Ever wondered what the inside of the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg City looks like? Immerse yourself in centuries of art, history and royalty by taking a visit during the three months a year it opens to the public, from mid-July.
Luxembourg has no shortage of atmospheric castles but few can rival the grandeur and beauty of Luxembourg City's Grand Ducal Palace.
Located in the City centre next to Place Guillaume II, for a short time only, curious visitors can go behind the scenes to see what it is like to live in a palace, admire the artwork and stroll the long corridors.
In its function as the city residence of the Grand Ducal family, it is situated right in the heart of the Old Town.
Dating back to the 16th Century, the palace is the official residence of Grand Duke Henri and has played a large part in the official duties of the head of state.
Formerly the capital's first town hall until it was destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in 1554, the structure was rebuilt 20 years later.
During the 18th Century an extension was added and the Parliament was built as an annex in 1859. It remained so until 1890 when the building became the Palace of the Grand Dukes.
Restored from 1992 to 1995, the palace has an exquisite Flemish Renaissance facade.
Today it hosts state visits while the Grand Ducal family reside at their home in Berg Castle, Colmar-Berg.
2017 coincides with the 200-year commemorations of the Grand Duke Nassau
dynasty and a special museum inside will be set up for visitors to enjoy as well as a guided visit.
Guided tours are given daily this year from Saturday July 15 until September 3, taking visitors through the official reception rooms among other places.
The tours take place on the hour every day from 9am to 5pm except for Saturdays, Sundays and August 15 when there will be no 1pm tour.
Tickets cost 12 euros for adults and 6 euros for children. All proceeds go to the "Fondation Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa."
Tickets can only be bought from the Luxembourg City Tourist Office located in Place Guillaume II, but you must book in advance.
This year, groups are limited to 30 people, so booking as early as possible is advised.