Austrian Gallery Belvedere
The Belvedere is a must for the legendary painting ‘The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt, the artists Schiele and Kokoschka. Also, enjoy the splendor of the baroque palace ensemble and park.
Upper Belvedere Palace
Austrian Belvedere Gallery (Österreichische Galerie Belvedere) impresses admirers of fine art with its scale and content. It astonishes even those who previously considered themselves indifferent to sculpture and painting.
This museum opened in 1903, under the name “Modern Gallery”. The artists of the Secession association decided to present the world of modern art to the Viennese. Paintings and sculptures from the 19th and early 20th centuries were then donated to the gallery.
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Today, the two palaces of the Belvedere complex showcase outstanding works by Austrian artists, famous paintings by French impressionists, works in the Biedermeier and historicist styles, and creations by 19th- and 20th-century sculptors.
The main exhibition is located in the Upper Palace. One can see sculptures by Franz Xavier Messerschmidt (his magnificent “heads” with spiritualized facial expressions).
The work of Franz Xavier Messerschmidt
The second floor exhibits romantic and urban landscapes by Gauermann, von Schwind, Stifter, von Alt; portraits by von Amerling; works in Biedermeier and Historicism.
Egon Schiele. Family. 1918 г.
The third is an exposition of 20th century masters: Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka.
Gustav Klimt, Fritza Riedler, 1906
The works of Gustav Klimt are the “core” of the gallery, the main pride of the museum. His iconic painting “The Kiss” is on display here, belonging to the master’s “golden” period (many of Klimt’s compositions use real gold leaf). Visitors can also see other famous paintings of the “sunny” artist: “Adam and Eve”, “Judith”, “Portrait of Fritz Riedler”.
Hans Makart The Five Senses
Egon Schiele’s paintings are on display in the Upper Belvedere. Among them are the late canvases “Embrace” and “Family.” Many works by Hans Makart are on display, in particular the mesmerizing allegorical cycle The Five Senses.
Ticket prices for the Upper Belvedere:
|For adults||€ 16|
|children (up to 18 years)||free|
Learn more about the Upper Palace here.
The Lower Belvedere is rather modest on the outside and magnificent on the inside. The palace interiors are superbly preserved (most notably the Golden Cabinet). The hall in the basement of the palace is painted with mythological frescoes by Martino Altomonte.
In the Lower Palace there are temporary exhibitions, thematic expositions; in it there are works of Baroque and artworks of the Middle Ages.
Ticket prices to the Lower Belvedere:
|For adults||€ 14.00|
|children (up to 18 years)||free|
Learn more about the Lower Palace here.
Belvedere palace park
The palaces stand on a hillside opposite each other. Between them stretches a regular French park with fountains, manicured flowerbeds, statues and terraces. The garden is designed in strict symmetry and emphasizes the luxury of both palaces. The landscape complex is especially beautiful in spring, when the flowering plants play with shimmering colors.
The central sculptural composition of the park is the cascade fountain, decorated with figures of titans, nereids and tritons. In the plastic design of the upper cascade stand out sphinxes – female figures symbolizing power and wisdom.
The lower cascade is surrounded by statues of the eight Muses and pastoral scenes.
In the central part of the park along the stairs there are beautiful vases, images of cherubs, figures denoting the twelve months of the year.
In the Belvedere Park.
- Belvedere Gardens can be visited year-round, during daylight hours;
- Upper Belvedere: daily 09:00-18:00; Friday 09:00-21:00;
- Lower Belvedere and Orangery: daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm;
- The Stables: daily 10:00 – 18:00, Wednesdays 10:00 – 21:00
Cost Belvedere-Ticket :
(Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere (Orangery, Winter Palace and 21 houses). Ticket is valid for 30 days from the first visit.
|For adults||€ 25.00|
|children (up to 18 years)||free|
For up-to-date information on opening hours and ticket prices, please visit the official Belvedere Palace website.
How do I get to Belvedere Palace?
