The grand ducal palace opens its doors to the public from 17 July to 3 September. Pictured is the reception hall on the first floor. Photo: Guy Wolff/Maison Moderne

The grand ducal palace opens its doors to the public from 17 July to 3 September. Pictured is the reception hall on the first floor. Photo: Guy Wolff/Maison Moderne

This summer, Delano’s sister publication Paperjam offers you an idea for a weekly outing to share with friends or family. In this first instalment, discover the history of the grand ducal family and its palace.

Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast or simply curious about discovering one of Luxembourg’s most emblematic landmarks, the grand ducal palace is opening its doors from 17 July to 3 September, giving you the chance to go behind the scenes of this architectural gem built in the 16th century. Although the grand ducal family resides at the Château de Berg, this tour offers a total immersion into the palace--which has been used by the monarch for over a century--that the grand duke uses to carry out his duties.

After being burnt down, rebuilt, enlarged and then renovated, these conservation efforts have preserved vestiges that are hundreds of years old. The last major restoration took place between 1991 and 1996, when the left wing was completely refurbished, returning the palace to its former splendour. It would be a shame not to make the most of it!

The Luxembourg City Tourist Office invites you to discover the grand ducal palace and is organising 75-minute tours in French, English, German and Luxembourgish, accompanied by a tour guide. Discover every nook and cranny of the building, from the grand staircase leading to the reception hall, via the dining room, the ministers’ study, the salle d’armes, the salle des fêtes, the salon des rois and the grand duke’s study.

Although the grand ducal palace is located in the heart of the upper town, at 17 rue du Marché-aux-Herbes, the tour begins a few metres further up in front of the LCTO offices on Place Guillaume II.

Practical information


- Adults: €15

- Children aged 4 to 12: €7.5 euros

- Free for children under 4.

Tickets can be purchased at the LCTO reception desk or on the . Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the .

For people with special needs, please contact the LCTO in advance at (+352) 22 28 09.

In addition, there are a few specific instructions for the visit:

- All visitors must undergo a security check.

- Luggage, snacks and drinks are not permitted inside the building.

- It is forbidden to take photographs during the visit.

- Pushchairs must be left at the entrance to the palace. During the visit, parents must keep their babies in their arms.

This story was first published in French on . It has been translated and edited for Delano.