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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    Mondays and Fridays -- 2:00 PM , Wednesdays and Saturdays -- 09:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Belvedere Palace, Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Discover the Belvedere complex on a two-and-a-half-hour history tour with a scholar guide and familiarize yourself with an architectural masterpiece of a bygone aristocratic splendor. After the one-hour excursion to the grounds and palaces, your guide will give you an introductoryhour-and-a-halftour to point out the Art Museums highlights.


Small group ensures personal service

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Fully narrated tour

Choice of morning or afternoon departure

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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 Eugenes 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 Museums highlights, such as Davids well-known canvas Napoleon on The Great St. Bernhard Pass from 1801, where propagandist pathos melds with the artists fiery boldness. In a different way, Caspar David Friedrichs 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 Amerlings emotive rendering of familial affection in Rudolf von Arthaber and his Children (1837) and by Friedrich Waldmllers The Morning of Corpus Christi (1857), where the realistic reproduction of sunlight is the major compositional means of demonstrating the sacred on earth.


Professional art historian guide


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

Entry/Admission - Belvedere Schlossgarten

Entry/Admission - Belvedere Museum

Additional Info

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

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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  • 21-Oct-2022

    Our guide, Ilse, was punctual, accommodating, interesting and so passionate. She made the history and art come alive and really applicable to our personal histories and the impact of the times, people and events that shape us. I learned things I did not know and I studied art history. I cannot recommend Ilse or this tour enough. Deeply touching. Incredible place and history, wonderful guide.

  • 11-Oct-2022

    Suzanne was excellent - smart, engaged and perfect English! She helped us appreciate what we were seeing and also offered helpful suggestions for the rest of our trip in Vienna.

  • 29-Aug-2022

    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about Belvedere. We toured the ground for about 45 minutes. Then we moved to the indoor area. A lot of time was devoted in admiring / analyzing the art works inside the museum. I believe it would be more suitable for people who are very into art. This was not what I had expected so was somewhat disappointed.

  • 29-Aug-2022

    Annelie is a great guide. She is very knowledgeable in Greek & Roman ethimologies, Art nouveau & modern art. She made her visit very pleasant.

  • 01-Aug-2022

    2.5 hours flew by very fast! The tour was captivating! Annelie in-depth knowledge of not only art history but also details about people and political climate at the time, made Belvedere Palace came alive! Wonderful, expressive, storyteller! We had a great time and a memorable experience. Thank you!

  • 01-Aug-2022

    My family of four had a great tour of the upper Belvedere palace and its gardens by Anelie, a passionate and very informative guide. Anelie shared with us a great deal of history facts about the palace, its owners and the history of Vienna through the last 900 years, while also explaining the significance of diverse art work. We highly recommend this tour!

  • 24-May-2022

    We did two tours through Insight Cities -- the Belvedere small group tour with Katarina and the Jewish Vienna tour with Annelie. Both tours were excellent, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any tour that Insight offers. Both of our guides were extremely knowledgeable, with advanced degrees in history or other relevant subjects. Flawless English, personable, and able to go "off script" and answer questions on just about anything. And the owner of the company was lovely to deal with when we had an issue about dates for our tour -- highly responsive and thoughtful. We've done small group tours in most European cities, and these were some of the best we've ever had!

  • 22-May-2022

    Suzanne provided an excellent tour. The first half of the tour focused on the grounds and gardens around the palace. Suzanne has a real passion for landscape design of this type and was able to explain the zoo and other aspects of the grounds in the context of the culture at that time. The second half of the tour, of the palace and its artwork, was also very educational.

  • 30-Apr-2022

    Gustav Klimt was for us the favorite part of the experience. Our guide could tell a lot about him . We had a perfect tour with our guide Annelie. She gave us a lot of information about the history, the art and the gardens of this beautiful palace. She gave us the opportunity to ask questions. We really appreciated the private tiur with two persons.

  • 10-Mar-2022

    This is a must tour in Vienna!!! From history to art history to art itself it was sooo informative, with sense of humor also. We took similar tours in Rome and Paris in art museums and this tour was as good if not better then what we have experienced before . We loved that our tour guide started with gardens and history and then continued to art . I will do this again when visiting with my other son. We stayed after the tour and visited lower Belvedere, there was Dali/Freud exhibit so it was a plus, but having a guide in upper Belvedere was absolutely best decision we could have made.

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