Belvedere Palace & Gardens, Vienna

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    Upper Belvedere - Good bye Klimt.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    There are those who have visited the Upper Belvedere museum before March 2006 and have seen the Klimt's and those who came later and will not see them.
    You might have read about the case "Republic of Austria v. Altmann."
    In January 2006 an arbitration tribunal in Austria decided in favour of Mrs. Altmann and her fellow heirs, awarding them the five paintings. In addition to "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" from 1907 they include a second portrait of Adele (Bloch-Bauer II), from 1911, and three landscapes: "Beechwood" (1903), "Apple Tree I" (circa 1911) and "Houses in Unterach on Lake Atter" (1916).
    These Klimts are no more at the Belvedere but are in the USA.
    The masterpiece "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" was sold to the Neue Galerie in New York of Ronald Lauder for a reported US $135 million.
    The 4 others were sold by Christie's New York on November 8th, 2006 to private collectors at prices between 30 and 88 million USD.

    The Austrian government received wide criticism for its failure to have secured a deal with Maria Altmann.
    Fortunately, the Upper Belvedere has other Klimt's (a.o. "The Kiss") and many good paintings from the 19th and 20th century.
    And for those who don't like paintings the architecture of the Belvedere, the terraces, the gardens and the ornamental pond are so nice that one might forget the Klimt's.

    Upper Belvedere (2005) Belvedere -the pond as you will not see in 2010.
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    Belvedere - Palace & panorama.

    by breughel Updated Jan 29, 2015

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    In a previous review "Good bye Klimt" I mentioned the fate of some Klimt's who went to the USA to be sold at auctions. I visited the museum before but was less impressed by the collections than by the architecture of the Upper Belvedere Palace itself.

    Each time I'm in Vienna I like to reach the majestic wrought iron gates at the Gürtel Landstrasse and from there to start a walk downwards: first through the Alpengarten on the right side of the so nice ornamental pond, surrounded by flower beds, around the Palace and then the terrace leading to the Belvedere Garten and finally the Lower Belvedere.
    It's from this terrace that one has a beautiful panorama on the centre of Vienna. My photo with the Sphinx is a classical.

    The Baroque palace complex was built between 1712 and 1723 as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy with Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as the chief architect.
    I think it is a real architectural success if you look at the Palace from the upper side as well as from the lower side.
    In 1897 the Upper Belvedere was modified by the architect Emil von Förster so that the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir of Emperor Franz-Josef, could live here with his wife Sophie. Both were assassinated in June 1914 at Sarajevo what started WW I and its 15 million deaths. It is difficult to remember this when admiring the peaceful great water basin in the upper parterre and the stairs and cascades peopled by nymphs and goddesses that links upper and lower parterres.

    Note that when you walk down the terraces the exit is on the right by the portico of the Lower Belvedere palace (free toilets inside) on the Ringstrasse.

    Belvedere - terrace with Sphinx Upper Belvedere and great water basin. Belvedere panorama. Upper Belvedere. Belvedere - wrought iron gates.
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    Beautiful gardens to relax in

    by colin_bramso Updated Aug 14, 2014

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    A visit to Belvedere is usually to see the major artworks displayed there, especially those of Gustav Klimt. But it's also well worth visiting just to enjoy the gardens, with a baroque palace at either end, stunning water features and relaxing gardens.

    The buildings date from the early 1700s, the gardens are formal but with plenty of open grassy areas and entry to the gardens is free. And all just a short walk from the city centre, or a tram ride.

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    Beautiful gardens and buildings

    by colin_bramso Written Aug 14, 2014

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    A visit to Belvedere is usually to see the art collection, especially the Gustav Klimt works, but it's also well worth a visit just to spend time in the superb gardens.

    Beautiful baroque-style buildings, from the early 1700s, at either end, superb water features, lovely relaxing gardens - and all a short stroll from the city centre.

