The Master Draught Festival
The Master Draught Festival
This Medieval fair is really well done. Add to that the backdrop of Rothenburg’s old town and you have the makings of an unforgettable day. If you are going to be in Nuremberg between 7 and 10 June 2019, please contact me if you would like to visit this event.
Every person living in Rothenburg knows the story of how, in 1631 during the Thirty Years War, brave Mayor Nusch saved the town from destruction and the city councillors from death by drinking nearly a gallon of wine without stopping until the mug was empty. This legendary act is known as the “Master Draught” and today is celebrated during the Master Draught festival.
The historical Master Draught festival covers the four day weekend beginning with Whit Friday. Each of the four days has its own variety of activities (see below) and each day has a theme. Friday is the “Besieged City”, Saturday is the “Surrounded City”, Sunday is the “Free City”, and Monday is the “Fortunate City”. The heart of all activities is the historical play “The Master Draught” by Adam Hörber which first premiered in 1881.
A variety of activities are scattered throughout the old town. For instance, on the afternoons of Whit Sunday and Whit Monday historical military parades take place through the old town, at the Galgentor (Gallows Gate) you’ll find a 17th century bivouac with a Bavarian beer garden to quench your thirst, near the market square there will be a historical trader and craftsmen market, as well as many other fun things to do throughout the old town over the 4-day celebration.
“Der Meistertrunk – The Master Draught”
“The Master Draught” play is performed in the Emperors Hall of the Rothenburg town hall several times during the four-day festival.
For both Rothenburgers and their guests Pentecost is the big event and highlight of the year. The dramatic events of 1631 have been played out in the exciting and suspenseful stage play “Der Meistertrunk – The Master Draught” every year since 1881.
Every year, for more than a century now, these splendid pageants, coarse camp life, colorful markets and numerous other events have enchanted guests from far and wide.
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