Belvedere Palace – tickets, prices, discounts, hours, must see

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Belvedere Palace is one of Austria’s most stunning baroque buildings, and it consists of Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, Orangery, and the Palace Stables.

Tourists visit Belvedere Palace to see Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt’s famous paintings and stroll along the world-class Baroque gardens.

This Palace in Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts more than a million visitors every year.

In this article, we share everything you must know before buying Belvedere Palace tickets.

How to reach Belvedere Palace

The Belvedere Palace consists of The Upper and Lower Belvedere, two individually constructed buildings, and is in Landstrasse, the third district of Vienna.

The best way to reach Belvedere Palace is by taking public transport.

Metro to Belvedere Palace

Vienna’s Metro is also known as U-Bahn.

To reach the Belvedere Palace, you must take the Underground U1 and get down at Süditroler Platz-Hauptbahnhof.

From the station, the main entrance of the Belvedere Palace is 1.2 km (0.75 miles), and you can walk it in 15 minutes. 

Tram to Belvedere Palace

You can board Tram #D to reach the Schloss Belvedere, the Tram stop right next to the Upper Belvedere entrance.

Or you can take Tram #18 or Tram #O to reach Station Quartier Belvedere and then walk 900 meters (half a mile) to Upper Belvedere.

If you want to reach the Lower Belvedere, you can take Tram 71 and get down at Unteres Belvedere, right in front of the building. 

Tram #D or Tram #2 can drop you at Schwarzenbergplatz, from where you can walk the 1.3 km (0.80 miles) to Lower Belvedere.

Directions to Upper Belvedere / Directions to Lower Belvedere


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Belvedere Palace hours

Upper Belvedere opens at 9 am, and Lower Belvedere opens at 10 am every day of the week.

From Saturday to Thursday, both Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere close at 6 pm, and on Friday, they remain open till 9 pm.

Belvedere 21 timings

Belvedere 21 is a museum of contemporary art and part of the Belvedere complex.

From Tuesday to Sunday, Belvedere 21 is open from 11 am to 6 pm.

It continues to open at 11 am on Thursday and Friday but follows late-night timings and closes at 9 pm.

Belvedere 21 remains closed on Mondays.

Palace Garden timings

The main Belvedere Palace Garden between the Lower and the Upper Belvedere opens at 7.30 am daily.

The last of the visitors start leaving the Gardens by 5.30 pm.


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Best time to visit Belvedere Palace

The best time to visit the Belvedere Palace is 10 am – both Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere are open, and the crowd is yet to arrive.

If you can’t make it in the morning, the next best time is 3 pm – after the crowd has left.

Belvedere Palace is busiest from 11 am to 2 pm, with long lines to enter the attraction.

Best day to visit

If possible, visit Belvedere Palace on a weekday.

The palace, especially the Upper Belvedere, attracts a lot of tourists from Friday to Sunday.

Expect an even larger crowd during public holidays, summer holidays, school holidays, Christmas, and Easter.

Tip: Book Belvedere Palace tickets in advance and avoid the queue in the ticket counter lines.


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How long does Belvedere Palace take?

To explore Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, and the Palace gardens, you will need at least three hours.

If you plan to explore the Permanent or Temporary art exhibitions at leisure, you may need more time.


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Belvedere Palace tickets

When you book Belvedere Palace tickets online, you can skip the long lines waiting in front of the ticketing counter and walk right in.

These Belvedere Palace tickets are also known as smartphone tickets.

As soon as you purchase them, these tickets get delivered to your email.

On the day of your visit, you can show the ticket in your email (on your smartphone) at the entrance and walk into the tourist attraction.

You don’t need to take printouts.

Visitors under 18 years of age can enter all parts of this tourist attraction for free. However, while booking the tickets, you must mention them.

Update: Because of the pandemic, there are only two ways to explore Belvedere Palace – you can book a self-guided tour of Upper Belvedere or book a guided tour of Belvedere.

Complete Belvedere Experience ticket

With this ticket you can explore everything there is to see at the Belvedere Palace.

