Historical Festival Play "The Master Draught" in Rothenburg from 17 to 20 May 2013
Everyone, young and old, is familiar with the story of brave Mayor Nusch, who, with his legendary "Master Draught" saved the town from destruction and the councillors from the death sentence.
In 1631 during the Thirty Years War, Rothenburg was taken by imperial troops under Count Tilly after bitter fighting. Somewhat amused after being handed the welcome drink - a tankard holding over 3 litres of wine - the Count promised leniency if one of the town citizens could drink the whole tankard in one draught. Nusch took up the challenge and thereby saved his town.
This episode was first performed as a festival play in 1881. Every Whitsun this event is recreated when hundreds of citizens dress up in period costume and take part in the "Master Draught", as well as a historical procession and a variety of military camps.