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Vienna: Upper Belvedere & Permanent Collection Entry Ticket

1. Vienna: Upper Belvedere & Permanent Collection Entry Ticket

The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the leading museums worldwide. Its famous art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The unique complex, with its two palaces of the Upper and Lower Belvedere and extensive gardens, is one of the most stunning Baroque architectural marvels in the world. Highlights include the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings as well as prominent works from the periods of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. Now, for the first time in decades, the museum will once again host large-scale special exhibitions that you can admire on your visit. In the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build the complex. After the death of Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresa acquired the entire complex and transformed the Upper Belvedere into an exhibition venue for the imperial collections – making it one of the first public museums in the world. The Lower Belvedere, formerly the residence of Prince Eugene, is home to illustrious exhibitions. The Baroque gardens of the Belvedere rank among the most beautiful in the world. The main garden is situated between the Lower and the Upper Belvedere and extends over three large terraces. The Belvedere park is also home to the Botanical Garden and the oldest Alpine garden in Europe.

Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

2. Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

Benefit from the advantages of this tour and skip the queues at Schönbrunn Palace! Get an overall impression of the most significant historical sights in Vienna. By bus, the tour will take you along the Ringstraße, home to numerous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History with its world-famous collection, the Habsburg Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Discover the museum quarter, the Hofburg Palace (the Emperors' winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour through the halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence that hosted Maria Theresa, amongst others. 

Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

3. Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

Explore the many histories of Vienna on an insightful 3-hour walking tour in the company of published authors, professors or historians. Meet your guide at at Café Griensteidl on Michaelerplatz to look at the imperial palace of the Hofburg, site of power in the imperial city since the 13th century. Admire the Loos House by Austrian architect Adolf Loos, before going to the Kohlmarkt and Graben, Vienna’s most fashionable shopping districts. Your guide will point out the plague column, a baroque church, and grand buildings in different architectural styles along the way. Learn about the tripartite burials of the Habsburgs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Go to a humble Capuchin church to see the sarcophagi of Vienna’s rulers, and marvel at the silver urns in St. Augustine’s Church. At the edge of the inner city, discover remnants of the 12th-century city walls, built to protect Vienna from the Ottoman Empire. Tour the grand boulevard of the Ringstrasse, built when the city walls were destyoyed. Continue to Schwarzenbergplatz to admire the memorial to Russian soldiers that died liberating Vienna from the Nazis. Take a quick detour to Belvedere Palace, before getting views of the Naschmarkt and golden dome of the Secession building in Karlsplatz. Finally, weave your way through the Museums Quartier and Maria Theresien Platz, home to Vienna’s largest concentration of museums.

Vienna: Private Tour of Klimt’s Art with Entry Tickets

4. Vienna: Private Tour of Klimt’s Art with Entry Tickets

Gustav Klimt was born and died in the Austrian capital, so it's no wonder you can walk around Vienna for days trying to see everything: his "Kiss" at the Belvedere Palace, his "Beethoven Frieze" at the Secession Exhibition Hall, his "Life and Death" at the Leopold Museum. During this art tour, you will visit the three museums that house the most important part of Klimt's legacy and get a comprehensive overview of his work. Belvedere The tour stats at the historic Belvedere Palace. It is here that "The Kiss" and "Judith", the famous works of Klimt's most striking "golden period", are to be found. Here you will not only see the most famous works firsthand, but also understand the historical context and the origins of the great artist's work. Secession In the exhibition hall of the Secession, you will come face to face with his monumental work "Beethoven's Frieze". It is the only piece that surrounds the viewer on all sides - which was part of the artist's conception. Here you will merge with the art and experience Gustav Klimt in its most pure form. Leopold Museum The third stop is in the Museum Quarter. Here, the Leopold Museum houses "Life and Death". It is an exceptional painting, and in reworking it, the artist committed an important symbolic act. You will take an in-depth look at this key work, as well as the reconstructions of the lost faculty paintings and Klimt's studio. After the tour you can stay in the Leopold Museum as long as you like.

