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

Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Belvedere Palace is one of the most stunning baroque buildings in Austria.

Belvedere Palace consists of two buildings – Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, and the Orangery, and the Palace Stables.

Tourists visit Belvedere Palace to see famous paintings of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt and to 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.

1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Best time to visit
4. Tour duration
5. What to see?
6. Belvedere Palace tickets
7. Palace Layout
8. Free with Vienna Pass

How to reach Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace is located in the third district Vienna.

Upper Belvedere is located at Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030, Vienna and the Lower Belvedere is located at Rennweg 6, 1030, Vienna.

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

Metro to Belvedere Palace

If you plan to take the Metro (in Vienna it is 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 Kms (0.75 Miles) and is a pleasant walk (see map below).

Tram to Belvedere Palace

If you decide to take the Tram, board Tram #D to reach the Station Schloss Belvedere which is right next to Upper Belvedere entrance.

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

If you want to reach the Lower Belvedere, you can either take Tram 71 to the station ‘Unteres Belvedere’ (you get dropped right in front of the building) or take Tram #D or Tram #2 to the station Schwarzenbergplatz.

The scenic 1.3 Kms (0.80 Miles) walk from the station takes around 18 minutes.

Directions to Upper Belvedere / Directions to Lower Belvedere


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Belvedere Palace hours

The three major attractions at Belvedere Palace – Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere and Belvedere 21 follow different timings.

Upper Belvedere timings

From Saturday to Thursday, Upper Belvedere is open from 9 am to 6 pm.

On Fridays, it opens at the same time but closes at 9 pm to accommodate the visitors.

Lower Belvedere timings

From Saturday to Thursday, Lower Belvedere opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm.

On Fridays, it opens at the same time but closes at 9 pm to cater to the rush.

Belvedere 21 opening times

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

On Thursday and Friday it continues to open at 11 am but follows Late Night timings and closes down at 9 pm.

(Open on Mondays only on public holidays)

Palace Garden timings

The main Belvedere Palace Garden, which is situated 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 the long lines to enter the attraction.

During the peak season, during this time, you will find lines in front of the Museum and even some of the exhibition rooms.

Best day to visit

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

The crowd doesn’t relent during public holidays, summer holidays, school holidays, Christmas and Easter as well.

So it is best to land up at Belvedere Palace on a weekday.

Yet another way to avoid the waiting lines is by booking Belvedere Palace tickets, in advance.


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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 the Temporary art exhibitions at leisure, you may need more time.


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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.

1. Upper Belvedere Palace

Upper Belvedere, Vienna
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 depicted on the right wall and the wives of Darius before Alexander’s win are shown on the left.

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

2. Belvedere Palace Museum

The Belvedere Palace Museum is in Upper Belvedere.

The enormous collection of art and sculptures the Belvedere Palaces own have been exhibited in Belvedere Palace Museum.

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.

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

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

3. Lower Belvedere Palace

The Lower Belvedere was designed to be Prince Eugene’s residence.

Lower Belvedere is as beautiful in its architecture as the Upper Belvedere.

It has a magnificent two storey Marble Hall as well as a breath-taking Marble gallery sporting a number of statues centuries old.

It has a Grotesque Hall based on an art style of that time which has a myriad of well-preserved paintings 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’.

4. Winter Palace

The Winter Palace was originally 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.

5. The Orangery

The Belvedere Orangery was originally built to be a home for the Palace’s Orange Trees.

The Orangery is unique because they built a mechanism to remove the roof of the Orangery during Summer months.

This effectively worked to avoid replanting the trees every year.

It serves as an exhibition of beautiful art display in the present day.

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

6. The Palace Stables

The Palace Stables were originally 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

7. Belvedere Palace Gardens

Belvedere Palace Gardens
Belvedere Palace Gardens are a fine example of 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 along with fountains and many pools offering amazing views to the tourists from the Terraces in front of the Upper Belvedere.

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

8. Belvedere 21 – Museum of Contemporary Art

Most of the tourists who visit the Belvedere Palace also visit Belvedere-21.

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

Belvedere- 21 is often referred to as 21er Haus.

In this Museum you get to 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 is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Visitors 18 years and below can enter for free.


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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.

When purchased, these tickets get delivered to your email instantly.

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

No need to take ticket printouts.

Important: 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.

1. Ticket for Upper Belvedere + Lower Belvedere + Belvedere 21

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

This Skip The Line ticket gets you access 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’

2. Ticket for Upper Belvedere + Lower Belvedere

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’

3. Lower Belvedere tickets

This Skip The Line ticket gives you access to:

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

Important: If you book this ticket, you can’t see Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss (Lovers)’ because that’s showcased in 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’

4. Upper Belvedere Ticket

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

Besides works of Monet, Van Gogh, it also houses world’s largest 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’

5. Belvedere Palace Guided tour

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 2.5-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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Belvedere Palace layout

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

You can also print the layout and take it along, or bookmark this page for later reference.

It will help you find the places you want to visit easily and not get lost.

Belvedere Palace Layout
Download Print Version / Map Courtesy: Belvedere.at

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Belvedere Palace and Vienna Pass

Vienna Pass is a great way to explore Belvedere Palace for free.

Yes, that’s right. If you buy one Vienna Pass, you can see around 60 tourist attractions for free.

What’s more – besides helping you save money Vienna Pass also helps you save time.

With a Vienna Pass, you can skip the long waiting lines at the ticketing counter and walk right in.

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

Vienna Pass

Vienna Pass is available for 1 day, 2 days, 3 days and 6 days. The price varies accordingly.

1 Day Pass

Adult price (18+ years): 79 Euros
Child price (6 to 17 years): 40 Euros

2 Day Pass

Adult price (18+ years): 99 Euros
Child price (6 to 17 years): 50 Euros

3 Day Pass

Adult price (18+ years): 129 Euros
Child price (6 to 17 years): 65 Euros

6 Day Pass

Adult price (18+ years): 159 Euros
Child price (6 to 17 years): 80 Euros

Kids 5 years and below accompany you for free.

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

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