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... then you'll get some sweets.... then you'll get some sweets.

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Travel Tips for Rottweil

The Famous "Narrensprung" On Monday Morning

by Kathrin_E

The first big Fastnacht parade in Rottweil begins on Carnival Monday morning, 8 a.m. This is the famous Narrensprung , which is even shown live on TV.

On Monday morning the town will be overrun by tour buses and visitors from near and far. Accommodation from Sunday to Monday has to be booked very very well in advance.

This tip has no picture - on purpose. My advice is to avoid the overcrowded Monday parade and come on Tuesday instead, when another parade takes place which is just as impressive. See the following tip.

The Tuesday Afternoon Parade (14:00)

by Kathrin_E

Another advantage of going on Tuesday: On Tuesday afternoon a second parade takes place. It begins at the Black Tower at 2 p.m. and leads down Hauptstraße and Hochbrückstraße. You've got another chance to see them all and take the photos you may have missed in the morning.

This is the last event of the Fastnacht. When the evening bell rings at 6 p.m. all the jesters have to disappear from the streets and take off their masks and costumes.

Heischeverse: Verses To Sing

by Kathrin_E

The jesters are generously distributing sweets - but not entirely for free. If you want some you have to sing a verse in Swabian which makes more or less sense, but don't worry about that...

The most popular ones are these two:
"Narro, kugelrund,
d' Stadtleut' sind wider alli g'sund."
(Jester, round as a ball,
people in town are all healthy again.)

"Narro, siebe Sii,
siebe Sii sind Narro g'sii."
(Jester, seven sons,
seven sons have been jesters.)*

The melody, the same for both, consists of no more than three notes, you'll pick it up easily.

*Everyone in nowadays' Rottweil will tell you that the second one doesn't make any sense at all. There is, however, a complicated explanation deriving from medieval theology. The verses are indeed very old. There are paintings from the late middle ages which depict Eve, the first sinner, with her seven sons impersonating the seven deadly sins. Since according to the medieval church a jester is someone who ignores god and lives a life of sins, the verse may allude to this.

Warning: If a jester wants you to sing, you will. They insist and you won't get rid of them. They stand in front of you and conduct with one hand or the leather Narrenwurst (sausage) many of them carry. Just try. In emergency, a la-la-la is better than nothing.

Etiquette: Children get thrown a handful of sweets from the basket as a reward for singing. Adults, however, will after a solo performance be offered the little box which contains pralines, chocolate and other finer stuff. If this happens, pick ONE piece.


by Kathrin_E

One of the five types of Narrenkleider (costumes) the members of the guild wear. There are hundreds of examples of each type. The all follow the same rules, but since each of them is individually made, they are all different in details.

A wide mouth with bared teeth, big nose, cock feathers and a fox tail on the head, these are the characteristics of the Biss, which is mostly worn by men.
Both Biss and Gschell carry heavy metal bells on leather belts round their body.

The white clothing shows exquisite symbolic paintings. The themes of the pictures follow strict rules. For example, the headcover has to show portraits of Turks. The flowers, the personages, the ornaments etc. - everything has a deeper symbolic meaning.

Photo 3: Note the little rhombic mirror attached to the mask's temple. The mirror has long been associated with jesters: First, the jester is someone who looks at nothing but his own image and not at the Lord (theological interpretation). Second, the jester is the one who shows others their reflection in his mirror, i.e. tells them unpleasant truth.
In this case, the little mirror reflects the blue and white scarf yours truly is wearing.


by Kathrin_E

One of the five types of Narrenkleider (costumes) the members of the guild wear. There are hundreds of examples of each type. The all follow the same rules, but since each of them is individually made, they are all different in details.

The Schantle are the well-behaved gentlemen and ladies among the jesters. According to the movements of many, this costume seems to be preferred by older people (just a guess). The elegant 19th century waistcoat and pants aren't complete without the umbrella. Exquisite damascene or embroidered fabrics in subdued colours are used for the Schantle costume.

Schantle, Gschell and Fransenkleidle carry baskets full of sweets. Gutsle are given to everyone who is able to sing at least one of the traditional verses.


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