Weekend Wanderlust: ‘Fasnet’ and foolhardiness in Rottweil

February and March mark the end of carnival season in Germany. From the beer-fuelled silliness of Cologne’s Karneval to the doughy feasts of Schmotziger Donnerstag (Fat Thursday) throughout Bavarian Swabia, most regions have a unique way of celebrating the time before the beginning of Lent. 

In Rottweil, a village of 25,000 located between Freiburg and Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg, the annual festival period begins in mid-November, with the true celebrations not kicking off until February. 

The carnival is known in the local dialect…
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