- 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
Las Fallas, Spain
Mid-March each year sees hundreds of huge papier-mâché sculptures (fallas) erected and placed throughout Valencia. Each sculpture is unique in design, size, and shape, and tourists gawk at them all while accompanied by street parties, cooking competitions, open-air concerts, bullfights, and parades. The highlight of the celebrations takes place each night with grandiose fireworks displays and the sculptures being burned to the ground on the last night, as a finale.
What could easily be considered Oktoberfest’s “little brother”, if you’re thirsty for some beer in mid- to late March, head to Munich for a fortnight of stein-swilling celebration. A 300-year Bavarian tradition, Starkbierzeit is the perfect excuse to engage in 2 weeks of revelry, lagers, and the consumption of great tasting beer. Head to the nearest kegfest and you surely won’t be disappointed in what’s on tap.
St. Patrick’s Festival, Ireland
Green. Beer. Happy. Those are the three most important ingredients to a proper celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. And nowhere in the world is the revelry more authentic than in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. To be sure, the famous holiday is celebrated throughout the emerald isle, but the Emerald Isle’s Patron Saint’s presence is felt most in the country’s capital. So grab your shillelagh and get happy this St. Patrick’s Day.