"Rottweil - Capital Of Alemannic Fastnacht" Rottweil by Kathrin_E

Rottweil Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 73 photos

If there's any alemannic Fastnacht that's widely known and even shown live on TV, it's the Narrensprung in Rottweil in the morning of carnival Monday. Rottweil's fame is justified. So far I have never seen more precious and elaborate masks and costumes anywhere else. In addition to the five main types of Narrenkleider (costumes) as seen in the big photo, there are a couple of single figures and the remarkable groups with the "horses".

As soon as the bell on the black tower tolls eight, the Narrensprung parade starts. Spectators have to get up early. On Monday morning the town will be overrun by tour buses, accommodation has to be booked very very well in advance.

Hint: There is another Narrensprung on Tuesday morning (again 8.00) which is just like the one on Monday, and on Tuesday they're even doing another parade in the early afternoon. See Rottweil's Fastnacht on Tuesday instead of Monday. There are much less visitors in town, and accommodation from Monday to Tuesday is easier to get. I'd recommend staying overnight.

The page is part of a much larger project about the Alemannic Fastnacht which includes a general overview on my Land Baden-Württemberg page and individual pages about towns and villages and their Fastnacht specialities.

Imperial city

Rottweil was founded by the Romans around 73 A.D. as a military base. Around 1140 the settlement received the privileges of a city, and it reached the status of a free imperial city in the 14th century. The town's independent and wealthy past has left its marks, both in the architecture and in the inhabitants' mentality - people are proud of their hometown.

Schwarzer Turm

The old town, situated on a steep hill above the Neckar valley, is small and easy to walk. Two wide market streets, Hauptstraße and Hochbrückstraße/Friedrichsplatz, form a cross, this is a typical ground plan of medieval towns in this region.

One of the old gate towers is preserved: Schwarzer Turm ("Black Tower") at the upper end of Hauptstraße (main street). The tower is the most important building of the town at Fasnet: Here's where the parades begin!

  • Last visit to Rottweil: Feb 2007
  • Intro Updated Jul 26, 2008
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