We are World Heritage! – Great Spas of Europe

We congratulate the city of Bad Kissingen and the entire World Heritage team on their inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List!

Great Spas of Europe with Bad Kissingen are on the UNESCO World Heritage List

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has decided: Bad Kissingen, together with ten other important historic spa towns, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On 24 July 2021, at its 44th meeting in Fuzhou/China, the World Heritage Committee included the World Heritage Site “Great Spas of Europe” in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Enthusiasm in the city and the Free State “We are World Heritage!” says Lord Mayor Dr. Vogel enthusiastically. “This puts us in the Champions League of the attention of German cities. Together we will preserve, further develop and use our World Heritage.”
“Bad Kissingen as one of the Great Spa Towns of Europe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! This is great news for Bad Kissingen and for the entire cultural region
Bavaria. Bad Kissingen as a health resort of incredible diversity has convinced with a mixture of lived tradition and modernity. As part of the important spa towns
It symbolizes europe’s European idea of community and cohesion. I am proud that with Bad Kissingen we now have a total of nine World Heritage Sites in the Free State,” congratulated bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts.
“Great Spas” – a successful European project Great Spas of Europe: These are eleven spa towns from seven nations – Bad Kissingen, Baden-Baden and Bad Ems in Germany, Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně in the Czech Republic, Spa in Belgium, Vichy in France, Baden bei Wien in Austria, Montecatini Terme in Italy and Bath in the United Kingdom. The “Great Spas of Europe” are testimony to the European spa phenomenon and the exchange of innovative ideas with influence on spa towns and balneology between 1700 and 1930. Their importance for the international community is recognized in a special way with the designation as a World Heritage Site.
Bad Kissingen acts as a prime example of a world bath in its top shape at the beginning of the 20th century. It is also the only spa town in the applicant group that has salt extraction and medical brine applications in its service portfolio. The interplay of material and intangible heritage manifests itself in an exemplary manner for the application in Bad Kissingen using the example of the Upper Saline, which for years was the spa residence and temporary seat of government of Reich Chancellor Otto von Bismarck.

Numerous special events, activities, guided tours and concerts are planned around the designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information, see www.badkissingen.de/welterbe. There you will also find background information on the development of the project and the new World Heritage Site “Great Spas of Europe”.

Greetings from our 1st Board Member Ralf Ludewig: Great Spas of Europe

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