European Historic Thermal Towns Association

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Gellért Baths in Budapest © Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gellért Baths in Budapest © Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-3.0

The European Route of Historic Thermal Cities is a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. The route is supported by the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), founded in 2011, a nonprofit organization with currently 26 members in 11 European countries (including Turkey). In the spring of 2013 EHTTA was awarded the “Cultural Route of Europe” by the “European Institute of Cultural Routes”. The Press Office of the City of Baden-Baden calls the European Route of Historic Thermal Baths the European Bathing Route.

The European Route of Historic Thermal Cities, EHTTA’s first project, is a trail that traces the sites where bathing culture in Europe developed. The route ideally combines the cultural and architectural heritage of the spa towns and promotes the quality of their mineral waters. It aims to promote and sustain the common development of thermal cities, develop a network of close cooperation with European institutions and European funding programs, promote the development of bathing industry research, analysis, studies and statistics, and develop a new strategy for the spa sector high cultural and tourist potential.

In order to be recognized as a thermal town in the sense of the route, according to the statutes of the EHTTA, a spa town need have the following characteristics:

  • A thermal town must use its own thermal water (this does not necessarily have to be bottled) and, building on this, run a spa and / or wellness center with a historical tradition.
  • A thermal town must have a resort architecture built no later than the 19th century, including one or more buildings related to the spa and classified as historical monuments.
  • A thermal town must traditionally provide cultural and entertainment opportunities, e.g. theater performances, casinos, concerts, etc.
  • A thermal town has to offer hotels of the highest quality with a high number of rooms, which are connected with the spa offer of the city.

Baths Colonnade in Mariánské Lázně © Superbass/cc-by-sa-3.0 Baths Hall in Vichy © Loic LLH/cc-by-sa-3.0 Gellért Baths in Budapest © Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Great Baths of Bath © Velvet/cc-by-sa-3.0 Old Baths in Évian-les-Bains © Camster/cc-by-sa-3.0 Pump house in Baden-Baden © A.Savin/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Baths Colonnade in Mariánské Lázně © Superbass/cc-by-sa-3.0
The following countries currently belong to the European Historic Thermal Towns Association: Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italien, Romania, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Member cities are: Acqui Terme (Italy), Baden-Baden (Germany), Bagnères-de-Luchon (France), Bagnoles-de-l’Orne (France), Bath (United Kingdom), Budapest (Hungary), Bursa (Turkey), Cauterets (France), Châtel-Guyon (France), Daruvar (Croatia), Enghien-les-Bains (France), Évian-les-Bains (France), Fiuggi (Italy), Karlovy Vary Region (Czech Republic), La Bourboule (France), Mont-Dore (France), Montecatini Terme (Italy), Ourense (Spain), RoyatChamalières (France), Salsomaggiore Terme (Italy), Spa (Belgium), Techirghiol (Romania), Vichy (France) and Wiesbaden (Germany).

The EHTTA also includes the following two city associations:

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