The Belvedere at twilight – Travel Photo Mondays


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The Belvedere at twilight – a photo essay – Travel Photo Mondays

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The Belevedere at twilight - Travel Photo Mondays

The Belvedere at twilight – Travel Photo Mondays

 There’s nothing like going visiting a new city for the first time and seeing an amazing monument or attraction. This was a wonderful entry to visiting this stunning Baroque capital in Austria and seeing the Belvedere palace for the first time. My hotel, the Hotel Savoyen Vienna was just down the block from the palace, so it was the perfect first destination visiting Vienna.  Seeing that evening was quickly approaching, I headed out quickly to the Belvedere entry gate before they closed the gates of the palace and it was already past 6pm.

Whew, I barely made it to the entrance in time….but from what I was able to quicky see and experience walking around the grounds of the Belvedere was totally breathtaking. It definitely was a wonderful first impression of Vienna with all the colorful fall foliage framing these animated statues, gardens and the palace grounds below.

Animated sculpture at the The Belevedere palace

Animated sculpture at the The Belvedere palace


I knew Vienna was grand, but my first impression with all the baroque beauty surrounding the palace left me speechless, while I silently walked around in awe of all the beautiful sculpture, gardens and baroque architecture of the Belvedere. Even though the palace museums were closing, I was able to enjoy a private tour of the gardens – the quiet moments and lack of tourists made the experience even more precious, devoid of the typical tourist vibe you get when visiting a popular attraction like the Belvedere.

The skies were suddenly turning these pastel colored hues of pinks and purples, enveloping the lush grounds and dominant sculptures gracing the formal terraces. The palaces of the upper and lower Belvedere and adjunct buildings looked impressive, luxurious and as grand as I envisioned Vienna to be. The formal baroque architecture, sculpture and gardens all seemed to fit so perfectly together and create a cohesive complex of buildings. At the time of imperial rule in Vienna, the Hapsburg dynasty created so many stunning and grand palaces, civic buildings and public art for the aristocracy and the citizens of Vienna to enjoy a long Hapsburg rule over most of Europe and Eastern Europe.




Fall glory at The Belevedere palace

Fall glory at The Belvedere palace

A fall garden at Belvedere

With fall time in Vienna, all the colorful ochres, reds and oranges were bursting out everywhere from the maples, fall foliage trees and shrubs throughout the gardens, adding some brilliant color during a typically quiet time frame for these gardens. Even with limited flowers and annuals, the gardens were dazzling and wonderful to visit this late in the day. An added plus was seeing these brilliant skies illuminating the Belvedere palace in the background.


Beautiful sculpture and gardens at The Belevedere palace

Beautiful sculpture and gardens at The Belvedere palace

 Baroque fantasy figures


Ornate sculpture in the Belvedere gardens

Ornate sculpture in the Belvedere gardens

Water features shine at the Belvedere


Animated sculpture of Children at the Belvedere gardens in Vienna

Animated sculpture of Children at the Belvedere gardens in Vienna



Sunset at Belvedere


Sunset skies at the Belvedere garden in Vienna

Sunset skies at the Belvedere garden in Vienna



Finally the evening glow covers the skies above Vienna. They quickly turn the the skies A warm evening color of dusky pinks and oranges, even though I could not located the sunset, it’s still so beautiful seeing these skies against the palace, don’t you agree? It was a very brief first visit to Vienna and the Belvedere palace, I really enjoyed this first impression of Vienna. I knew this cultured city would be filled with so much art, culture and history along with so much to see and do daily. Please stay tuned for some wonderful photo tours and other adventures in Vienna in my upcoming posts.


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36 Responses to The Belvedere at twilight – Travel Photo Mondays

  1. Dave October 23, 2014 at 12:33 am #

    These pictures are very very very beautiful. What an incredible setting!

  2. Lily Lau October 17, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Your photos are spectacular, you’re such a professional! 🙂

  3. Michelle da Silva Richmond September 21, 2014 at 2:03 am #

    Gorgeous photos and great overview of this beautiful city!

  4. Michelle September 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    Belvedere looks incredible! I must visit Vienna. Your photos are made all that much more beautiful by the colored leaves.

