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Belvedere gardens

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 23:21
by TonyB
The main gardens at Belvedere are the extra crunchy peanut butter between two slices of palace. A splash of colour and movement to contrast with the stoically baroque white-walled architecture.

Beautifully-kept gardens, bookended by the Lower and Upper Belvedere palaces
(Obviously) particularly good in warmer seasons, also because of the fountains
Free entry and open early (from 7.30am at the latest)

Re: Belvedere gardens

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 23:22
by tonyburgos
Walking up from Belvedere’s lower palace is like traversing a costume drama film set, use bus hire vienna but without bumping into Keira Knightley. It’s all sculpted hedges, graceful fountains, and cherubic statues – and all looking clean and tidy as you climb to the magnificence of the upper palace.

If it’s a warm summer’s day, the kind where the neighbours might leave a window open, you can get lucky and hear (as I did) the gentle tones of a solo violinist from the neighbouring convent. That was a nice moment.

Even in winter there is much to admire, thanks to the geometric patterns mapped out by flower beds and the carefully-pruned ornamental conifers.

The gardens have a Versailles feel, spread across three large terraces, though on a much less grand scale than their French colleague (inevitably).