After France and the United Kingdom, the Western European country with the most casino facilities is Germany. Germany casinos include one of the most famous and historic of all Europe's casinos, the Spielbank Baden-Baden, but also a number of new and modern casinos have been built to cater for the growing demand for gambling in Germany. Additionally, Germany is becoming a center for online casinos, with German casino sites set to become the most numerous non-English language casino sites on the Internet.
Germany casinos require registration, but this can usually be done on the spot with some photographic ID. In addition, there may occasionally be a token entry fee to the table gaming area of the casino, but this is rarely more than 5 Euros. Dress codes vary, but while as a rule, there is a relaxed dress code for the slot machine area in most Germany casinos, there is usually a strict jacket and tie dress code for the gaming tables themselves.
The most famous casino in Germany is without doubt the Spielbank in Baden-Baden, inaugurated in 1824. Situated in the Kurhaus, it is one of the most imposing and beautiful casino buildings anywhere in the world. Even if you do not wish to risk a spin of the roulette wheel, guided tours of the building are available, so there is no reason not to see the interior of this magnificent building.
After the heady days of the nineteenth century, gambling in Germany underwent something of a slump due to economic difficulties, political upheaval, and partition, after which gambling was virtually impossible in the East. In the last decade or so, however, there has been a resurgence in interest in gambling in the country, aided by a buoyant sports betting market that has undergone rapid liberalization and benefited from Germany's hosting of the 2006 Football World Cup. As a result, the demand for Germany casinos has surged forward, and the German love of gambling, and particularly cards, is now bearing fruit for the German casino operators.
There is also a thriving online betting sector; German betting sites are the most rapidly growing in any language other than English, and foreign betting sites are increasingly translating their online facilities into German to cater to this demand. Unsurprisingly, these websites cater more closely to the native German gambler, but Germany casinos are very much geared to the foreign tourist as well, and are well worth visiting during any stay in Germany.