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Grand Ducal Palace

Grand Ducal Palace © Ernmuhl
Grand Ducal Palace © Ernmuhl

The city residence of the Grand Ducal family is right in the heart of the old town, and is surprisingly unpretentious, recognisable more by the fact that there are sentry boxes and determined looking guards outside, than for any other feature.

The building is, however, quite aesthetically pleasing with its Italian Renaissance facade. Built of ochre yellow stones, it overlooks a paved pedestrian square and features spires and railings. It was originally the site of a medieval town hall that was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in 1554, and rebuilt 20 years later.

Those with an eye for architecture will be able to tell that the palace was built over various periods. Much of the structure dates back to the 16th century, although an annex to the building, constructed in 1859, is now the seat of the Chamber of Deputies.

Guided tours are usually available in the peak summer months, by arrangement with the Luxembourg City Tourist Office. But for the majority of the year, visitors can't explore the castle and it's simply an interesting landmark to pass by and photograph.

Address: 17, rue du Marché-aux-Herbes