The Belvider consists of two palaces, the Lower Belvidere, and the Upper Belvidere, which is separated by the Lower by about half a mile of formal gardens. The Prince built the Lower first as a residence and then the Upper, which he used primarily for entertaining. While the Upper Belvidere has a splendid main hall, unusually decorated with mural so an ostrich and a hyena, most of the eamining rooms are very stark. By contrast, the Lower Belvedere is much more intereting, intimate, and cozy if a palace can be said to be cozy. The tromp-le-oeil ceilings, fantasy paintwork and intricate stonework make ti the architectual gem of the two, although it is outwardly less imposing.
like most of the publicly open palaces, the Belvedere also houses a n=musum collection, in this case consisting of Medieval ("Gothic") and Baroque art in the Lower and "Modern" Art in Upper. I found the Belvedie's collection the most enjoyable and lively of any of the art galleries we visited. The Baroque collection has numerous fine portraits, including the David "Napoleon" revioulsy mentioned, and is enlivened by a collection of grotesque and humorus busts by sculptor Franz Xavier Messerschmit. The Upper collection includes a great number of "Biedermeyer" period pieces by Waldmueller and others, which I like for their naturalism and realism, showing the people and places of the country as they then were. Upper Belvedere also has one of the better Klimt collections, including "The Kiss", possibly his best known work, and several others, plus works by Egon Schiele, and sculptures by Rodin, among many others.