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Vienna: Secrets of the Fiaker & Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Vienna: Secrets of the Fiaker & Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Activity provider: Riding Dinner OG
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Where does the Fiaker come from and where does it go after work is done? What does the coachman's workday look like? These and other questions will be answered for you with a tour of the stables and a carriage ride back to the city center of Vienna!

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the original Viennese Fiaker horse stable with the famous Lipizzaner horses
  • Learn about the daily work of a Fiaker coachman
  • Gain insight into the history of Fiakerei
  • Enjoy the famous sights of Vienna during your ride back to the city center
Full description
Peek into the unknown world of Fiakerei (horse-drawn carriage driving). Who are the Fiakers? Where did they come from? And most importantly, where are they going in the evening after work? Get to the bottom of these secrets, and many more, by visiting the original Viennese Fiaker horse stable. For the first time, you'll have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of the traditional two teams of "Lohnkutchen" (the original horse-drawn taxi!) Explore the unique Fiaker Horse Center in Vienna's 11th district of Simmering. An exclusive barn tour will give you insight into what's going on in a traditional Viennese Fiaker family business. Then, take a ride in an original Viennese Fiaker - the ubiquitous passenger transport of the 18th century - back to the city before the work of the Fiaker starts. During the carriage ride, you'll pass through the up-and-coming St. Marx district, heading to the city centre via the famous Ringstraße. You'll be dropped off at Michaelerplatz in the city center, a perfect place to continue your exploration of all of Vienna's top sites.
Includes
  • Stable visit
  • Fiaker ride back to the city center (Stephansplatz / Michaelerplatz)
  • Food or beverages
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Rappachgasse 34a, 1110, Vienna

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Know before you go

  • Please dress according to the weather. Note you will be entering a stable, so please wear appropriate shoes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 164 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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We were the only English speakers attending our trip. The guide took his time translating both and took time to answer our questions as well. The introduction tour of the stables was cool and learning the history of the Fiaker was interesting. They also go into detail on how well the horses are taken care of. They’re treated better than most people! It was nice to see coming from the US. After the tour you take a nice ~1 hour ride into the city center where it drops you off in the heart of the city.

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April 24, 2022

The starting point is just outside. There we could see how the horses were harnessed. The guide clearly explained everyday life and answered our questions. We were able to learn a lot of new things. Then it started, get in and drive comfortably to the center. The journey was pleasantly long and we drove to the Hofburg/Michaelerplatz. We can unreservedly recommend the experience. Vienna would be missing something if there were no more carriages. It's just part of it and no one bothers that the rest of the traffic is slowed down. Some in Germany would go nuts. In Vienna people take it with equanimity. Coaches and coachmen are real eye-catchers.

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August 28, 2021

We visited the stables at the beginning of March so it wasn’t that busy. Which was nice. We We’re able to stroke and talk to some of the horses. Considering it was a working stable it was very clean. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The ride back was relaxed and enjoyable.

March 13, 2020

Product ID: 163194