Vienna Old Town and Naschmarket

Just as Paris allows no sky scrapers in the city proper, neither does Vienna. Building height must not exceed the level established by the historical buildings within the centre of the city. Although there are utilitarian post World War II buildings (replacing bomb damaged structures) Vienna somehow retains a sense and feel of grand architecture with both public and private buildings.

The Vienna Old Town is that part originally encircled and protected by city walls with St Stevens Cathedral at the centre. Walking the cobblestone streets and gawking at the buildings and shops it is easy to see how this has always been a city that likes to party. Wide streets with plenty of room for horse and carriage make this old town (altstadt) different to many. Perhaps suggesting that most of the people getting about town in years gone by were the gentry.

Today there are hundreds of Fiakers who offer their horse and carriage services in a very organised and fixed price way. Each carriage is pulled by two horses wearing poop sacks (to keep the streets clean). The drivers are keen to point our features as they take you around their city. We would put a carriage ride high u on the “must do” list when you visit Vienna. It costs around 80 Euros for a forty minute ride (but tips are appreciated). The price is for the carriage (not per person), which can seat up to four people. You’ll find carriages awaiting you in many of the plazas but the biggest is in the shade of the cathedral at Stephansplatz.

Another highlight in Vienna is the Naschmarket. This permanent market offering food, spices, fruits, spices, vegetables and spices is a colourful sight that at assaults all the senses. A feature of the Naschmarket is the restaurants of all types and budget – all of whom buy their ingredients fresh from the market.