The Belvedere – A Unique Baroque Ensemble of Great Historical Importance and World-Renowned Museum in the Heart of Vienna
Three locations offer an extensive overview of Austrian art history in an international context.
Upper Belvedere: Once Prince Eugene’s palace, it was constructed between 1717 and 1723 for the purpose of prestige and display according to plans by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. It stands on a knoll from which the magnificent view of Vienna that gives the palace its name can be enjoyed. Bernardo Bellotto (Canaletto) captured it as a veduta in the 18th century, and ever since it has been celebrated as the "Canaletto View." In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty was ratified in the Marble Hall. Today, the Upper Belvedere houses the most important collection of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day. The highpoint is the world's largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt, including The Kiss (Lovers) and Judith.
Lower Belvedere: The former residential palace of Prince Eugene with state rooms well worth seeing (Marble Gallery, Gold Cabinet, Hall of Grotesques) and a beautiful privy garden. Today, the palace hosts a variety of changing exhibits that provide an important boost to the Vienna art scene.
Belvedere 21: Light-flooded pavilion architecture in post-war modernism by Karl Schanzer meets contemporary art. An experience in a class by itself.
Tickets for these attractions may be obtained at: www.belvedere.at
Tickets are valid for one year!
Upper Belvedere: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna
Mon–Sun 9 AM–6 PM, August: 9 AM–7 PM / Fri 9 AM–9 PM
Lower Belvedere: Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna
Mon–Sun 10 AM–6 PM / Fri 9 AM–9 PM
Belvedere 21: Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Vienna
Wed–Sun 11 AM–6 PM / Wed and Fri 11 AM–9 PM