Three health resorts in Germany awarded as new World Heritage Sites

Three health resorts in Germany awarded as new World Heritage Sites

The United Nations organization UNESCO has designated three German municipalities as World Heritage. They are located in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria. An artist colony is also provided.

Germany could adorn itself with new World Heritage Sites. United Nations Organization for Education, Science, Culture and Communication (UNESCO) draw Baden-Baden (Baden-Württemberg), Bad Ems (Rhineland-Palatinate) and Bad Kissingen (Bavaria) together on Saturday as the “Great Baths of Europe” along with eight other European health resorts world Heritage End. The responsible UNESCO committee took this decision at its 44th meeting in the Chinese city of Fuzhou. Only cultural and natural sites of outstanding universal value are awarded the prestigious title.

In addition, UNESCO recognized the Mathildenhöhe artists’ colony in Darmstadt as a new World Heritage Site. The colony was founded in 1899, since then artists have been working there and created many buildings in which people live and work.

The “Great Baths of Europe” are health resorts that gained international importance from the late 18th to the early 20th century. Natural thermal waters form the basis of a tradition of European bath culture that extends to all ages. The eleven spa cities that have received the World Heritage title include the Czech Republic’s Spa (Belgium), Vichy (France), Bath (United Kingdom) and Carlsbad, Franzensbad and Marienbad.

Bad Kissingen: The place has a mineral and mud spa. (Source: Daniel Karman / DPA)

“Chic City of Health Care”

In the landscape of the city, health resorts still stand today with buildings that are ready for medical, therapeutic and social functions. Of the nomination, Baden-Baden said, “In these glamorous spaces of health care, leisure and socializing, architectural prototypes and an urban planning typology emerged for which there was no previous parallel.”

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The World Heritage Committee will meet online and on site until July 31st. It is made up of 21 elected signatory states to the World Heritage Convention. As a rule, it makes annual decisions on the inscription of new cultural and natural sites into the World Heritage List and relates to the status of inscribed sites.

47 World Heritage Sites in Germany

Due to the pandemic, the conference was postponed last year. The World Heritage List has more than 1,100 cultural and natural sites in 167 countries. Of them, 51 are considered threatened. There are now 47 World Heritage Sites in Germany.

The agenda includes a total of five applications with German participation: this Saturday the Mathildenhoe artists’ colony in Darmstadt and Sunday in Mainz, Speyer and Worms including Jewish cultural heritage and Danube limes as part of the Roman border. On Tuesday it should be about Lower Germanic Limes.

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