The Romantic Road Sights

Meistertrunkuhr

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  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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  • Town Hall, Meistertrunk Clock, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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Published 04/25/2016

Fodor's Review

The tale of the Meistertrunk (Master Draught) and a prodigious civil servant dates to 1631, when the Protestant town was captured by Catholic forces during the Thirty Years' War. At the victory celebrations, the conquering general was embarrassed to find himself unable to drink a great tankard of wine in one go, as his manhood demanded. He volunteered to spare the town further destruction if any of the city councilors could drain the mighty six-pint draft. The mayor took up the challenge and succeeded, and Rothenburg was preserved. The tankard itself is on display at the Reichsstadtmuseum. On the north side of the main square is a fine clock, placed there 50 years after the mayor's feat. A mechanical figure acts out the epic Master Drink daily on the hour from 10 to 10. The feat is reenacted in the historical play "The Master Draught," and celebrated at two annual pageants, when townsfolk parade through the streets in 17th-century garb.

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Am Marktpl., Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, 91541, Germany

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Published 04/25/2016

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