The Black Forest Sights


  • Kaiserallee 1 Map It
  • Baden-Baden
  • Casino–Sight

Published 01/15/2016

Fodor's Review

Germany's oldest casino, this testament to 19th-century decadence was the brainchild of Parisian Jacques Bénazet, who persuaded the sleepy little Black Forest spa town to build gambling rooms to enliven its evenings after gambling was banned in France (just 10 km [6 miles] away). Opened in 1855, the sumptuous interior was modeled on Versailles, right down to the Pompadour Room, home to a "practice" roulette table, and the luminous Winter Garden, with white marble and antique Chinese vases. The richly decorated gaming rooms could make even an emperor feel at home—Kaiser Wilhelm I was a regular patron, as was his chancellor, Bismarck. Russian novelist Dostoyevsky related his experiences here in his novella, The Gambler, and Marlene Dietrich reputedly called it the best casino in the world. Passports are necessary as proof of identity. Come in the morning before the doors open to players for a guided tour (40 minutes), available in English on request. To play, see Nightlife for further information.

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Kaiserallee 1, Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg, 76530, Germany

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Sight Details:

  • Tour €6
  • Sun.–Thurs. 2 pm–2 am, Fri. and Sat. 2 pm–3:30 am. Tours Apr.–Oct., daily 9:30, 10:15, 11, 11:45 am; Nov.–Mar., daily 10, 10:45, 11:30 am

Published 01/15/2016


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