  5. Sue Reddel September 18, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Lovely photos as always Noel. I visited the Belvedere a few years ago in the summer it was breathtaking. Your autumn photos are really spectacular.

  6. Lily Lau September 18, 2014 at 4:05 am #

    Amazing photos, Noel… the statues look so alive that we’re disturbing them taking photos!

  7. travelnwrite September 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Oh, Noel, your photos always are so good that I feel like I am taking a stroll right along with you, no matter where you ‘take me’ in the world!

    • Noel September 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

      Thanks so much that really made my day, I appreciate the comment!

  8. Carol aka Traveller September 17, 2014 at 5:27 am #

    Our recent visit to the Belvedere was in the rain so it’s lovely to see your photos of it minus the rain and with all the autumn colours.

  9. facile et beau - Gusta September 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    I love this kind of light. It makes all so warm. Great pics without tourists 🙂
    I have to there, too.

  10. Rajesh September 16, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    Excellent photography of sculptures.

  11. Corinne September 15, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Noel, I haven’t made it to Belvedere yet…someday. My favorite photo is your last one with the yellows and oranges of the sunset. Gorgeous!

  12. Cindy September 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I haven’t gotten to Vienna yet – looks like another spot I must add to my list. Will we be seeing pictures from inside the palace as well.

    • Noel September 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      I would have love to take interior shots, but they are not allowed on any Austrian owned properties unfortunately.

  13. Suzanne Stavert September 15, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    I have been to Austria years ago, I guess it is time to go back! Lovely photos!

  14. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go September 15, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    Wow! It’s not hard to picture oneself transported back in time and strolling about the grounds when I see your amazing photos. The artistry and baroque architecture are stunning and I love your photos with the spectacular fall foliage in the background. Well done!

  15. Shelley September 15, 2014 at 3:38 am #

    Beautiful photos! I visited Vienna and Belvedere Palace 25 years ago, and your photos bring back memories of that beautiful place.

  16. Jackie September 15, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    I want to go back to Vienna, we only spent a day or two there. These are lovely photos.

  17. Rajlakshmi September 15, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    woww the statues are absolutely fabulous.

  18. Muza-chan September 14, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    Love the warm light…

  19. Marilyn Armstrong September 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Love the lion lady warrior! Very cool 🙂

  20. jesh StG September 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Wien (Vienna) is like Berlin – so much architecture and art, good eating places, cultural activities and great shopping for clothes – oh, I wanna go again!

  21. The GypsyNesters September 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Theyare all very nice, but the sunset photo really stands out. Fantastic!

  22. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru September 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Noel, your photography makes the setting even more breathtaking, perfect time of day. I found the Belvedere gardens to be so reminiscent of Versailles. Overall, Vienna’s grandeur was just over the top. What a world it must have been back then!

  23. Briona September 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I loved Vienna, and Belvedere was absolutely stunning, but seeing your photos makes me wish I’d seen it at sunset. Gorgeous.

  24. Dennis Kopp September 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    It’s a great thing that you made the 6pm entrance time to the Belvedere, Noel! It really seems you not only caught the right time, but also the right season for your photos. Vienna is definitely grand, I was surprised about that as well, but in the autumn colors and soft light, everything appears to be even more breathtaking. What a perfect first destination in Vienna… 🙂

  25. Pat September 14, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    The belvedere is absolutely magnificent! I liked the autumn colors in the background and all the statues on the grounds.

  26. Patti September 14, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    The fall colors and the sunsets are lovely. You’ve just given me another must see place to visit!

  27. Marisol@TravelingSolemates September 14, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Hi Noel, I’m so happy to virtually get a tour of Belvedere through your post. I visited Schonbrunn and Hofburg Palaces but missed Belvedere when I was Vienna. Although you didn’t get to see the museum, I think it was a blessing that you get to enjoy the garden without the hordes of tourist. And what such beauty to see it during fall. The palace and the statues with the foliage in the background and the time of the day you shot made the scenes look very magical. Sublime photos.

  28. Michele Peterson (@atastefortravel) September 14, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    That’s a beautiful shot of Belvedere with the glowing sky behind the palace. Those gardens looks very expansive so I bet you must have been moving quickly to cover as much ground and capture as many great shots as you did before the sun set completely. 🙂 It’s now on my must-visit list!


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