The “Master Draught” in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Dates: 29th May to 1st June 2020 / 04th September to 06th September 2020 / 10th October 2020
One might think that Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a sleepy, small town in which not much is going on. But the city has an exciting history, which is presented to the locals and visitors as part of the festival "The Master Draught" and thus brought back to life. The idyllic town in Franconia was invaded and besieged in 1631 by the domineering Count Johann Tserclaes of Tilly. The Catholic general finally moved into the city with 60,000 soldiers and held court-martial.
In an unfair trial, he ordered fire and the destruction of the city. The inhabitants, completely taken by surprise by the invasion of the army, faced the dissolution and annihilation of their existence. Instead of surrendering to their fate, a way out of misery was sought. This was also found and thus still today the historical structures of the city can be admired and admired. How the town and its inhabitants were saved is shown during the festival in the form of concerts and theatrical performances. The riddle's solution should not be anticipated at this point - if you are unfamiliar with the history of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you should be surprised. During the Pentecost weekend of each year, the city is transformed into the historic setting of 1631.
On the three days of the Whitsun Festival, the whole city is really upside down and it seems almost all the residents are trying Rothenburg o.d.T. return to its original state. On the streets you will meet horse-drawn carriages, jugglers and barkers. The costumes of the Rotheburger Festspiele are well-known far beyond the city limits and are changed every year anew with great attention to detail, so that the time travel into the 16th century seems as authentic as possible. The theater and concert performances are not at the forefront of these festivals - rather, the city tries to deliver an overall picture of the siege in 1631 and depict the events to originality.
The festival "Master Draught" offers entertainment for young and old. Playfully the younger ones are introduced to the historical facts - for the older visitors there are wine and beer, as well as other culinary delicacies, according to old recipe. Immerse yourself in this world and be enchanted!