Thomas Schäfer, leaseholder of Auensee campsite, stands expectantly under the bushy, broad-leafed trees that shade his pitches. In a few hours’ time many of this year’s WGT guests will arrive, something he is really looking forward to. “Hospitality is second nature to us here in Leipzig. The city is a long-established venue for trade shows, after all. Leipzig residents enjoy welcoming visitors and always have,” he says. Schäfer is in charge of 164 pitches for tents and caravans, 47 rustic log cabins and 11 romantic Finnish chalets. The campsite has been an institution in Leipzig since before German reunification thanks to its blend of natural surroundings, peace, proximity to the city and personal service, all of which tourists love. “Our guests really appreciate the individual tips we provide. Warmth and sincerity can often be in short supply in big hotels. It’s completely different here.” The down-to-earth, friendly atmosphere is also enjoyed by WGT fans every year at Whitsun.