Belvedere Palace is a wonderful baroque-style palace, built as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy in what were then the outskirts of the city of Vienna. It is, in fact, two buildings linked by beautiful stepped gardens that today house interesting art collections.
The buildings of Belvedere Palace
The Lower Belvedere
The Lower Belvedere It is the building designed to really serve as a summer residence of Prince Eugene, who was one of the most prominent Austrian generals.Belvedere Palace - Brian Kinney
This building was built between 1712 and 1716 and it stands out for the luxury and beauty of what were the private stays of the prince and the halls in which the receptions were held.
Among its most important corners can be noted the Grotesque Hall, the Marble Gallery and the Hall of Mirrors, all of Baroque style. You also have to look at the Golden Room or a perspective fresco that decorates the central room, a beautiful work by Marcantonio Chiarini.
Today the building is intended to house temporary exhibitions They delight art lovers.
The Belvedere Alto
The Upper Belvedere was built a few years later that his "brother", specifically between 1717 and 1723. In this case, it is a building designed as a festival pavilion for Prince Eugene and much larger in dimensions than the previous one.Belvedere Palace - Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH
Of him, in addition to its facade decorated with sculptures,You can highlight the Marble Room, the beautiful Earth Room and some other rooms richly decorated with frescoes. It was in this building that the prince kept his art collections.
Today the palace still an interesting museum. Here you can see collections of medieval and baroque art. But the highlights are the modernist works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Painting lovers will find in this palace the largest collection of Gustav Klimt's works, including some as famous as The kiss Y Judit You can also admire the best works of Schiele and Kokoscha and paintings by French Impressionist painters such as Monet or Renoir, among many other jewels of painting from almost all ages.
«I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night. Anyone who wants to know something about me should look carefully at my pictures. »
It is a small building located next to the Lower Belvedere. This is the old greenhouse, an enclosure that, like the previous ones,hosts artistic exhibitions, in this case, temporary.
In the time of Prince Eugene of Savoy were the stables in which he exhibited his best steeds. Although it is also a place to show specific exhibitions, the most relevant is the «Medieval Treasury Chamber», where works of that time are exhibited.
The Belvedere Palace Gardens
If you don't have much time or are not passionate about art, you should not miss the Belvedere palace, even if only to marvel at its beautiful gardens.Belvedere Gardens - vvoe
These gardens link the Upper Belvedere and the Lower Belvedere and offer magnificent views. A park whose design followed the French and Italian fashions, which shaped symmetrical gardens beautifully decorated with sculptures and fountains. It is in them that we find the Orangerie.
East It was, at the time, one of the most beautiful and sumptuous gardens not only from Vienna, but from all over Europe. It is worth spending some time, if you are tired of touring the city is the perfect excuse, here you can relax.
Information of interest
Although when it was built it was just outside Vienna, today Belvedere Palace has remained in the very heart of the city. Reaching him does not involve any difficulty, you just have to take line D or line 71 of the tram.
Entrance to the gardens is free, not so to the palaces or the stables. If you want to contemplate the exhibitions, you have to pay attention, since the schedules vary. The main buildings open from 10 to 18, but the stables only do so until 12 noon.