The Upper Belvedere can be reached by:
- Streetcar D to the Schloss Belvedere stop or the 18, B and O to the Quartier Belvedere stop;
- By bus 69A to the Quartier Belvedere stop;
- by subway U1 to Hauptbahnhof, Wien;
- suburban trains R, S1, S2, S3, S4, S80 to Quartier Belvedere station.
Take streetcar 71 to Unteres Belvedere, Orangerie, and Parade Stables.
The subway can be taken to Karlsplatz or Stadtpark stations and then you can walk about 300 meters.
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Hi, could you please tell me if there is a Russian audioguide in the upper belvedere? Thank you
Hello Michael, thank you for very interesting materials! I would like to clarify your comment on the Belvedere gallery. Unfortunately, it is not possible to look at the “Golden Adele”. “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” went to Maria Altman by restitution, and left Austria forever in 2006. It is now on display at the New Gallery in New York. Thank you again.
I wanted to ask you about the Belvedere in Vienna. I read their official website and I do not understand: with what ticket can I visit the Stables? I wanted to buy a Klimt Ticket, for example. There’s Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, Orangery. Where’s Palace Stables? Or maybe the Stables are automatically included in the visit if you buy a ticket to Lower Belvedere? And one more thing: how do you think it is possible (or necessary) to see the Belvedere Park, which route is better to take: from the Lower Belvedere to the Upper Belvedere or vice versa? Thanks for the answer.
Unfortunately, I don’t know.
It’s better from the lower to the upper, it’s easier from the metro station. Back through the park.
Do you know if the gardens (where admission is free) also open at 10 am? We arrive at the Wien Hbf station at 08-45. Since the Belvedere is near there, we wanted to go there right away. Maybe you can advise me what to see nearby during the hour waiting for the Belvedere to open?
The Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna, entrance from Rennweg 14, free of charge, see http://www.botanik.univie.ac.at/index.php?nav=h72 for details.
Next to the Belvedere, adjacent to it, is the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna. See the map to the right of the Belvedere. It is not part of the Belvedere, entrance from the Rennweg is free. The garden is very nice, one of the best botanical gardens in the world. Below, if you look at the map, there is also the Alpine Garden, which has a entrance fee of 3.5 euros as of August 2014. Also very nice.
The gardens are free everywhere in Vienna. In both the Bekelweder and Schönbrunn… The Belvedere palace is very beautiful! I loved the fountain – it was impossible to tear myself away… I took over 3000 photos of Vienna in 3 days… If you haven’t been there yet, go! You won`t be disappointed. I did not think you would be disappointed! I did not like the cuisine in Vienna – portions compared to the German fall small, for me it was too salty and overcooked But go to the Hofburg Palace Café – there is a great chef and you can really try the Real Apple Strudel!
I only managed to visit the upper Belvedere and walk through the garden. One of my favorite palaces. Small, cozy, neat Belvedere can’t be compared to, for example, Schonbrunn Palace, which occupies a vast area. The exhibition of paintings and the halls of the palace seemed to me interesting. Still, our Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo are more magnificent. There is an audio guide. It is very comfortable. The air conditioners inside (I visited the museum in June 2012) made it very cold. I liked the souvenir store (there are a few in the palace) and a cafe where you can eat. I took the streetcar D. The ticket price was 16 euros. The cost depends on what is included: Lower, Upper Belvedere, garden, reduced tickets for students, seniors, groups of more than 10 people, admission for children under 19 years old is free.
“Cost depends on what’s included: Lower, Upper Belvedere, garden, reduced tickets for students, seniors, groups over 10, admission for children under 19 free.” – Is there a fee for the garden? Was there at the same time as you, but the garden was free. There were no cash registers, “turnstiles” for admission, etc.
There are, for tickets to Schönbrunn, on trips to St. Stephen’s, to the Sea House…in many places, and I showed my Russian student ID card, they did not even look at it, asked to show my passport.
