"HOW TO GET TAKEN FOR A RIDE IN VIENNA & ENJOY IT!" Fiaker Tip by themajor

Fiaker, Vienna: 13 reviews and 22 photos

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Actually this is a difficult one. I had thought about listing fiaker rides under 'tourist traps' but then I felt a sudden, untypical burst of charity. On the one hand, wanting to take a trot around Vienna courtesy of a greatcoated and bewhiskered coachman might seem a trifle predictable. But let us pause! For a fiaker ride is style personified when compared to the kitsch 'gladiators' permanently stationed around Rome's Colosseum (though the plastic plated blighters do give you an idea why countless emperors found it easy to throw people to the lions) The fiaker is arguably less clich├ęd than the inevitable Venetian gondola ride. Furthermore your coachman is unlikely to think he's in possession of a fine tenor voice, and even less likely to inflict it upon you!

No, a canter round the Ringstasse is not going to be cheap but it will be memorable and it is negotiable - but please be polite about it.You will find the fiaker rank alongside the cathedral in Stephansdom and if you're there in high Summer you might even smell 'em before you see them! Good for the rose bushes. ('er, not that I'm suggesting you carry the free fertiliser through Customs.)

Address: Vienna's famous horse carriages
Directions: A cert alongside Stephansdom!

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 8, 2005
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