Herculane is Europe’s oldest spa resort.
Legend says that Hercules fought the Hydra in Herculane. Hercules and his Argonauts, in search of the Golden Fleece, reached the Danube Boilers. Because they could not cross the boilers by ship they tried to find another way, climbing up the Cerna Valley.
During the time of the Roman civilization, the Cerna Valley resort was a major draw for Ancient Rome’s aristocracy. Attracted by the extraordinary healing powers of the sacred water in this Valley, the Romans arrived in Dacia developed a type of spa cult named after Hercules.
In the Nineteenth Century Austrians contributed to the construction of the resort as it looks today. The resort was visited by great personalities: in 1852, the Austrian Emperor considered Herculane "the most beautiful resort on the continent,“ and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sissi, wrote in her personal journal that the Herculane Baths are “a distinct and charming presence”.
The composition of each hot spring water is different, with springs that have either a higher or lower level of mineralization.