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Belvedere Palace 2.5-Hour Small-Group History Tour in Vienna

Vienna, Austria

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  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure

Overview

Meet your guide in the morning or afternoon at the Belvedere complex, an architectural masterpiece of a bygone aristocratic splendor designed to project a sense of earthly harmony. This terrestrial utopia was founded in the first decades of the 18th century as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history. Among the significant buildings is the grandiose palace of the Upper Belvedere, a masterstroke of Baroque architecture.

The surrounding formal gardens were inspired by classical antiquity. The great water basin in the upper parterre, the tiered fountains and cascades peopled by nymphs and goddesses, the marble statues of gods and heroes, the intricacy of the wrought iron gates still testify to the legacy of Eugene’s significant patronage of the arts.

In the Upper Belvedere, your guide will help you to explore the Baroque elements of the Festive room, and after the one-hour excursion to the grounds and palaces, your guide will give you an introductory hour-and-a-half tour to point out the Art Museum’s highlights, such as David’s well-known canvas “Napoleon on The Great St. Bernhard Pass” from 1801, where propagandist pathos melds with the artist’s fiery boldness. In a different way, Caspar David Friedrich’s atmospheric “Seashore in the Fog” combines romantic introspection with metaphysical symbolism in a sensitively, precisely painted maritime landscape. Austrian painting in the era of Biedermeier is represented by Friedrich von Amerling’s emotive rendering of familial affection in “Rudolf von Arthaber and his Children” (1837) and by Friedrich Waldmüller’s “The Morning of Corpus Christi” (1857), where the realistic reproduction of sunlight is the major compositional means of demonstrating the sacred on earth.

Itinerary

Inspired by the idea of enlightened absolutism the Belvedere became one of the first public museums in the world with the intention to make the Habsburgs’ imperial collection accessible to the general public. Today the Belvedere Museum exhibits a world-class compilation of Austrian and international painting from the Middle Ages to the present day, including precious items of the Austrian National Gallery: masterpieces by Jacques Louis David, Caspar David Friedrich, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Giuseppe Segantini and Vincent van Gogh.

After the 2 hour excursion to the grounds and palaces, your guide will give you an introductory hour to point out the Art Museum’s highlights: David’s well-known canvas “Napoleon on The Great St. Bernhard Pass” (1801), where propagandistic pathos melds with the artist’s fiery boldness. In a different way, Caspar David Friedrich’s atmospheric “Seashore in the Fog” combines romantic introspection with metaphysical symbolism in a sensitively, precisely painted maritime landscape. Austrian painting in the era of Biedermeier is represented by Friedrich von Amerling’s emotive rendering of familial affection in “Rudolf von Arthaber and his Children” (1837) and by Friedrich Waldmüller’s “The Morning of Corpus Christi” (1857), where the realistic reproduction of sunlight is the major compositional means of demonstrating the sacred on earth.

Last but not least, the museum boasts some of Gustav Klimt’s most acclaimed paintings: works from his golden period: “The Kiss,” “Judith,” landscapes from the Attersee series and sophisticated portraits of high society ladies. As a counterpoint, the dramatic and contorted style of Klimt’s younger colleague, Egon Schiele (also on display) evokes the unfolding trauma of the First World War in a profoundly autobiographical manner.

Information

Includes:
  • Professional art historian guide
Excludes:
  • Additional fees:

    Upper Belvedere: 
    Individual: €15, students & seniors €12.50 

    If you wish to visit the Lower Belvedere's temporary exhibition after your tour ends, you'll want to purchase a combined ticket to both Upper and Lower Belvedere. 
    Upper & Lower Belvedere and Orangery: 
    Individual: €22, students & seniors €19

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 6 people per tour
  • Your guide can help you purchase tickets at the beginning of your walk
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Meeting Point

Belvedere Palace Vienna
Departure Time:
Mondays and Fridays -- 2:00 PM
Wednesdays and Saturdays -- 09:30 AM
Return Details:
Concludes at the Belvedere
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