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Fishink in Munich Part 3 Tollwood, Travel, Starnberg and Müllersches Volksbad.

January 8, 2013

Tollwood is a winter festival, centered around energy, recycling and world circus style acts. I was lucky to sample a morning of the huge display tents and stalls and there’s plenty to see and browse around for free.

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The tents are pretty huge inside. It took me 30 mins of brisk walking, just to see the stalls in this one tent alone ! Plenty of quirky recycled goods and foodie treats from all over the globe.

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A few random shots of travellers and colourful German folk.

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Fun times travelling on Trams, Buses, Trains and seeing all the decorated stations.

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Another afternoon we went to Starnberg Lake, some 30 km south-west of Munich. ‘Crazy’ King Ludwig II of Bavaria mysteriously drowned in the nearby lake at Berg, on the evening of 13 June 1886. I’m glad to say that things looked pretty tranquil whilst we were there. The lake, or glacial hollow, was created by ice age glaciers from the Alps, and extends 21 km (13 miles) from north to south and has a width of 3-5 km. In 2007, Starnberg regained its status as the wealthiest town in Germany.

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You can walk for miles around the lake, as the path squiggles inland and back to lakeside from time to time. It was frosty day so I stopped for an orange Gluhwein drink, it certainly warms you up as you gaze across to the snowy Alps.

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Finally, I wanted to share this great tip from a German friend of mine about a little known gem. The Müllersches Volksbad is a magnificent art nouveau swimming complex. This bathing temple on the Isar opened its doors in 1901. The engineer Karl Müller donated the building to the city of Munich on the condition that it built a pool for the poor. Almost all of the notable historic details have been preserved true to the original thanks to painstaking, elaborate craftsmanship.

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The detail is stunning and although you can’t look into the pool without going to swim, the building and cafe are well worth the walk along the river.

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For more images of the interior, have a look  here. More about Munich’s Museums coming soon.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2013 12:05 pm

    I’m glad you found so much to enjoy in Munich! It’s nice to see one’s home town through someone else’s (artistic) eyes…makes me appreciate it more…one sometimes takes the stuff around you for granted or even think it’s boring 😉 Anyway, like your site very much, it’s very inspiring, so thanks! Anne (an illustrator from Munich)

    • January 8, 2013 12:14 pm

      Hi Anne, Many thanks for the comment, it makes it even better coming from someone who knows the city too. I wish I had known you before my trip as I would have asked for your tips from an Illustration angle… do you have any for next time ? Thanks again and I hope this finds you well.

      • January 8, 2013 1:20 pm

        You found quite a lot of my favourites already, but I can send you a list via e-mail if you like! Wish I’d known your site before going to London. Haven’t had the time to read through many posts yet, but I’m sure I’ll find something for *my* next time in England 🙂
        The exhbition in Yorkshire sounds gorgeous but I surely won’t make that 😦

  2. January 8, 2013 3:09 pm

    Thanks Anne, will drop an email over to you, I appreciate your kind offer for links as I may be Munich bound again. I’m also an Illustrator and Textile Designer so we have something in common there too. Cheers Craig

  3. January 9, 2013 7:17 am

    I love the attention to detail in your photographs. The clocks and the balcony railings and the statues are such wonderful treasures. Why is there a representation of an animal outside the each tent ?

    • January 9, 2013 11:47 am

      Thank you, I’m always the one who notices the little details, must be the designers eye I have lol The fish were decorating the outside of the event and the Stag because it was a Jägermeister Bar (and the stag is on their label) and the Bull was because they were selling Beef Burgers ! There was so much more to see but we we’re off to the Olympic Park so, didn’t spend more than an hour there.

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