Having recently fallen in love with Vienna, our very last day was spent at the Upper and Lower Belvedere Palace, as well as the stables (Orangerie) and Menagerie. The Upper Belvedere is where Waldmuller's largest collection lives. His portraiture left me breathless. Makes me, the lowly non-portraiture painter take up some serious time, maybe in the October retreat at Capon Springs with the Firnew Farm Artists Circle, to paint a portrait - maybe, albeit a daunting quest. See the link, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller | Belvedere palace and museum Vienna
The day began in search of the final collection of Klimt in Vienna, after seeing Beethoven's at the Seccession, The Albertina and The Leopold's collection, we gleaned an awful lot about how Klimt became the first president of the Seccession and how his peacefulness at his Austrian lakehouse depicted such deep quiet, then changed into his more 'modern' works, as in Woman in Gold. However, finding Walmüller at The Belvedere was just one of many equisite collections of Austrian Art.
The music, operas and art of this elegant city makes this a #1 destination for me. Given that Austrian Air flies direct non-stop from Washington Dulles is another efficient reason to give Vienna a vote!