This Skip The Line ticket gets you entry to – 

  • Upper Belvedere
  • Lower Belvedere
  • Permanent collection
  • Special Exhibitions
  • Orangery
  • Palace Stables
  • Palace Gardens
  • Belvedere 21

Adult ticket price (19+ years): 25 Euros

*On the ticket booking page, you must select ‘Belvedere Ticket’

Upper and Lower Belvedere ticket

Some visitors prefer to see everything within the Belvedere Palace complex but don’t want to step out and visit Belvedere 21 Museum.

If you are one of them, this ticket is for you.

This skip-the-line ticket gives you access to:

  • Upper Belvedere
  • Lower Belvedere
  • Permanent collection
  • Special Exhibitions
  • Orangery
  • Palace Stables
  • Palace Gardens

Adult ticket price (19+ years): 22 Euros

*On the ticket booking page, you must select ‘Klimt ticket’

Lower Belvedere ticket

This Skip The Line ticket gives you access to:

  • Lower Belvedere
  • Special Exhibitions
  • Orangery
  • Palace Stables
  • Palace Gardens

If you book this ticket, you can’t see Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss (Lovers)’ because that’s on display at Upper Belvedere. ‘The Kiss’ is to Belvedere Museum what Mona Lisa is to The Louvre.

Adult ticket price (19+ years): 14 Euros

*On the ticket booking page, you must select ‘Lower Belvedere’

Upper Belvedere ticket

This ticket includes entry to the Upper Belvedere and the permanent collections it exhibits.

Besides works of Monet, Van Gogh, this building also houses the world’s most extensive collection of Austria’s own Gustav Klimt.

If you have heard of Klimt’s masterpiece called ‘The Kiss’ and want to see it, this is the ticket you must book.

Adult ticket price (19+ years): 16 Euros

*On the ticket booking page, you must select ‘Upper Belvedere’

Guided tour of Belvedere Palace

A tour of Belvedere Palace under the guidance of a local expert will make your visit far more memorable. Image: Belvedere.at

A local art historian guide takes you around on this two-and-a-half-hour tour of Upper Belvedere, the Palace Gardens, Museum, etc.

If money isn’t an issue, we highly recommend this because art and architecture is best explored with an expert.

You need at least two visitors to book this guided tour.

Ticket price: 97 Euros


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What to see in Belvedere Palace?

If you are in Vienna on a short holiday we recommend you focus all your time on the Upper Belvedere, the Lower Belvedere, and the Palace Gardens.

However, if you are in Vienna on 3 days plus holiday we recommend you explore everything there is to see at the Belvedere Palace.

To fully enjoy this amazing blend of history, art, and architecture, here is the entire list of attractions which make up the Belvedere Palace.

Upper Belvedere Palace

The construction of the Upper Belvedere took place between the years 1717 and 1723. Image: Belvedere.at

The Upper (Oberes) Belvedere exhibits the majority of the art collection in the Palace’s name.

The Baroque style building itself is an architectural masterpiece and a beauty to behold.

Some of the masterpieces in Upper Belvedere are in the Ground Floor Hall (Sala Terrena), which is supported by four powerful Atlantes.

The walls of the Hall are stuccoed masterfully.

The Hall leads to the Grand Staircase, showcasing frescoes on both sides.

Alexander the Great’s triumph over Darius is on the right wall, and you can see the wives of Darius before Alexander’s win on the left.

Besides this, the Carlone Hall and Marble Hall have beautiful ceiling frescoes and paintings.

Belvedere Palace Museum

The Belvedere Palace Museum is in Upper Belvedere and displays the enormous collection of art and sculptures owned by Belvedere Palaces.

On display is Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day masterpieces.

Some of the renowned artists on display at the Belvedere Museum are Van Gogh, Monet, Max Beckmann, Gustav Klimt, etc.

This Museum has the most extensive collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, some of the most impressive being ‘The Kiss (Lovers)’ and ‘Judith.’

