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Vienna: Entrance Tickets for Belvedere

1. Vienna: Entrance Tickets for Belvedere

The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the leading museums worldwide. Its famous art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The unique complex, with its two palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere and extensive gardens, is one of the most stunning Baroque architectural marvels in the world. Highlights include the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings as well as prominent works from the periods of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. Now, for the first time in decades, the museum will once again host large-scale special exhibitions that you can admire on your visit. In the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build the complex. 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 Lower Belvedere, formerly the residence of Prince Eugene, is home to illustrious exhibitions. The modern pavilion of the Belvedere 21, by architect Karl Schwanzer, is a stage for contemporary art. 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 park is also home to the Botanical Garden and the oldest Alpine garden in Europe.

Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

2. Vienna PASS: 1, 2, 3, or 6 Days of Sightseeing

The Vienna PASS is your key to an unforgettable experience in Vienna. You’ll get free access to Vienna’s top sights, such as Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo, the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Spanish Riding School, the Albertina Museum, and many others. You’ll also enjoy unlimited travel on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses, which are the perfect way to get from one attraction to the next. Combine the features of the Vienna PASS to design your own sightseeing program. The card is accompanied by a high-quality guidebook that features insider tips and detailed city information. The Vienna PASS can be purchased for durations of 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days. Children below the age of 6 get free admission to the all-inclusive offers if accompanied by an adult holding a Vienna PASS. Attractions: • Schönbrunn Palace (including the Maze, Gloriette, and other attractions) • Schönbrunn Zoo • Giant Ferris Wheel • Art History Museum • Albertina Museum & Art Gallery • Museum of Natural History • Danube Tower • Leopold Museum • Imperial Treasury • Spanish Riding School • Hofburg Imperial Palace • Imperial Furniture Collection • Museum of Technology • Bank Austria Kunstforum • Museum of Modern Art (mumok)• Vienna State Opera – Guided Tour • Museum of Military History • Madame Tussauds • Upper Belvedere • Lower Belvedere • 21er Haus - Museum of contemporary art • Winter Palace • Imperial Burial Vault • Klosterneuburg Monastery • Liechtenstein Castle • Beethoven Museum • Vienna Ring Tram • Plus more than 30 other sights Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Tours Explore the city with unlimited rides on the convenient hop-on hop-off buses: • 6 hop-on hop-off routes • 50 stops (short intervals) • Free Wi-Fi • Free audio guide in 16 languages • Kids' channel in English and German • Guided walking tour Fast track entry Save valuable time with fast track entry at many sights. The Vienna PASS comes with a guidebook, app, and bonus booklet. The guidebook and app are filled with important information, insider tips, and special offers. Enjoy attractive discounts at exclusive partners with your bonus booklet.

Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

3. Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

Get your bearings at the famous Anker Clock, the first stop on this guided bike tour. Admire historical buildings on the way to jaw-dropping St. Stephan’s Cathedral. A bit further, thrill to the sight of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Column of Trinity. Don't fall off! The next stops on this architectural scavenger hunt are the University of Vienna and the stunning Rathaus, chockablock with historial facts. Continue your mobile adventure at the Hofburg Imperial Palace and its amazing complex of highly recognizable structures. Feel like a diva as you rock the Vienna State Opera on this fab 2-hour tour with live commentary. In the 4-hour option, your guide will take you also to Karlsplatz, and labyrinthine Belvedere Palace. Return to drop-off via the canal, where you'll be confronted with the ghost of Johann Strauss - don't worry, it's only a monument. Or steel yourself for the 6-hour option with the perenially popular Schoenbrunn Palace. This magnificent residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn a unique combination of Baroque style and joyful nature.

Belvedere: World-Class Art & Aristocratic Utopias Tour

4. Belvedere: World-Class Art & Aristocratic Utopias Tour

Spend 2.5 hours with a guide exploring one of the most significant buildings of the 18th century. The grandiose palace of the Upper Belvedere is a masterstroke of Baroque architecture, surrounded by formal gardens inspired by classical antiquity. The prince’s private apartments eloquently illustrate the taste of the owner and the artistic achievements of his time. In the Upper Belvedere, your guide will point out the Baroque elements of the Festive room, while in the Lower Belvedere, you’ll be able to admire the artistic features of the Marble Hall, the Marble Gallery, and the Gold Cabinet. Today the Belvedere Museum is home to a world-class collection of Austrian and international paintings from the Middle Ages to the present day, including important items from the Austrian National Gallery. The collection includes masterpieces by Jacques Louis David, Caspar David Friedrich, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Giuseppe Segantini, and Vincent van Gogh. After the tour of the grounds and palaces, your guide will spend an hour pointing out the Art Museum’s highlights. These include David’s Napoleon on the Great St. Bernard Pass, Klimt's Judith, and Caspar David Friedrich’s Seashore in the Fog, among others.

Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

5. Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

Benefit from the advantages of this tour and skip the queues at Schönbrunn Palace! Get an overall impression of the most significant historical sights in Vienna! By bus, the tour will take you along the Ringstraße, home to numerous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History with its world-famous collection, the Habsburg Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Discover the museum quarter, the Hofburg Palace (the Emperors' winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour through the halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence that hosted Maria Theresa, amongst others. 

Vienna: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

6. Vienna: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

Make the most of your time in Vienna on this private sightseeing tour and enjoy the freedom to customize the itinerary to suit your interests. The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in a private vehicle and heads off on your exploration of the city. As you drive through Vienna, listen to your driver’s fascinating commentary about the city’s history, architecture, culture, and local life. Along the way, admire the city’s iconic landmarks including Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the Vienna State Opera. Hop out of the car at the sights that interest you most, and go inside to explore at your own pace. Although your driver is not licensed to accompany you inside, they can provide plenty of fascinating facts and interesting stories before you visit. At the end of the tour, enjoy drop-off at your hotel, accompanied by a better understanding of Vienna’s history and landmarks, as well as tips and recommendations to enhance your visit.

