As we left the Austrian National Library, we came across some horse-drawn carriages and right then I decided that I had always wanted to take a horse-drawn carriage tour of Vienna :) So we followed them until we could get our own and I’m so glad we did.
We got a 20 minute tour for 55 euros and there were a few fleece blankets in the carriage to wrap up with. The driver shared fun facts and important locations as we rode along.
My son wanted to know what the horses names were and the driver said that the black one’s name is “Obama” and the white one is “Putin,” and he laughed and laughed.
St. Peter’s Church is considered a Baroque masterpiece. The current building was built in 1723, but there has been a church in this location since the 4th century!
It was pretty chilly, but it was a really nice break from walking all over the city. Plus it was nice to know what we were seeing along with the history.
Inside this building you can see the Lipizzaner stallions perform in the baroque Winder Riding School on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
This was the library we first walked into thinking it was the State Hall (think Beauty and the Beast), but it’s actually just a library and study area for university students :)
The Vienna Rathaus (Town Hall) was built between 1872 and 1883 and designed by Friedrich von Schmidt.
There was so much gorgeous, gothic-looking architecture around the city. It would be really beautiful to do the horse carriage ride in the evening and see all the pretty city lights of Vienna.
This was one eccentric woman and I loved her so much I had to take a picture!
Here is a memorial plaque at House number 1 Milchgasse to honor and remember where Mozart composed his piece “Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail.”
This is the Graben and Plague monument, which commemorates the 1/3 of the Viennese population that died in 1679. It was erected as a thanks to God for the 2/3 of the population that lived through the Plague.
He wanted to keep his dinosaur from the Museum of Natural History warm :)
We had such a great time on the tour and I wished it was longer. They do have a longer tour but I felt that 55 euros was plenty ;) I’m so glad we ran across the horse drawn carriages – it was such a great experience and now a fun memory to have!