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Belvedere Palace Museum

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Vienna: Entry Tickets for Upper, Lower or Belvedere21

1. Vienna: Entry Tickets for Upper, Lower or Belvedere21

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 of 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 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. The modern pavilion of the Belvedere 21, by architect Karl Schwanzer, is a stage for contemporary art.

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

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

Visit Vienna, the capital of Austria and the hub of culture and art for most of Europe during the time of the Hapsburg Empire. Discover its abundance of historical, cultural and architectural monuments. Embark on an exclusive tour of Vienna by car and see all the main attractions in one day. Fall in love with “The City of Dreams”! During the 3-hour tour you will see the essential sights of Vienna Old Town from the comfort of a private, air conditioned vehicle. After getting picked up from your accommodation, you will enjoy hassle-free sightseeing without ever worrying about tired feet. Your private guide will show you Old Town highlights, starting with the magnificent city hall Rathaus, built using some 30 million bricks. The next stop on the list is the gorgeous 18th century St Peter’s Catholic Church, located in the beating heart of the Old Town. Among the stunning townhouses and monuments, you will marvel at the sculpted Column of the Trinity and one of the greatest Gothic cathedrals in the world: St Stephen’s Cathedral, with iconic Romanesque towers and spire. Enjoy an easy and cozy drive along the beautiful Viennese streets and see the world famous State Opera, where great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin have performed. Closeby you will find Albertina, a 19th century Habsburg palace, and the magnificent Hofburg Palace complex, which now houses various museums and the Imperial Treasury. Further on, see the fabulous Palais Schwarzenberg and take a stroll through the Baroque-style garden of the 18th century Belvedere. At the end of a fruitful tour, you will be driven back to your accommodation. Sightseeing in Vienna has never been easier! Choose the 7-hour option to learn even more about Vienna and the Habsburg Empire. During the extended tour you will visit St Peter’s Catholic Church (Peterskirche). Its Baroque-style interior will amaze you with beautiful murals, paintings and domed roof with lots of gilding. Step inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral to marvel at the stunning stained glass windows, soaring pillars, Baroque high altar, impressive vaulting, colorful tiled roof, and other treasures. Other highlights are, driving through MuseumsQuartier, featuring Baroque palaces containing various museums, and seeing Karlskirche, the 18th-century Habsburg domed cathedral with Baroque, Greek and Roman elements. In addition, you will visit the top 1 attraction in Vienna - the Schonbrunn Palace. Take advantage of skip-the-line tickets to avoid waiting in several hours long lines, and explore the luxurious Rococo-style apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth. Learn about the imperial lifestyle and take a relaxing stroll in the palace’s elegant gardens.

Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, River Cruise, & Audio Tour

3. Vienna: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, River Cruise, & Audio Tour

See Vienna at your own pace with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour. From the open-air top deck, hear the stories of highlights like Hofburg Palace and Prater Amusement Park with audio commentary. Top it off with a relaxing cruise along the charming Danube River and a self-guided audio walking tour. Journey along the Red Route to experience historic sites like the Opera House, Museum Quarter, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Town Hall, and the Danube Canal. Explore past the city center and towards Prater Amusement Park and find breathtaking views of the Vienna mountains, UNO City, and Danube Island. On the Blue Route, start your tour in the city center and go discover Vienna's famous palaces. Gaze upon the regal Hofburg Palace before leaving the city to see Schönbrunn Palace, once a residence of the Habsburgs, and Belvedere Palace which houses an immense collection of Austrian artwork. Climb aboard the sightseeing cruise included with your ticket and admire the "most livable city in the world" from the Danube River. Take in the picture-perfect scenes of modern life in a historic city that make Vienna unique. After or in-between your bus tour, enjoy one of 3 self-guided audio walking tours. Marvel at the architectural history of the Opera House, St Stephan's Cathedral, and more. Walk around outer Vienna to view the expressionist landmark Hundertwasserhaus and the “New Modern” train station Hauptbahnhof.

Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

4. Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

Explore the many histories of Vienna on an insightful 3-hour walking tour in the company of published authors, professors or historians. Meet your guide at at Café Griensteidl on Michaelerplatz to look at the imperial palace of the Hofburg, site of power in the imperial city since the 13th century. Admire the Loos House by Austrian architect Adolf Loos, before going to the Kohlmarkt and Graben, Vienna’s most fashionable shopping districts. Your guide will point out the plague column, a baroque church, and grand buildings in different architectural styles along the way. Learn about the tripartite burials of the Habsburgs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Go to a humble Capuchin church to see the sarcophagi of Vienna’s rulers, and marvel at the silver urns in St. Augustine’s Church. At the edge of the inner city, discover remnants of the 12th-century city walls, built to protect Vienna from the Ottoman Empire. Tour the grand boulevard of the Ringstrasse, built when the city walls were destyoyed. Continue to Schwarzenbergplatz to admire the memorial to Russian soldiers that died liberating Vienna from the Nazis. Take a quick detour to Belvedere Palace, before getting views of the Naschmarkt and golden dome of the Secession building in Karlsplatz. Finally, weave your way through the Museums Quartier and Maria Theresien Platz, home to Vienna’s largest concentration of museums.

Vienna and Skip-the-Line Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

5. 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 Museum

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,256 reviews

Very beautiful museum with an exciting painting collection. We had booked some time away from home; but arrived 1 1/2 hours early so we were set to wait; but was allowed to enter before time by the friendly staff. Thank you for a really good experience! Sincerely, Else Nørlund

Some very interesting and beautiful artwork! I kept coming back and looking at the Kiss again and again. Thankfully, this museum is not so crowded that this was actually possible!

It's worth going inside, and not just looking at the garden. Tickets are sold for certain times, so we immediately bought the morning tickets.

Very nice place! Super calm and people were super nice too

It was very good! You should plan about 3.5 hours.