Tourism Remiremont Plombières-les-Bains in the Vosges, Lorraine, France

Plombières-les-Bains, spa town

In Plombières-les-Bains, water is omnipresent while remaining discreet and hidden. It is even at the origin of the name of the city: Plombières comes from the Celtic Plon which means hot water and Ber. Here, the many baths have the warmest waters in Europe. These baths from all eras have been visited by the greatest public and political figures of their time. These waters with magical properties treat rheumatism, digestive diseases but also fertility. They attracted the Grand Duke of Lorraine Stanislas Leszczynski, Joséphine de Beauharnais and Napoleon III.

The Napoleon thermal baths in Plombières-les-Bains
A little history...

Plombières-les-Bains in Roman times

It's at IIth century that a Roman garrison discovered the hot springs of Plombières. According to legend, one winter evening when the biting cold freezes the Roman soldiers, their dogs return from their walk all smoking and wet. Intrigued, they ask their 4-legged friends to show them the way. The latter lead them to the edge of a river of warm water. Knowing well the virtues of the waters, the Romans will explore the surroundings and find a source.

The Golden Age of Hydrotherapy

In the nineteenthth century, hydrotherapy will know, everywhere in France, an exceptional development. In particular thanks to the development of railway lines such as the "Water Train" linking Plombières to the capital in less than 6 hours. The development experienced by Plombières-Les-Bains is intimately linked to Emperor Napoleon III. The latter will considerably modernize the city of waters and create a marvel of architecture but also of modernity: the Thermes Napoléon.

Audioguided tour of Plombières

Discover the history of Plombières-les-Bains thanks to our audioguided circuit. Follow in the footsteps of François-Louis Français, landscape painter, born in Plombières-les-Bains in 1817. Let yourself be guided for a complete discovery of the city, from its thermal baths to its mansions, passing through mythical interviews .

Audioguides available for hire at the Plombières tourist office (10 place Beaumarchais) or on our mobile application "Remiremont Plombières Tourism".

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Plombières-les-Bains

The city of 1000 balconies

Plombières is the city of 1000 balconies. 1000 magnificent balconies, all unique and symbols of the city. What better way to see while being seen. But it is not without danger! In 1798, Joséphine de Beauharnais went to the balcony with her friends and it gave way under the weight. Fortunately, more fear than harm for the Empress, whose fall is cushioned by a soldier.

Plombières-les-Bains, city of a thousand balconies
Plombieres Ice Cream
Tradition

Plombieres ice cream

Whether we are in the middle of winter or on the terrace enjoying the summer sun, there is no time to taste Plombières ice cream. And that, Napoleon III understood it well. This artisanal ice cream is prepared with Kirsch de Fougerolles, candied fruits from Apt on a base of custard. At the Tourist Office, we love it!

Religion

The Hillside of the Virgin

In 1832 and 1874, two epidemics of Cholera Morbus affected Lorraine and France. The disease will quickly spread, forcing some villages to confine the sick. On a national scale, the disease caused around 143 deaths, including… 000 in Plombières!

The city would have been totally spared by the two epidemics thanks to the many prayers to the Virgin Mary. To thank the Blessed Virgin for her miracle, a statue, Notre-Dame des Eaux, was built on the heights of Plombières-les-bains on August 15, 1855. Made of cast iron by Joseph-Hugues Fabisch, the little sister of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is 2,13m high. 

Since 1855, on the same date, Plombières-les-Bains has been adorned with 1000 lights. The pilgrims, torch in hand, will pay their respects to Our Lady of the Waters after a procession from the church.

Hillside of the Virgin in Plombières-les-Bains
Small tourist train of Plombières-les-Bains
Visit

The little tourist train

During the summer, discover Plombières in a different way thanks to its little tourist train!

Every Saturday and Sunday in July and August, embark on a 45-minute guided tour of the historic center of the city.

Departures at 16 p.m. from the town hall square, tickets on sale at the tourist office.

The team's favorite

"I fell in love with the house with the arcades. There is something magical and romantic that emanates from this house. In the middle of an exceptional historic setting, the architecture represents a perfect representation of neo-classicism. The wrought iron staircase and gate are truly a gem by André Grillot, a student of Jean Lamour. You can't pass by this house without remaining indifferent!"

-MorganMorgane

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