Österreichische Galerie Belvedere
Belvedere, Prinz-Eugen-Straße, Wien, Österreich
Monday - Sunday: 9am - 6pm
Dogs allowed? No
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See "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt in the famous Upper Belvedere
Witness the palatial elegance of Lower Belvedere – one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in the world
Get immersed in thought-provoking modern art at Vienna's Belvedere 21: Museum of Contemporary Art
Wander the expansive Baroque gardens and terraces between Lower and Upper Belvedere
See Gustav Klimt's The Kiss and many more artworks and stroll through the breathtaking gardens of Vienna's magnificent baroque palace! The unique overall complex with its two palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere and their extensive gardens, is one of the most stunning Baroque architectural ensembles in the world!
The Upper Belvedere
In the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build a summer residence. After the death of Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresa acquired the entire complex and transformed the Upper Belvedere into an exhibition venue for the imperial collections – making it one of the first public museums in the world. The Marble Hall was the venue for important historical events and now offers an unparalleled view of Vienna.
Today you can marble at masterpieces by Klimt, Schiele, Funke, Messerschmidt and van Gogh.
Completed in 1716, the Lower Belvedere defined the overall Baroque ensemble of the then-residential city of Vienna. Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt had planned it for Prince Eugene as a residential building with representative state rooms. These provide an insight into the baroque art of living and design. In addition, the rooms of the Lower Belvedere and the Orangery are used for exhibitions and events.
Wander the palatial hallways and chambers, and see the finest examples of Baroque art and architecture, as well as cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions, with these Lower Belvedere tickets.
In the post-war modern Belvedere 21 - Museum of Contemporary Art you will brush up on your modern art appreciation and get immersed in the cream of Vienna's art scene. The light-drenched modernist building is home to wonderful experimental exhibitions from Viennese and international artists. See arresting bloodshot portraits, heads-spinning cubist works, kaleidoscopic photograph collages, puzzling sculptures, and more.
For more head-scratching ruminations on the form and function of fine art, stroll around the outdoor sculpture garden.
Then binge-watch an art film or two in the gloriously stylish (and cutting-edge) 1950's-style cinema, Blickle Kino.
The Baroque gardens of the Belvedere rank among the most beautiful in the world. The main garden is situated between the Lower and the Upper Belvedere and extends over three large terraces.
The Belvedere’s garden is also one of Europe’s most significant historical gardens in French style and, even in its pared down form today, is still a fine example of late Baroque garden design. In front of the Upper Belvedere’s outdoor steps, a large pool mirrors and duplicates the building’s façade. This beautiful place is definitely a must see when you're visiting Vienna and one of the museums!