This year’s Wave Gotik Treffen was a first for me and it was so fantastic I am already planning my trip next year. Over the next few days, I will be giving a day-by-day view of the festival overall with some reviews of bands, shops, restaurants/bars, club nights etc. Please also see my page of WGT recommended places in Leipzig which I will be adding to yearly.
We flew to Berlin and made the short train ride from Berlin to Leipzig. Our train arrived around 7:30pm so after dropping our bags off at the Sleepy Lion Hostel we headed to meet up with some people from at the Bayerische Bahnhof, a restaurant/bar serving traditional German food and and a wide selection of beer which is located towards the south east of the city centre. Our intention was to meet up with the American WGT meet up but the venue was so vast, with so may rooms that we ended up finding the Swiss meet up instead and sat near them. As ever with German food, there is little-to-no variety for vegetarians so if you are vegetarian eating here may not be for you. Myself an omnivore, I choose the Sauerbraten (beef marinated in a vinegar gravy/sauce to tenderise it) which came with traditional potato dumplings and red cabbage. The food was very good and the prices reasonable as a main meal should be no more than around 10 Euros. A group of us gathered at the bar increased and the drinks were flowing until we realised that the waitresses were trying to close the bar.
Rating : 5/5
We headed back into town to absinthe bar Sixtina where we stayed until about 3am. Sixtina is a great place to meet people at the festival as it has a vast outside seating area with benches which inevitably causes you to strike up a conversation with the person or group of people sitting next to you. During the Wave Gotik Treffen weekend Sixtina is open 24 hours and in addition to a range absinthes, also serves Black Hole (I believe a pre-mixed bottled mixture of Cola and absinthe) and beers for those who don’t want a visit from the Green Fairy. Sixtina has their own-brand absinthe which is the cheapest in their range and which, unless you are a absinthe aficionado, is fine to stick to. In order to melt the sugar cube that is provided with your absinthe, you can either use the paperclip the bar staff provide as a (perfectly acceptable) absinthe spoon, or pay extra for use of a proper spoon. Sixtina also has some small festival events taking place but unfortunately all that we managed to see whilst there was some people doing readings of their bad Goth poetry – a Goth stereotype I personally feel is unnecessary.