Vienna has stunning architecture and pretty parks. The Belvedere Palace and Gardens are a wonderful example of both. The Baroque palaces of the Upper and Lower Belvedere are set in a landscape that makes you feel like you’re in a costume movie set.
What makes the gardens of Belvedere Palace so special?
The French style gardens are a fabulous example of late Baroque garden design. The main garden is divided into three large terraces where everything is symmetrical: the parterres of flowers, fountains, steps, hedges and statues.
It’s worth walking up to the garden in front of the Upper Belvedere, too (that’s where the main entrance is, by the way), as the building’s façade is reflected in a large pool that’s a spectacular sight day and night.
The palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy.
The designer of the gardens was Dominique Girard, who studied under André Le Nôtre, the landscape architect of Versailles Palace. You can expect quite some similarity, though the gardens of Versailles are much more enormous. (Austrian emperors weren’t beheaded on the other hand.)
The gardens are open to the public and free to visit today. The palaces host art exhibitions, the most famous piece is probably The Kiss by Gustav Klimt in the Upper Belvedere.
The whole Belvedere complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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