How do Luxembourg's sovereigns live and work? What is life like in a royal palace? Where are official receptions held? How are the public rooms decorated? What works of art are on display? You can find out about all these aspects and more when the grand-ducal palace opens its doors to the general public.
From 13 July to 6 September 2015, the grand ducal palace in Luxembourg is open to the curious public, avid to discover the official residence of the Grand Duke, and offers the possibility of a reservation of a guided tour in several languages. The palace is open from Monday to Sunday, except Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guided tours take 45 minutes.
Entrance fees are 10 euro for adults and 5 euro for children. Tickets are exclusively on sale at the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (place Guillaume II). The palace is also accessible to people with reduced mobility (elevator access).
The official seat of the Grand Duchy's Head of State is interesting in a number of ways: For Luxembourgers it symbolises the feeling of their national independence; for historians it represents an element of continuity in the exercise of the administrative powers of a city and indeed a country through centuries of dependence and foreign domination; for art-lovers its façade reflects the influence of the Flemish Renaissance style in our part of the world; for tourists it is an attractive monument as the Grand Duke actually lives there.
As a building the Grand Duke's town residence presents an exceptionally beautiful façade which dates back to the 16th century. The majestic interior and the public rooms, enhanced inter alia by bright decoration designed by Ingo Maurer, attract many visitors each year.
This year, visitors will be able to see the temporary exhibition 'WËLCOM DÔHÉM, retour d'exil de S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse Charolotte' ('WËLCOM DÔHÉM, Return from exile of H.R.H. Grand Duchess Charlotte') in the Balance Room, in the context of guided tours organised by the LCTO.
With nearly 9,000 visitors per year, the palace is the second most visited tourist attraction in Luxembourg City, after the ancient casemates of the fortress of Luxembourg.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)