No matter how heavy the traffic in modern vienna, there always is room for the horsedrawn cab known as the fiaker. the german word ” fiaker’ refer to both the two-horse cab itself and to the cabby, who is generally dressed in pepita-check trousers, a velvet jacket and derby hat.
once the fiakers were vienna’s taxi transport, but today they are mostly popular for special ceremonial use and as a tourist attraction. fiaker ranks are near the imperial palace, the state opera and beside st. stephen’s cathedral. the well-kept vehicles and their picturesque drivers add an attractive bit of color to the vienna street scene.
the fiaker cabs have a long history, which is recorded in the fiakerhaus, a building that has belonged to the profession for a century. it now houses the fiaker museum and is located at veronikagasse 12 in the 18th district.
the fiaker cabby has long been a respected person. in the museum, for instance, there is an oil painting showing the famous aschenbrunner driving czar nicholas i of russia through the gates of the ballhausplatz in a fiaker.