German Spa Association

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The German Spa Association e. V. is an organization in the spa and bathing sector as well as in the field of health and wellness tourism in Germany. The association has its seat in Berlin .


The association was founded on April 23, 1892. At that time, leading German spa doctors and administrators from German health resorts gathered in Leipzig to “establish a general German spa day” . They wanted to pursue the same goals together.

At this inaugural meeting, the name "General German Baths Association" was decided. This new association held its first annual meeting, the 1st German Baths Day , on October 7th and 8th, 1892 in Bad Kösen . The German Bathing Day has only been held annually since then, only interrupted by the war years. In 1999 the name was changed to “Deutscher Heilbäderverband e. V. ”changed.


In the German Spa Association, the eleven spa associations of the federal states, the Association of German Spa Doctors e. V. and the Association for Bathing and Climate Knowledge e. V. represented.

Through these member associations, the Deutsche Heilbäderverband e. V.

  • approx. 300 spas and health resorts
  • approx. 600 bathing doctors (Association of German Bathing Doctors)
  • approx. 200 members of the scientific association for swimming pool and climate science e. V.


The non-material area of ​​the association does not strive for profit, the association does not pursue any party political goals.

The task of the German Spa Association is to represent the interests of its members on a national and international level. In particular towards the Bundestag and the European Parliament , the responsible ministries and authorities, social insurance and payers as well as towards associations and organizations at the federal level, the association sees itself as a representative of its members' interests.

As the oldest health association in Germany, it also advises and supports its members on issues relating to spas, health tourism and cures.


The bodies of the association are the general assembly, the executive committee, the executive committee, eight standing committees and various working groups on current issues.

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