About Belvedere Palace
Vienna's Belvedere Palace (turned museum) houses the most extensive and extravagant collection of Gustavo Klimt. Along with the Schonnbrunn Palace, the Belvedere Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Vienna. It's not the size of seven football fields like the Prague Castle, but this palace is home to an extraordinary collection of Baroque art - including Klimt, Schiele, Renoir and Monet.
As soon as I stepped foot inside, flashbacks from my college art history class all came rushing back. The palace was primarily used as a summer home and featured Austrian Baroque art and architect at it's peak. The palace is made up of two beautiful Baroque style buildings - an Upper Belvedere and a Lower Belvedere. In between them stretches a garden so magnificent that it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Audio tours are available for both buildings. If you rather not pay for admission, there is a peaceful three-tier palace garden free of charge.
The Upper Belvedere sits on lush green grass - even on a nippy November day. It houses the Austrian Gallery and features 19th and 20th century Austrian paintings. Much of the building is preserved to give visitors a view of the royal family's daily lives.
At the other end of the park is the Lower Belvedere. There you will find the Austrian Museum of Baroque Art. This building is most notable for the painted ceiling in the Marble Hall.