Belvedere Palace 3-Hour Small Group History Tour in Vienna: World-Class Art in an Aristocratic Utopia
Discover Belvedere complex on a 3 hour history tour with a scholar guide and familiarize yourself with architectural masterpiece of a bygone aristocratic splendor. After your 2 hour excursion through the grounds and palaces, your guide will give you an introductory hour to point out the world-class Art Museum’s highlights.
The Belvedere complex is 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 c. as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history. Among the significant buildings of the 18th c., the grandiose palace of the Upper Belvedere is a masterstroke of Baroque architecture while 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, while in the Lower Belvedere, we’ll discuss the art historical features of the Marble Hall, the Marble Gallery and the Gold Cabinet.