They are just as much a part of Vienna as St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Giant Ferris Wheel: the fiakers. For many tourists, a ride with the two-horse carriage is one of the highlights. There is almost no cozier way to explore Vienna’s attractions.
The term "fiaker" originates from the French and refers to the hackney carriage stand in the Parisian Rue de Saint Fiacre. In 1720, the carriages - which had previously been referred to as "Janschky" coaches in Vienna - were renamed "fiakers" (and numbered).
Then the carriage trade really began to boom: more than 1,000 fiakers were on the road in Vienna between 1860 and 1900. The carriage drivers were often characters that were known throughout the city and also sometimes performed as singers. They were appreciated for their discretion, especially when one or the other fine gentleman was amusing himself in the fiaker with his paramour. Probably most famous among them was Josef Bratfisch, the royal coachman of Crown Prince Rudolf, who brought the prince's lover Mary Vetsera to Mayerling in 1889, where both lives found a tragic end.
Today it is hard to imagine the cityscape without the Viennese fiakers. You can find fiaker stands in different areas of the city: Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz (occasionally Michaelerplatz), Albertinaplatz, Petersplatz and Burgtheater. The short tour (approx. 20 min. through the centre of the Old City) costs € 55; the long tour (approx. 40 min. through the Ringstrasse and the Old City) € 80. You can also book individual sightseeing tours directly through the fiaker companies (List of fiaker companies).
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jhm (159925) 2016-09-28 5:09
Austria always a very throughout clean country.
Truly a lovely cityscape with the people in foreground.
Composition and presentation are wonderful, TFS.
Sergiom (88217) 2016-09-28 5:21
Très beau point de vue pour ce beau cadrage vertical.La calèche est bien placée dans le cadre et j'ai presque le goût d'y faire une ballade. Très belle ligne de fuite.
Silvio1953 (152867) 2016-09-28 6:38
Ciao Daniel, great POV on beautiful carriage, fine details, excellent perspective and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (106292) 2016-09-28 6:39
Nice view, the fiaker makes impression.
Good framing, colors and sharpness.
Amazing picture from street.
BennyV (20455) 2016-09-28 7:25
Great wide view with lots of depth, even in this stand-up format. The tourist info takes center stage across the street. The few colours (e.g. yellow wheels) are really strong too.
holmertz (59044) 2016-09-28 7:37
A nice shot from a good position in central Vienna. I like the clarity and sharpness and the fine colours. The combination of white horses, black carriage and yellow wheels is very nice.
Nicou (150964) 2016-09-28 8:16
Cette calèche en premier plan quelle vue et image quelle compo fantastique vue et iamge quel rendu et hauteur avec l’édifice ce pavage et le touriste Info superbe compo et image de haut.
Bravo et amitié
ricardomattos (8065) 2016-09-28 8:38
Very nice and well done picture. Congrats for the quality and fine presentation.
sacimar (28671) 2016-09-28 11:58
good point of view to show this streets of Vienna, I like the inclusion of the carriage, well seen,
carlo62 (54900) 2016-09-28 14:28
non può essere Vienna senza eleganti architetture e carrozze con cavalli e in questa foto c'è tutto, compreso un ottimo pov dall'alto.
PiotrF (22898) 2016-09-28 16:03
Nice picture from Vienna with beautiful carriage in foreground. I like very good compositioon, nice details and good sharpness
Very well done.
bukitgolfb301 (45115) 2016-09-28 21:38
Hi dear Daniel
Nice pan-focus and semi bird-view shot, that makes all in one so clearly. Great cropping via keeping the best balance of each component is so delicious to see. The details are also completely presneted as your masterful skills.
All the best and have a good day! Takero
edge (7409) 2016-09-28 21:42
Hello Daniel, Yes the fiaker is an essential part of the tourist scene in Vienna and Salzburg. This is a lovely view of this horse drawn vehicle. I can tell you I have seen some animal abuse in their use in Salzburg on a warm day, and the police were involved to make sure the driver provided his horses water. Did you enjoy Vienna? I lived there all of 1946 and again 1952-1954, in those days each of the four occupying powers maintained a presence there. Wonderful city. Regards
Tue (43386) 2016-09-28 22:57
I like your high POV here, which overlooks the streetscape so nicely. The stately facades of the city look beautiful and I like the perspective down the street. The square with the many passers-by and the horse-drawn carriage give a nice and lively impression.
danos (103094) 2016-09-29 0:35
nice the view of this section of Vienna,with the two-horse carriage on the foreground to be the eye catching of the image.The street on the backdrop with the high buildings add depth and perspective in the scene.
Cricri (125818) 2016-09-29 10:57
Bravo pour le POV, la profondeur de la rue entre les bâtiments blancs, la calèche donne un côté romantique a la composition
pierrefonds (71077) 2016-09-30 15:32
The presence of the people is animating the scene. The point of view is showing the detaild of the carriage, of the horses, of the cars and a double perspective of the architecture of the building. Have a nice day.
mkamionka (39937) 2016-09-30 23:21
Fantastic composition from Vienna! The carriage makes the highlight of the scene. It looks like you did some partial desaturation, leaving only some elements having their colors. The effect is quite attractive making us to focus on the street life.
abmdsudi (57644) 2016-10-02 1:18
Nice wide view of the lively street scape as seen from this strategic shooting angle with the lovely old fashioned look to this horse carriage, being part of the entire scene. The touch of yellow is vital element as a real bonus lending extra colours to the overall compo, exquisite light and timing too. Excellent take, Congrats
Thks to your explanation
ikeharel (78229) 2016-10-03 0:15
Good morning Daniel,
Mid-town Vienna from a special POV, street action with people and a carriage so typical for this town scenery.
Wonderful architecture, neat outline and a fine photo collected.
Have a nice new week,
macjake (72491) 2016-10-04 1:01
very cool shot here, your choice of pov is excellent. I don't recall seeing a shot like this of Vienna before.
you didn't mention in your note if you had taken a ride on the Fiaker or not :)
the shot is cool because there's so much white, yet the splashes of yellow and red work so well against it.
thanks for this one
MirMar (67) 2016-12-22 10:33
The information in the note is useful. As to the picture, it looks like one that would be very ordinary and unimpressive but for some reason, it is interesting and very well taken and presented. I don't know if it's you or it's Vienna :)
Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Daniel Draghici (dkmurphys) (64525)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2016-08-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Vienna [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2016-09-28 3:31