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.
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.
Amazing baroque palace group. There are 2 palaces : Lower Belvedere and Upper Belvedere. Both palaces were projected in the begiining of XVIII century by Lukas von Hildebrandt. Between the facades of the Palaces you can see the nice garden projected
in French style.
Belvedere was built for the Prinz Eugen of Savoy who was the most famous commander military in Austrian's history.
There is the Art Gallery in the Upper Belvedere now. You can see the works of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele , Oskar Kokoschka there and others.
In the Lower Belvedere there is a Museum of Baroque's Art and there are also a lot of works mostly Austrian artists of the turn of centuries XVII and XVIII.
The two magnificient palaces on the Belvedere grounds lie in the middle of a splendid park. They were constructed for Prince Eugene of Savoy by J.L. von Hildebrandt, a famous Baroque architect. Both palaces house museums featuring Austrian painting. In the lower palace the "Osterreichisches Barockmuseum" (Austrian Museum of Baroque Art) displays Austrian Art of the 18th century. In the upper palace you can visit the Austrian gallery with a collection of 19th- and 20th-century Austrian paintings
My favourite experience in these beautiful palaces was not only the architecture but the extensive artwork available by many artists especially works from Gustav Klimt. The best in my opinion is "The Kiss" which is an amazing sight to behold. I normally see the prints on souvenirs & such but when I saw the real thing, it was breathtaking. You have to see it for yourself
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.
I recommend that you take tram 71 and get off at the station Unteres Belvedere. You will enjoy the walk uphill and when you are face to face with the magnificent building where freedom has been declared by the state's head at the end of WWII, your jaws may drop a little when you look at the view behind you (but I am sure you have seen parts of it as you won't be able to look back as you enjoy looking at the garden when you go your way up). If you have time, sit down on one of the benches and rest. Otherwise, go inside the castle. Don't frown when you pay for the entrance because it's worth it. You will love the paintings and the architecture, I promise you. When you're done with the visit, then don't go back downhill but go behind the building and another sight awaits you. You can take some nice photographs here. At the end of the gate you will have a glimpse of the South Train Station (Suedbahnhof). Many destinations can be reached from here - one of them is Sopron (Hungary) - but this my friend is another tip.
As a poster it has adorned walls of student rooms for decades, and chocolate boxes and greeting cards have reproduced it by the millions, but it isn't until you see the real thing that you realize just how exquisite, and how erotic, Gustav Klimt's The Kiss is. What is also surprising is how few of these golden paintings Klimt actually painted. The collection of his work in the Austria's National Art Gallery is the largest in the world, and even with the loss of four works that were returned in February 2006 to the family that owned them before they were looted during WWII (and who subsequently sold one, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer - one of Klimt's many mistresses - for a world record price of $153million,a few months later) it is an impressive and beautiful body of work .... and one of Vienna's major tourist attractions.
You'll find it at the Upper Belvedere, one of the complex of two palaces divided by extensive formal gardens that were built as the summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy in the late 17th century.
The Upper Belvedere was used for State occasions and is suitably grand with its great ceremonial staircase, Baroque chapel and a splendid Marble Hall. It houses the 19th and 20th century collection. The Lower Belvedere houses the Baroque Collection in the Prince's private rooms - though you'd be hard-pressed to call these rooms and salons any less splendid. This treasure store of art is completed by the collection of Mediaeval art in the Orangery, next to the Lower Belvedere. You do need to allow yourself plenty of time if you want to see all the Bevedere has to offer - art, architecture and interiors, and the terraced gardens.
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.
Quite a lovely palace with exquisite landscaping (although it could have used a soccer pitch), the artwork inside was awesome. Works by Klimpt (The Kiss) and Egon Schiele as well as many impressionist, local and classical artists. It was a wonderful way to start my exploration of Vienna. There are some wonderful paintings by the Viennese painter Biedermeier. The downside is that no photographs are allowed inside.
Built by Prince Eugene of Savoy in the 18th Century as the summer residence.
Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM, on Weds to 9 PM. The combined ticket price is 13.50E, or for just the upper or lower, 9.50E.
The Upper Belvedere was erected in 1721-22 like pavilion for the festivities. At the end of 1700 was arranged the imperial collection of art. From 1904 to 1914 it was residence of the archduk Francisco Ferdinand, hereditary prince, assassinated to Sarajevo. In 1955 was signed the Osterreichischer Staatsvertrag, corporate charter of the Republic of Austria who put aim to the ally occupation. The palace has two monumental facades with more pavilions and bodies; the one toward the garden is characterized from the balcony to three arched on double columns of the body centers, from the balustrade with statues and from the octagonal pavilions to the extremity of the wings.Two lateral courtyards give approached the posterior garden, witha great bathtub, on which this points out the beautiful income of honor, with a shape made with glasses, preceded from two symmetrical widths rampe with perron in its centers and adorned with sphinxes and horses. From the posterior garden, on the left, there is the Alpengarten, ancient alpine botanical garden, that its collects beyond 3600 different types of mountain flora, coming from all the world.
Inside the Upper Belvedere, there is the main section of Galerie Des XIX und XX Jabrhunderts,
that it offers an immense panorama on the Austrian art from the neoclassic period to today with the most beautiful painting of Klimt and Munch.
Since its thorough restoration, this castle has been breaking all attendance records. The Unteren Belvedere (lower Belvedere) , rather sober-looking, was completed in 1716 as the residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Austrian history’s most successful general. His art collection was housed here also. At present one can admire baroque art there. The magnificent Oberes Belvedere (upper Belvedere) was intended to be a State Palace and was fitted out by Emperor Joseph II as the imperial portrait gallery.
Here you can now look at art from the 19th and 20th centuries displayed in the Österreichische Galerie.
There are two palaces on the Belvedere grounds and both lie in the middle of a really nice park. They were constructed for Prince Eugene of Savoy by J.L. von Hildebrandt, a famous Baroque architect. When they were first built, they were still located outside Vienna's city limits, but today they are a part of Vienna`s 3rd district which is not far away from the center. The Palaces' architecture and interior design are typical for Rococo style.
Today, both of the palaces are museums featuring Austrian painting. In the lower palace the Austrian Museum of Baroque Art displays Austrian Art of the 18th century. In the upper palace you can visit the Austrian gallery with a collection of 19th- and 20th-century Austrian paintings. There, you can find works of artist of the Secession movement such as Gustav Klimt (1867-1918), Egon Schiele (1890-1918) or Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980).