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    Walk in the Belvedere Gardens

    by Kathrin_E Written Jan 30, 2014

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    The baroque gardens of Belvedere are one of my favourite walks in Vienna. The formal garden extends on a gentle slope between Prince Eugen’s two summer palaces known as the Upper and the Lower Belvedere.

    Downhill is probably the best direction to enjoy the view over the gardens, the palaces, the surrounding buildings. Enter at Upper Belvedere and then find your way down. The panorama of central Vienna with its spires and domes is in front of you.

    The gardens are embellished with a large number of white statues (probably copies in situ today while the originals are kept in a safe spot). There is a lot of Greek mythology represented in those of the lower garden and also the big fountain in the middle of the terrace. Towards the upper palace, the gardens are watched by sphinxes.

    Access to the gardens from the bottom is from Rennweg through the passage at the left end of the lower palace, at the top either from Landstraßer Gürtel past the water basin, or, most convenient for public transprot users, from the tram stop "Schloss Belvedere" (line D) in Prinz-Eugen-Straße next to the upper palace.
    The photos in this tip have been taken in December. During the summer half of the year the gardens are even more beautiful. Have a look:
    Photos taken in May, part 1: the upper part around Oberes Belvedere
    Photos taken in May, part 2: the lower part of the gardens around Unteres Belvedere

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    Panorama of Vienna from Upper Belvedere

    by Kathrin_E Written Jan 25, 2014

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    “Belvedere” translates to “beautiful view” and that’s what you can enjoy from the terrace behind the upper palace.

    In Eugen’s times the grounds were located on the outskirts of the city outside the fortifications. The view over the empty glacis was open and he must have had the panorama of the whole city, as Canaletto’s famous painting in Kunsthistorisches Museum shows. There were no other buildings except Karlskirche, the Salesian convent, and next-door Palais Schwarzenberg in his way.

    Nowadays the panorama is partly obscured by newer buildings and by the trees in the adjacent garden of Palais Schwarzenberg. Nevertheless it is still a fine view of Vienna, with the gardens and the lower palace in front, the chain of Wienerwald hills in the background, and the various spires and domes parading the horizon. The steeple and high roof of Stephansdom make the main focal point. From the right end of the terrace you can also spot the pointed steeple of Michaelerkirche and the neogothic twin spires of Votivkirche, the tower of the town hall and the green copper-plated domes of Hofburg, and further left the dome of Karlskirche.

    December Stephansdom Votivkirche and Michaelerkirche May May
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    Belvedere palace

    by Raimix Updated Nov 5, 2013

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    Prince Eugene of Savoy have made here his own summer residence, named Belvedere. It was built in rich baroque style to commemorate all the wars with Ottoman Empire.

    The architect of palace was Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, it was constructed in the end of 17th century and beginning of 18th century. Nowadays it houses a museum of art.

    It is a place I really recommend to visit in Vienna, more or less it is reachable by foot from old town, contrary to palace of Schonbunn.

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    Das Winterpalais 
Prinz Eugen von Savoyen

    by lotharscheer Updated Oct 28, 2013

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    In 1697 on behalf of Prince Eugene, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach began with the construction of the Palais. 1702 the work was taken over by Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt and was used by Prinz Eugen as a winter palais. Since 1848 it was the K.K. Ministry of Finance, then the Federal Ministry of Finance. After some extensive restorations it opened in october 2013 as part of the Belvedere with an exhibition to mark the 350th birthday of the field marshal Prince Eugene of Savoy (until april 27. 2014).
    Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, € 9 or € 25 in combination with Upper, Lower Belvedere, Orangerie, Stable and 20er Haus.

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    Belvedere Palaces

    by ValbyDK Written Sep 13, 2013

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    The Belvedere is a historic palace complex, built in the 18th century as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736). The complex consists of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and a few other buildings – all set in a beautiful Baroque garden landscape.

