Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere)



Location: Vienna, Prinz Eugen Str 27 Map

Entrance Fee: €16, children free

Subway: Taubstummengasse


Description of Belvedere Palace

Upper Belvedere
Prinz- Eugen- Strasse 27
Tel. 01- 795 570
Bus: 13A
Trolley: 0,18, D, 71
Open: 10am- 6pm Tue- Sun (Good Friday, Dec 24 & 31: 10am- 3pm)
Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Nov 1, Dec 25


Lower Belvedere
Rennweg 6a
Tel. 01- 795 570
Trolley: 71, D
Open: 10am- 6pm Tue- Sun (Good Friday, Dec 24 & 31: 10am- 3pm)
Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Nov 1, Dec 25


Belvedere Palace was a summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (pictured right), who became famous in Austrian history after he defeated Turkish armies in a series of battle in 1718. Belvedere Palace is one of the largest and most elegant royal palaces in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Construction of Belvedere Palace began in 1697 under supervision of Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt (1668–1745).
This Baroque palace eventually consisted of the Upper and Lower Belvedere, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. Unteres (Lower) Belvedere was the original residence of the prince and it was completed in 1714- 16. It was designed in a Baroque architectural style. Its walls were decorated with beautiful frescoes, marble gallery, several private bedrooms, large central hall, as well as royal stables.
Another part of Belvedere Palace, Oberes (Upper) Belvedere was completed in 1721- 23 was reserved for lavish parties and balls. Besides it houses it contains a beautiful garden that was modeled after French palace in Versailles. Even if you won't get inside Belvedere Palace, a walk through the park is worth the trip. Additionally Eugene of Savoy ordered construction of Europe's first alpine garden that divided Upper and Lower Belvedere. It became the jewel in the new residence. It was here in 1955 when Austria marked the official end of the foreign occupation. Today Upper Belvedere houses a large art collection of paintings, statues and other art work from the 19th and 20th century.
Belvedere Palace holds a lavish Christmas market in December of each year. Here you can try traditional mulled wine, roast potatoes and other delicatessen. Furthermore you can buy hand made Christmas decorations with traditional Austrian motiffs.