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The City of Melk, “The Gateway to the Wachau”

Located on the right bank of Danube, the municipality of Melk is known as “The gateway to the Wachau.” At the foot of the world-famous Benedictine abbey, you can discover another treasure of cultural history: the city of Melk. The Danube is the second-longest river in Europe and the most important waterway in Austria.  The …

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“Fiaker”, the popular Viennese horse-drawn carriage

The name “Fiaker” for the popular Viennese horse-drawn carriage is derived indirectly from Saint Fiacre. The Hôtel de Saint Fiacre in Paris rented carriages from about the middle of the seventeenth century. The number of fiakers changes during time. In 1700 there were about 700 horse-drawn carriages in Vienna. In the best period from 1860 …

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