European Heritage Day – EHTTA celebrates 100th anniversary of The Gellert Spa in Budapest

Gellert Spa is one of the most famous thermal spa baths in Europe, and one of the leading natural hot spring spa baths in EHTTA’s member town Budapest (Hungary).

Gellert Bath opened in 1918 offering medicinal water treatments using the same deep underground springs the Knights of St John used in the 12th century, and later on the Turks to feel the invigorating powers of the mineral rich waters.

On the occasion of the Gellert’s 100th anniversary the scientific committee of the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) has organized a conference and reception on October 12, 2018, First Vice Mayor, Mr. Gábor Bagdy (Mayor of finance) will represent Budapest and the Municipality inviting politicians from all over Europe as well as interested media.

The European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Tibor Navracsics, will be present for the ceremony together with EHTTA president Mr. Giuseppe Bellandi, Mayor of Montecatini Terme (Italy) and vice president Manuel Baltar Blanco, president of the Province of Ourense (Spain).

Supporting the European Year of Cultural Heritage and emphasizing the thermal heritage the programme includes presentations and an exchange about European projects like the “Great Spas of Europe” World Heritage candidature or “the atlas”, a GIS (Geoportal Information System) database to be developed by the association.

“Our idea is to declare October 12 as ‘Thermal Heritage of Europe Day’ in the future”, explains the president of the scientific committee, Mr. Paul Simons.

Besides the forum an exhibition about EHTTA and its members will be displayed to show once more the richness of history, culture, art and thermal heritage that connects countries and people across Europe.


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