What to see at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna: timetables, prices and advice

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Vienna is a city rich in art and history and if you decide to spend a few days here you cannot miss the beautiful Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. This Museum is located inside the Belvedere Castle, an imposing Baroque building once used as a summer residence by Prince Eugene of Savoy. Today the picture gallery it houses one of the most important collections of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to today which allows you to have an overview of the artistic history of the country.


  1. What to see and how to visit Österreichische Galerie Belvedere
  2. The Kiss, Upper Gallery
  3. Beethoven Frieze, Upper Gallery
  4. Woman and death, Upper Gallery
  5. The Family, Upper Gallery
  6. Giuditta, Upper Room
  7. Il Girasole, Upper Room
  8. Napoleon at the Great Saint Bernard Pass, Upper Gallery
  9. Path of the Garden, Upper Gallery
  10. The painter Carl Moll, Upper Gallery
  11. Pallas Athena, Upper Gallery
  12. Hours and prices
  13. Online tickets and guided tours
  14. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

The Belvedere is made up of a Upper part housing sculptures and paintings by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Heinrich Füger, Gustav Klimt (including his famous work "The Kiss"), Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. Furthermore, still in this area, they are exhibited works by international artists such as Manet, Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Renoir.

On the opposite side, separated by a large garden, is the Lower Gallery which together with the Orangerie hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to the relationship between Austrian and international art. The suggestion is to start seeing the collection in the Upper Gallery and then if you have time to access the other part of the castle.

1 - The Kiss, Upper Gallery

One of Klimt's most famous works which portrays two lovers hugging each other as they exchange a passionate kiss. Both kneeling in a floral meadow, they wear golden, mosaic-decorated tunics.

  • creation date1907-1908
  • Author: Gustav Klimt
  • Dimensions: 180x180 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: abstract oil painting on canvas

2 - Beethoven Frieze, Upper Gallery

This work by Klimt is inspired by Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and is made up of three parts painted in sequence: "the yearning for happiness" which clashes with "the hostile Forces" and triumphs with "the hymn to joy". The Frieze describes the path that the Knight takes to reach his beloved by having to defeat evil and resist temptation.

  • creation date: 1902
  • Author: Gustav Klimt
  • Dimensions: 24,4x200 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: enamels, mirror fragments, buttons and plaster on ribbed wooden panels

3 - Woman and death, Upper Gallery

This work portrays a theme very dear to the German figurative sculpture of love and death, eros and thanatos. In the painting two figures appear who meet on a crumpled white sheet: the woman leaning forward embraces the black figure who caresses her head.

  • creation date: 1915
  • Author: Egon Schiele
  • Dimensions: 1,5x1,8 m
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil color on canvas

4 - The Family, Upper Gallery

In this work Schiele makes a self-portrait projected into the future as at the time of the painting his wife was pregnant and had not yet given birth. The author wants to represent his family ideal which will not materialize as he and the woman, in the 6th month of pregnancy, will die of Spanish Fever shortly after painting the picture.

  • creation date: 1918
  • Author: Egon Schiele
  • Dimensions: 152x162 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil portrait

5 - Giuditta, Upper Room

It is one of the first works of the Austrian painter which anticipates the golden period in which a modern woman is depicted with the face of Adele Bloch Bauer, exponent of Viennese society. Note the look that seems to challenge the observer and the archaic and stylized landscape that forms the background.

  • creation date: 1901
  • Author: Gustav Klimt
  • Dimensions: 84x42 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil portrait on canvas

6 - Il Girasole, Upper Room

In this work Klimt paints an unusual but noteworthy subject: a sunflower surrounded by verdant nature. However, it is an impenetrable design in which the geometry of the flower struggles to stand out from the background and according to some critics it represents a woman.

  • creation date: 1907
  • Author: Gustav Klimt
  • Dimensions: 110x110 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: gold painting on canvas

7 - Napoleon at the Gran San Bernardo pass, Upper Gallery

Inside the Belvedere there are works of the leading exponents of classicism and one of these is the Napoleon at the Grand San Bernardo pass. Bonaparte is represented while crossing the mountain with the army that will follow him during the second Italian campaign. Jacques Louis David painted five versions of this painting and one is located right in Vienna.

