See below for Schedule of Events

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 18 and 21 May, 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.

Schedule of Events

18-05-2018 – Friday, the “Besieged City”

13:00 p.m. Historical market at the main market and Church Square

5:00 p.m.  Historical groups moving through the old town

6:00 p.m. Opening Event at the main market square

7:30 p.m. Historical festival play „The Master Draught” in the Emperors Hall of the town hall

19-05-2018 – Saturday, the “Surrounded City”

10:30 a.m. Historical market at the main market and Church Square

12:00 a.m. Pillage of the old city

12:00 p.m. ‘Kids place’ with games and entertainment at the Goethe Garden

1:30 p.m. Services at the Franciscan church

3:00 p.m. Historical festival play „The Master Draught” in the Emperors Hall of the town hall

5:30 p.m. Historical festival play „The Master Draught” in the Emperors Hall of the town hall

7:30 p.m. Historical military parade from the main market square to the beer garden

8:00 p.m. Guards at the gates of the city; Beer garden with live music

9:30 p.m. Fire Show in the beer garden

20-05-2018 – Sunday the “Rescued City”

09:00 a.m. Pillage of the old town

09:00 a.m. Games and entertainment for young and old

10:00 a.m. Historical festival play „The Master Draught” in the Emperors Hall of the town hall

10:30 a.m. Historical market at the main market and Church Square

11:30 a.m.  Shepherd dance performances at the main market square

12:30 p.m. Historical festival play „The Master Draught” in the Emperors Hall of the town hall

13:45 p.m. Shepard dance performances at the main market square

3:00 p.m. Historical military parade through the old town

4:00 p.m. Beer garden with live music

6:15 p.m. Musical play in beer garden

9:30 p.m. Fire show in beer garden with live music

21-05-2018 – Monday the “Fortunate City”

10:00 a.m. The city council’s acknowledgment of the cordon at the main market square

10:30 a.m. Historical market at the Green market and Church Square

12:30 p.m Historical festival play „The Master Draught” in the Emperors Hall of the town hall

2:00 p.m. Encampment of the troops at the main market square

6:30 p.m Entry of the Festival Group into the main market square

7:00 p.m. The departure of Count Tilly from the main market square