Horses are strong and can stand the heat during summer just like the fiakers of the Austrian capital. And if you are visiting Vienna, it’s a must to experience riding in these traditional horse-drawn carriages while touring the city.
In the Austrian capital, the fiaker horses are popularly used in carriages and for this summer, they have been working hard sometimes without even taking a day off. Drivers of these horse-drawn carriages said the horses are doing well despite the high temperatures adding that no health issues were found during their full check up with a veterinarian last year.
The fiaker drivers are not complaining as well saying they need to work hard to earn a living as the Vienna city government only allows them to do so during tourist season. Their normal working hours start at 9 a.m. and end until 11 p.m.
The fiakers are Vienna’s tourist attractions. Their name came from the French which then referred to the carriage stand in the Rue de Saint Fiacre of Paris. They were originally called Janschky coaches but were renamed to fiakers in 1720.
Back in 1860 until 1900, there were more than 1,000 fiakers in Vienna. Today, they are still available and can be found in fiakers stands in Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz, Albertinaplatz, Petersplatz and Burgtheater. Visitors can choose between the short tour which takes 20 minutes and costs 55 Euro and the long tour which takes 40 minutes and costs 80 Euro.