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. That’s the kind of experience you might get at 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
- 2021 dates: TBA (typically August)
- You just need a normal entrance ticket or pass for Lower Belvedere
- See also: Belvedere Palace visitor & tickets info
Kino im Kammergarten
(Kino im Kammergarten 2018 “Spirit of 68”. Photo: Franzi Kreis, (c) Belvedere, Wien)
Open-air cinema is rather pleasant in the Vienna summer. And even better when that cinema occupies some historical space redolent with the scent of baroque opulence and timeless elegance.
(Not sure opulence can have a scent, but you know what I mean.)
Typically in August, Belvedere opens up its baroque privy gardens (Kammergarten) to the majesty of the movies.
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.
For example, here are a few English-language (I think) highlights from the 2019 programme, which had 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, the eccentric tale of a young man living in his grandfather’s garden
- Mike Leigh’s Another Year, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2011
- Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, 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, a murder mystery set in an English country house and gardens
- Simon Aboud’s This Beautiful Fantastic, a romantic drama about a young author obliged to maintain the garden in the house she’s renting
- Andrew Birkin’s The Cement Garden, based on the Ian McEwan novel
- Nigel Cole’s Saving Grace, a comedy about a widow who turns to growing cannabis to stay afloat financially
2021 dates and tickets
I don’t have the 2021 dates yet, assuming it goes ahead. But the Kammergarten usually has daily showings through much of August, typically 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 (closed in 2020 for refurbishment, hence no Kammergarten event this year – Belvedere has open-air cinema at its Belvedere 21 modern art centre in August instead.)
Incidentally, while the Kammergarten cinema programme is running, the exhibitions in Lower Belvedere and at the Orangerie often stay open longer (until 9pm).
There are limited 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