The main reason for our visit to the Belvedere was to see the Kiss by Gustav Klimt. We got the tram from the Ringstrasse to the Belvedere stop and then proceeded to purchase our tickets. Despite visiting on a Saturday the place was reasonably quiet and not packed out with visitors.
The upper Belvedere houses the collection held by the Museum and we made our way to the Gustav Klimt pictures, of which there were many. "The Kiss" just blew us away - this has been my favourite painting for many years so to finally see the original was very special. Despite being over 100 years old the painting is remarkable with the colours and glow of the gold. We stood in front of the painting for a good while to take it all in and also popped back several times before leaving the upper Belvedere. We were also fortunate to see Andy Warhols film also called the kiss as part of a joint exhibit.
We enjoyed the Klimt pictures and there were also numerous other paintings that were captivating. Also the paintings and artwork on the actual building was also pretty amazing (especially the marble hall).
We visited the cafe for lunch and then had a good walk in the gardens. It was a beautiful sunny day and the gardens were esquisite. We walked through the gardens from the upper Belvedere to the lower Belevedere and made our way out. The exhibit in the lower Belvedere was not really our cup of tea as it was modern art sculptures and looked pretty weird in comparison to the Klimts!
A must for any visit to Vienna especially if you like art and are a fan of Klimts work
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