Czech Spas Get a UNESCO Nomination


The ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) recommendation is the basis for the world heritage committee’s negotiations, which will also decide on the nomination of European spa towns, including three cities from the Karlovy Vary region – Karlovy Vary, Mariánské, and Frantikovy Lázn – on the 44. session 16. up to 31. July 2021.

According to the mayor of Frantikové Lázn, ICOMOS, whose commissioners visited the Czech spa towns in the Karlovy Vary region in 2019, confirmed, among other things, that the famous spas of Europe are an exceptional proof of the phenomenon of a European resort, which has flourished primarily since the 18th century. By the early twentieth century and brought several innovative ideas in the fields of balneology, medicine, urban planning and architecture, and leisure. “I believe the committee’s decision will be equally positive, and at the end of July, we will be able to celebrate our city’s inclusion among the prestigious UNESCO sites,” said Frantikovy Lázn’s mayor.

The spa towns in the Karlovy Vary region are preparing for their desired inclusion on the list of monuments not only through the preparation of documents for UNESCO listing, but also through practical measures. They are expecting increased interest from tourists from all over the world if she is granted internationally recognized status. Cities are preparing new parking lots, adjusting their spa parks, information systems, and planning better transportation connections as a result. Even the mining

monuments of the Krunoho mountains (mining region Erzgebirge/Krunoho), which were inscribed on the UNESCO list in 2019, have piqued tourists’ interest.

Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic prepared the nomination of Europe’s most famous spas/great hotels. It is made up of 11 major spa towns and the Czech towns of Baden-Baden, Bad EMS, Bad Kissingen, Baden near Vienna, bath, Montecatini Terme, spa, and Vichy.

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