Vienna: Best of in 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

7. Vienna: Best of in 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

Did you know that Vienna's town hall was built using some 30 million bricks? You set the pace with your-well-informed guide as you tour some of the prime real estate in Vienna. Let your head spin as you scan the intricacies of St. Stephen's Cathedral, or step inside St. Peter's Church with its fantastic murals and domed gilded roof. In Vienna, the options come at you rapid-fire: Hofburg Palace, memorials to Strauss and Beethoven, the state opera house, and more. For the climax, use your skip-the line tickets and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site Schoenbrunn Palace and imagine riding Lipizzaner stallions among its hallowed gardens. You can extend your tour by 1 hour and add the nearby Belvedere Palace as well, housing one of Austria's most valuable art collections – with key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

Vienna: Full-Day Private Tour

8. Vienna: Full-Day Private Tour

Start this comprehensive tour of Vienna with a 4-hour drive by chauffeur driven vehicle around the city's most beautiful monuments and along the Ringstraße. We provide a last-model van or limousine. Marvel at the impressive buildings constructed under Emperor Franz Josef, such as the State Opera House, Museum of Fine Art, City Hall, and Vienna University. Go to the Museumsquartier to discover Vienna’s thriving cultural scene. Next, drive across historic Prater Park and get views of modern Vienna north of the River Danube. En route to Schönbrunn Palace and gardens, pass St. Charles Church and the lively Naschmarkt. You are free to stop and explore whenever you wish. Visit the Imperial Apartments at Schönbrunn Palace and learn about life in the Viennese Court. Or visit a gallery at Upper Belvedere Palace to see the largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings. Pause for lunch at one of Vienna’s best restaurants. Lunch is not included, but advanced reservations can be made. The afternoon is dedicated to a 2.5-hour walking tour of Vienna's Old Town. Stroll past the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral and down narrow streets to hidden courtyards. Discover where Mozart wrote 'The Marriage of Figaro', and pop inside Meinl am Graben, a fabled gourmet food shop on Der Graben. Admire the courtyards of the Hofburg Palace and the Spanish Riding School, with its stables of Lipizzan horses. End at the State Opera House, Hotel Sacher and Vienna’s Monument against War and Fascism. 

Vienna: Half-Day Photography Tour

9. Vienna: Half-Day Photography Tour

Take better photos on a combined sightseeing tour and on-location photography workshop in Vienna. The focus is on taking pictures at places of interest from an out-of-the-ordinary perspective. Your guide will suggest an itinerary based upon your preferences, the weather and other factors, and all tours are conducted at a pace to suit. A typical itinerary for first-time visitors to Vienna would include St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the surrounding neighborhood of hidden courtyards, before moving on to the baroque Belvedere Palace, summer residence of Prince Eugene. Marvel at the Hundertwasserhaus apartment building decorated by the artist Hundertwasser. Take beautiful shots of the buildings on the Ringstrasse, including the Greek-Roman-style Parliament Building or the Art History Museum and Natural History Museum. Discover 19th-century palaces of the Viennese bourgeoisie, and much more.

Vienna and Skip-the-Line Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

10. Vienna and Skip-the-Line Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

Enjoy the superb service and personal atmosphere of an extensive 4-hour sightseeing tour covering the very best of Vienna's history and art and including a private guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. A minivan or a limousine with chauffeur is at your service throughout the entire tour. Having a separate guide and chauffeur ensures the best service and maximum flexibility: Hop off the car any time you wish with your guide while car and chauffeur waiting for you. Your guide can give you his full attention with your chauffeur ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride. First of all you drive along the famous Ring boulevard. Marvel at the impressive buildings in the style of Historism constructed under Emperor Franz Josef, like the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Art, the Parliament, the City Hall, the Court Theatre and the University. On Heroe's Square, you can take pictures of the vast complex of the Imperial Palace. The former residence of the Habsburgs boasts over 2.600 rooms. Leaving the city center you get to the Danube area with the United Nations buildings and the Danube Tower. You also visit the nearby Prater amusement park with the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel. Back in the city center, you pass other sights like the City Park with the famous golden statue of Johann Strauss, St. Charles’ church and the concert hall of the Musikverein. On the way to the Schönbrunn Palace, you pass other sights like the City Park with the famous golden statue of Johann Strauss, St. Charles’ church and the concert hall of the Musikverein. The visit to Schonbrunn Palace and grounds (Unesco World Heritage) is another highlight of this tour. The former summer residence of the Habsburgs is Austria's number one tourist attraction. With your guide visit the impressive showrooms of the palace and learn all about court life back in the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Then take your time for a stroll through the amazing gardens. Skip the line: your guide will reserve your tickets in advance, so you don't have to wait in line. Other optional stops on this tour include the Belvedere Palace, the Hundertwasser Haus and the lively Naschmarkt. The tour ends back at your hotel. Decide for yourself where to stop and how much time you wish to spend at each location. Your knowledgeable guide shares intriguing stories and anecdotes with you and is ready to respond to (almost) your every request and requirement. Your chauffeur knows the best routes and shortcuts. Lots of photo opportunities.

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What people are saying about Belvedere Palace

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4.2 / 5

based on 2,088 reviews

It was very helpful ,using the Vienna Pass you can visit a lot of tourist atractions, winning time and it was a good value of money for it.

excellent no waiting in the various museums the bus lines are very practical much simpler than in the United States

The tour was very educational. The tour guide knows what he is taking about very well. We enjoyed it.

Everything worked out great, everything is very well organized. I can only recommend it!

Everything in 1 is easy. Only better to drive until 8 pm.