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss is on display at the Belvedere Palace Museum, in Upper Belvedere. Image: Gustav-klimt.com

Lower Belvedere Palace

The Lower Belvedere was to be Prince Eugene’s residence and is as beautiful in its architecture as the Upper Belvedere.

It has a magnificent two-story Marble Hall and a breath-taking Marble gallery sporting several statues centuries old.

It has a Grotesque Hall based on a style of art popular during those times. The myriad of well-preserved paintings is worth exploring.

Other highlights are the Ground Floor Hall and the murals and paintings of the Garden Pavilion.

It also has a separate space for exhibitions called the ‘Spitzhof.’

Winter Palace

The Winter Palace was also initially meant to be the residence of Prince Eugene but ended up serving the role of the Court Treasury.

It has enthralling Baroque interiors along with a collection of contemporary paintings.

It is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily.

The Orangery

The Belvedere Orangery was built to be a home for the Palace’s orange trees.

The Orangery is unique because they built a mechanism to remove the building’s roof during the summer months.

As a result, there was no need to replant the trees every year.

Nowadays, the Orangery serves as an exhibition floor for beautiful art.

The Orangery is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily except Wednesdays when it is open till 9 pm.

The Palace Stables

The Palace Stables was initially used to keep and take care of Prince Eugene’s horses.

Today it houses some of the most exquisite Medieval Artwork including paintings, and sculptures.

The Palace Stables are open daily from 10 am to 12 pm.

Belvedere Palace Gardens

Belvedere Palace Gardens are a fine example of the late Baroque style of garden design. Image: Belvedere.at

The Palace Gardens are one of the key elements of the Belvedere Palace experience because it connects both the Upper and Lower Belvedere.

The Palace Gardens have beautiful sculptures and fountains and many pools offering fantastic views to the tourists from the Terraces in front of the Upper Belvedere.

If you only want to view the architecture and enjoy the gardens, you can enter for free.

Belvedere 21

Most of the tourists who visit the Belvedere Palace also see Belvedere-21, a museum of contemporary art.

This Museum is located just outside the Belvedere Palace complex – 750 meters (half a mile) from Upper Belvedere. Download location map

In this museum, you see contemporary Austrian and international art, film, and music exhibits. It is also an architectural icon of post-war Modernism.

From Wednesday to Sunday, the Museum opens at 11 am and closes at 6 pm.

On Wednesday and Friday, it remains open till 9 pm.

Belvedere 21, which is often referred to as 21er Haus, remains closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Visitors 18 years and below can enter for free. Others need to purchase an entry ticket.


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Belvedere Palace layout

If you haven’t booked a guided tour of Belvedere Palace, it is better to learn about the Palace’s layout before your visit.

You can also print the layout and take it along because it can help find visitor services such as restrooms, restaurants, gift shops, etc.

Download Print Version / Map Courtesy: Belvedere.at

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Belvedere Palace and Vienna Pass

The Vienna Pass is an excellent way to save money and time while exploring the city of Vienna.

In fact, Vienna Pass is the only way to explore Belvedere Palace for free.

It provides free entry not just to the Belvedere Palace but 60 of Vienna’s other attractions.

Some of the top tourist attractions where this Pass can help you gain free entry are – Schönbrunn Palace, Giant Ferris Wheel, Spanish Riding School, Albertina Museum, etc.

The best part is that you won’t even have to wait in any lines – you can walk right in.

Vienna Pass is available for one day, two days, three days, and six days.

Tourists 19 years and older are considered adults, while kids aged 6 to 18 years need to buy the child pass. Kids five years and below can join in for free.

If you aren’t sure of the number of days you want the Pass for but have a fixed number of attractions in mind, you must try out the Vienna Flexi Pass. Find Out More

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Pooja Das: She has a passion for both traveling and photography, which help her document her memories forever. She loves to explore city streets taking in the people, the colors, and the culture surrounding her. Occasionally she loves to step away from the hustle-bustle of urban lifestyle, and chill-out either alone or with friends. Favorite Cities: Istanbul, London, Marrakech, Venice

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