Spa declared UNESCO World Heritage

The City of Spa is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part as a transnational serial nomination.


The Great Spa Towns of Europe is a World Heritage Site comprising 11 famous historic spa towns and cities in seven countries, inscribed on the World Heritage List on the 24th July 2021. The Great Spas, in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom represent a unique cultural phenomenon which reached its height in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a particular urban type and form. As a World Heritage Site, it has been given global recognition as a phenomenon which helped to shape Europe.


The site fulfils UNESCO criteria (ii) and (iii):

  • (ii) exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.

  • (iii) bear a unique or at least an exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or a civilisation which is living or has disappeared.

Sum is proud of the contribution it has made in all kinds of debates around the heritage value of Spa and the preparation of the serial nomination.