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Vienna: Entrance Tickets for Belvedere

1. Vienna: Entrance Tickets for Belvedere

The Belvedere in Vienna is one of the leading museums worldwide. Its famous art collection includes works ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. The unique complex, with its two palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere and extensive gardens, is one of the most stunning Baroque architectural marvels in the world. Highlights include the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings as well as prominent works from the periods of Viennese Biedermeier, Austrian Baroque, Vienna around 1900, and French Impressionism. Now, for the first time in decades, the museum will once again host large-scale special exhibitions that you can admire on your visit. In the 18th century, the Austrian general Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the renowned Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt to build the complex. After the death of Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresa acquired the entire complex and transformed the Upper Belvedere into an exhibition venue for the imperial collections – making it one of the first public museums in the world. The Lower Belvedere, formerly the residence of Prince Eugene, is home to illustrious exhibitions. The modern pavilion of the Belvedere 21, by architect Karl Schwanzer, is a stage for contemporary art. The Baroque gardens of the Belvedere rank among the most beautiful in the world. The main garden is situated between the Lower and the Upper Belvedere and extends over three large terraces. The Belvedere park is also home to the Botanical Garden and the oldest Alpine garden in Europe.

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Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

2. Vienna: Private City Highlights Walking Tour with Pickup

Begin your tour by meeting your private guide right outside where you're staying. Start exploring Vienna's old town and collect local tips as you go. Dive into Vienna's history and get acquainted with the must-see sights. Stroll down Ringstrasse and admire the opulence of the State Opera and the Hofburg Palace. Gaze up at the impressive spire and dazzling rooftop of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Learn more about the Austrian's capital's culture and its global influence. Pass by its famous coffee houses. See where famous historical figures lived, from the Habsburgs to Mozart.

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Vienna: City Bus Tour and Schönbrunn Palace

3. Vienna: City Bus Tour and Schönbrunn Palace

Get your bearings and see Vienna's top attractions on one sightseeing tour. Board your comfortable bus, sit back, and start exploring the historical city center. Discover the Ringstrasse and its architectural masterpieces, such as the State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, and Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theater). Marvel at state institutions such as the City Hall and the Austrian Parliament Building. Disembark to enter the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburgs, Schönbrunn Palace. Avoid the ticket lines and spend more time wandering through its 22 state rooms.

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Vienna: Best of in 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

4. Vienna: Best of in 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

Did you know that Vienna's town hall was built using some 30 million bricks? You set the pace with your-well-informed guide as you tour some of the prime real estate in Vienna. Let your head spin as you scan the intricacies of St. Stephen's Cathedral, or step inside St. Peter's Church with its fantastic murals and domed gilded roof. In Vienna, the options come at you rapid-fire: Hofburg Palace, memorials to Strauss and Beethoven, the state opera house, and more. For the climax, use your skip-the line tickets and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site Schoenbrunn Palace and imagine riding Lipizzaner stallions among its hallowed gardens. You can extend your tour by 1 hour and add the nearby Belvedere Palace as well, housing one of Austria's most valuable art collections – with key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

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Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

5. Highlights of Vienna: Private Bike Tour with Licensed Guide

Get your bearings at the famous Anker Clock, the first stop on this guided bike tour. Admire historical buildings on the way to jaw-dropping St. Stephan’s Cathedral. A bit further, thrill to the sight of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Column of Trinity. Don't fall off! The next stops on this architectural scavenger hunt are the University of Vienna and the stunning Rathaus, chockablock with historial facts. Continue your mobile adventure at the Hofburg Imperial Palace and its amazing complex of highly recognizable structures. Feel like a diva as you rock the Vienna State Opera on this fab 2-hour tour with live commentary. In the 4-hour option, your guide will take you also to Karlsplatz, and labyrinthine Belvedere Palace. Return to drop-off via the canal, where you'll be confronted with the ghost of Johann Strauss - don't worry, it's only a monument. Or steel yourself for the 6-hour option with the perenially popular Schoenbrunn Palace. This magnificent residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park and gardens surrounding the palace make Schönbrunn a unique combination of Baroque style and joyful nature.

