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Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Craftsman monday on the Oide Wiesn

A hearty breakfast for free in the Festzelt Tradition

For many years there has been the "Mason Monday" on the Wiesn - since 2019 it has been called "Craftsman Monday". For the start of the second Oktoberfest week, all trades are now invited to white sausages and pretzels in the Festzelt Tradition on the Oidn Wiesn.
Julius, carpenter Julius, carpenter • Photo: Sebastian Liebrandt

A carpenter at Mason Monday on the Oide Wiesn

"For us, Mason Monday is a tradition that we continue to uphold," says Zimmermann Julius, for whom the predecessor of Craftsman Monday was an integral part of the Wiesn. At that time - as the name suggests - it was mainly the bricklayers who were invited. "But my boss wanted us to go anyway," says the native Lower Franconian, who was appointed journeyman 14 years ago in Munich. Meanwhile he lives again near Schweinfurt. That's why he took extra time off for Craftsmen's Monday to celebrate with his former Munich colleagues. They join him a little later, while he enjoys his Weißwurst breakfast.

Painters have a hearty breakfast Painters have a hearty breakfast • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Craftsmen from Tyrol and painters who drink Spezi

A few tables away is a group of friends from Tyrol: a bricklayer, a plumber, a carpenter, a watchmaker and a security engineer: "I'm responsible for ensuring that the troop gets home safely". They too have always been on the Wiesn on Mondays, on bricklayers' Mondays, and are delighted with the breakfast invitation.

Three painters in working clothes from the Munich company Bader are being served a round of Spezi a few tables away: The boss invited them, a message from the painters' guild drew his attention to the craftsmen's Monday, "and I thought we'd stop by, because we're working around the corner anyway."

Anton and Christian Winklhofer, hosts of Festzelt Tradition Anton and Christian Winklhofer, hosts of Festzelt Tradition • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

The landlords of Festzelt Tradition: "There's no better way to start the week!"

The landlords of Festzelt Tradition, Anton Winklhofer and his son Christian, are delighted that the old tradition lives on in their tent: "It's a fine thing, the bosses can invite their employees to a Weißwurst breakfast and we'll gladly take care of the bill!" It's a good thing that this old tradition is now a new tradition, but totally relaxed: In the past there was supposed to have been one or two brawls between the bricklayers. But you can't imagine that today when you look into the happy faces.