The Garden Palace and the recently renovated City Palace - both situated in Vienna - offer unique and authentic insights into the aristocratic lifestyle of bygone ages and 400 years of dynastic patronage of the arts.
The Liechtenstein Garden Palace is home to one of the world's largest and most important private art collections. Dating back to the 17th century, the Princely Collections are rooted in the Baroque ideal of princely patronage of the arts. For generations, the House of Liechtenstein has consistently nurtured this ideal, systematically adding to the holdings.
Prince Johann I of Liechtenstein established in the Garden Palace the first gallery to be opened to the public (subject to an admission fee) in 1810. Nowadays, exclusive guided tours of the Princely Collections offer impressive insights into more than 400 years of artistic patronage.
The Golden Carriage displayed in the Sala Terrena, a three-story hall that was originally designed to be open, offers an indication of the diplomatic skill possessed by the Princes of Liechtenstein. It was commissioned by Joseph Wenzel I on the occasion of his appointment as imperial ambassador to the French court in 1737. Its artistic quality and historical significance combine to make it one of the most important state coaches of the French Rococo.
The park, which is open to the general public, offers a splendid display of floral abundance extending from the Baroque parterre to the landscaped garden that changes with every season. It also features a pond with a beautiful sculpture and some ancient trees.
The Liechtenstein City Palace - considered to be the first major building of the High Baroque age in Vienna - has now been restored to its former glory following extensive renovation work. Its Baroque stucco ceilings blend with opulent Rococo Revival interiors, original furnishings and exquisite parquet flooring by Michael Thonet to form a harmonious whole, revealing insights into the aristocratic life of bygone epochs.
Prince Johann Adam Andreas I conceived the palace as a residence, and it thus had to contain residential apartments as well as all the necessary rooms for the Prince's household and - as a special feature - space to display the already extensive collections held by the family.
The second floor contained the grand state rooms and apartments, while the pieces from the Princely Collections were displayed on the third floor from 1705 onwards, making it a center of attraction for connoisseurs of art. The two upper floors, whose ceilings were decorated with allegorical oil paintings by Antonio Bellucci, were accessed via a monumental stairway with sculptures by Giovanni Giuliani and stucco work by Santino Bussi.
Even today, the City Palace is still home to some items from the Princely Collections, particularly those dating back to the Biedermeier period. LGT Bank AG, Zweigniederlassung Ã–sterreich - LGT's Austrian branch - is also based at the City Palace premises on Bankgasse. The palace's magnificent rooms are available for events or to visit as part of a guided tour.