Finally, take a seat in a comfortable carriage and fly back to the present day with the enchanting Fiaker Ride. Explore Vienna from the air and experience fantastic views of Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral or the Viennese Prater which do not exist anywhere else!
Enjoy the new Fiakerride with laser effects, 3D mapping and party feeling in the Prater. Experience fireworks at the end of your Time Travel. The great views over Vienna are unique and confirm that Vienna is one of the most liveable cities in the world.
In Vienna, we look back on a 300 years old history of the Fiaker. What the gondolas mean for Venice are the Fiakers in Vienna. The Fiaker consists of three parts: horses, carriage and coachman.
The term Fiaker comes originally from the French, as was in the Rue de Saint Fiacre in Paris, the first stand for pay-carriages. These were first used by a merchant in 1662.
The namesake was, however, the Irish monk Fiacrius, whose image was on the outer wall of the local tavern. Saint Fiacrius received the heavenly patronage over this new profession.
In Vienna, the first Fiaker license was granted about 30 years later. In the 19th century there were about 1,000 Fiakers in Vienna. Since the First World War, Fiakers in Vienna have been mainly rented for city tours, Prater visits (popular with confirmations) and special occasions (such as weddings).
The first female coachmen have been around since 1984. The prices for the tours are set by the City of Vienna and the traditional clothing is also regulated by law. Since 1998 a licence is necessary to be able to work as a Fiaker in Vienna.
Today there are about 40 Fiaker companies with 200 Fiaker-Horsecarriages in Vienna. Many of these carriages are now over 100 years old.
Among the approximately 40 Viennese coffee specialities, there is even a Fiaker coffee. This is a drink that is half composed of black coffee and whipped cream and refined with rum.
The Fiakergulasch is a popular Viennese dish. The Fiaker is also mentioned in numerous Viennese songs.
With over 1.8 million inhabitants, Vienna is the capital of Austria and at the same time one of the nine Austrian provinces.
Around 1900, Vienna already had over 2 million inhabitants, making it the fifth largest city in the world. At that time, Vienna was the imperial and royal capital and was regarded as the cultural and political center of Europe.
Architecturally, Vienna is still characterized by the buildings around the Vienna Ringstrasse from the Wilhelminian period, but also by the Baroque and Art Nouveau. The Hofburg was more than 640 years imperial residence and is one of the largest building complexes in the world.
Today, the Hofburg is the seat of the Federal President, as well as of the Federal Chancellor, many museums are located here and a modern Conference Center attracts many guests from abroad.
This was already the case at the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15, where Vienna played a significant role in international diplomacy, which has survived to this day.
The historic center of Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Vienna is highly connected with classical music. The Vienna State Opera is one of the most important and beautiful opera houses worldwide.
Vienna is a green city, as nearly 50% of the area is green zone. The Prater, the green lung of Vienna, also plays a large part in this. There is the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the landmarks of Vienna, besides of St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Vienna is considered to be a city with a very high standard of living and, in recent years, has consistently ranked number 1 in cities with the best quality of life worldwide.
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