  • creation date: 1801
  • Author: Jacques-Louis David
  • Dimensions: 2,6x2,21
  • Technique and subject of the work: equestrian oil painting on canvas

8 - Path of the Garden, Upper Gallery

In this typical work of Impressionism, Monet brings to life, through blended tones of green and bright blue, a bucolic experience among the shadows of gardens and bushes.
In the eyes of the viewer, the result is a silent avenue in which a pale dwelling can be glimpsed.

  • creation date: 1902
  • Author: Claude Monet
  • Dimensions: 89,5x92,3 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil color on canvas

9 - The painter Carl Moll, Upper Gallery

In this portrait, the brushstrokes in a rotating sense refer to the expressiveness of some of Van Gogh's portraits. The colors are dark and fragmented and the character appears angular, sharp and slightly deformed.

  • creation date: 1913
  • Author: Oskar KOKOSCHKA
  • Dimensions: 128x95,5 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil portrait on canvas

10 - Pallas Athena, Upper Gallery

A painting by Klimt heavily criticized by the public but which was praised by the journalist and writer Ludwig Hevesi. The painting depicts the bust of the divinity Athena wearing a helmet and armor that portrays the face of the gorgon Medusa. The subject holds a spear in his left hand while the little Nike with his right hand. The colors range from gold to darker tones in the background while the paleness of the face and arm stand out.

  • creation date: 1898
  • Author: Gustav Klimt
  • Dimensions: 75x75 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil painting on canvas

Hours and prices

  • the Belvedere Museum (Upper, Lower and Orangerie) is open every day from 09:00 to 18:00 while on Fridays it closes at 21:00
  • Best time to avoid queues: The best time to visit the Museum and the Castle is in the morning as soon as it opens, while the early afternoon is usually the busiest time.
  • full € 14,00; Museum + the Orangerie € 26,00
  • Reductions: € 11,50 museum - € 22,00 the Orangerie and the museum, for students and under 65s; € 12,50 museum - € 21,00 art gallery and orangery, for Vienna Card holders (buy online)
  • Free: for children and young people up to 18 years. Even for those who have the Vienna Pass (buy online) there is free admission

Online tickets and guided tours

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the best thing is to reach the entrance before opening time, then around 8:30 in the morning, in order to immediately queue to get the tickets
  2. Buy the city card: if you want to visit other museums or attractions in the city, buy the Vienna Pass city card thanks to which you will enter for free or with reductions in the various attractions of Vienna - buy online
  3. Priority ticket: you can also buy the ticket online directly on the site of the Belvedere Castle in order to access directly and avoid long waits at the house. - You can buy the skip-the-line ticket from here
  4. Watch out for restrictions: in some attractions and museums it is not allowed to bring water and food or take photographs, so at the entrance take a look at the signs of the regulation
  5. Minimum time: we advise you to consider at least 2 hours for the visit of the Museum and at least 3 hours if you want to see the other parts of the Castle

Where is it and how to get there

The Belvedere Museum is located at Prinz Eugen Straβe 27, in the south-east of Vienna; from the central station you can reach it on foot or by public transport. The stops vary depending on whether you want to enter and visit the Upper or the Lower part.

  • Feet: from the central station of Vienna you can reach the Belvedere Museum with a walk of about 15 minutes (1,2 Km). You have to walk first Weihburggasse, then Parkring until you reach Schubertring, continue on Schwarzenbergpl and finally walk on Prinz Eugen-Straße until you reach the entrance - Get directions
  • By bus: bus 13 and 69 A getting off at the Sudbahnhof stop (journey time about 10 minutes)
  • By metro: the nearest station for both areas of the Belvedere is Sudtirolerplat which is about a 15-minute walk from the destination (metro journey time about 10 minutes).
  • By tram: the closest stop to the Upper Belvedere is that of Schloss at 351 meters from the Museum served by line D (journey time about 10 minutes).

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

The Belvedere Castle dates back to the early 700th century, precisely built between 1712 and 1723. It was designed by Lucas von Hildebrandt and commissioned by Prince Eugene of Savoy who wanted to create his own residence. Today the whole complex is among the best Baroque works in Europe and is the most beautiful princely residence declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Since the Belvedere Castle is very large, there are several access points that lead to the different areas:

  • Via Rennweg, in front of the Lower Belvedere
  • Prinz Eugen-Strasse, on the side of the Upper Belvedere
  • Landstrasser Gurtel, behind the gardens of the Upper Belvedere
  • Arsenalstrasse, near Belvedere 21

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