The Belvedere, the baroque castle of Prinz Eugen, is located at Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, close to the Sudbahnhof. Originally it was intended to be the summer residence for Prince Eugene, and was composed of two segments, the Upper Belvedere and the Lower Belvedere. The palace was located outside the city walls of Vienna. Today both the segments have been converted into art galleries displaying both Austrian and international art from the recent times as well as from the past. It is open daily between 10AM and 6PM. It is located very close to the Sudbahnhof where I landed from my bus from Bratislava and hence it was the first thing i saw in the city and was totally taken by its beauty
Belvedere was the Baroque residence of Prince General Eugen of Savoy. He was also an art lover and today the Belvedere is an art gallery.
Admission is normally 10am to 6pm and the full ticket is EUR 12.50
The Belvedere is a baroque palace complex built by Prince Eugene of Savoy in the 3rd district of Vienna, south-east of the city centre.
After buying the plot of land in 1697, Prince Eugene had a large park created. The Schloss Belvedere began as a suburban entertainment villa: in 1714 work began to erect what is now called the Lower Belvedere, not as a palace but as a garden villa, with an orangerie and paintings gallery, with suitable living quarters. The architect was Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, one of the most important architects of the Austrian Baroque, who produced in the complex of buildings his masterwork. He was assisted by the Venetian sculptor Giovanni Stanetti, who had been brought to Vienna by Prince Eugene, with his atelier of assistants; now he also provided properly Italianate sculptural details, such as the figures along the balustrade and garden sculptures. The Lower Belvedere was finished in 1716. The ceiling of its central Marmorsaal ("Marble Hall"), painted by Martino Altomonte, celebrates Prince Eugene as a new Apollo, leader of the Muses. The room also contains an Apotheosis of Prince Eugene sculpted by Balthasar Permoser.
Belvedere Palace is very close to Sudbahnhof near which we were staying so the 1st thing we did when we got to Vienna was walk over to the Palace to have a look. I thought it was a palace that you could visit on a tour but when we got there, it looked like the admission line was for the art museums that are housed in Lower and Upper Belvedere so we passed on visiting, it was just too nice of a day to be inside looking at art. From the photos it looks like the rooms are still very ornate but it seems like the primary reason to visit is the art.
Lower Belvedere was built from 1714 to 1716, Upper Belvedere was started in 1721 and completed in 1723. The Palace was a gift from the Hapsburgs to Prince Eugene of Savoy, an Austrian military hero, who defeated the Ottomans in the late 17th century. The Prince used it as a summer home and apparently not totally thrilled with it's design he made many Baroque additions and improvements and filled it with his private art collection. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination sparked World War I, lived here from 1894 to 1914 when he was killed.
If you are interested in visiting the museums, Lower Belvedere houses the Museum of Baroque Art, the Orangery is home to the Museum of Medieval Art and Upper Belvedere Gallery is 19th and 20th Century Austrian art including many paintings by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.
The Belvedere is a beautiful place to visit if you have an interest in art. However it is also a beauty for all those who appreciate architecture and the garden is also quite impressive. I have to admit that I mainly went there to see the paintings of Gustav Klimt, however there were a lot of other beautiful paintings and sculptures to be seen. When you go there, make sure that you have enough time to visit both the upper and lower belvedere, you can buy the Combi-Ticket which covers everything. As it was, we didn't have enough time so we bought a ticket for Oberes Belvedere (Upper Belvedere) only. The one thing I regret about the Belvedere is that I rushed through it - give yourself ample time if you have an eye for detail!
I like Belvedere too much! It is REAL palace for me! There is also The Austrian national gallery, where you can see some of the Gustav Climt's paintings (Van Gogh, Monet, Schiele. and Kokoschka also).
Belvedere, is actually two Baroque (highly ornate and extravagant in style) palaces at either end of a terraced garden. The Lower Belvedere (1714–16) was a summer garden palace, and the Upper (1721–24) was designed as a place of entertainment.
Currently the Upper Belvedere houses the impressive collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. At the heart of the displays of “art around 1900” is the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection. The glittering highlights are Klimt’s golden pictures "The Kiss" and "Judith", and masterpieces by Schiele and Kokoschka. Prominent works by the French Impressionists and the outstanding collection of Viennese Biedermeier paintings are further attractions at the Upper Belvedere.
