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Great Spas of EuropeTogether with fifteen other historic spas in Europe Bad Ems applies for the recognition as a World Heritage Site. The “Great Spas of Europe” stand for the great era of the European spa culture in the 19th century. They all were of international importance. A very particular spa architecture of an outstanding importance was created here, in addition to that the “Great Spas” created a type of town of its own geared to the needs of the spa life with splendid spa buildings, mansions, parks and a charming landscape.  Being venues of an international society and places of communication and of spiritual exchange the “Great Spas” assumed a leading role in the intellectual and culture-historical process of the “long 19th century” since the Enlightenment.

The application »
The collective application was initiated in 2010. Since 2013 Bad Ems has belonged to this provisionally completed group and is on the official German list of nomination for the
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Why Bad Ems? »
The spa resorts chosen for the nomination are particularly good examples for the great fashionable spas of the 19 th century. They all have got a history as a spa resort of
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World heritage map »
The good is enclosed by a central zone. It basically comprises the ensemble of the spa quarter with the parts of the town that belong to the health resort, the hotel zone in
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Why World Heritage? »
With World Culture Heritage the UNESCO wants to protect cultural and natural monuments. For them it isn’t a matter of touristic or economic benefit, but it is about the
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