Grand Ducal Palace, Luxembourg

Grand Ducal Palace, Luxembourg (must see)

The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg's official residence, the Grand Ducal Palace, is built from the building that served as city hall from 1572 to 1795. After 1817, the palace housed the Governor, who represented the Dutch Grand Dukes.

Since 1890, the palace has been solely used for the Grand Duke and their families. It was renovated under Grand Duke Adolphe, who also had a large extension built to accommodate guests and family rooms. During the WWII German occupation, the Nazis used the palace as a tavern and concert hall. As a result, much of the art, jewels, and furniture were lost or ruined.

When Grand Duchess Charlotte returned in 1945, it was thoroughly restored and redecorated. Indeed, it has been redecorated many times over the years, with a significant renovation from 1991 to 1996.

Military soldiers perform guard duties at the palace. Foreign heads of state are entertained here, and it's the site of many state banquets and receptions. The Grand Duke delivers his Christmas Message every year from the Yellow Room, and the New Year's Reception is also held here for members of the government.

Why You Should Visit:
The palace is a local landmark right in the heart of Ville-Haute. When visiting Luxembourg, you will inevitably stop and take a look from street level. Keep an eye out for the palace guards' ceremonies.

The palace is open for guided tours only during July and August. Ask for information at the information center at the Place Guillaume II. Like at the Buckingham Palace, you can take pictures with the guard if you wish.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Grand Ducal Palace
Sight Location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg (See walking tours in Luxembourg)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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