Painting by Gustav Klimt: The Kiss

Belvedere

Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736), successful general and art connoisseur, had Belvedere garden palace built by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as his summer residence – at the time it was still outside the gates of the city.
This baroque architectural jewel consists of two palaces (Upper and Lower Belvedere), which today house Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Upper Belvedere - world's largest Klimt collection

The heart of the Belvedere collection is formed by the 24 paintings of Gustav Klimt with his golden images "The Kiss" and "Judith". Klimt's "The Kiss" in particular is world-famous. The 180 x 180 cm painting was created in 1908/09 and shows Klimt and his friend Emilie Flöge as a couple in love. "The Kiss" was created – as can clearly be seen – during Klimt's "Golden Period" and is probably Austria's most famous work of art. Klimt's portraits of women also impress and be marveled at in the Upper Belvedere.

Masterpieces by Schiele and Kokoschka as well as works of French Impressionism and highlights of the Viennese Biedermeier period (Waldmüller, Amerling, Fendi) can also be seen here, as can paintings by Makart, Boeckl, Wotruba, Hausner, Hundertwasser, etc. Of course, the Belvedere is also home to numerous artworks of earlier periods: Masterworks of late Gothic art like the Znaim Altar, works by Michael Pacher, Rueland Frueauf the Elder and Conrad Laib are also on display here, along with lavish works of art dating from the baroque age. Significant works by Johann Michael Rottmayr, Daniel Gran and Paul Troger give a fascinating insight into the wealth of these times. The grimacing character heads by the sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt are also very emotive.

Lower Belvedere - Prince Eugene’s apartments and staterooms

The feudal splendor of the palace’s aristocratic owner is reflected in the Hall of Grotesques, the Marble Gallery, and the Golden Room. Special exhibitions are staged in the Lower Belvedere and the Orangery.

Palace stables – Medieval Study Collection

The stables once housed the prince's 12 finest horses: today you will find the Belvedere's entire medieval art collection here.

Belvedere

Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27 , 1030 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere & Orangerie daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Lower Belvedere & Orangerie We, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Parking space for visitors with disabilities in front of the entrance at Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, Parking: 10 am – 6 pm
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Reduced admission for persons with disabilities and their escorts. Tours in Austrian sign language, "seeing differently" (tactile tours) for the blind and visually impaired in groups are possible in the Upper and Lower Belvedere.

    • Comments

      People with visual impairments can be collected from the nearest tram station. Please provide information on this when making arrangement. Trained seeing-eye dogs (with ID) may be taken into all areas of the collection. A wheelchair is available at the cloakroom for visitors who have difficulty walking. Some seating is also available in the exhibition rooms or will be provided during the tours.

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Upper Belvedere (Belvedere - Oberes Belvedere)

Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors   102  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Parking space for visitors with disabilities in front of the entrance at Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, Parking: 10 am – 6 pm
    • Elevator available
      • 160 cm wide and 300 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Reduced admission for persons with special needs and their escorts (3 Euro each). "Seeing differently" tours (tactile tours) in the Upper Belvedere: The tours with picture descriptions and tactile support are particularly suitable for blind and visually impaired visitors.
      Multimedia guides with videos in Austrian Sign Language (OGS) are available to deaf and hearing impaired visitors. Over 30 videos provide information on selected works of the collection in the Upper Belvedere and on the palace and garden complex as well as the history of the Belvedere.

    • Comments

      2 elevators reachable via a ramp (staff will provide assistance), wheelchairs available at the cloakroom.
      Shop/café: a few steps (staff will provide assistance). 

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Lower Belvedere, Orangery (Belvedere - Unteres Belvedere & Orangerie)

Rennweg 6, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0 €
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • ( Door  90  cm  wide )
        Rennweg 6
      • Ramp 600  cm  long , 200  cm  high
    • Elevator available
      • 140 cm wide and 90 cm low
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for groups in Austrian sign language and for the visually impaired (tactile tours).
      Reduced admission for persons with special needs and their escorts.

    • Comments

      Lower Belvedere Shop: no steps

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Belvedere - Prunkstall (Belvedere - Prunkstall)

Rennweg 6, 1030 Wien
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 12:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps ( Door  125  cm  wide )
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for groups in sign-language and for the visually impaired (tactile tours). Reduced admission for persons with special needs and their escorts (3 Euro each).

    • Comments

      Wheelchair-accessible restroom in the Orangery
      Orangery Shop: wheelchair-accessible

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Alpine Gardens (Alpengarten) in the Belvedere Garten

Landstrasser Gürtel 1, 1030 Wien
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