Best of Vienna 1-Day Tour by Car with Schonbrunn Tickets

5. Best of Vienna 1-Day Tour by Car with Schonbrunn Tickets

Let us give you a warm welcome to Vienna with a 3-, 7- or 8-hour private car tour of its top tourist attractions and hidden gems of history, culture and architecture. Our Local Guides are master storytellers and experts in many subjects, so we can organize an amazing experience tailored to your needs and interests. Fall in love with Vienna, the City of Dreams, in 1 day! Book a 3-hour car tour to see the most important sights of Vienna's historic center, exploring the city in a private car with an Accredited Local Guide. The tour will start with pickup from your accommodation and you will enjoy the comfort of private transfers for the entire tour, so it will be easy to see a lot without getting tired from walking. Highlights of the Old Town include the great city hall Rathaus, Vienna University, and important sacred monuments such as the Column of the Pest, the gorgeous 18th century St Peter’s Catholic Church, St Stephen’s Cathedral, which is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world. With private transfers, you will easily explore Vienna and see the amazing Hofburg Palace where Sisi lived, Albertina Palace and the world famous State Opera, where great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin performed. You will also pass through the fabulous Palais Schwarzenberg and wander around the Baroque-style garden of the 18th century Belvedere. Sightseeing in Vienna has never been easier, as we will drop you off at your accommodation after the tour. Book the 7-hour car tour to learn more about the House of Austria, Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth (Sisi) with a visit to St. Peter’s Church and Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna’s top-rated attraction. As official partners of Schonbrunn Palace, we can take you on an exclusive Highlights Tour of 24 rooms of the imperial family, more than you can see without a Licensed Guide. We also provide timed tickets that will allow you to skip the ticket line. You will also visit St. Peter’s Catholic Church (Peterskirche) to admire its Baroque murals, paintings and domed roof with lots of gilding, and drive through MuseumsQuartier to see Vienna’s museums and Karlskirche. Book an 8-hour car tour to spend a day exploring Vienna’s Old Town and its top-rated attractions with private transfers for the day. This option includes timed tickets to Upper Belvedere, a stunning palace which houses an impressive art collection and royal treasures. It will be a great addition to your guided tour of the Old Town, Schonbrunn Palace and St. Peter’s Church.

Vienna: Private Tour of Austrian Art in the Belvedere Palace

6. Vienna: Private Tour of Austrian Art in the Belvedere Palace

Vienna is the center of Europe, the musical capital, the birthplace of psychoanalysis and the crossroads of cultures. The magnificent Belvedere palace houses works that help you discover all facets of this city and the specific Austrian identity. Genius loci, i.e. the "spirit of place", by the will of the artist, and often in spite of it, is contained in each and every piece. This tour will give you an insight into the major works of Vienna's painters and sculptors and help you to understand Austrian art, culture and mentality. As you admire the masterpieces of painting, you will see that nothing is accidental in art. For example, looking at Gustav Klimt's “The Kiss” and “Judith”, you will understand why female sexuality came into medical focus in Vienna, while Egon Schiele's “Death and the Maiden” and “Embrace” will explain how this city became the birthplace of psychoanalysis. Ferdinand Waldmüller's canvases will demonstrate the Austrian tendency to turn even tragedy into a well-selling image. And even the Baroque interior of the Belvedere Palace itself, with its abundance of ancient heroic themes in the decoration and portraits of commanders, gives an idea of the distinctive majesty that impregnates Vienna's flair. Each and every person in Vienna feels the special aura of this city, and in the Belvedere Palace you can not only see the iconic images that shaped it, but also feel and appreciate that aura at its finest.

Vienna: Family Art Tour of the Belvedere Palace with Tickets

7. Vienna: Family Art Tour of the Belvedere Palace with Tickets

Make your family trip to Vienna truly special with our Family Art Tour! An unforgettable experience for the entire family, this tour will take you through the stunning Belvedere Palace and explore the greatest works of Austrian art. With an expert guide, you'll learn how our history influences today's culture, connecting Austria's past to the present. With interactive activities, engaging discussions and fascinating stories, each section of the collection will disclose itself through the most fascinating masterpieces - from Messerschmidt's "Character Heads" and David's "Napoleon on the Pass of Saint Bernards" to Klimt's celebrated "The Kiss." Discover Austria's greatest masterpieces with the Family Art Tour! Our interactive, engaging tour will make you and your family fall in love with art. Unlock the secrets of art and create lasting memories with Family Art Tour!

Vienna: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

8. Vienna: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

Take a walk through the historical center of Vienna on a private 3-hour tour, and see all the main monuments while you hear the history of the city. Following a pick-up from your hotel (or other location on arrangement), stroll - or use the public transport system - to the Hofburg Palace, the imperial residence of the Habsburg Empire. Discover the city’s grand squares and courtyards of the Old Town. Stroll down the famous Graben, and admire the façades of handsome buildings and monuments such as the Pestsäule, built by Emperor Leopold I following the Great Plague of Vienna. Walk down the elegant Kohlmarkt, and look in the windows of fashionable boutiques. Pass the legendary Demel pastry shop, and stop outside St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Next, see the splendid buildings of the Ringstraße, including the Austrian Parliament, Imperial Court Theater, City Hall, University, and Vienna State Opera House. See the Museum of Art History and Museum of Natural History. Continue to the Belvedere Palace to see the baroque summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Get a beautiful view over the city from the park. 

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What people are saying about Belvedere Palace Museum

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4.2 / 5

based on 2,846 reviews

The person that stood at the front entrance didn't know that we shouldn't wait the line and at first send us to the tickets, then to wait to the line until I explained him... and he finally open us the second entrance to go through.... we lost an hour for his ignorance. I believe that's something that the ticket services should look, it's very important.

Beautiful exhibition and building. Don't expect many Klimt paintings apart from "The Kiss" Because the works are scattered in various museums but it is still beautiful.

Great experience. It was totally worth the visit. I highly recommend you book your tickets online and plan your visit earlier than 12 pm.

All perfect. We entered the building with the app, everything ok. Fast and easy ticket purchase

Easy and clear. Beautiful facility with some great art.