Belvedere, Vienna

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the baroque castle of Prinz Eugen

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  • Stunning palace

    by Fra.da. Written Aug 15, 2007

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    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 €).

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    by MishyM Written Feb 22, 2006

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    The Belvedere is an absolutely beautiful building, both inside and out, and again with fantastic gardens as can be seen all throughout Vienna. It was originally built by Prince Eugene of Savoy as his summer residence in 1714 and in 1914 ownership was passed onto the Republic of Austria, after many important owners including Empress Maria Theresia and Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

    This should be the first stop for any Gustav Klimt lovers, as many of his paintings can be seen here - including the masterpiece 'The Kiss'. Other artists featured include Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele, as well as Ferdinand Georg Waldm?ller. There is also a collection featuring work from the 20th and 21st century. 'The Cycle of the Five Senses' by Hans Makart is another highlight of the gallery.

    Aside from the main galleries, there is also a Museum of Medieval Art as well as another featuring Baroque art which are quite interesting and worth seeing.

    Opening times:

    Upper Belvedere
    Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
    Entrance: till 5.30 pm
    Closed on Monday

    Lower Belvedere: Baroque Museum, Museum of Medieval Art
    Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
    Entrance: till 5.30 pm
    Closed on Monday

    Prices:
    9 Euros of Adults
    7,50 Euros for Senior Citizens
    6 Euros for Students
    7,50 Euros with the Vienna card
    Free for children up t the age of 10

    For groups and family prices, please see this link:
    http://www.belvedere.at/information_en/index.php?x=allgemein.php

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    BELVEDERE PALACES

    by Hosell Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    Also located in the center of the city another beautiful palace to see is Belvedere.The two Belvedere Palaces,one facing the other,and the park between,were designed by Lukas von Hildebrandt as an integral architecture artwork.

    Now is one of most visited places in Vienna,here also you'll find two nice museums to see:MEDIEVAL ART MUSEUM,and BAROQUE ART MUSEUM,located in upper Beldevere.Don't miss the beautiful gardens here.

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    Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, etc. in the Belvedere

    by flyfreak Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    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.

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    Belvedere, the far side (apologies to Larsen)

    by iandsmith Written May 9, 2004

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    A great lead up

    I'd sort of done what I wanted to do in Vienna and, on the last day, I simply caught a tram one way and a train in the opposite direction. This was the result of my tram trip.
    Had I done my research better I would have gone here first and recommend that you do just that.

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    It's all different

    by iandsmith Written May 9, 2004

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    A ture palace from any angle

    Sometimes in Europe I have to pinch myself to believe I'm seeing what I actually came to see. In Australia we don't really have seasons like Europe. Deciduous trees are thin on the ground (and in the ground for that matter) so what you see is what you get; generally.
    In Europe the white velvet of the winter snows can paint a vastly different, though just as pretty, picture to that in your brochure.
    Here the fountain might as well be an ice skating rink and the verdant landscaped lawns have disappeared.

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    Belvedere

    by margaretvn Updated Dec 11, 2003

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    Belvedere

    This is a really lovely museum, it was built as the summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. He was the military commander who helped conquer the Turks in !683. The Belvedere actually consists of two palaces which are linked by a lovely formal garden. When we were there last time (october 2003) the gardens were not in flower but they are lovely to wander through.
    The palace was built by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, he became the court architect in 1700, he also designed Shconborn Palace and the Kinsky palace.
    I really wanted to go to the Upper Belvedere to see the Gustav Klimt collection - and i was not disappointed the works are wonderful (even through the Judith I was away on tour!!!) The whole collection is wonderful though.

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    The beautiful palace

    by Rupanworld Updated Nov 3, 2008

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    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

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    Baroque Galore .. and a lot more!

    by RhineRoll Written Jul 15, 2006

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    baroque garden linking Upper and Lower Belvedere
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    Belvedere Palace and its garden ... actually, it should be PalacES, because this wonderful example of baroque architecture actually comprises two palaces called upper and lower Belvedere. The gently sloping very fine baroque garden links the two. From the upper Belvedere at the top of the hill you can literally have a wonderful view of Vienna and the Wienerwald hills to the north. And on the top of that all, both Belvederes contain wonderful collections of art. Most noteworthy perhaps is the 19th century paintings collection in the upper Belvedere also containing some major expressionist art by my all-time favourite Kokoschka, Klimt and Schiele.

    Good disabled access to the upper palace, although some parts require detours and usage of different lifts.

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    THE GATE

    by Hosell Written Oct 7, 2004

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    Passing through this beautiful gate,you'll reach the Beldevere Palaces and gardens.Is the perfect place to make some good photos.Unfortunatelly is not allowed to take any photos or videos inside all these palaces,the gardens is the only place where you can take the photos that you want.

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    Inside and outside the Belvedere

    by Manara Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    South side of Oberes Belvedere

    Tourists flock to this place especially because of the works of art exhibited inside. The galleries do indeed deserve a visit, however this palace, built at the beginning of the 18th century, deserves a visit in its own right, for its architecture and its beautiful formal gardens.

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    Lower Belvedere’s Providence Fountain

    by von.otter Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    “Oh, my friends, if you knew how wonderful Vienna is! It cannot be compared to any of the cities I have seen in my whole life — wide streets, exquisitely paved, a multitude of boulevards and plazas, all the houses six and seven stories high, and stores.”
    — Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), from a letter written upon his arrival in Vienna, 20.March.1891

    The five lead/pewter alloy figures that make up this former fountain are collectively known at times as the Danube Well, at other times as the Providence Fountain, and still at other times as the Donner Fountain, in honor of their creator, Georg Raphael Donner (1693-1749). Four river gods of the Danube’s tributaries, the Ybbs, Enns, March, and Traun, surround the central figure, Providence. The River Traun caught my attention more than the others (see photos 2, 3 & 4).

    When these originals were placed around the fountain in the Neue Markt in 1739, two years after they were commissioned by the city of Vienna, Empress Maria Theresa’s sensibilities were ruffled by the nudity. She ordered them removed. Not until the reign of her grandson, Franz I in 1801, were copies put in their place. The soft lead decayed over the years and in 1873 bronze replicas were put in their place. Since 1921 the originals have been on display here in the Lower Belvedere’s Marble Hall.

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    Lower Belvedere

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    Inferior Belvedere

    The Lower Belvedere (Unteres Belvedere) was constructed between 1714 and 1716 in order to serve like summer room of prince Eugene. It has two long and simple facades, one external and on the poligonal courtyard of honor, the other inner one, towards the garden, both characterized from an identical body center with adorned balustrades of coronament with statues.

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    The park

    by iandsmith Written May 9, 2004

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    Enjoyed by locals

    As I got closer I noticed off to the side a small garden that seemed to be frequented by locals going on a stroll so I joined them.
    The water features were somewhat out of place in the deep snows of winter but I enjoyed the experience.

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    The fountain

    by iandsmith Written May 14, 2004

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    The wintry sky hung like a pall over the scene, lending atmosphere to the starkness of a fountain in winter. No water moving. Icicles hanging here and there. A thaw, however slight, reflecting the sun's yellow pallor in a small pool.
    It was gloom personified and I looked on with a fascination that locals would have found hard to uderstand.
    As the atmosphere enveloped me I revelled in it. A moody day in a classic garden. Wonderful.

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