Belvedere in Vienna – the royal luxury in the center
Belvedere (Vienna) is a luxurious palace and park complex in the center of the Austrian capital. Vienna put the prefix to the word “belvedere” for a reason, because it is customary to call any building standing on a hill. In translation from the Italian word belvedere means “beautiful view”. I can confirm that when you visit the Belvedere in Vienna, you will have a beautiful view. I suggest that you take a closer look at the palace complex.
The Belvedere in Vienna has two palaces – the Upper Palace and Lower Palace, which are separated by a park with fountains, pavilions, and statues. If you like paintings, look inside the palaces – the Upper palace has a permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the Lower palace has seasonal/temporary exhibitions.Set image entry
If you’re not a fan of art, just take a stroll through the park. It is especially pleasant on a hot summer day when the fountains are working, but in the spring the park looks nice too. Entrance to the territory is free, so on the benches sit students with books, young families, and tourists of course.
I will tell you more about Belvedere in Vienna, its history and modernity, the main museum and other attractions on the territory. At the end, as usual, I will share useful information about tickets, travel and itinerary.
History of Belvedere Palace (Vienna)
The palace complex was built by the Austrian engineer and architect Luca von Hildebrandt. The project was commissioned by the then renowned engineer and military commander Eugene of Savoy. Before building the Belvedere, Hildebrandt had only designed churches and the palace features his favorite technique: straight facade lines with rich ornamentation.
Eugene of Savoy chose the lower Belvedere as his home after completing his military service. The project was completed in 1716, the construction took only two years. The French monarchs who fled the Revolution in 1789 also lived here with the prince. In addition to the living quarters, the Lower Palace included stables for the prince’s horses and his guests, as well as a greenhouse. In 1903, the first picture gallery was opened there.
The Upper Belvedere was for Eugene of Savoy the main residence. Hildebrandt did not complete the project until 1722, six years after the Lower Palace. After the death of Eugene of Savoy, the complex was bought by Empress Maria Theresia, who moved her collection of paintings from the imperial court here. This collection is now in the Museum of Art and History in Vienna.
The regular French-style park between the palaces was designed by Hildebrandt, but it was not until 1803 that the first alpine garden was laid out there. It was created by another architect, Dominique Girard. The garden started at the Lower Belvedere and went symmetrically upwards. The gardeners and architects designed it according to French specifications, placing statues, fountains, hedges and a menagerie around the greenhouse.
Vienna’s Belvedere these days
Both palaces house art galleries, but the Upper has a permanent exhibition, while the Lower changes regularly. The main exhibition in the Upper Belvedere consists of paintings by Austrian and French artists and sculptors from the 19th and 20th centuries. Be sure to stop by the Belvedere in Vienna if you have heard of Klimt – his works form the basis of the museum’s gallery.
The collection of the Upper Belvedere contains many paintings by Klimt, which researchers attribute to his “golden” period. At that time, the artist used gold leaf in his work, and photos do not capture the effect of such paintings. At the exhibition you will see the famous painting “The Kiss” and no less famous creations of the Austrian: “Golden Adele”, “Adam and Eve”, “Judith”.
In addition to the core of the collection of XIX-XX centuries, the exhibition includes paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages, the Baroque period and the canvas of artists of the XXI century. It is not possible to walk around all the halls, so here are the most interesting exhibits of the Upper Belvedere:
- Sculptures by Franz XavierMesserschmidt – first floor.
- Exhibition of Biedermeier and Historicism – second floor.
- Paintings by Schiele and Kokoschka – third floor, next to Klimt.
The Lower Belvedere doesn’t look as opulent on the outside as the Upper, but the interiors are almost richer. It’s worth going inside for them, even if you’re not in the mood for art. Check out the Gold Study and the hall on the plinth, where frescoes by Altomonte are preserved. In the Lower Palace there are exhibitions of contemporary artists and sculptors, and the Baroque and Medieval halls are among the permanent exhibitions.
