officially nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in February 2019. The content of the nomination is the exceptional nature of international spa towns with their special type of ‘spa town’ settlement, with their landscape and urban planning features, as well as their diverse cultural and historical significance for European spa history. The Great Spas of Europe phenomenon has been submitted as a holistic phenomenon. The selected spa towns should not be included in the World Heritage List for themselves alone, but as a part of the Great Spas of Europe.

The Great Spas of Europe comprises eleven spa towns from seven European countries: The Czech cities Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Mariánské Lázne (Marienbad) and Frantiskovy Lázne (Franzensbad), the Belgian Spa, the French Vichy, the English Bath, the Italian Montecatini, as well as the German spa cities Baden-Baden, Bad Ems and Bad Kissingen and of course Baden bei Wien from Austria.

Great Spas of Europe Conference" from 3 to 5 December 2019 in Baden

The mayors of the Great Spas of Europe met in Baden from 3 to 5 December 2019. Topics of the meeting were the status and schedule of the review, as well as joint marketing measures for 2020 and the next steps around the expected decision of the UNESCO World Heritage Conference in China in July 2020.

OUV "Great Spas of Europe"

  • The eleven applicants are spa towns in Central Europe of outstanding importance, all of which have developed an early form of modern tourism.
  • They have a special form of spa town structure and architecture.
  • All eleven cities were of great significance in the 19th century for the social changes in politics, culture and society.
  • They are of great importance in the sphere of history of medicine.

Mayor Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Szirucsek: "The Great Spas of Europe unite the world's best addresses for spa cures and health. The World Cultural Heritage Site makes us reflect on the very strengths of these cities: health and relaxation. For Baden, this cooperation is a unique opportunity to take the development of tourism to a whole new level of quality".