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. Schloss Belvedere Palace Vienna or “The Belvedere” is surely one the best things to do in Vienna and will give you an edge in today’s Instagram era.
The Belvedere Museum was the first place I visited in Vienna Austria, leaving me awestruck by its breathtaking architecture and gorgeous artefacts. 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. Vienna’s travel will be left incomplete without a visit to Belvedere Palace turned museum which is one of the top ten things to do in Vienna. Austria is a beautiful country as a whole, and there are other cities and towns which shouldn’t be missed when in Austria. One of them is Innsbruck, another place usually overstepped by tourists. I highly recommended taking a look at the Innsbruck Sightseeing tour by Linda to decide for yourself.
Belvedere Palace Vienna | Belvedere Photography
The museum Belvedere Palace Vienna is one of many historic sites in the world’s cultural capital which takes it high up on the list of Vienna’s top 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 artefacts, I couldn’t contain my bewilderment looking over the gorgeous architecture of the Palace.
The Belvedere Castle Vienna 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 that emerged in the 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.
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As the Belvedere is accessible through trams, S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains – I opted for the tram. I initiated my visit to Belvedere Palace via Tram D from my hotel. Upon getting down at the Gusshausstrasse station, 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 presents you with the best photo locations from The Belvedere Palace.
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The Schloss Belvedere Wien in itself houses two palaces divided by an exquisite Belvedere garden complex – *Upper Belvedere* and *Lower Belvedere*. The main entrance of the Belvedere Museum opens its gates to the unique structure of the Upper Belvedere. It is said that at the time of construction, the palace was built outside the gates of Vienna city while today it is a part of the capital located not too far from the centre.
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 a beautiful reflection of the Upper Belvedere. The pond will provide some rare opportunities for the photographers easily give 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 😉 The reflection pictures are known to be well appreciated by the Instagram audience.
Lucky for me the flowers were still in bloom in the Belvedere Gardens 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. If you crave a different perspective, then Belvedere Garden is the place for you. For me, the picture with flowers slightly out of focus did very well on Instagram. So, don’t miss out on Belvedere Garden while exploring the Belvedere Wien.
Upper Belvedere Palace Vienna
The interiors of the Upper Belvedere Palace Vienna were no less intricate and it was evidently visible in the chandeliers, lampshades and entire decor of the place. Because of the prominent artworks and location of Klimt’s “The Kiss” Belvedere art gallery in Vienna is surely one to look forward to.
Both the palaces in the Belvedere are divided by a huge garden area with flower and fountain arrangements known as Belvedere Gardens. It is hard not to click hundreds of pictures from the Schloss Belvedere – no wonder it is among the top 10 things to do in Vienna.
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 😉 Being an art hub, undoubtedly Vienna museums are must-see places in Austria.
All the pictures I clicked are using my iPhone 6s, although I do wish 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 😀 So, don’t wait for a better camera, sometimes it’s all in the location which makes a picture completely Instagram-worthy.
The Belvedere Palace Vienna has a magnetic construction everywhere in the buildings and even the doors are sophisticatedly built. I loved the intricate doors everywhere around the palace. Vienna sightseeing tour must include a visit to the famous Schloss Belvedere to witness the charm it beholds upon the tourists.
Found a simple door as well, but it intrigued me with its colour and unique placement in the palace’s garden area!! Being a door fanatic I am very keen on capturing beautiful doors and windows in Vienna which I captured during my visit to the Belvedere Museum as well.
The Upper Belvedere is located slightly uphill from the lower which gives a stunning view of 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.
Belvedere Gardens Vienna
The premises of the Belvedere 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 of every other sculpture I came across. If you love architecture and would like to impress your followers on Instagram with such gorgeous sculptures from Palacio Belvedere.
September marks the beginning of a change in the weather where summers give 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 trees so it got me excited too 😀 Normally fall pictures do amazingly well on Instagram, don’t forget to capture one while visiting Vienna in the fall.
Tip – Wear comfortable shoes for the visit to 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!
Lower Belvedere Palace Vienna
The Lower Belvedere also had unique architecture but unlike the upper one, it has a red parapet. I didn’t visit the lower Belvedere, but I recommend if you have time then you should visit both palaces.
The exit of the palace was no less beautiful where I found this extremely simple lamp post just outside of a restaurant.
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Wow I never realised Vienna was so pretty! Thank you for sharing <3
Yes it is 🙂 Glad you liked it!
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!
I agree the palace looks more beautiful around those gorgeous flowers!! Thanks for the lovely words 🙂
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!
I felt the same way when I entered the palace and even those exteriors are lovely!! Hope you like the museum whenever you visit 🙂
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.
I agree, I think I’m bombarding my instagram with these shots 😀 Thanks for the lovely words 🙂
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.
I too think so 🙂 Thank you so much for the kind words!
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!
I know, Europe gives everything a grand perception!! Thanks for the lovely words 🙂
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!
Aww even the snow would have made a gorgeous shot! I would love to see your pictures 🙂 And thanks for the wonderful words <3
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.
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 🙂
This palace is so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to visit Vienna. Looks so opulent.
Thank you so much <3
Your photos are amazing! What a gorgeous place. Looks like a beautiful setting for a photo session. The architecture really is amazing!
Yes it is, even when the first time I was there, I saw a couple going through their marriage photo-session in the garden 🙂
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!
It really is a huge complex. Thanks for the lovely words 🙂
Stunning photos! I totally missed out this beautiful palace on my visit to Vienna. I will save your post for later.
Ohh, hope you see it in your next visit🙂
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. 🙂
Ahh you should go out, it’s a beautiful city!
Looks like an impressive location! I especially like the gardens, pretty!
Thank you so much🙂
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!
This reminded me so much of the Nymphenburg Palaces in Munich! it is beautiful! And indeed these landscapes would be fantastic instagram shots. Did you only use your phone for them?
Yup only iphone 😉 I wish I had a DSLR but I love these shots too 🙂 Munich is high on my list, hope to see the Nymphenburg palace too!!
Vienna is so beautiful! I visited in winter so it’s wonderful to see if green and in bloom in your images 🙂
I agree, all looked lively 🙂
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!
I agree with you!! Schonbrunn was awesome, but Belvedere took my heart 🙂
Beautiful photos! I visited Belvedere Palace and Vienna before but it was so busy for photos like this!!
I guess I was lucky then 😉
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!