Switzerland, that country long known for its state of peaceful individual freedom, reflects its philosophy in the healthy land-based casino industry there. Currently 19 casinos do business in Switzerland, dotted throughout the country with essentially one in each major town in the Alpine land.
Locations for casinos in Switzerland include Geneva, Bern, Basel, Bad Ragaz, Baden, Courrendin, Crans-Montana, Davos-Platz, Granges-Paccot, Interlaken, Locarno, Lugano, Luzern, Mendrisio, Montreux, Pfaeffikon, Schaffhausen, St. Gallen and St. Moritz.
Perhaps the most notorious of all Swiss gaming houses is the Montreux casino – and not even for the gaming. First built in 1881, the Montreux burned to the ground in 1971 during a Frank Zappa concert. Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” actually tells of the incident, while a Zappa bootleg features the event in the track entitled “Swiss Cheese/Fire.” The place was rebuilt and reopened in 1975.