Review written by Sophie Couard, on March 16, 2016.
The Casino in Baden Baden is the oldest casino in Germany, and one of the oldest in Europe. Marlene Dietrich once called it "the most beautiful casino in the world." And on that note, I must say, the Casino in Baden Baden is impressive. It offers an interesting architecture and a lavish and extravagant interior. The establishment was inspired by Versailles, and draws more attention due to the design and not the size of it, as there are only around 140 slot machines and just over twenty table games available.
In any case, this magnificence really offers a little something extra to your games. The establishment is well worth visiting. The high ceilings and the walls are covered with paintings, gilding, statues and crystal chandeliers, and you can play in a very beautiful and friendly atmosphere.
The complex is located in the centre of the famous spa town in the Black Forest, and it has been a home for gambling and the famous and powerful for a long time. It is also the place where the great writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky had the idea for his famous novel The Gambler.
A legendary casino
So yes, the Casino in Baden Baden is a great establishment. It is absolutely beautiful and has nearly 200 years of history (the property was inaugurated in 1824), which makes it a place that, in my opinion, any lover of gambling and beautiful places has to see. However, as I said in the introduction, the actual games room is relatively small and has a size of around 3.000 m².
The slot machines
The slot machines are open Sunday to Thursday from 12 pm to 2 am and until 3.30 am on weekends. There are about 140 devices offering denominations from 1 cent up to €0.50. Among them are:
- mechanical slot machines and fruit machines,
- modern video slot machines,
- games with progressive jackpots,
- an electronic roulette game with 10 spaces,
- video poker,
- video keno,
- video bingo,
- multi-game devices.
All these slots offer a good payout rate to the player that ranges from 92% to 97%. It may be less than in an online casino, but it is very good for a land based casino.
The table games
Those who prefer traditional games can play the following games at 16 tables:
- 2 tables with French Roulette from €2 (available from Sunday to Thursday from 2 pm to 2 am and until 3.30 am on weekends),
- 7 tables with American roulette from €2 (available from Sunday to Thursday from 2 pm to 2 am and until 3.30 am on weekends),
- 2 tables with ultimate poker from €2 (open every day from 7.30 pm),
- 5 tables with blackjack from €5 (available from Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm to 1.30 am and until 2.30 am on weekends).
There is also a poker room offering 8 tables with texas hold'em no limit. The room is open on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 8 pm at 1.30 am, and on weekends until 3.30 am. You can play this variant with either:
- cash games with a minimum buy-in of €100 and blinds of € 2/4,
- tournaments with a buy-in of €60 on Sunday, and €110 on Monday and Wednesday.
I would like to end this part of the review with some bad news. Accessing the games does cost admission. You have to pay €1 for the slot machines only and €5 for all games, which is still not too bad. The casino is also only accessible to adults over 21 years upon on presentation of a valid identity document.
A restaurant, a bar and a nightclub
The Casino in Baden Baden does not only have a games room. You can also find a restaurant, a bar and a nightclub. You can find out more about these facilities in the next part of the review.
The restaurant Sommergarten is open every day from 6 pm to 2 am, and on weekends until 3 am. The restaurant offers a traditional menu with salmon, carpaccio or foie gras as starters, soups, salads, meat and fish dishes as main courses and tiramisu, chocolate mousse and creme brulee as dessert.
The bar at the casino
The bar is an ideal place to take a small break between two game sessions. It is open every day from 2 pm to 2 am, and on weekends until 3 am. The menu is very diverse and offers a good selection of hot and cold drinks, whether with alcohol or not. The prices are also good, as a beer costs around €4 and a cocktail around €10.
The Bernest Club
The Bernest Club nightclub of the establishment is open Friday and Saturday evenings from 9 pm to 3.30 am. Various artists and DJs regularly perform at the Bernest Club and invite you to dance the night away.
In short, the Casino in Baden Baden is a very interesting place to have seen. Although the game selection is not huge or varied, and you have to pay admission to get in, it is still a remarkable casino.
The design and atmosphere are exceptional, and it is guaranteed that you will have a good experience playing there, also considering that the payout rates are very good. I always liked playing there, and I think I always will. You cannot find a similar atmosphere anywhere else! It is authentic, luxurious and very intimate, and it is very different from the small provincial gaming halls, the gigantic Las Vegas resorts or other prestigious casinos in Europe. I recommend visiting the casino at least once in your life. It is worth it!
1 hour from Strasbourg and 1.5 hours from Stuttgart.
Slot machines : Sunday to Thursday from 12 pm to 2 am and until 3.30 am on weekends.
Roulette : Sunday to Thursday from 2 pm to 2 am and until 3.30 am on weekends.
Blackjack : Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm to 1.30 am and until 2.30 am on weekends.
Ultimate Poker : every day from 7.30 pm.
Texas hold'em : Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 8 pm to 1.30 am and on weekends until 3.30 am.