Lower Belvedere

Upper Belvedere 1

After a long-but-not-long-enough visit to Upper Belvedere, I made the 15-minute walk past the sphinxes and through the formal garden to Lower Belvedere.  There was a small Monet exhibition in the Orangery, but Lower Belvedere’s interiors were the main attraction.

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The Gold Cabinet.  Photo from Belvedere Website.

This room is called “The Gold Cabinet.”  Massive mirrors on opposing walls make it seem as if the room goes on forever.  The above link leads to wonderful  360° panoramas of this and a couple of other Belvedere rooms.


It had been a rewarding day.  I left Belvedere and walked a few cold, wet blocks to GmoaKeller, a restaurant that can trace its roots back to 1858, which is famous for traditional Viennese fare.  My starter was the best potato and mushroom soup I’ve ever eaten.

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