Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg's Markplatz is surrounded by ancient houses that
contain shops, restaurants, and guesthouses or hotels. At the top of this photo
is the Ratsherrntrinkstube, or City Councilors' Tavern, with a clock that
celebrates Burgermeister Nusch's "Meistertrunk" or "Master Draught" which
reputedly saved the town from destruction on October 31, 1631.
The Meistertrunk legend dates back to the Thirty Years' War,
when the Protestant city was conquered by Catholic League forces under the
command of General Tilly. Burgermeister Nusch promised to swig down a 3¼-liter
tankard of Franconian wine if the general would spare the town. Tilly agreed,
whereupon Nusch drank the "master draught" of wine and immediately fell
unconscious. The town was saved, as the mayor happily discovered when he woke up
three days later.