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.
Special exhibitions at the Upper Belvedere:
With Better Times?, the Belvedere’s impressive Biedermeier collection has been brought into focus in an original exhibition on the second floor, since 12 May. As a result, works from the Impressionist and Interwar periods will not be on view until March 2022.
From 18 June the museum will host another revolutionary exhibition at the Upper Belvedere: Lovis Corinth. Life, a Celebration! showcasing the work of an artist who, across epochs and styles, managed to capture life in all its complexity.
For the duration of the special exhibitions, works from our Baroque collection will not be shown. You will have the opportunity to admire the famous Character Heads by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt again starting 20 January 2022 – once the major exhibition The Age of Dürer, which explores the early Renaissance in Austria, comes to an end.
Tickets for these attractions may be obtained at: www.belvedere.at
Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Schweizergarten, Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Vienna
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays: 11 am – 6 pm
Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Closed for renovation until summer 2021