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Sightseeing in Spa - what to see. Complete travel guide

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.
Spa cuisine is formed under the influence of French, German and Dutch cooking traditions. The French desire for maximum beauty of the dish and sophistication in serving is present in the … 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
The autumn stage of Formula 1 is one of the most popular events taking place in Spa. The Belgian Grand Prix is held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. This track is very famous in the … 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.
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.
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
A vacation in this unusual town, which is considered to be the ancestor of all spa resorts in the world, would be incomplete without visiting interesting local museums. There is a very interesting venue called the Museum of Spa that tells visitors about the history of the town and its development. A significant part of the exhibition is dedicated to miraculous properties of local mineral streams. The museum also exhibits collections of old photographs and works of famous people who lived in Spa.
Rue Ge'rardy is the most interesting street that is definitely worth exploring. Here tourists will see several historical buildings and an old townhall that dates back to the 18th century. During its long history, the resort was visited by many artists and writers who were inspired by the beauty of the local nature. Nowadays, houses, in which these famous people lived, have become popular local landmarks.
Spa is a small town. Its name has become a common noun for a subspecies of resorts. People come here for the opportunity to combine leisure and recovery. They bathe in the mineral waters, … Open
In accordance with an old historical tradition, Spa hosts a theatre festival every summer. A few decades ago, special open-air venues were made in different parts of the town specifically for this event. Many of these venues have survived until our days, so talented actors from different countries perform on their scenes each August. Almost all events of the festival are free to enter.
Fans of excursions often visit the nearby town of Malmedy in order to make their stay in Spa even more memorable. Malmedy is famous for its historical landmarks and traditions. Many know about this town because of fancy carnivals and historical celebrations that take place in Malmedy several times a year. A famous landmark is located not far from the town. It is Reinhardstein Castle that once belonged to the royal family.
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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

Bonnefanten Museum

From the series “Famous buildings of Postmodern architecture”
The spectacular museum building has become a popular landmark for the residents of Maastricht and its guests. The museum is located in a very picturesque area, on the banks of the Meuse River. A small park area is located in front of it. The museum building is located on the same site today, where the building of the Bonnefantin Monastery was located in the 18th century. This monastery was known for taking care of orphaned children. The monastery has fallen into disrepair over the years. Its building was destroyed. A beautiful monument of modern architecture is located in its place today. … Read further
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