I think I am in heaven. Walking through these gold filigree-laden halls with amazing frescos that make me dizzy every time I look up, the Belvedere Art Museum in Vienna is definitely one for the Art lovers! Vienna generally is very picturesque, and it was such a pleasure to be there in summer, where the sun wakes you up gently at 4.30am (so if you need to sleep keep those blinds shut!) and goes down at 9pm in May (so the evenings are always fun!).
I really wanted to see the place where the Sound of Music was filmed, and from whence the story came, but there just wasn’t enough time! So instead, my lovely colleagues Tatiana, Kevina and myself decided to spend a few hours at the Museum! And what better than an art museum with some really famous paintings – sadly I have never been that good at art and my art teacher had even told me it would be better if I dropped it and did music instead!
Trains are pretty affordable around the city, and the museum, despite being buzzing full, was majestic with its two houses; the upper and the lower palaces. The two Belvedere palaces were built in the early eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt to be used as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). One of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks, this ensemble – comprising the Upper and Lower Belvedere and an extensive garden – is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We had gone to see specifically the artistry of Gustav Klimt , known for his gold leaf paintings. I cannot say we were dissapointed – our breath was taken away by his ultra-modern paintings from the early 1900s! My favourite is THE KISS, which I stood there and stared at for a long time!
Are you off to Vienna soon? I highly recommend visiting this artistic grandeur! https://www.belvedere.at/