Belvedere Palace & Museum: A World-Class Art Collection in an Aristocratic Utopia

2.5 to 3 Hours

Experience an Architectural Wonder of the Baroque Era

Explore Art Masterpieces by Klimt, Schiele, Rodin & Van Gogh

Your guide, an expert in the history of art and architecture, leads you on a journey of discovery through the formal gardens and lavish summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy – one of the most successful military commanders of all time. The palace and grounds are at once a masterstroke of Baroque landscaping and design, and a testimony to Eugene’s patronage of the arts, which continued beyond his death when the Belvedere became one of the first public museums in the world, now home to a world-class art collection, featuring masterpieces from Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh.

Stroll through the formal gardens and learn the significance of features inspired by classical antiquity, including the great water basin, the tiered fountains, the marble statues, and ornate wrought iron gates.

Visit Belvedere Palace - a marvel of Baroque design and architecture - and gain insight into the ways in which the prince's splendid summer residence reflected the tastes and fashions of the day.

Admire important masterpieces by Klimt, Schiele, Rodin, Monet, van Gogh, and more in the Belvedere Museum's world-class art collection - with exhibition highlights introduced by your knowledgeable guide, an expert art and architecture historian.

Tour Details


Private tour – $450 USD (1-10 persons)
*your guide all to yourself

Small groups – $140 USD per person
*still intimate with 8 persons or less

Departure time

Private tours daily at 10:00 AM and 2 PM


Small groups

  • Monday 2 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM
  • Friday 2 PM
  • Saturday 10:00 AM

Meeting point

Private tours include a pick-up at your central hotel or flat


Small groups: Ticket office of Upper Belvedere Palace, Prinz Eugen-Street, 1030 Vienna, Austria




Private tours: 3 hours


Small groups: 2.5 hours

Group size

Private tours: 1-10 persons
Groups of over 10 should contact us at in order to get a special rate for their party.


Small groups: 2-8 persons

Participation requirements

As this is a walking tour, please contact us if you have any mobility issues or concerns

Not included

Upper Belvedere:

  • Individual: €21,50
  • Students & seniors: €17,90
  • Children and youth up to 18: free

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.

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Cash or credit card for the Museum entrance fee

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Cancellation policy

For cancellations 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour, Insight Cities offers a full refund. We cannot refund cancellations within 48 hours of a scheduled tour as we need to pay our guide.


A guide speaks to visitors outside the palace.

Belvedere Palace, an 18th-century architectural masterpiece
The Belvedere complex is an architectural masterpiece of 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, the commander-in-chief of the Austrian army and one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history.
During our tour, we explore the formal gardens, the Upper Belevedere, and the museum, with the option of visiting the Lower Belvedere’s temporary exhibition and the Orangery at your own pace – depending on ticket type.

Belvedere Palace with a fountain and gardens in front.

The Formal Gardens
Our Belvedere Palace walking tour begins in the formal gardens, where your expert historian guide shares insight into highlights including the great water basin in the upper parterre, the tiered fountains and cascades populated by nymphs and goddesses, the marble statues of gods and heroes, and the intricate wrought iron gates. Inspired by classical antiquity, Belvedere Palace’s gardens testify to the legacy of Prince Eugene’s dedicated patronage of the Arts.

Entrance hall to Belvedere Palace.The Upper Belvedere and the Prince’s Summer Residence
Among the most significant buildings of its time, the grandiose palace of the Upper Belvedere is a masterstroke of Baroque architecture. With your knowledgeable guide to lead the way, explore the Prince’s summer residence and learn how the elegant sala terrena, grand staircase, majestic marble hall, and the chapel illustrate both his own personal tastes and the artistic considerations of the day.
After Eugene’s death, the complex continued to play a significant role in Austrian culture and history. Inspired by the notion of enlightened absolutism, the Belvedere became one of the first public museums in the world with the aim of making the Habsburgs’ imperial collection accessible to the general public.

Visitors pose in front of sculpture.

The Belvedere Museum
Following our 1-hour walk through the gardens and palace, our tour moves on to a 1.5-hour visit of the Belvedere Museum. The museum exhibits a world-class compilation of Austrian and international masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the present day, including items from the Austrian National Gallery. During your visit, your expert guide – an art and architecture historian – shares the secrets of treasured artworks by renowned artists including Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh, to name but a few.
Pieces include acclaimed paintings from Gustav Klimt’s golden period such as The Kiss, Judith and the Head of Holofernes, landscapes from the Attersee series, and other sophisticated portraits of high society ladies. As a counterpoint, the dramatic and contorted style of Klimt’s younger colleague, Egon Schiele, evokes the unfolding trauma of the First World War in a profoundly autobiographical manner.
Besides Klimt’s and Schiele’s great canvasses representing fin de siècle Vienna’s avant-gardism, you’ll encounter Jacques-Louis David’s well-known Napoleon on The Great St. Bernard Pass (1801), where the artist’s propagandist pathos blends with his fiery boldness. In a different way, Caspar David Friedrich’s atmospheric Wanderer above the Sea of Fog is a masterpiece of the Romantic movement, sensitively combining introspection with metaphysical symbolism.

Good to Know
Cascade fountains in front of Belvedere Palace.
  • Please remember to wait until the beginning of your walk to purchase your tickets for the Belvedere in the company of your guide.  
  • 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.


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