Baden-Baden on its way to become UNESCO World Heritage
Since summer 2014, Baden-Baden has been on the tentative list of UNESCO under the title "Great Spas of Europe" together with ten other European spa towns. With the submission of the UNESCO World Heritage nomination “Great Spas of Europe” in January 2019 at the world heritage centre in Paris an important project of the city of Baden-Baden has entered a decisive phase. The decision regarding the inscription of the proposed nomination is expected at the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee Session in June/July 2020.
The “Great Spas of Europe” is a transnational serial property of eleven spa towns located in seven countries: Baden bei Wien (Austria); Spa (Belgium); the ‘Bohemian Spa Triangle’ of Karlovy Vary, Františkovy Lázně and Mariánské Lázně (Czech Republic); Vichy (France); Bad Ems, Baden-Baden and Bad Kissingen (Germany); Montecatini Terme (Italy); and City of Bath (United Kingdom).
The contribution of Baden-Baden to the UNESCO World Heritage nomination “Great Spas of Europe” lies in its 2000-year history as a spa town and especially in its heyday as the "summer capital of Europe" in the 19th century. During this time, it developed into a communication center for an international clientele: nobles and citizens, industrialists and artists, the health and the sick of the upper classes visited the city on the Oos for several weeks and months and shaped the social life with their claims and interests. The relics of this time still dominate the cityscape: the Kurhaus, the bandstand, the elegant hotels, the public thermal baths, the villa district, the International Horse Racing in Iffezheim ... Everywhere in Baden-Baden you will encounter history and get an authentic look Idea of life in a spa town of the 19th century.
Several groups in Baden-Baden, including the Lichtentaler Allee Circle of Friends and the Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have been campaigning for the preservation and maintenance of the city's cultural heritage for several years. The idea of proposing Baden-Baden for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List came from the conviction that this cultural heritage has not only local but also international significance. The city of Baden-Baden supports the efforts to the best of its ability.
The cultural and natural heritage of Baden-Baden is not only of high importance for its citizens but also for countless international visitors and guests, which make Baden-Baden everyday a cosmopolitan city in the Black Forest. A successful inscription of the “Great Spas of Europe” on the UNESCO World Heritage list will strengthen the endeavour of the eleven spa towns to carefully protect these values, to develop them and to conserve them for future generations.