Celebrating Europe's thermal water sources
Every year, on World Water Day, the 22nd March, we celebrate the water sources which are at the heart of everything we do. It's a day where our member towns and thermal regions can give access to their heritage and healing springs in interesting and unusual ways, such as open days, special offers, water bars, guided walks,
and behind the scenes tours. This reinforces the importance of our waters and the history behind them to both local residents and visitors, welcoming everybody to explore with all the five senses this fascinating world of health, tradition and well-being
This year, please tell us how you see your thermal town in the past, present and future and what thermal water means to you. Scroll down to find your flag to connect to the short survey!
EHTTA's President talks about "Valuing Water" on World Water Day 2021
All the thermal towns of our Association, our Cultural Route, are built around water sources. Our towns all exist because people in the past valued the water enough to build beautiful structures around thermal springs, and find ways to share the healing water with people near and far.... we have always found ways for people to “take the waters” so that they can improve their wellbeing and benefit from this unique source of health.
For me, the thermal waters of my town and region represent hope for the future. Hope that we can help to heal the troubles of the last year with our thermal waters, that people can find the space in our towns to relax, recover, recharge their batteries and reconnect with springs that have been a source of wellbeing for so long.
I hope that on World Water Day this year, you find time to tell us how you value and celebrate water, especially thermal water, a true force of nature!
What'spa Survey 2021
The theme for the 2021 World Water Day is "Valuing Water". Europe's historic thermal towns, rich in thermal architecture built around sources of thermal water have been showing the world how they value water for centuries. The baths and pump rooms where people "take the waters" are sometimes described as "temples", and are fantastic buildings, designed to impress with their scale and rich decoration. The names given to the springs and the buildings themselves say in ways that words cannot, how much water is valued in our special thermal places.
This year, we would like to find out what YOU think about your thermal town in the past, present and future, and what thermal water means to you.
Find a survey in your language below and please let us know how you value your thermal water.
in 2020 the theme of World Water Day was “Water and Climate Change” and how the two are inextricably linked. The United Nations, which organises World Water Day tells us that “adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives. That using water more efficiently will reduce greenhouse gases. And that we cannot afford to wait. Everyone has a role to play.”
One of the themes this year is about “taking good care of water” – something that we already care about in our thermal towns: We protect our sources from pollution, by maintaining a clean environment around our towns, and they are even more healthy places to visit as a result. We measure and monitor our water sources, making sure they are safe for our customers to use, and that they maintain the unique balances of minerals and salts that give them their particular qualities. We instinctively know that some of our hotter waters can be used to lower carbon emissions by using them to heat buildings. In this way we can contribute to the “carbon-smart urbanisation” that the UN also encourages.
Our model of tourism is inextricably linked to water, the life-sustaining element that we all have a duty to protect. We are dedicated to health, to physical and mental wellness, and to protecting the natural environment that surrounds our towns. We encourage our visitors to explore “slow” and less environmentally-damaging tourism, with an emphasis on locally-sourced food and drink, and travel by rail, for example. We encourage them to take time out, to relax, walk in parks and gardens and surrounding countryside, and focus on their health and well-being, in ways that no other form of tourism does. We know that this model is good for people, and good for the environment.