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Horse drawn carriages have always been a favourite attraction to tourists in Vienna. But with the streets now bare, these majestic animals have found a new meaningful career.
Under the current coronavirus lockdown in modern Vienna, you will see a more traditional delivery service normally associated with a Europe of the 1800’s.
With strong community need, the horses and drivers are helping provide free meals to the elderly.
As there is not tourist work, this community outreach also gives back to the horses by keeping them exercised and well cared for. These drivers saw that they can combine the need for their horses to exercise and move while helping the most at risk locals.
The meals have been provided by the InterContinental Vienna hotel and are being delivered by the fiakers (horse, cart and drivers in Vienna), bicycles and some cars each day. They are delivering between 250-300 meals each day to those in lockdown including the elderly and other locals who are restricted and can’t get out of their homes. The meals will also soon be delivered to hospital and night shift workers.