Become a member

Your historic thermal town, your association, your region, your organisation is welcomed in EHTTA.

Learn about the benefits and requirements to join our international network for the promotion of European thermal culture around the world

EHTTA is the organisation responsible for the management of the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns.

Our membership has grown steadily since the first six founding member that set up the Association in 2009, and now has nearly 50 members in 18 different countries, with more being welcomed each year.

EHTTA has three membership categories: Active Members (Member Towns), are historic thermal towns or cities represented by a local authority or municipality. An Active Member has to show that the town fulfills EHTTA's membership criteria. Associate Members, regions or associations committed to the objectives of the Association. These can be thermal establishments, association or other bodies whose activities are relevant to the development of thermal towns or their heritage; and International Partners, any thermal spa town located in a country which is not a member of the Council of Europe may apply to the Association for this category of membership.

All EHTTA members are part of an organisation with specific aims and objectives regarding the preservation and safeguarding of thermal heritage and culture, and also became part of an European Cultural Route certified by the Council of Europe. Therefore, they must comply with and advocate the values behind it: Human rights, Cultural democracy and diversity and Mutual understanding and exchanges across boundaries.

Membership Benefits


Access to a pool of knowledge and experience, where members work together towards common goals for the promotion Europe’s historic thermal spa towns. Members meet together twice a year at General Assemblies, with officers and elected representatives from participating towns.

European dimension

Thanks to the contacts established at European level, pur network supports relationships between members and EU Institutions, as well as with other European Cultural Routes and professional associations linked to heritage, tourism, culture and spa industry.

Projects & Initiatives

Our networks boasts valuable skills in developing and managing projects at national and European levels, delivering new call of proposals every year. Furthermore, our porftolio includes interesting initiatives like the Thermal Atlas of Europe for the study and protection of Europe's thermal heritage.


The European Cultural Route is recognised worlwide as a prestigious quality label, present in international events, publications, etc. In adittion to the website, a number of communication tools (brochures, trifolds, media kit, etc.) are available to members for promotion and mutual exchange.

Tourist Promotion

The network works with tourism professionals and Tour Operators to build thematic packages for our historic thermal towns.Europe's most relevants professional trade fairs are also in our agenda.

If you are a representative of a town, area, or region with an historic tradition of thermal activity and you want to join us, please ask yourself these five questions:
Is it a historic thermal area situated in a country member of Council of Europe, dating back at least to the 19th century?
Does it provide natural mineral waters and its derivates by specific facilities for its use, management and monitoring?
Does it possess a high quality architectural heritage dating back at least to the 19th century and beyond related to its thermal past and classified as Listed Monuments?
Does it possess a rich intangible heritage related to thermal history of the town and used for the town´s promotion? Does it maintain a tradition of cultural and artistic events and programmes?
Does it offer a quality accommodation (from hotels of 5* to 3* as the minimum) and a significant number of rooms available? Does it offer other tourist services?
If the answer was YES to all these questions, please fill the contact form below and we will contact you with further details about EHTTA admission protocol
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