Unfortunately, today Herculane Baths are a living reminder of the spa heritage decline. The balneal-climatic equipment is mostly closed, the access to thermal resources has been limited, and the historical centre is in a state of abandonment. However, from this degradation, elements can be extracted that will shape a new beginning, elements which will be the vectors of a new development phase for this resort city.
The Herculane Baths can be seen as an idyllic place, dominated by the traces of history that consecrated it and which presents itself as an open-air museum as a result of its rich architectural heritage. This is an important identity pillar of the area, pillar consisting of 74 objectives that can be found on the List of Historical Monuments 2010: 14 archaeological sites, 55 ensembles and architectural monuments, 5 monuments of public forum – statues.
In addition, the settlement was designed based on the ideas / plans of Wilhelm Dodderer, a renowned architect and urban planner of the time. Furthermore, the collective mind is influenced and organised according to events related to mythological or historical characters; characters that have also become part of the intangible heritage of this place. Thus, the legends of Hercules or the stories related to the arrival of Empress Sissi become leitmotifs in the representation of the local cultural identity.