Carriage horses in Vienna. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown
One of the thrills of foreign travel for me is stepping out of my comfort zone and exploring new places. Ideally, I like horseback riding vacations where I am able to go riding in the country. On a recent river boat cruise to the Christmas Markets of Europe I enjoyed a brief overnight in Vienna, Austria. There was no time for horseback riding, but I did have a chance to interview a Fiaker.
What does the word Fiaker mean? A Fiaker is the German word for carriage driver or reference to the entire carriage itself. The term Fiaker comes from France. According to an article published in the Austrian Times, Fiakers are one of the cities most popular tourist attractions. Some animal rights activists might worry that the horses are not well treated, but I did not find that to be true. Of course, I did not visit the stables where the horses live, during my visit.