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Historical Festival Play 1631 "The Master Draught" 13.05.-16.05.2016

No historical event has shaped the character of the town of Rothenburg like the story of the Master Draught. According to the story handed down to us, on 31 October 1631, former mayor of Rothenburg, Georg Nusch saved the town from certain destruction at the hands of the Catholic League under General Tilly by drinking 3 1/4 liters of Franconian wine in one gulp.


Every year at Whitsun, the costumes and carriages, wagons and weapons of the Thirty Years’ War are once again to be seen on the streets of Rothenburg’s old town, when the event is reenacted with a huge level of commitment and an incredible eye for details.


The high point comes on Whit Sunday with a military parade led by the Town Council and the children of the town. They are followed by heavily armed infantrymen, ladies strewing flowers, blood-thirsty Croats, colorful gleemen and heavily-laden horse-drawn carts carrying provisions of all sorts.


Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unique historical spectacle. This will bring bygone days back to life – an electrifying experience.


The story of the Master Draught has been deeply rooted in the history of the old Imperial town of Rothenburg, ever since local master glazier and poet Adam Hörber wrote a play about the dramatic events in 1881. The colorful antics of the festival players can be witnessed during the Imperial City Festival in September.


There is also another opportunity to enjoy the festival play when the drama is revived at the beginning of October.


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