Europe is full of architectural marvels, ranging from buildings that date back to antiquity to the arresting modernist creations found scattered throughout its major cities. The themes and styles drawn upon to create some of Europe’s finest historical buildings have had a lasting impact which can be felt in all walks of life and in a variety of contexts. Casinos for example are not the first things that spring to mind when thinking of architectural creativity and ingenuity. But as an interactive journey to the most stunning European casinos illustrates, there are some casinos which vividly showcase the beautiful, opulent themes which at one time dominated the continent.
Casino Baden-Baden, Germany
The journey begins in the beautiful Black Forest of Germany and the famous Baden-Baden Casino. As part of the exclusive Kurhaus Spa Resort, this magnificent casino is a shining example of 19th century elegance which sets the tone for the rest of the trip. From Germany, the route wends its way to Italy and the Casino di Campone – the largest casino in Europe. This huge modernist building sits overlooking Lake Lugano and lights up the night sky with its roving floodlights. So bright are they, that the casino can be seen from the other side of the lake. Next up is the oldest gambling house in Europe, Casino di Venezia, which dates back to 1638.
Casino Barriere Chamonix, France
After Italy, comes one of the most fashionable gambling destinations in the world, Monaco. Within the tiny principality’s borders are a collection of stunning casinos including the Casino de Monte Carlo which was designed by Charles Garnier, the man responsible for the Paris Opera House. The route also takes in gaming houses in the south of France such as the splendidly re-imagined Casino du Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice – during its hey-day this casino attracted celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin. The journey finally comes to its conclusion at the Casino Barrière in Chamonix – Napoleon stayed at this officially listed building in the mid 19th century. Nowadays, it hosts a slightly less illustrious clientele more attuned to the nuances of the roulette wheel as opposed to the cannon.
For more information, have a look at the interactive map which details the location of each casino, together with a stylish illustration of each building. In addition, it features information about the best pit-stops along the journey. These include major visitor attractions such as the Acquario di Genova Aquarium, Europe’s biggest aquarium as well as the Apple Museum in Savona. You’ll also find a large collection of outstanding restaurants and exclusive, well-appointed hotels, from which to explore your latest destination.
As you’ll see, gaming is big business in Europe. But more importantly, these casinos really serve to illustrate that gambling isn’t all about kitsch tackiness or bells and whistles. On the contrary, as well as being stunningly beautiful, these casinos champion the dignity and restraint typical of old-world gambling by maintaining strict codes of conduct, while at the same time treating their patrons to stunning, ornate surroundings in which to spend their hard-earned money.