- With over 80 million foreign tourists annually, France is the most visited country in the world.
- You can start gambling as soon as you land in Amsterdam, at the Holland Casino found in the Schipol airport.
- There are 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK including Stonehenge, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey.
- Germans are the world’s second biggest drinkers of beer (after the Irish), with an annual average of 119 liters per consumer.
- 44% of the world's olive oil is produced in Spain.
Casino Baden-Baden (Baden-Baden, Germany)
Casino Baden-Baden has a rich history dating all the way back to 1809. In a construct reminiscent of French royal palaces (particularly Versailles), the Baden-Baden casino was once an exclusive meeting place of the elite, particularly those coming from France where gambling was then illegal.
After construction, ownership of the casino changed hands numerous times. During the two World Wars the casino was temporarily closed. Today, while the grandeur of the facilities is maintained, gambling at Casino Baden-Baden is accessible to all.
The casino is open for gambling daily from 2pm through 2am. If you’re looking for some real action, the place is generally at its liveliest around 10pm.
While placing wagers is the best way to enjoy your time at the casino, if you’re not up for some gambling of your own, feel free to stop by and observe (it’s estimated that a full third of the casino visitors come only to people watch). Keep in mind, while it is always interesting to watch the gaming in action, gambling at Casino Baden-Baden is far more subdued than what you’d typically find in an American casino.
If you would like a tour of the casino, you can do so every morning before gambling hours begin.
Casino Baden-Baden features a 32,289-square foot facility with 113 slot machines and 24 table games for American roulette, French roulette, baccarat, blackjack and poker.
An interesting historical fact: At one point, real silver and gold chips were used for placing bets on the roulette table (standard chips are now used).
While the casino is a huge draw, Baden-Baden is most renowned as a spa town. In addition to the local scenery, visitors to the casino will also enjoy soaking in the hot springs and hiking in the Black Forest.
As for accommodations, there are some lovely hotels from which to choose including Brenner's Park Hotel.
Upcoming Events Across Europe
Carnival of Rijeka, Croatia
Tens of thousands attend the weeks-long festivities in Rijeka, which once had Europe’s most intense carnival life. Concerts, car rallies, charity balls, performances, and parties take place in the days leading up to the main event, the Carnival itself. Stages are set up all along the carnival route where you can ogle and admire all the festive carnival groups and participants.
La Tamborrada, Spain
The Basque city of San Sebastian thunders with excitement on 20 January, when regiment after regiment of drummers parade through the streets. You’ll be thumping along with them in celebration of the city’s patron saint. The festivities begin in Plaza de la Constitucíon at the stroke of midnight and continue for 24 hours.
International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, Monaco
There’s plenty of fun to be had throughout the tiny French-speaking principality starting from the third Thursday each January. For 11 days artist troupes and trained animals from all over the world perform and charm crowds young and old. The International Circus Festival has been going strong for almost 40 years – if you’re in Monaco this January, you shouldn’t miss it.