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WERK II
Werk II is a gig venue with loads of character and for some reason its my favorite venue, located half way between the main station and
the Agra. You will be security checked here as you are at other venues, once through you will smell the smoky barbecue that I highly
recommend, there is a small bar to the left past the barbecue with seats and they sell excellent food (if you can get a seat, there are
also some toilets).

This venue was built in 1848 as a Gas Meter Factory and was used until 1952 when it went into liquidation. In 1992 it was established
as a cultural centre. In 1997 a fire damaged the building,  various artists especially from the alternative scene helped by getting involved
in the rebuilding and financing of Werk II together with the city of Leipzig. In 2004 the site reopned in five sections and today there are a
host of companies and organisations using the wider site of Werk II.

As you walk forward after entering you will find seating down both sides (normally full) and a very large doorway leading to the stage
area. Toilets can be found to either side of this doorway. The Stage area is excellent, it will get very crowded (buy hey you’re at a festival,
what else would you expect), there are bars to either side. When the bands come on the door at the back is closed (sauna time), and
you will be forced through a small doorway to your left to get out, this adds to the heat in this place and is its only downfall. I also advise
getting here early, at least one band before the band you want to see, I have had to wait 40 minutes to get in and missed most of the set
I wanted to see. The sound quality is excellent here, it does however get full for popular bands, the sound management booth gets in
the way causing a bit of squeeze once bands have started playing. My advice is as you look at the stage go towards the right hands side
as you enter, its less packed and between bands they open another door on the right. Band Merchandise will be on sale on the right as
you enter. There is a good restaurant outside Werk II called Sued Brause.
There are two venues here in one building, there is the Kuppelhalle and the Kantine. It is located to the east of the city down towards the
Kohlrabizirkus. The building is absolutely wonderful, as you enter you feel that you really are in a grand venue, the insides are plush and
the fittings are very comfortable (if you are lucky you will be able to sit at a table next to a bar and watch bands play).

The Volkspalast (peoples palace) was designed by architect Wilhelm Kreis and called ‘Hall 16’. It is styled in the Neoclassical Style
modelled on the Roman Pantheon whilst the large dome is meant to be a copy of the night sky. Built from concrete with a steel structure
in 1913 the design will remind you of the White House in Washington DC from the outside. Wilhelm Kreis had previously submitted a
design for the Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig 1896, although the commission later went to Bruno Schmitz. Kreis later became
famous for his designs especially the hygiene museum in Dresden, however he fell from grace in 1933 only to later find himself
employed by Albert Speer in the redesign of Berlin.

In 2005 the Volkspalast formerly known as Hall 16 was renovated at a cost of 2.5 million Euro's after 10 years of abandonment
(although it was used previously as a WGT venue). Today the 3,500 square meter venue is used for many events from Cabaret to
Classical and from a Disco to Fetish Parties and of course WGT.

As you enter the Volkspalast you will find yourself in the outer circle that surrounds the main hall. Here you will find the cloakroom,
toilets and some rather nice sofas (you may mock, but after a week of standing watching bands, shopping and clubbing it was great to
lounge on these with a beer or two). From the surrounding outer circle you can enter the Main Kuppelhalle, just turn left or right from the
doorway and you will see the entrance to the Kuppelhalle a short distance away. As you enter the main Kuppelhalle you will see that you
can turn left or right and up some stairs to a bar area with some great viewing seats/tables. If you are here to see a band then get here
early, you really need to be in the middle of the hall between the speakers. If you find yourself to either side then you will find that the
sound will bounce off the opposite wall and you may struggle to hear the band clearly.

Although the place is large its does get very full and viewing the bands can also be a little awkward, as the stage area is quite small. If
you choose the raised area near the bars then these areas will obviously be busier, the sound quality will be poorer although you do
have beer very close and the chance of a better raised view. The WGT Fetish night is normally held at the Volkspalast, called
'Obsession Bizarr'. This Fetischtreffen is always a popular event, being more show than play (from a fetish club point of view) its a
chance to really show off (just a shame baggage allowances do not allow many of us to bring more exotic clothes to wear).

Within the same building is the Kantine, a lovely venue sometimes used by WGT for after parties, large and comfortable its worth a visit.
If you leave late, turn left outside and walk down the steet, taxis will be heading this way, and you should not have to wait that long before
you can hail one.
PHOTOS
VOLKSPALAST
VOLKSPALAST AT
NIGHT
THE INTERIOR
THE INTERIOR
THE OUTER RING
THE KUPPELHALLE
   
THE KUPPELHALLE
THE OUTER RING
VOLKSPALAST FROM
THE ROAD
THE KUPPELHALLE
 
 
The Volkspalast, enhanced by Sadgoth
VOLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL / KRYPTA
Völkerschlachtdenkmal ("Monument of the Battle of the Nations") is a large monument in Leipzig, Germany, to the Battle of Leipzig of
1813, also known as the Battle of the Nations. It is one of Leipzig's main landmarks. The monument commemorates Napoleon's defeat
at Leipzig. This was a crucial step towards the end of hostilities, which was, in essence, a victory for the German peoples. Additionally, it
mourns the 120,000 dead from all the nations involved, not only the German soldiers.