    The Upper Belvedere was used for representative purposes, and is today an art museum covering the period from the Middle Ages to present day. The highlight of the museum is the huge Gustav Klimt collection, but there are also works by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, and others. The Lower Belvedere was the former living quarters and state rooms, but is today also an art museum. Here are works from the Middle Ages and the Baroque period. The Orangery - next to the Lower Belvedere - are used for changing exhibitions. I bought a combination ticket, and visited the Upper and Lower Belvedere (and the Orangery). Both palaces are really beautiful and most room are heavily decorated, but if you only have time to visit one I would choose the Upper Belvedere. It is more impressive than the Lower Belvedere.

    The beautiful Baroque garden connects the two palaces. Really stunning with sculptures, fountains, cascades, and good views of the palaces. Give yourself some time to explore the garden too.

    The Upper Belvedere The Belvedere Garden The Belvedere Garden The Lower Belvedere The Lower Belvedere, the Orangery
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    Schwarzenbergplatz

    by ValbyDK Written Sep 13, 2013

    Schwarzenbergplatz is an open square in the centre of Vienna, between the Ringstrasse and the Belvedere Palace. The square is named after Prince Karl Philipp of Schwarzenberg who was commander in chief of the allied army in the war against Napoleon. In 1867, an equestrian statue of the prince was erected a little north of the square.

    There are also a huge fountain, the Hochstrahlbrunnen, at the southern end of the Schwarzenbergplatz. The fountain was built in 1873 and honours the completion of Vienna's water supply system.

    And right behind the Hochstrahlbrunnen is the Red Army Memorial (or the Russian Memorial). It was erected in 1946 by the Soviet Army which occupied a part of Vienna until 1955. The memorial has a 20 meter high column with a 12 meter high statue of a Soviet soldier on the top.

    Schwarzenbergplatz Schwarzenbergplatz, the Prince Karl Philipp Statue Schwarzenbergplatz, the Hochstrahlbrunnen Schwarzenbergplatz, the Red Army Memorial
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    Belvedere Palace - Upper

    by Ekahau Updated Jul 4, 2013

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    The Belvedere Palace is now an art museum in three parts and one has to buy three tickets or one combination ticket. This is a must visit I first explored this Beautiful place on VT on the flight from New York. My first stop was globetrotts page it ws so helpful I learned her favorite was the "Portrait of Sonja Knips" by Gustav Klimt and I would agree it is now mine as well. You walk into hole in a wall in Vienna and this Grandiose complex of the two Belvedere palaces in Vienna opens up and the first thing in my mind was who in the heck built this what is the deal here. The single-storey Lower Belvedere, with its exotic gardens, was completed in 1716. The Upper Belvedere, completed between 1720 and 1722, is a more substantial building; with sparkling white stucco walls and copper roof it became a wonder of Europe. It was built by Prince Eugene of Savoy 1663 to 1736 who was not the a member of the Royal family of the Holy Roman Empire rather one of the most accomplished military commanders in the history of Europe and using that success to achieve the highest offices of state at the Imperial court in Vienna.

    HOURS Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere, Orangery
    Daily 10 am to 6 pm

    Palace Stables (Art of the Middle Ages)
    Daily 10 am to 12 noon

    Combi-Ticket Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere/Orangery and 21er Haus with one ticket This ticket is valid for 14 days after the first visit so you can take your time .
    Adults € 22.50
    Seniors (60 years and above) € 18.50
    Students (0-26 years) € 18.50
    Groups (of 10 Persons and over) € 18.50
    Children & Teenagers (0-18 years) free
    Discounted tickets with valid Vienna-Card € 19

    Prince Eugene's Belvedere Palace Belvedere Palace Gustav Klimt Gustav Klimt Belvedere Palace Belvedere Palace
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    Unique Klimt collection

    by colin_bramso Written Jul 3, 2013

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    Belvedere is worth a visit just to see the architecture and the gardens, Lower Belvedere being separated from Upper Belvedere by a very large formal garden. But also the collection of Gustav Klimt original paintings was a must-see for me.

