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20+ Instagrammable pictures from Belvedere Palace, Vienna

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. 

Belvedere Palace - Entrance Gate

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?

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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 😉

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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. 

Belvedere Palace with Flowers out of focus

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.

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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. 

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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 😉

Belvedere Palace in background of Marigold Flower in focus

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 😀

Belvedere Palace in background of Marigold Flower

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.

A structure in Belvedere Palace

Found a simple door as well, but it intrigued me with its color and unique placement in the palace’s garden area!!

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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.

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The premises of the garden is beautifully decorated not only with lovely plants but also with sculptures representing baby angels. 

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Being an architecture and intricate work fan I saw a photo moment every other sculpture I came across. 

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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 😀

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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!!

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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. 

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The exit of the palace was no less beautiful through where I found this extremely simple lamp post just outside of a restaurant. 

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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

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39 comments

  1. So beautiful to know that the flowers are in bloom still in September. The gorgeous purple flowers against the museum with its amazing architecture is just breath taking. I love the sound of the museum with its historic artworks – totally a reason to visit. Good to know that you will do a lot of walking around the place – great tip!

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  2. I haven’t been to Vienna yet, but your images make me wish to go. The building is stunning, but the interiors of the Upper Belvedere just blew me away – just look at those chandeliers! I love marigolds and I think I should just add this palace to places I need to visit when I go to Vienna!

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  3. Lovely pictures and they are perfect for Instagram. You have taken nice shots of Palace through flowers. The lamp post at exit with red poster is my favorite one. Even from Iphone you have taken great pictures.

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  4. These pictures are indeed Instagrammable. Your words are as beautiful as your pictures. I like the unconventional angles in your pictures. Thanks for sharing the tips on how to catch reflections in the pond.

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  5. The palaces in Europe are truly grander than ever. I love that the palace itself is not the only thing worth seeing – the parks and gardens are too! You have captured excellent photos and did the palace justice!

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  6. I have been to Vienna and to Belvedere Palace. You are right when you say the reflection is not always there. When I visited it was covered in snow, I’m envious you could get this shot. Excellent photography, i wouldn’t have guessed you made it with your iPhone!

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  7. Vienna is on my list of places to go, now I’m adding the Belvedere to that list of must-see places while there. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful photos of the place. And as far as your camera, that Iphone will give you just as good photos as a point and shoot. Look up some tips online for using it to its max. I’ve personally been shooting exclusively with a Samsung Galaxy for almost three years now and can produce photos as good, sometimes better than many of my professional photographer friends with DSLRs. It’s just all about knowing your equipment. I do miss my DSLR at times but love the convenience of the phone, since it’s always with me and it’s small.

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    1. So glad to know that you liked the post and I would love to hear about your experience when you visit Vienna 🙂
      Also, I agree with you, the best camera we can have is what we carry around with us all the time. I love my iPhone pictures and as you mentioned I learn a lot of iPhone tips & tricks online to utilize to the maximum. I just feel that a DSLR might take my travel photography to the next level.
      Thanks for the lovely words and taking time to read the post 🙂

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  8. I was also here in Easter, and felt exactly the same way! Belvedere is incredible, and your photos remind me how stunning the actual complex is. So right about wearing comfy shoes, I walked a lot!

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  9. What gorgeous architecture. I’d love to go to Vienna. I have been so many times and never left the airport, that I feel like I owe the city a visit! Your photos make me keep to explore. 🙂

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  10. I’ve seen Vienna in Winter for Christmas and it felt like a dream! The food is delicious and even if it was very cold, I wouldn’t have had it any other way! I have wonderful memories of the Christmas markets and all the beautiful decorations! I’ll have to visit when it’s warmer, the photos you shared are awesome!

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  11. I loved Belvedere, it was definitely my highlight in Vienna. Or wait, no, sampling Sacher torte was my favourite moment, and seeing the Belvedere and The Kiss was the other one. I have to agree with you that this place makes for some amazing photos. I was much more impressed with the Belvedere than with Schönbrunn!

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  12. I am still looking for The kiss 🙂

    Amazing architecture it has for sure. It reminds me of the numerous Mansions in New Port, RI, in the US, which have similar themes.

    Btw, it is high time you get a camera. I too click many on my Instagram from my iPhone, but it can only do justice to an extent!

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