Belvedere

Price guide: Mid-range

Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27 , Vienna, 1030

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Diane Naar-Elphee, your Vienna expert

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expert-rated things to do in Vienna
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Education, History

Best for Posing - Expert review of Belvedere

Best of Baroque and Klimt's masterpiece 'The Kiss'.

My recommendation, for all first time visitors to Vienna, is to head to the beautiful baroque complex Belvedere, which consists of two imposing palaces separated by French style gardens laid out on a slope ornate with sphinx, fountains and cascades. From this vantage point the view of old Vienna has hardly changed in 250 years. Lovers of art should visit the upper gallery containing some of the best works by Schiele, Kokoschka, a fine selection of French Impressionists and the largest collection of works by Gustav Klimt. The Kiss being the most famous, although my favourite is his portrait of the young enigmatic beauty Sonja Knips.

There is one more collection that is worthy of mention here: Sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt worked in Vienna at the time of Maria Theresia. For me, his collection of character heads represents the most intriguing, entertaining and funniest group of sculptures I've ever seen.

On a historical note, in the gorgeous, renovated marble hall on the first floor, the treaty giving birth to Austria's second republic, was signed by the foreign ministers of the Allied forces. And the view down to the city centre from the huge windows is quite amazing, as is the allegorical fresco on the ceiling.

At the bottom end of the park the Lower Belvedere, a much smaller palace, houses  temporary exhibitions. Former owner, Prince Eugene of Savoy – modestly nicknamed “Saviour of Christianity in Europe” (because of his victories against the Ottoman Empire) lived in these chambers in summer and it shows – especially in the Golden Room, where a classic statue portrays him, allegorically, as sun god.

Price advice: 

Ticket prices, Upper Belvedere: 9.50 euros, Lower Belvedere: 9.50 euros.

Expert tips: 
The combined Ticket is a good deal for only 14 euros.
Start your walk from the Gürtel and head down the slope for best views.

More information on Belvedere:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Art gallery, Museum, Park / garden
Address:
Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27 , Vienna, 1030
Telephone:
01 795 57
Website:
http://www.belvedere.at
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Both palaces are open daily. Upper Belvedere 10am–6pm. Lower Belvedere 10am-6pm, Wed 10–9pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both

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