The Belvedere Palace in Vienna was built for Prince Eugene of Savoy. It consists of the Upper Belvedere and the Lower Belvedere, connected by a splendid garden complex and to this day, it is a real sightseeing treasure in the Baroque style.
The moment you set foot in the palace complex, you can sense the stories that the Upper Belvedere has to tell. In the Museum in the Upper Belvedere, which is laid out in several blocks in the shape of a pavilion system, art meets a historical atmosphere. From the impressive state hall – a marble hall with ceiling frescos by Carlo Innocenzo Carlone – via the grand staircase, you enter a diverse exhibition of world-famous paintings straight through art history. In between, you can get a glimpse of the park complex and Vienna through the large windows.
The largest Gustav Klimt painting collection in the world
The Museum in the Upper Belvedere has always had a particularly strong connection with the great Jugendstil artist Gustav Klimt (died 1918): The original works of “The Kiss” and “Judith” can be admired here. “Discovering 544 masterpieces new here” and experiencing the development of art from the Middle Ages to 1945 in a new way – all this is possible in the diverse course offered. The “Modern Art – Between The Wars” collections of the exhibition were added recently.
Additionally: If you want to take a selfie in front of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” to top off the whole museum visit, you can do so in the foyer of the Upper Belvedere – in front of a duplicate of the masterpiece that was made for photos!
360-degree view of the Grand Staircase in the Marble Hall
Upper Belvedere: Prince Eugene’s summer residence
Prince Eugene had the Belvedere built by Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. The upper part of this was initially constructed to close off the garden complex and was then also used as a residential palace. After his death, Princess Maria Anna Victoria of Savoy moved into this part of the Belvedere and finally sold the entire complex to Empress Maria Theresa.
Opening hours and tours
Accessible offers available.
Tours: 60 minutes long. For private tours, reserve one week in advance by contacting Visitor Services. For public tours, no reservation is required.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on holidays!
Address: Prinz Eugenstraße 27, 1030 Vienna
Public transport: Tram line D, station: Schloss Belvedere, Bahn, S-Bahn, Tram lines 18, O, Bus 69A, station: Quartier Belvedere; underground line U1, station: Südtirolerplatz (15 minutes away by foot).