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Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

6. Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts

Explore the many histories of Vienna on an insightful 3-hour walking tour in the company of published authors, professors or historians. Meet your guide at at Café Griensteidl on Michaelerplatz to look at the imperial palace of the Hofburg, site of power in the imperial city since the 13th century. Admire the Loos House by Austrian architect Adolf Loos, before going to the Kohlmarkt and Graben, Vienna’s most fashionable shopping districts. Your guide will point out the plague column, a baroque church, and grand buildings in different architectural styles along the way. Learn about the tripartite burials of the Habsburgs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Go to a humble Capuchin church to see the sarcophagi of Vienna’s rulers, and marvel at the silver urns in St. Augustine’s Church. At the edge of the inner city, discover remnants of the 12th-century city walls, built to protect Vienna from the Ottoman Empire. Tour the grand boulevard of the Ringstrasse, built when the city walls were destyoyed. Continue to Schwarzenbergplatz to admire the memorial to Russian soldiers that died liberating Vienna from the Nazis. Take a quick detour to Belvedere Palace, before getting views of the Naschmarkt and golden dome of the Secession building in Karlsplatz. Finally, weave your way through the Museums Quartier and Maria Theresien Platz, home to Vienna’s largest concentration of museums.

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Belvedere: World-Class Art & Aristocratic Utopias Tour

7. Belvedere: World-Class Art & Aristocratic Utopias Tour

Spend 2.5 hours with a guide exploring one of the most significant buildings of the 18th century. The grandiose palace of the Upper Belvedere is a masterstroke of Baroque architecture, surrounded by formal gardens inspired by classical antiquity. The prince’s private apartments eloquently illustrate the taste of the owner and the artistic achievements of his time. In the Upper Belvedere, your guide will point out the Baroque elements of the Festive room, while in the Lower Belvedere, you’ll be able to admire the artistic features of the Marble Hall, the Marble Gallery, and the Gold Cabinet. Today the Belvedere Museum is home to a world-class collection of Austrian and international paintings from the Middle Ages to the present day, including important items from the Austrian National Gallery. The collection includes masterpieces by Jacques Louis David, Caspar David Friedrich, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Giuseppe Segantini, and Vincent van Gogh. After the tour of the grounds and palaces, your guide will spend an hour pointing out the Art Museum’s highlights. These include David’s Napoleon on the Great St. Bernard Pass, Klimt's Judith, and Caspar David Friedrich’s Seashore in the Fog, among others.

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Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

8. Skip the Line: Schönbrunn Palace & Vienna City Tour

Benefit from the advantages of this tour and skip the queues at Schönbrunn Palace! Get an overall impression of the most significant historical sights in Vienna! By bus, the tour will take you along the Ringstraße, home to numerous architectural gems such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History with its world-famous collection, the Habsburg Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Discover the museum quarter, the Hofburg Palace (the Emperors' winter residence), the Austrian Parliament, the City Hall, and the Court Theater. The highlight of your visit is a guided tour through the halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence that hosted Maria Theresa, amongst others. 

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Vienna: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

9. Vienna: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

Make the most of your time in Vienna on this private sightseeing tour and enjoy the freedom to customize the itinerary to suit your interests. The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in a private vehicle and heads off on your exploration of the city. As you drive through Vienna, listen to your driver’s fascinating commentary about the city’s history, architecture, culture, and local life. Along the way, admire the city’s iconic landmarks including Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the Vienna State Opera. Hop out of the car at the sights that interest you most, and go inside to explore at your own pace. Although your driver is not licensed to accompany you inside, they can provide plenty of fascinating facts and interesting stories before you visit. At the end of the tour, enjoy drop-off at your hotel, accompanied by a better understanding of Vienna’s history and landmarks, as well as tips and recommendations to enhance your visit.

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Vienna: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

10. Vienna: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

Take a walk through the historical center of Vienna on a private 3-hour tour, and see all the main monuments while you hear the history of the city. Following a pick-up from your hotel (or other location on arrangement), stroll - or use the public transport system - to the Hofburg Palace, the imperial residence of the Habsburg Empire. Discover the city’s grand squares and courtyards of the Old Town. Stroll down the famous Graben, and admire the façades of handsome buildings and monuments such as the Pestsäule, built by Emperor Leopold I following the Great Plague of Vienna. Walk down the elegant Kohlmarkt, and look in the windows of fashionable boutiques. Pass the legendary Demel pastry shop, and stop outside St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Next, see the splendid buildings of the Ringstraße, including the Austrian Parliament, Imperial Court Theater, City Hall, University, and Vienna State Opera House. See the Museum of Art History and Museum of Natural History. Continue to the Belvedere Palace to see the baroque summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Get a beautiful view over the city from the park. 

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What people are saying about Belvedere Palace

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Everything was well organized down to the smallest detail. The guide was really great and explained everything very well. I will definitely book through GetYourGide again on our next tour.

The Belvedere is a beautiful building in gorgeous gardens and the exhibits are well curated- nicely dispersed. The Klimt are breathtaking. Excellent coffee shop

If you want to have an overview at the beginning of a trip to Vienna, you should definitely take this tour. Highly recommended, well organized.

Very informative and strongly recommended for non locals visiting vienna.

Highly recommended, especially with children as you get driven around.