- 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
Wife-Carrying World Championships, Finland
Want to win your wife’s weight in beer? Head on over to Market Square in Sonkajärvi on the first Saturday in July to take part in the Wife-Carrying World Championships. Held since 1992, the event sees husbands making their way through 250+ meters of obstacles while carrying their wives. The winner gets the beer but runners up can still win awards for “most entertaining”, “best costume” and “strongest carrier”.
Running of the Bulls, Spain
The centuries-old Running of the Bulls takes place in Pamplona each year in honor of the town’s patron saint, San Fermin. From July 6–14, runners dressed in traditional garb will sprint in advance of the charging toros along an almost 1-km-long track. Whether you take part in the actual running or just watch from the sidelines or balconies, it’s an amazing spectacle to behold. Ole!
Bastille Day, France
Whether you’d like to celebrate French Independence in charming rural towns, lavish seaside resorts, or in the heart of the capital, Paris, fireworks displays, parades, and festivals galore all but guarantee you’ll have a grand time. The wine will flow and the ambience will be merry whatever your French destination on July 14th, Bastille Day.