There are a thousand reasons to travel to Europe; in addition to art, culture, history, and food, there are exciting casino experiences to be had.
As you may have noticed while watching a James Bond movie or two, some top-level gambling is done in the elegant and storied casinos of Europe.
Here are five casino destinations you should consider visiting.
Probably the first European casino destination that comes to mind, the casino at Monte Carlo has been around for more than 150 years. A constant stream of Aston Martins, Lamborghinis and Rolls Royce automobiles arrive at the entrance to disgorge hopeful, excited gamblers dressed in their very best.
A palatial building located in the principality of Monaco, the Casino Monte Carlo is where the world’s elite meet to play, eat, see and be seen, and, of course, gamble. All of the table games that you can find at the best casino sites are there in person for you to try your luck.
You can gamble in the seaside nation of Montenegro, but first, you’ll have to tear yourself away from views of sailboats clustered on the Adriatic. You’ll need to turn your back on all of the backcountry hiking paths among rugged mountain peaks and forego exploring the wealth of ancient heritage sites to be found in the tiny European nation.
Or, you can just do all of those things first, and then visit the country’s five casinos. If you enter Montenegro’s famous Casino Royale, you’ll recognize the tables that hosted Daniel Craig as James Bond, when he was engaged in the poker game of his life against the forces of evil.
Located in flat country dotted with tulip fields, windmills and dairies, Amsterdam is one of the best countries in the world to explore by bicycle. During the day you can ride through images you’ll recognize as universal screensavers, invest in some tulip bulbs to take home and enjoy some local cheese.
But it’s the nightlife that Amsterdam is known for. Cannabis is readily available, nightclubs open just before midnight and don’t close until the sun is on the horizon, and there are casinos dotted throughout the city, some casual and compact, and others—such as the Holland Casino—large and luxurious.
A city that has so much going for it that gambling isn’t frequently mentioned, Paris is home to some quality gaming venues. Yes, the food in Paris is wonderful, and the fashions divine. But there’s something about the after-dark lifestyle here that embodies mystery and sensuality.
Gambling is part of that. Baccarat, Blackjack, and other forms of Poker can be found among the city’s eight casinos. The oldest, the Aviation Club, even offers backgammon tournaments.
If you are one of the lucky youngsters who is under the age of 21 but who has the money to put down on a roulette number or two, then you’ll appreciate the fact that the legal age to gamble in Paris is 18.
Often compared to Fin de Siècle Paris, Prague draws artists, writers, philosophers and travelers flock to the twisting, wandering streets of this ancient capital city. And why wouldn’t they? Prague is the center of an area known as Bohemia, and it’s where the “live for art and beauty” lifestyle is most associated, and which gives us the word, “Bohemian.”
Prague is lucky in that it’s one of the few European capital cities that still has much of its historic architecture intact, making it an increasingly popular international travel destination.
Prague is home to a dozen casinos, many clustered near the river. Each has its own dress code, so if you plan a visit, check the guidelines beforehand.
To Sum It Up,
Europe can be anything to anybody. Whether you’re in a tuxedo or torn jeans, a history buff or a fan of glittering nightlife, these destinations will accommodate and inspire you.