The visit to the Austrian capital was a memorable one for me with a variety of things to do and see. I was in awe of its architectural beauty, the music culture, ambient people and delicious food. The moment I stepped foot in the city I knew I’ll love roaming around the city without getting overwhelmed. Belvedere Palace or “The Belvedere” is surely one the best things to do in Vienna and will give you an edge in the Instagram era.
The Belvedere museum was the first place I visited in Vienna leaving me awestruck by its breathtaking architecture and gorgeous artifacts. The beauty of the palace turned museum amazed me & so I took more pictures of the outer structure than the paintings primarily because of my love for architecture and facades.
The museum is one of many historic sites in the world’s cultural capital which takes it high up on the list of Vienna attractions. The museum is well known for its contemporary art collection and is home to the iconic painting “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. Apart from the renowned artifacts, I couldn’t contain my bewilderment looking over the gorgeous architecture of the Palace.
The palace is a historical landmark for the capital dating back to the 16th century during the Habsburg reign. The palace was initially commenced as an abode for summers for Prince Eugene of Savoy. The baroque style of architecture emerged from late 15th century focuses on drama and opulence which is evidently noticeable in The Belvedere. Thus highlighting the palace as a notable structure in the lines of renowned baroque buildings throughout.
I initiated my visit to Belvedere via a tram from my hotel. Upon getting down from the tram I saw this gorgeous entrance to the museum and I knew I have something memorable for me in store!! In recent years the palace has undergone major restoration which is visible easily from far away. The entire museum is a picturesque one but today present you the best photo locations from The Belvedere Palace.
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The palace in itself houses two palaces divided by an exquisite garden complex – *Upper Belvedere* and *Lower Belvedere*. The main entrance of the museum opens its gates for the unique structure of the Upper Belvedere. It is said that at the time of construction the palace was built outside the gates of the Vienna city while today it is a part of the capital located not too far from the center.
It is the upper Belvedere which usually gets all the attention not only because of the architecture but also because of the location of the painting “The Kiss” here. I was too eager to see the painting myself, and roamed all around the museum while the painting is located towards the end – well the climax should just be awesome..isn’t it?
It was a late afternoon in September and the sun was still shining at its peak giving away beautiful reflection of the Upper Belvedere. The pond will provide some rare opportunities for the photographers easily giving away the reflection of the facade. Although it will depend on the weather too considering the snowy or rainy weather will give different captures. I went back to the palace twice – one on a sunny day and the second time when it was raining. And I do like the picture from the former day more 😉
Lucky for me the flowers were still in bloom and hence giving me all the lovely photographic options ultimately enhancing the pictures I clicked. Winters will have different views of the palace, but fall & spring highlight the palace’s structure a lot.
The interiors of the Upper Belvedere were no less intricate and it was evidently visible in the chandeliers, lampshades and entire decor of the place.
Both the palaces are divided by a huge garden area with flower and fountain arrangements that it is hard not to click hundreds of pictures.
I found these marigold flowers in the same backyard of the Upper Belvedere easily accessible for my photography adventure so that might justify a bit why am I posting so many pictures from almost the same angle 😉
All the pictures I clicked are using my iPhone 6s, although I do wish if I would have a proper full-fledged camera, I would have clicked tons and tons of pictures and might be much better than just the phone ones. Well, these are no less awesome so no regrets here 😉 and not to mention, unedited 😀
The palace has a magnetic construction everywhere in the buildings and even the doors are sophisticatedly built. I loved these intricate doors everywhere around the palace.
Found a simple door as well, but it intrigued me with its color and unique placement in the palace’s garden area!!
The Upper Belvedere is located on a slight uphill than the lower which gives a stunning view of the St. Stephan’s cathedral right from the backyard. The below picture is taken from the exit of the Upper Belvedere giving away views of the cathedral, the capital, and the nearby hills.
The premises of the garden is beautifully decorated not only with lovely plants but also with sculptures representing baby angels.
Being an architecture and intricate work fan I saw a photo moment every other sculpture I came across.
September marks the beginning of a change in the weather where summers giving way to winters through fall. I observed the initial occurrence of fall while in the city and saw a photo moment there and what better medium than a fallen maple leaf!! In Delhi, we don’t get to see fall foliage and not even maple tree so it got me excited too 😀
Tip – Wear comfortable shoes for the visit the palace as it will involve a lot of walking. And if you’re a photography lover, you’ll click a lot of pictures just like me and from a lot of angles so, comfy shoes are a must!!
The Lower Belvedere also had a unique architecture but unlike the upper one, it has red parapet. I didn’t visit the lower Belvedere, but I recommend if you have time then you should visit both the palaces.
The exit of the palace was no less beautiful through where I found this extremely simple lamp post just outside of a restaurant.
Have you been Vienna yet? What did you like most from the city?? Do share your experience with me!!
These are my best instagrammable photos from The Belvedere..did you like the pictures?? Pin it on Vienna or Europe Pinterest board!!
– The Wanderer