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Horse-drawn carriage ride through Salzburg's historic centre

Man kissing horse on the nose
A cosy horse-drawn carriage ride is not to be missed during your stay in Salzburg!

Round trip in the tradition of the Prince-Archbishops

Not only in Vienna, but also in Salzburg city centre, the Fiaker carriages are a fixed part of the cityscape. For around 80 years, they have carried tourists through the historic centre with its picturesque alley and sights.

Those who want to experience Salzburg at a horse's pace like the Prince-Archbishops once did should get behind one at the carriages' square, which awaits passengers at Residenzplatz at the cathedral arcades. In the past, the Fiaker carriages were official and personal means of transport for the Prince-Archbishops. The carriages got the name "Fiaker" from the pious settler Fiacrius, who settled in France in the 7th century. The wage-drawn carriages named after him were invented there in the 18th century.

Fiaker carriage ride past Salzburg's sights

Some 14 carriages are in use in Salzburg and can be booked for a Fiaker round trip. The short trip takes 20-25 minutes and the long trip 50 minutes.

In summer, you can take Fiaker carriage rides from approx. 10am to approx. 9pm, and in winter until 4pm.

Short trip: Residenzplatz – Kapitelplatz – Domplatz – Festival Hall – Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz – Münzgasse – Griesgasse – AVA Haus – Franz-Josef-Kai – Mönchsberg Lift – Horse Pond – Festival Halls – Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse – Alter Markt – Residenzplatz

Long trip: city round trip of historic centre and new town or ride from Freisaal Palace – Hellbrunner Allee and back

During the trip, the coachman will explain all the important information and facts about the city and tell you small anecdotes.

Enjoy a carriage ride through the Kaiviertal quarter, past the Kapuzinerber along the Salzach quay, further towards Mönchsberg and then through Hofstallgasse, which serves as the foyer for the Festival in July and August – in the Fiaker carriage, you can experience the city from a special perspective.

Horse with carriage in Salzburg
Examine Salzburg's sights by horse!

Horse-drawn carriage ride and "The Sound of Music"

"Sound of Music" fans will get their money's worth with an approx. 2-hour "History of Music" tour: this starts from St. Peter's Benedictine Abbey by horse-drawn carriage and travels down Hellbrunner Allee to Frohnburg Palace and Hellbrunn palace. In the Hellbrunn park, the famous, glazed pavilion can be visited before returning to the city. Individual "Sound of Music" tours are also available.

Fiaker Riding Dinner

Combine sightseeing with culinary flights! On this unique horse-drawn carriage tour, guests experience a 90-minute trip in the pleasure Fiaker with 3-course menu including drinks, together with a butler service. A 40-minute sparkling trip is also offered. Take your best friends, your colleagues or your whole family with you on a sociable excursion through Salzburg. The Fiaker group carriages have room for 10 and more people. You can be picked up directly at Hotel Scherer if you wish. The perfect experience for celebrations or company excursions!

Mr Winter will be happy to speak to you personally over the phonein Salzburg for further information on horse-drawn carriage rides!

For the special horse-drawn carriage rides, advance registration is required. Normal carriage rides do not need to be booked in advance and start directly at Residenzplatz.

Look forward to sightseeing directly from Hotel Scherer, which is situated in a top location near the city centre. The family-run city hotel is best suited for travel groups as well as individual travellers and will be happy to create a tailored offer for you! Send us your non-binding request.