Wouldn’t you like to watch Kate Winslet building the gardens of Versailles while you sit in a baroque privy garden? Of course you would. Which is reason enough to visit Belvedere’s Kino im Kammergarten…
- Open-air cinema in the privy garden of Lower Belvedere Palace
- Many films are in English or with English subtitles
- 2019 dates: daily screenings from Aug 1-25
- You just need a normal entrance ticket or pass for Lower Belvedere
- See also: Belvedere Palace tickets & visitor info
Kino im Kammergarten
Open-air cinema is rather pleasant in summer. And even better when that cinema is some historical space redolent with the scent of baroque opulence and timeless elegance.
(Not sure opulence can have a scent, but you get what I mean.)
Each year in August, Belvedere Museum opens up its baroque privy gardens (Kammergarten) to the majesty of cinema.
And the even better news is that many Kino im Kammergarten films are in English or with English subtitles, so non-locals can enjoy the experience, too.
Here are a few English-language (I think) highlights from the 2019 programme, which has the motto “Grünblick”. I translate this as “a view of green”, which hints at the themes tackled in the selection of films:
- Martin Šulík’s The Garden (Aug 2), the eccentric tale of a young man living in his grandfather’s garden
- Mike Leigh’s Another Year (Aug 3 and Aug 19), nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2011
- Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos (Aug 10), a story of the relationship between Sabine De Barra and André Le Nôtre set against a backdrop of the building of the Gardens of Versailles
- Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtman’s Contract (Aug 11), a murder mystery set in an English country house and gardens
- Simon Aboud’s This Beautiful Fantastic (Aug 12), a romantic drama about a young author obliged to maintain the garden in the house she’s renting
- Andrew Birkin’s The Cement Garden (Aug 16), based on the Ian McEwan novel
- Nigel Cole’s Saving Grace (Aug 20), a comedy about a widow who turns to growing cannabis to stay afloat financially
You’ll find the full programme here.
2019 dates and tickets
The Kammergarten has daily showings from August 1 to August 25, always starting at 9pm (unless the weather forces cancellation). The cinema is free in principle, but, of course, you need a ticket (or a pass) to get into Lower Belvedere.
Incidentally, while the cinema programme is running, the exhibitions in Lower Belvedere and at the Orangerie stay open longer (until 9pm).
There are only 300 places, so it pays to get there early to bag a seat.
How to get to the Kammergarten
You reach the Kammergarten open-air cinema via Lower Belvedere Palace. Go through into the building and there’s access from the right-hand tract once you enter the palace proper.
To get to the palace, see these travel tips for Belvedere.
Address: Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna