Belgium: Friday through Jan. 17, Bugatti fans can catch a special exhibition of some of the world’s fastest and most expensive cars at the Bugatti 100 Expo in Autoworld Brussels. The forerunners of the powerful Veyron touring car, with its ground-breaking design, will be on display, as will one of the six Royals, one of the biggest and rarest autos built during the Great Depression to be sold to royalty. Through December, the million-dollar-plus Veyron Grand Sport, the world’s fastest car, will be shown. The cars come from private collections, the Mulhouse Cité de l’Automobile’s collection in Mulhouse, France, and Bugatti SAS in Molsheim, France. Items for sale include posters, models, sculptures and paintings. The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends (closed on Christmas). Admission is 6 euros for adults, 3 euros for children aged 6 to 13 and free for children younger than 6. Find more details at www.autoworld.be.
Germany: In September, Munich’s Theresienwiese is the site of the annual Oktoberfest. But in winter, the scene shifts to the city’s colorful Tollwood Winter Festival to brighten the gloom of December skies with a variety of cultural events. "Heaven and Hell" is this year’s motto, one that focuses on the contrasts in life. On the program is the Canadian La Vie circus troupe, with its dark theater production of purgatory; a Futterkrippe, in which you can taste Christmas dishes from America, Bavaria and Eastern Europe; an ice-skating rink; Christmas market with 200 stalls; live music in the Wolke 7 tent; and children’s events. Details are available at www.tollwood.de.