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Belvedere Gardens, Vienna

Belvedere Gardens, Vienna

Bookended on both sides by the Lower and Upper Belvedere Palaces, the Belvedere Gardens are a link between the two, sometimes jokingly described as the “extra crunchy peanut butter layer between two palatial slices” or a splash of color contrasting the stoically Baroque white-walled architecture.

While the gardens are in Vienna, they have a very much Versailles feel to it, spread across three large terraces, though on a much lesser scale than its French counterpart. The gardens were laid out in traditional French style by Dominique Girard, who had received formal training in Versailles, and were the first part of the Belvedere complex whose construction started in 1700 right after Prince Eugene had purchased the land. The gardens weren’t completed until the 1720s however, largely because the man who put in the foundations for the main fountain left early on a Friday with a promise to come back the following week to finish things off, but never did.

Originally, the gardens had wonderful geometric patterns mapped out by flower beds and the carefully-pruned ornamental conifers, plus an exquisite statuary. At some point, the prince added there a zoo. Most of the statuary has survived the centuries, but the intricately patterned flower beds haven't unfortunately. Eventually, the gardens have enjoyed a resurgence and are now neatly trimmed, although not fully recreating their formal outlook of the past days.

Still, they are beautifully-kept and have much to admire, even in winter. Thousands of plants are found here within the space of less than one acre, while the pools and graceful fountains give a glimmer of the original grandeur. The sculpted hedges and cherubic statues are all looking clean and tidy. The area also houses the Alpine garden and a garden of the University of Vienna. Free and open to the public, this area is an absolute must-see for those who love gardens.

Tip:
Particularly good in warmer seasons, in part because of the operating fountains.
There are plenty of hidden spaces to sit down and rest for a while – shaded, quiet and just what you need after a walk around the garden.
Most people focus on the terraced area between the two palaces, but go round the Upper Belvedere to find a small lake – the southernmost point is the place to take an iconic photo. The water reflects the front of the palace and looks particularly spectacular at night, even more so when the Christmas market occupies the palace forecourt.

Opening Hours:
Free entry. The gates open at 6:30am or 7:30am at the latest and close between 5:30pm and 9pm, depending on the season.
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Sight Name: Belvedere Gardens
Sight Location: Vienna, Austria
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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