Belvedere Palace 2.5-Hour Small-Group History Tour in Vienna
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Belvedere Palace 2.5-Hour Small-Group History Tour in Vienna

Belvedere Palace 2.5-Hour Small-Group History Tour in Vienna

2h30
Small Group
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About this activity
Meet your guide in the morning or afternoon at the Belvedere complex, an architectural masterpiece of a bygone aristocratic splendor designed to project a sense of earthly harmony. This terrestrial utopia was founded in the first decades of the 18th century as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history. Among the significant buildings is the grandiose palace of the Upper Belvedere, a masterstroke of Baroque architecture.
The surrounding formal gardens were inspired by classical antiquity. The great water basin in the upper parterre, the tiered fountains and cascades peopled by nymphs and goddesses, the marble statues of gods and heroes, the intricacy of the wrought iron gates still testify to the legacy of Eugene’s significant patronage of the arts.
In the Upper Belvedere, your guide will help you to explore the Baroque elements of the Festive room, and after the one-hour excursion to the grounds and palaces, your guide will give you an introductory hour-and-a-half tour to point out the Art Museum’s highlights, such as David’s well-known canvas “Napoleon on The Great St. Bernhard Pass” from 1801, where propagandist pathos melds with the artist’s fiery boldness. In a different way, Caspar David Friedrich’s atmospheric “Seashore in the Fog” combines romantic introspection with metaphysical symbolism in a sensitively, precisely painted maritime landscape. Austrian painting in the era of Biedermeier is represented by Friedrich von Amerling’s emotive rendering of familial affection in “Rudolf von Arthaber and his Children” (1837) and by Friedrich Waldmüller’s “The Morning of Corpus Christi” (1857), where the realistic reproduction of sunlight is the major compositional means of demonstrating the sacred on earth.
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Included
  • Professional art historian guide
Not included
  • Additional fees: Upper Belvedere: Individual: €15, students & seniors €12.50 If you wish to visit the Lower Belvedere's temporary exhibition after your tour ends, you'll want to purchase a combined ticket to both Upper and Lower Belvedere. Upper & Lower Belvedere and Orangery: Individual: €22, students & seniors €19
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Additional
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 6 people per tour
  • Your guide can help you purchase tickets at the beginning of your walk
Features
Tourism
95% Cultural
90%
Reviews
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David E
5 | 2018-08-12

Wolfgang our guide was excellent. He made it perfectly clear where we were to meet him. It would be helpful to note more clearly that the price of the tickets is not included in the price of the tour. We saw the major works in the vast collection. Wolfgang was very knowledgeable and gave us deep insight into what we were seeing. He also correctly read us and ended the tour when we were overwhelmed by art. We enjoyed having coffee with him. He also made suggestions as to things we should do with our remaining time in Vienna.

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Kelsey Maxine T
5 | 2017-05-14

We learned alot from our guide, Stephan. He explained the differences between the numerous styles of art and shared the history of the different art pieces. He also spoke of the history of Belvedere Palace and how it was built. We really realy enjoyed our tour and found Stephan's passion for history and art infectious.

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Colin B
5 | 2017-04-20

This was a 1-1 guided tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and keen to point out and explain aspects othe history and architecture of the Belvedere complex as well as discussing the collection of paintings housed in the Belvedere. My Guide was good company and relaxed. I would highly recommend it

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