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Belvedere Palace, Vienna


Built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy in the early 18th century, the Belvedere Palace Complex is situated quite close to the centre of Vienna. Other landmarks such as the Karlskirche and the Opera are only a short walk away and many countries have chosen to locate their embassies in the vicinity.


The photos above, taken on a visit this September, show the largest and most grandiose building in the complex - the Upper Belvedere. And, yes, there is also a Lower Belvedere, which is depicted in the next photo.


It was closed for renovation work when we were there, as was the rest of the site further down (which includes an Orangery).

The open space between the Upper and Lower Palaces is occupied by formal gardens, featuring fountains and a range of sculptures - some of them quite odd.


The shot above shows the view towards the centre of Vienna. You might just be able to make out the spire of the cathedral (the Stephansdom) in the middle of the photo.

BV_PHOTO7Next door to the Belvedere Complex (and accessible via a side gate) lies Vienna University's botanical garden. It is not huge, but offers a pleasant space for a walk. Below is a shot of parts of its succulents collection.


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