During summer (16.07- 4.09.2016), the Palace of the Grand Dukes or Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg City opens its doors to visitors. So, last year on a gloomy July afternoon we took the opportunity to visit.
Have you ever had the chance to stand in the office of a head of State?
You enter via the rear of the Palace, rue du Rost. Here you have to undergo a security check to enter the Palace. The guide will give you to a small introduction about Luxembourg.
Note that unfortunately pictures are not allowed inside the Palace.
The first room you’re taken into is the Salle de la Balance where a special exhibition is currently taking place. It’s called “La Dynastie Luxembourg- Nassau” by Marc Schoentgen.
Among others you’ll see the reception room and the two way entrance to the balcony where the Grand Ducal family greets the population on special occasions, the Grand Dukes office and the dining room. An impressive staircase is leading to the first floor. You’ll see family portraits, paints, old maps, rugs and big chandeliers. Contrary to what visitors may think, the Grand Duke does in fact not reside in the Palace. He lives in a castle in Colmar-Berg, which is about 35 minutes from the city centre.
The Palace of the Grand Dukes
While it was very interesting to see the interior of this historic building, we would have preferred a smaller group to make the visit more personal.
Yet, we really recommend a visit to the Grand Ducal Palace. A once in a lifetime experience!
The Palace of the Grand Dukes – Know before you go:
• The visit takes about 45 minutes.
• Price: Adults: 10€, Children: 5€ (proceeds go to the Grand Dukes Charity)
• Note that tickets for the Palace are only available at the reception of the Luxembourg City Tourist Office on Place Guillaume II.
• We strongly recommend to book the tour in advance, as the maximum of participants is 40. The guided tours take place every day except Wednesday and are available in English, French, German, Dutch and Luxembourgish at following times:
10.00 am – English
10.30 am – French
11.00 am – German
14.00 am – German
14.30 am – Luxembourgish
15.00 am – Dutch
15.30 am – English
16.00 am – German
16.30 am – French
17.00 am – English