Europe is known for its beautiful and varied landscapes, picturesque cities and home to a large number of museums and art galleries. It is the birthplace of many artists and people of science that have changed the way we view the world around us. With so many different countries and cultures it’s no wonder that Europe has captivated people from around the world.

The continent is also home to a large number of luxurious casinos. While the buildings themselves may not be as grandiose as the ones found in Las Vegas or Macau, they are, however, more complex and elegant in terms of architecture. This article’s purpose is to highlight some of the oldest and most impressive casinos found in Europe

Germany – Baden Baden Casino

The main building of the casino was constructed nearly two centuries ago by Friedrich Weinbrenner. A few years after its construction, the casino became well known among the public. During its lifetime, the casino has had a few ups and downs and has struggled during the second world war. The interior of the building contains furnishes made by Parisian designers in the 1850s. People that are only visiting will be impressed by the Parisian decorations from that specific time period and the unique atmosphere present in the interiors.

United Kingdom – Hippodrome Casino

The Hippodrome was opened at the beginning of the 20th century and was designed by Frank Matcham. The building was used to host many forms of entertainment and later after extensive renovations it has become one of UK’s largest and most well known casinos. The interior of the building is breathtaking. What makes this casino stand apart from others is the interior which maintains its original theatre design and instead of plays, it is now hosts a large variety of slots, poker and other table games.

Monaco – Casino de Monte Carlo

The building was originally constructed at the end of the 19th century by Charles Garnier who was also the architect for the Paris Opera House. The exterior of the Casino de Monte Carlo is an architectural marvel with many bas-relief sculptures. Seeing it for the first time really leaves an emotional impact. The interior itself is nothing short of grandiose and decorated with fresco paintings in the style of Baucher. The casino was featured in the movies “Never Say Never Again” and “Golden Eye” hence the reason why many people associate the casino with agent 007, James Bond.

Romania – Constanța Casino

The building was once considered Romania’s Monte Carlo, and has long been a symbol of Constanța. The casino was designed in 1910 in accordance with the plans and designs of Daniel Rennard and it remains the most important Art Nouveau style building in the country. In the past the Constanța Casino hosted glamorous royal parties but now it lies abandoned and it’s listed as a historic monument by the Ministry of Culture. In the last century the building was Romania’s greatest wonders. It survived both world wars and during the last years of its life, the building functioned as a restaurant until it eventually closed in 1990.

Final Thoughts

These are some of the most beautiful and eye catching casinos to be found in Europe. Compared to Las Vegas and Monaco, the casinos found in Europe are much smaller and offer a more grounded and comfortable experience.