Marlene Dietrich, the glamorous German film star, once remarked, “The most beautiful casino in the whole world is in Baden-Baden—and I have seen them all.” The casino has been hosting those who like to flirt with lady luck for more than 200 years. Dostoevsky is said to have written “The Gambler” after he lost his shirt, and almost his mind, at the tables here. The casino rooms were designed in the style of an elegant French château. Jackets and ties for men are mandatory, as is evening wear for women. To enter during gambling hours, you must possess a valid passport or identification card and be at least 21 years old.

The historic gaming rooms may be viewed daily 9:30am to noon on a tour costing 5€ for adults, 3€ for children 15 and under. For those who want to gamble later, a full day’s ticket is available for 3€. The minimum stake is 5€, but visitors are not obligated to play. Hours are daily noon to 2am (Fri–Sat until 3am). Kaiserallee 1. tel. 07221/30240. Bus: 1.