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Plombières-les-Bains (341 m - 576 m)

Pliny said “Aquae urbes condunt” – which means “Water built cities.” That is certainly true of Plombière-les-Bains. It is precisely because of the water that this charming southern town acquired fame and a rich history.


Les thermes Napoléon


Thermal baths were highly favored and appreciated by the ancient Romans, and this area served as one of the largest resorts of that type built during those times in Gaul.  It was in later times that Montaigne came to appreciate the benefits of the waters, as did Stanislas Leszcinsky (Duke of Lorraine) and Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. It was Napoleon III who breathed new life into the resort. He made seven visits to Plombières himself, resulting in five reported cures. It is to the Emperor that Plombières owes its church, park, thermal baths and the great underground works created by the engineer, Jutier. The town’s historic monuments serve as reminders of this illustrious past. Known today as “The City of One Thousand Balconies,” Plombière-les-Bains is a picturesque place of incomparable charm, reflecting the ebb and flow of the seasons.


Each season has its events and activities

In winter, get into the festive spirit and charming Christmas setting of the thermal town. The traditionnal market (held the four weekends of Advent) brings people to Plombières-les-Bains with softly playing music, attractive Christmas lighting and decor. Stands delight visitors with seasonal specialties, tastings and Christmas gifts.
Spring brings the historic opening of the thermal season which is the giving of bouquets and favors associated with the blessing of the baths. In Ruaux, a nearby village there is also the fair of the piglets in June.

In summer, street markets feature the theater of second-hand goods, music, painters and other attractions : music festival in August, events in gardens in terraces, historical visits by night, market of local products...

During the thermal season, a lot of activities abound : second hands markets, walks and historical visits with a guide or the little train are scheduled, not to mention the Miniatures Park and its mini-golf, the outdoor leisure swimming-pool and the tree top adventure park.
All the year the Casino welcomes gamers with its 80 slot machines in the old rail station.


Plombières-les-Bains is a beautiful and lively town, and a legitimate health resort. A visit to the thermal baths (March to November) enhances intestinal and rheumatic health, and provides a very pleasurable experience in general.

At any time of year, a visit to the authentic and historic surroundings of Calodaé, a wellness centre, unique in France, recharges one's batteries in hot water and renews the body.