Art collection from the Middle Ages to the present
The unique overall ensemble with the two palaces of Upper and Lower Belvedere and the extensive garden is one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in the world. In the 18th century, the Austrian military commander Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt to build him a summer residence. The entire complex was handed down to Maria Theresa of Austria after Prince Eugene’s death who made the Upper Belvedere the exhibition venue for the imperial collections - making it one of the first public museums in the world. The Marble Hall offers an incomparable view of Vienna; important historical events took place here. In the Lower Belvedere, originally the residence of Prince Eugene, you’ll find a number of splendid exhibitions.
Today, the Belvedere in Vienna is one of the world’s leading museums. The famous art collection includes works from as far back as the Middle Ages right up to the present. Austrian artwork is presented in an international context across three locations. The world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings (including Kiss and Judith) as well as prominent works of the Viennese Biedermeier, the Austrian Baroque, the epoch of Vienna around 1900 and French Impressionism are just some of the highlights.