Ratstrinkstube is one of the most famous buildings in Rothenburg. It was accessible only to the city councillors. Especially noteworthy are the various clocks. The main clock was installed in 1683. Beginning in 1910, the two windows located to the right and left of the town clock open every hour between 11.00 a.m. and 03.00 p.m. and between 08.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. to show the legendary "Master Draught" (der Meistertrunk). This legend goes back to the year 1631 in the midst of the Thirty Years War when Catholic troops attacked and occupied Protestant Rothenburg. The Catholic general, Tilly, threatened to plunder and destroy the city. On a whim he promised to spare the town from destruction if a Councillor could manage to empty an enormous tankard containing 3 1/4 litres of wine in one draught. The former mayor, Nusch, accomplished this task and by doing so saved his city. Even today Rothenburg celebrates this event each year on Whitsun with a festival performance, grand army march and a field camp. Today this building houses the Tourist Office.
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