As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Vienna’s most important sights, visiting Belvedere Palace was at the top of my priorities for our brief trip to Austria! During our two day stay we were faced with a bit of rain and cloudy weather. It was a bit disappointing for us, but we were thrilled that this unfavourable weather didn’t impact our chance to visit Belvedere Place! We were also very lucky to be working with Belvedere Palace during our visit, which allowed us a photo permit so that we could take pictures inside Belvedere Palace. Keep reading to get an exclusive look inside the palaces, and to find out our top tips for getting the most out of your visit!
WHEN TO VISIT
Visiting times vary for every part of Belvedere, so it’s best to check out their website before planning your visit. We arrived at 10am on a Sunday and found that both the lines and inside the museum were not crowded at all. This made for a very enjoyable visit!
Tickets can be purchased on-site, but pre-purchasing online can save you time and money! On the Belvedere website they list out all of the various ticketing options. You can buy tickets to individual museums (such as Winterpalais or Upper Belvedere) or you can buy combination tickets.
PLANNING YOUR VISIT
How much time you spend at Belvedere Palace is completely dependent on how much time you want to spend there. I could have easily spent two entire days taking in all of the various art exhibits! If you’re short on time please do not think you need to cut Belvedere Palace out of your itinerary just because of it’s sheer size – you can simply choose to visit just a section or two. This is what Paul and I chose to do based on our limited itinerary! In two hours we were able to visit Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere and the Palace Gardens. Most people would agree that these areas are the “highlights” of Belvedere Palace, however there are always special events and limited time art exhibitions on…. so be sure to check their website incase something you really want to see is available at Winterpalais or 21er Haus.
When we first arrived at Belvedere Palace, we began our visit at Upper Belvedere. It was just past 10am when we arrived and the line up at the ticket counter only took about 5 minutes. Once we had our tickets (Combination ticket for Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere) we entered into Upper Palace. Every time you enter either of the palaces your ticket is scanned, so be sure to hold onto it to get access to the next palace! The Upper Belvedere is where we saw our favourite pieces of art, including “KISS” and “The Heads” (both shown below). Our total time spent in Upper Belvedere was approximately 1 hour.
To get from Upper Belvedere to Lower Belvedere you need to walk through the Palace Gardens. In some ways, the design of the spacious garden reminded me of Chateau Versailles in France. It’s very easy to see how these countries may have influenced each other, and possibly where Marie Antoinette got her passion for expansive gardens! The Palace Gardens has ample opportunities for photos. Some of the main areas, such as the large fountain, were quite busy with other tourists… but we always managed to find small beautiful corners where no one else was. Our total time visiting the Palace Gardens was about 30 minutes.
Our last stop was Lower Belvedere. I especially loved the ornate rooms in Lower Belvedere, and the adjoining Privy Garden! We found that we needed significantly less time in Lower Belvedere, but it was absolutely worth visiting in addition to Upper Belvedere. Our total time spent in Lower Belvedere was a little less than 30 minutes.
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to Belvedere Palace as guests, however our opinions remain our own.