Review written by Sophie Couard, on March 25, 2016.
The country's largest gambling establishment is located in the city centre of Zurich, but the Swiss Casino in Zurich is not very impressive with its size. However, when ever I went there I had a lot of fun playing the games. In any case, you should not expect the colourful atmosphere of Las Vegas, it is a rather quiet establishment with a serene atmosphere that allows the players to concentrate on the games.
My biggest complaint is that admission is charged after 7 pm. Although it is not very high, it is 10 CHF with 5 CHF credit for slot machines, I still prefer entering the casinos without having to pay money to get in, and rather spend it on the games that I like.
The establishment is located in a very beautiful protected building with a modern and timeless design. It was built in 11 months for 47 million Swiss francs, and the result is simply outstanding.
A great casino
The actual games room of the Swiss Casino Zurich was inaugurated on Thursday, 1 November 2012, and it spans over a space of 3,000 m². Anyone aged over 18 years can access it, after presentation of a valid official identity document. In the casino you can find slot machines, 20 game tables and a nice poker room. You can find out more details about the games in the next paragraphs.
The slot machines
There are almost 300 slot machine devices with bets ranging from 0.01 to 5 CHF available from Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 4 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 11 am to 5 am. Among these are:
- mechanical slot machines,
- video slots (such as the impressive Sphinx 3D),
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot (such as the Swiss Jackpot which is the largest in the country),
- two electronic roulette tables with 32 spaces in total,
- and electronic Wheel of Fortune,
- video poker games.
You can find games from all major manufacturers, such as:
- Golden Games,
The table games
The traditional games are available every day from 2 pm, and there is a good selection of games available. You can find 24 tables with:
- American roulette from 5 CHF,
- blackjack from 10 CHF,
- rocket 7 from 5 CHF,
- punto banco from 10 CHF,
- ultimate texas hold'em from 5 CHF.
There is also a poker room at Swiss Casino Zurich. You can play texas hold'em here:
- in tournaments,
- in cash games.
Before ending the section about the casino, you should know, that it is a non-smoking establishment. However, it is still possible to play while enjoying a cigarette. If you like to smoke, you can go to the first floor, where you can find a separate smoking area with 135 slot machines and six tables.
Dining and drinking
Although the atmosphere in the complex is not as electric as that of Las Vegas, there is another area, where this establishment is very different from those of the Strip. I am talking about other services offered by the establishment, aside from gambling. Unfortunately, there is not much to do here, but you can relax in a bar, or have a meal at the restaurant.
The bar at the casino
If you want to take a break between the gaming sessions you can visit the hotel bar, which is located on the second floor. The bar offers a varied menu with over 30 different cocktails, wines from several European countries, as well as some small snacks.
The lounge is open every day from 7 pm, and it is possible for you to enjoy a luxurious atmosphere in the bar that is also a restaurant. The menu varies with the seasons, and offers light meals, as well as some classic American dishes.
In the centre of a lively city
Unfortunately, I cannot say that there are many additional services offered by the Swiss Casino in Zurich. However, this is not really a big problem, because what attracts casino players the most is the actual casino, and Zurich is a very dynamic city, and has a lot to offer. It is a global economic, financial, artistic and cultural centre, and the city attracts many tourists every year. Multiple monuments, museums, theatres and festivals make it one of the busiest cities in Switzerland. It is also the city with the largest amount of nightclubs in Europe. The location of the casino is very convenient, and you can access it from the VBZ tram station or 10 min walking distance from the main station of Zurich.
So, what do you need to know, and what can you expect when you visit the Swiss Casino in Zurich? If you expect a huge complex in the style of the casinos at the Las Vegas Strip with a huge casino, an exciting atmosphere and lots of recreational facilities, you will probably be disappointed. However, taking this complex for what it is makes it a very good and tastefully decorated casino with a nice game selection, and you will probably find yourself liking this place a lot.
Close to the VBZ tram station.
A 10 minute walk from the Zurich main station.
Slot machines: Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 4 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 11 am to 5 am.
Table games: every day from 2 pm.