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Monte Carlo Casino

The Casino Monte Carlo is one of the most iconic buildings in Monaco. You really feel the presence of history when you approach probably the most famous casino in the world. It is a great experience to visit, both outside and inside.

Casino Monte Carlo and Hotel de Paris
Casino Monte Carlo with Hotel de Paris on the right –

The history of Casino Monte Carlo

The casino was built in 1863 by the famous architect Charles Garnier, who also built the Paris Opera.

Over time, many celebrities have visited this place and several movie scenes have been shot here. These include James Bond’s “Never Say Never Again” from 1983 and “GoldenEye” from 1995.

The idea for the casino came from the founder of the Societé des Bains de Mers, François Blanc, who had a vision for Monaco to be a world-renowned venue.

The casino inside

It is an overwhelming sight to step into the great hall. Large crystal chandeliers, stunning paintings and wonderful sculptures compete to create awareness. The decorative stained glass windows are amazing and, especially, the glass roof is particularly beautiful.

The hall in Casino Monte Carlo
The hall of the Monte Carlo Casino with the beautiful chandeliers and the decorative glass roof

The casino outside

Casino Monte Carlo is surrounded by a very beautiful garden and is located at the end of a long avenue, which gives the casino an impressive setting. Outside, there is usually a string of large luxury cars of the most expensive brands. That sight, in itself, is worth a visit.

From the terrace on the opposite side of the casino, there is an exceptionally beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea.

How to visit Casino Monte Carlo?

The casino can be visited every day from 9 am to 1 pm. It is free to enter the large hall and does not require personal identification or special dress code.

If you want to enter the casino itself, it costs between 14 to 17€, depending on the season. After 2 pm, it is possible to play in the casino, but you must remember to bring your passport or identity card and be over 18 years old.

panoramic shot of man I Casino Monte Carlo touching playing cards and poker chips near player
After 2 pm, there is the opportunity to try your hand at the famous gambling casino. Remember proper attire and identification.

In addition, you are required to be nicely dressed so that means no tank top and nor shorts.

Monegasques are not allowed to play at the casino themselves

Although the casino is one of the most visited attractions in Monaco, the local inhabitants, the Monegasques, cannot access the casino or be allowed to play. This was enacted into law in 1987 to prevent dealers from seeing their own family at the tables and thus getting into a “suspicious” situation.

By Mette F.W. 2022

Opening times:

  • From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: visit of the Casino de Monte-Carlo with or without an audiotour.
  • From noon onwards: The Salon Rose Restaurant and the Atrium’s artistic attractions.
  • From 2 PM until 4 AM: The gaming rooms (gaming tables and slot machines) and bars.
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