Attractions of the complex
Between the two palaces is a park and gardens with a clear layout. Entrance to the grounds is free, you can just stroll around, look at the Belvedere (Vienna) and sit on the terraces. I recommend to come to Vienna in mid-spring when fountains are already working and flowers are blooming. In the center of the park is the main cascade fountain with mythological figures.
The fountains are open from mid-April to mid-October, as they are throughout the city, and the Belvedere Park in Vienna opens at 6:00 from April 1 to October 31 and at 7:00 from November 1 to March 31. Closing hours are more varied:
- Nov. 1 through Feb. 28 – 5 p.m.
- All March and all of October – 7 p.m.
- April 1-April 31, August 1-September 30- 8 p.m.
- From May to July – 21:00.
There are two other places of interest in Vienna that are not part of the Belvedere, but closely linked to it.
- The Winter Palace in Vienna.
- The 21’s House in Vienna.
I will tell you a little more about them.
The Winter Palace in Vienna.
Eugene of Savoy first lived in Himmelpfortgasse 8 for the winter, the Ministry of Finance was located there from 1848 to 2007 and is now an exhibition hall, which is formally part of the Belvedere in Vienna. It contains exhibitions of contemporary Austrian and foreign artists, and the Baroque halls are worth a look. The Winter Palace can be reached on foot from the Upper Belvedere, a 10-minute walk.
Opening hours of the Winter Palace: Every day, 10:00 – 18:00.
21st House in Vienna
Another exhibition hall belonging to the Belvedere (Vienna) is located at Arsenalstraße 1 (Arsenalstraße 1) opened in 1958 for the World’s Fair. Now you can see the Austrian art from 1945 to the present day. There is a permanent exhibition of sculptures and temporary exhibitions. In the building there is a cinema and a cafe, in which everything is dedicated to the number 21. It is more convenient to walk here from the Lower Belvedere, a 5 minute walk.
Opening hours of the 21 House: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Wednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.
Useful information for visiting the Vienna Belvedere
There is a checkroom in both the Upper and Lower Palais, and it costs 50 cents. Don’t forget to take a coupon at one palace, then you can leave your things for free at the other palace. This is handy if you are going to all the exhibitions. There are cafes and stores in every building, I especially recommend the restaurant with a terrace in the Upper Belvedere. There is good coffee and croissants and a view of Vienna.
About the schedule of almost all interesting places told, there are only the main palaces.
- Upper Belvedere – every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
- Lower Museum and Orangery – also from 10:00 to 18:00, and on Wednesdays until 21:00.
- The Stables, which houses Medieval and Baroque art, are from 10:00 a.m. to 00:00 p.m.
Regular and comprehensive tickets are available throughout the complex, including the Upper and Lower Belvedere. Children and adolescents under 18 years of age pass everywhere free of charge, for seniors over 65 years and students up to 26 years there are discounts. Tourist groups of 10 people or more also get a discount. If you see a group at the entrance, ask to go with them, it is unlikely you will be refused, you will save money.
The cost of admission to the palaces
The cost of the ticket depends on which palace you decide to go to. There are combo tickets, there are tickets for individual exhibitions and displays. Buy a ticket to Belvedere online.
From the Belvedere, it’s a short walk to the Karlskirche, one of Vienna’s most famous churches.
How to get to Belvedere
If it’s convenient to start exploring Belvedere from the Lower Palace, take the Unteres Belvedere (streetcar line 71). The streetcar line 2 or D will also work, get off at the Schwarzenbergplatz stop.
If you prefer to go to the Upper Belvedere, get off at the stop Quartier Belvedere (streetcar stops #18, O, D). From the subway station Hauptbahnhof on line U1 to the Upper Belvedere it is about 15 minutes on foot.
To travel around Vienna, especially if you come to the Austrian capital for a day, a daily pass is optimal. For the center it is not particularly important, because it is better to walk around it, but to get to Schönbrunn or Hundertwasser House, or to the Prater you definitely need a public transport.
To the Belvedere with a guided tour
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Belvedere (Vienna) on the map
The map shows the Upper and Lower Belvedere, as well as the Winter Palace and the 21st House.
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