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Spa is a charming town with vivid history. It is located in Belgium, province of Liege. This small place is well known to Formula 1 racing fans, while nearby there is a famous Spa-Francorchamps route. Spa is famous for healing mineral springs – due to them the town gained a status of a famous health resort. Healing springs were discovered during the reign of the Roman Empire. In the 14th century Spa turned into a large resort chosen by many noble families.
Historical hotels where you can make your recreation unforgettable are a special appeal of the resort. Travelers who are not indifferent to the culture of the last centuries should certainly … Open
A lot of tourists helped the town grow and develop its infrastructure. In 1764, the world's first casino La Redoute was opened. Today it is one of the key town attractions. In just a few years, Spa turned into a social life center and a recreation place for royal families. One of the world-renown personas, who visited the town, was Tsar Peter I.
Over the past two hundred years, Spa witnessed a lot tragic events. In the early 19th century it was seriously damaged during the Liege revolution, and after that - occupied by the German army during the First World War. After the Second World War was over, the town was completely restored and turned into a luxurious modern resort equipped with mineral water pump rooms. The oldest spring Source de la Sauvenière is preserved here. There are only 20 healing springs total in the Spa town and in the neighborhood: each of them has unique water quality. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Spa is rich in symbolic historical attractions. One of the most significant ones is Poûhon Pierre-le-Grand. Peter the Great spent several weeks at the resort in 1717 and stayed exactly at … Open
The picturesque resort town enjoys popularity among fans of ecotourism due to breathtaking views and the variety of forests. Some popular springs are in forests, so the trip to them promises to be fascinating. Poûhon Pierre-le-Grand pavilion is one of the outstanding historical sights, its large-scale reconstruction took place in the second half of the 19th century.


Photogallery of Poûhon Pierre-le-Grand:
Despite a series of destructive wars and revolutionary uprisings, Spa has preserved a variety of historical sights. Many ancient buildings are now occupied with popular hotels and restaurants. Nature admirers are more attracted to the town surroundings: one of the most visited places is a beautiful lake lac de Warfaaz . Spa is a perfect destination for a quiet and relaxing holiday. Here you won’t find abundance of large and noisy entertainment options, but you can have pleasant walks in picturesque places and visit pavilions with healing mineral water, well-known all over the world.
Historical hotels where you can make your recreation unforgettable are a special appeal of the resort. Travelers who are not indifferent to the culture of the last centuries should certainly … Open
Besides walks in picturesque areas, guests of Fulpmes are invited to participate in exciting excursions to the Stubaital Valley. This region still has many interesting historical buildings that are worth exploring. Ancient churches are recognized as the main landmarks of this region. Each of them exhibits precious items and unique relics. Blutschwitzerkapelle is one of the most notable landmarks in Medraz. The old chapel never ceases to amaze travelers with its gorgeous design.
Fulpmes itself is also not deprived of religious landmarks. Besides the gorgeous St Vitus Church, vacationers are recommended to explore Sagerer Church that is believed to be the oldest in the whole region. First mentions of the church date back to 1368, but the exact building date is still not clearly known. Sagerer Church has managed to keep many original elements of design. Travelers interested in exploring mountain regions also have a fantastic opportunity to see Schlicker Alm Chapel. It is located at a height of 1616 meters above the sea level, so it is one of the highest mountain churches in the world.
Spa is rich in symbolic historical attractions. One of the most significant ones is Poûhon Pierre-le-Grand. Peter the Great spent several weeks at the resort in 1717 and stayed exactly at … Open
Besides gorgeous churches and chapels, the region is rich in interesting museums. In Neustift, travelers can attend the Museum of History of Life of Tirol that throws the light upon the traditions of the indigenous people. This museum is open in an ancient mill that is the only surviving mill in the region. Surprisingly, the mill is still working. The museum offers an interesting collection of crafts and household items created by local artisans. During an excursion, visitors will also find out about all peculiarities of the mill.
If these landmarks seem to be too few for you, it is high time to visit Innsbruck. It takes less than an hour to reach many of its historical landmarks. Naturally, the majority of travelers visit Fulpmes in winter, so if skiing and other winter sports are not the priority, it is better to visit the resort in summer. This is the time when the town becomes an incredibly peaceful place with not many visitors, so vacationers can walk on calm streets and admire unique landmarks of the region in the most comfortable way. Some wooden houses that belong to local people look so gorgeous that it is interesting to explore them as landmarks. Owners decorate their houses with flowers in pots, while facades of some houses have retro sports inventory attached.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Spa
♥   Castle 'Château de Franchimont' , 4.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Reinhardstein Castle' , 17.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Xhos Castle' , 24.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Hamal Castle' , 26.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle Blomendal' , 33 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Spa
♥   National Park 'De Meinweg' , 75.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Eifel' , 79.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'De Groote Peel' , 92.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Ardennes' , 113.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Hunsrück-Hochwald' , 115.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Spa from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Chateau Miranda

From the series “Deserted places causing the feeling of chill”
The place is all about broken windows, lots of garbage on the floor, walls with cracked peeling paint, rotted ceiling, and tables and chairs covered with a thick layer of dust. The castle only continues to look spectacular from outside. However, it hides a frightening ambience within its walls. Some enthusiasts aren’t frightened nor with the possible collapse of the castle, nor with numerous legends about ghosts. They especially come to the abandoned building after dark and stay there for a night to witness a ghost. Actually, the chance of finding homeless who take refuge from the vagaries of the weather in Chateau Miranda is much more probable. … Read further

Aachen Cathedral

From the series “Top 15 UNESCO sites In Europe”
A lot of amazing legends relate to the cathedral. According to one of them, the money for the construction was donated by the Devil himself. In exchange, he wanted to take the soul of the first creature who will come to the finished cathedral. Local residents managed to outwit the devil. When the cathedral was completed, they let a wolf come first. A number of outstanding historical events are associated with the place. Here, 35 kings and 14 queens of the German Empire were enthroned. Today, the Aachen Cathedral is as majestic as hundreds of years ago. Once inside, it’s impossible to look away from artistic colorful stained-glass windows, marble walls and ceilings, incredible painting, and other items of decor. … Read further
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