    I must say I was disappointed in the way the artwork is displayed though, certainly they're not shown in the most effective way. Ordinary glass, not non-reflective, is used on many of the paintings, so you see more reflection than painting. A Monet original (painter of light) is hung between two windows, so the light flooding in from them makes it very difficult to see the painting.

    However, to see the originals of world famous paintings such as The Kiss and Judith makes the visit well worthwhile.

    Lower Belvedere & gardens Klimt. The Kiss

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    Lower Belvedere, Orangery and Palace Stables

    by Jefie Updated Jan 7, 2013

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    In 1697, Prince Eugene of Savoy, whom many still perceive as the most successful military commander in Austrian history, acquired a piece of land on the outskirts of the city of Vienna, which he intended to turn into a summer residence. The Lower Belvedere was the first of the two Belvedere palaces to be completed on the estate in 1716. Located at the bottom of the gardens, it's not as big or grandiose as the Upper Belvedere, the main reason being that the prince used it as his private living quarters, not for ceremonial events. It is flanked by the orangery and palace stables, both of which have now been turned into museum space. A visit to the Lower Belvedere includes a tour of the prince's gorgeous former residence, as well as access to special exhbitions. When we were there, we got to see the fabulous works of Hans Makart. I thought his depiction of the five senses was especially remarkable.

    Main entrance to the Lower Belvedere Belvedere palace's orangery Lower Belvedere's Hall of Mirror View of the Lower Belvedere from the gardens Lower Belvedere
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    Upper Belvedere Palace and Gardens

    by Jefie Updated Jan 4, 2013

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    The Upper Belvedere was the second palace to be built on the estate belonging to Prince Eugene of Savoy. As soon as the Lower Belvedere was completed, work began on the estate's gardens and the Upper Belvedere; the impressive Baroque palace was completed in 1723. Its purpose was mainly a ceremonial one, its sumptuous rooms being used to hold different events for the prince's noble guests. The plans for the French gardens that connect the two palaces were laid out by French landscaper Dominique Girard. Taking advantage of the grounds' gentle slope, Girard included some beautiful fountains and cascades into the design. After the Prince of Savoy passed away, the Imperial family eventually took over the Belvedere. They opened the grounds to the public in 1779 and, two years later, the Upper Belvedere also became accessible to the public as the Imperial Picture Gallery. Today, it houses one of the world's most interesting collections of Austrian art. The jewel of this collection is without a doubt Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss". I don't know how much time went by as I lost myself in the details of this golden masterpiece!

    View of the Upper Belvedere from the gardens Back entrance to the Upper Belvedere One of the gardens' sphinx statues Fountain in front of the Upper Belvedere Standing in front of the Upper Belvedere
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    Oberes Belvedere

    by globetrott Updated Jul 30, 2012

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    Oberes Belvedere was the big palace of Prinz Eugen in the upper part of the park and today it is a museum called "Oesterreichische Gallerie"with some of the most precious paintings by Klimt, Schiele,Kokoschka, Hundertwasser etc.
    But of course Oberes Belvedere is also worth seeing for its precious architecture of the various rooms and halls. Normally photography is not allowed inside Oberes Belvedere, but at our National Holiday - October 26th - everything was a bit different, there was an exhibition of 50 years state-treaty with free entry for everyone and nobody cared about me...
    I have to admit, that some of the famous Klimt-paintings look better on the souvenir-posters than in reality but of course it was nice to see them in reality. My favorite was the "Portrait of Sonja Knips" by Gustav Klimt - you get the feeling to be able to talk to her !

    Oberes Belvedere - the palace of Prince Eugene Belvedere - the ornate hall Famous works of art shown in Belvedere Famous works of art are shown in Belvedere you may enter this entrance-hall free of charge !
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