Grand Ducal Palace
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, aesthetically very pleasing, with an Italian Renaissance facade. It is built of ochre yellow stone and features spires and railings, overlooking a paved pedestrian square. 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 was built in 1859 and 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 the palace can't be explored by visitors and is simply an interesting landmark to pass by and photograph, particularly as it is situated in such a pleasant part of town.
Address: 17, rue du Marché-aux-Herbes