In the Kaiserbad Bad Ems you can experience at every turn how people once cured and spent their holidays in Europe. Bad Ems is one of 11 European spas that has been included in the group of "Great Spas of Europe", along with places like Karlsbad (Teschien), Vichy (France), Baden-Baden, Spa (Belgium) or Montecatini (Italy). The high quality of the historical building fabric and its degree of authenticity and integrity make Bad Ems one of the most important historical spas in Europe. The eventful history associated with this is still visible in the townscape today. For this reason, Bad Ems and the other 10 European spas together have applied for the UNESCO World Heritage designation.
Historic spa district
World Heritage Candidate
Welcome to a "Great Spa of Europe"
"The small town of Ems is situated in a deep gorge between wooded hills. The little town leans on rocks, the most picturesque in the world. There are promenades and gardens - and everything is charming."
Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, Russian writer (1821-1881), about his stay in Bad Ems)
Bad Ems - a prime example of a historical spa town
Due to its compactness, its location, its facilities and its socio-political events, Bad Ems is virtually exemplary for the European bathing tradition. The health resort was the scene of important political events and decisions, pioneer in playing and deeply connected with the musical heritage. The thermal springs are close together and the spa landscape, with challenging therapeutic hiking trails and high rocky vantage points, is directly adjacent to the spa district. The bottling of Bad Emser mineral water has a long tradition, as does the use of salts in the famous Emser pastilles.
The must-sees in the Kurviertel
You should not miss these sights in the historic spa district
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The magnificent building par excellence of Bad Ems
A princess from the House of Nassau-Oranien had her private bathing palace built in 1711-20 on the site where the medicinal springs were already being used in the Middle Ages. The later Emperor Wilhelm also stayed here during his vacations.
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All about the UNESCO World Heritage application
You want to know exactly what the World Heritage application for Bad Ems as part of the Great Spas of Europe is all about? Here you will find all the information you need.
Our offers around the historical spa district
Here are our package deals and guided tours, with which you can experience the historical spa district particularly well.
Our restaurants in the historical spa district
Enjoying in a historical ambience in the spa gardens or along the Lahnpromenade
Overnight stay in the middle of the historical spa district
If you stay here overnight, you will be right in the middle of the fascinating history of the Kaiserbad