The structure is 91 metres tall, making it the tallest monument in Europe. It contains over 500 steps to a viewing platform at the top,
from which there are spectacular views across the city and its environs. It was one of the first major structures to make extensive use of
concrete, although the facings are of granite. It is said to stand on the spot of the bloodiest fighting, where Napoleon saw his army
destroyed. The architect of the monument was Bruno Schmitz, and the carved figures, including the 5.5 metres (18 feet) high
Totenwächter ("Guards of the Dead", or "Keepers of the Vigil of the Dead") are the work of sculptor Franz Metzner. The construction work
took place over a period of 15 years.

Hitler exploited the monument to the full, and chose it as a frequent venue for his speeches when in Leipzig. During the period of
communist rule in East Germany, the government of the GDR was unsure whether it should allow the monument to stand, since it
represented the staunch nationalism of the period of the German Empire. Eventually, it was decided that the monument should be
allowed to remain, since it represented a battle in which Russian and German soldiers had fought together against a common enemy,
and was therefore representative of "Russo-German Brotherhood-in-arms"

The venue is amazing, although only one or two bands will play (and normally from the folk, classical specturm)
PHOTOS
VOLKERSCHLACH
DENKMAL - EXTERIOR
VOLKERSCHLACH
DENKMAL - EXTERIOR
THE KRYPTA
UPSTAIRS AT THE
KYRPTA
LOOKING DOWN
INSIDE THE
MONUMENT
LOOKING UP INSIDE
THE MONUMENT
DARKFLOWER
Darkflower is a nightclub (that many find too small for the WGT weekend) it is also used during the day for events such as a new album
release party or come and meet the band party, check the official program for details). As you enter the club, show your WGT wristband
and go down the stairs (be prepared for a wave of heat to hit you as you descend) toilets are to your left and  to your right is the
dance-floor. The bar is down the side of the dance-floor, it can be quite hard to reach once the place is full, the sound from the
dance-floor will hinder your conversation with the bar staff (note its not unknown for band members of the Goth world to be serving
behind the bar, so when you order your beer, have a look to see if you recognise the person who has just served you).

NOTE: Darkflower now has two dance-floors, the area past the archway now has a smaller dance-floor. The club really is excellent,
guest DJs will play most nights and the dancefloor will be very packed till the very early hours of the morning. Expect the place to be
going till 6-7am every night. Check out the bar for some wonderful cocktails/drinks too. With the smoking ban the club has become far
more assessable, it does however get very hot (as does every nightclub in Leipzig for some reason)
SIXTINA
Awaiting new Sixtina review...

The Sixtina sells 100+ different types of Absinthe, you cant really come in here without at least having taste of one of the Absinthes,
mixed the proper way with heated sugar and water. If you have partied all night then head for the Sixtina for the Absinthe breakfast that
occurs every morning, if you can still walk when you leave give yourself a pat on the back. Not only does the Sixtina sell Absinthe it also
sells Leipzig only locally brewed beer, called 'Gose', this beer is a pale, top-fermenting wheat beer, flavoured with coriander and salt
that is said to taste a bit sour. Weirder still the Sixtina bar sells a cocktail made from Absinthe and Gose...
PHOTOS
PLAN
DOORWAY
DANCEFLOOR
DANCEFLOOR
DANCEFLOOR
DANCEFLOOR
DANCEFLOOR
BAR
WALL MURAL
DARKFLOWER
TABLE
 
PHOTOS
WERK II
WERK II
WERK II
WERK II
WERK II
WERK II
RESTAURANT AT
WERK II
RESTAURANT AT
WERK II
GIG HALLE
BBQ
OUTSIDE WERK II
OUTSIDE WERK II
WERK II
WERK II
WERK II
THE QUEUE
WERK II
SUED BRAUSE
KRYSTALLPALAST VARIETE
The Krystallpalast (Variete) Leipzig was opened in 1882. At the time it had world wide renown for being one of the major world Variety
Club venues, a must for all the worlds’ engineering master achievement and could accommodate up to 15000 guests in the various
halls restaurants, bars, cafés and beer gardens. However on the night of the 3rd December 1943 during the Second World War the
building was bombed and completely destroyed.  The Krystallpalast was not rebuilt or restored, although from the ashes rose a new
building that was used as a ‘picture house’ and later for television broadcasts.

In November 1997 the world famous Variete house was reborn (with backing from a local bank). And today the building provides a
stage for this now dieing art form. However although variety shows are no longer as popular as they once were the art form is still alive
within the Krystallpalast, traditional ‘Variety theatre’ occurs daily with colourful shows of music, dance, theatre and acrobatics combined
with the unique ambiance of the bar make a visit an unforgettable experience.  Today the Krystallpalast Variete can house 240 people in
a comfortable semi circular tiered theatre, with room for 180 people in the Feinschmecker restaurant.
PHOTOS
 
 
OLD PICTURE OF THE
KRYSTALLPALAST
ENTRANCE OF THE
KRYSTALLPALAST VARIETE
TODAY
INTERIOR FROM
UPSTAIRS
INTERIOR DOWN
STAIRS