Held twice yearly (once in mid-Summer, and now in the depths of Winter) on the same site as Oktoberfest, Tollwood is a massive cultural festival in Munich. Do not confuse this, the winter version with a traditional Munich Christmas Market however, as although it has bazaar stalls aplenty, Tollwood feels like anything but (and although it has a dedicated following, it tends to be a little off the tourist’s Christmas Market to do list!) To me, it definitely has much much more of a World music festival vibe, and I am happy to say that after two years of living here, we finally managed to make it there….
Tollwood focusses its gaze on a variety of things, from worldwide environmental issues, the celebration of cultural diversity, theatre, global sounds and global food (all of which must be organic if you want to sell it here by the way)… What nicer way to spend a Sunday lunchtime than in a tent made to look like a birch forest, whilst listening to live music, nursing a spiced apple gluhwein and enjoying a plate of food the diversity of which you haven’t had since you lived in London?
There is something for all the family too, with art areas for small people to be creative, platforms set aside for tiny dancers, and an atmosphere that welcomes everyone from every age.
Tollwood, the perfect antidote for those that might have overdosed on the more usual winter Markets…