Upper Belvedere - daily 10 am to 6 pm
Lower Belvedere, Orangery - daily 10 am to 6 pm, wed 10 am to 9 pm
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Two magnificent baroque mansions that face each other with sculpted grounds in between. Prince Eugene was the primary person to get this compound under construction during 1714-16 for the lower part and 1721-23 for the upper palace. It was his royal summer residence. It was used as the residence for the kings of Austria. Artworks were colelcted over the years and now are on display. Destroyed in WWI, they were restored. No Pictures inside--BUT you wish you could. The main palalce has a two story marble room with fresco ceiling, and many statues made of lead. The Gold room is the best to see with gilded carved woodwork and mirrors, adn statue of Prince Eugene.
On the grounds are also a greenhouse, zoo, sphinx shelions, and sculptures around.
Built for Prince Eugene of Savoy by famed architect von Hildebrandt, the Schloss Belvedere is actually two palaces within the spacious park only a few kilometers from the centre of Vienna. (In fact, when first built, Belvedere was surrounded by parkland). The Upper Palace is a huge extravaganza of baroque and rococo pomp, typical of the 18th century and built to rival Versailles. By comparison, the Lower Palace is a discrete little place....
The palaces house museums featuring Austrian painting. In the lower palace, the 'Österreichisches Barockmuseum' (Austrian Museum of Baroque Art) displays Austrian Art of the 18th century. In the upper palace, the Austrian gallery with a collection of 19th- and 20th-century Austrian paintings, including Secessionists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.
There are also the extensive gardens, laid out in formal French style as well as the Alpine Garden, first planted in 1803 and which is a major attraction in its own right.
The Belvedere’s two magnificent palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere, were built in the 18th century as the summer residence for the important general Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736). He chose one of the most outstanding Baroque architects Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt (1668-1745). The palaces with their extensive gardens are considered to be one of the world’s finest Baroque landmarks.
Belvedere stands for "Beautiful view" - guess why? ;-)
The Belvedere Permanent Collection has so much to offer. Most of the people go there because of the Gustav Klimt paintings, but there are so many other great paintings there which would be the most valuable paintings in other museums, if they only had them ;-) But next to "the Kiss", people seem to forget and oversee the great artwork around it. So don't be the typical tourist who stands in front of the Kiss and gets stuck there fighting to take a picture that will not come out well anyways. Go and have a little face-to-face with Adam and Eve (another great Gustav Klimt painting) in the room behind, or take your time to see the details in the Giovanni Segantini painting on the right hand side of the Kiss. Admire the paintings of Ernst Klimt, Franz Matsch, of French impressionists and many others.
Located just south of Vienna’s main ring, Schloss Belvedere is one of Vienna’s finest palace complexes. Consisting of two Baroque mansions facing each other across a sloping manicured garden, the palace complex and the nearby botanical gardens are an excellent place to escape the tourist hordes. One ticket allows for entry into both mansions, and the Oberes Belvedere houses Vienna’s finest collection of Klimt paintings among other works.
The Belvedere was built by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as summer palace of Prince Eugene, in 1714. The Belvedere is made up of two different buildings which are connected by beautiful English gardens.
The Belvedere is one of the world's finest examples of Baroque architecture.
You can visit the gardens for free, and from there you can take stunning pictures of the palaces. Gardens are also ideal for jogging, walking, relaxing, ...
You can also visit the palace inside, where you can find a beautiful museum, with the world's largest collecion of Klimt paintings including "The Kiss".
Admission tickets: 9,5 €; discount to 8 € if you show the metro ticket valid for 3 days (worth 18 €).
The Belvedere is consisted of two palaces, the Oberes (Upper) Palace and the Unteres (Lower) Palace. The Belvedere was completed in 1723 which now houses the Austrian Museum of Baroque Art (Lower) which displays Austrian art of the 18th century and the collection of 19th and 20th century art (Upper), most notably, "The Kiss", by Gustav Klimt.
The upper Belvedere was built purely as a garden palace although it does have a fair bit of history. The 1955 treaty between Austria and its allies granting Austria its independency was signed in the central hall on the upper floor here. Nowdays, the palace houses a gallery of 19th and 20th century (mainly Austrian) art. There is an impressive number of Klimt and Schiele paintings and works in the collection.
The lower Belvedere houses a collection of baroque art as well as a stunning room completely laced in gold leaf (see photo) aptly called the golden chamber and a two storey high marble hall. Back when Prince Eugene used to use the Belvedere as his summer residence, the lower Belvedere was the living quarters.
The orangery houses temporary exhibits. When I visited in May 2007 there was an excellent exhibition of garden paintings.