We had to get up relatively early today to head into the old town and do the tour of the Grand-Ducal Palais that we had bought yesterday. We got the bus from central station and were there well ahead of the time we needed to be. The tour was really quite interesting. Unfortunately, since most of the interior furnishings and pictures etc are personal property of the Grand Duke and his family, no photos were allowed. A shame, really, because there were some beautiful rooms we were shown through! The place-setting for about 6 people was a little paltry after seeing the one at Buckingham Palace 🙂
After the tour, we headed off to Vianden, in the north east of Luxembourg. Public transport is so cheap here. 4 Euro will buy you a 24 hr ticket valid for buses, trains, trams etc throughout the whole country! The trip to Vianden was about 30 minutes by train plus another 30 minutes by bus (plus 20 minute walk!) and was all included on the daily ticket. Nice!
We got to Vianden around lunch time and thought we’d have lunch first before all the tour groups we could see around the place had the same idea. We found a nice place on the banks of the river and ordered our meal. It was nothing to write home about but the wait staff were friendly, which is still nice to experience after Italy. After lunch, we headed off to the castle…
The castle itself has been restored. It’s amazing the effort put into it for decades to restore it from basically a roofless ruin to a full-on castle as it is today.
I was disappointed at first because there were no rooms with furniture for most of the first and second floor, but then suddenly there were a few that did have furniture – not sure if they’re authentic to the time or not, but they looked good.
After the castle, we headed back down to the village and caught the bus and then the train back to Luxembourg and had a cruisy evening, just reading in bed and drinking wine. 🙂