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Bayer-Hochhaus is a 32-storey, 122 m (400 ft), skyscraper in Leverkusen, Germany. When completed in 1963, it was the tallest building in Germany for nine years until 1972 when City-Hochhaus Leipzig was built.
The BayArena is a football stadium in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, which has been the home ground of Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen since 1958. It is not a UEFA 5-star stadium, however is in the process of being one. It is iconic due to a few reasons (listed below).
The stadium was originally known as Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion (English: Ulrich Haberland Stadium), named after a former chairman of Bayer AG, the club's founders. Its original capacity was 20,000.
In 1986, a rebuilding project began to convert it into a modern facility; the project continued intermittently over the following decade. The project was completed in 1997, making the stadium an ultramodern all-seater with a capacity of 22,500. The stadium was renamed BayArena in 1998. In 1999, a hotel attached to the stadium was completed, with some rooms having a view of the pitch. The stadium complex also includes a high-class restaurant, which also overlooks the pitch, and conference facilities.
The city of Leverkusen originally bid to become a venue for the 2006 World Cup, with an expanded BayArena as the site. However, the city, Bayer Leverkusen, and the German organizing committee soon agreed that expanding BayArena to the FIFA-mandated minimum 40,000 capacity for World Cup matches would not be practical, and the city withdrew its bid. Instead, it was agreed that BayArena would be the main training facility for the German national team during the 2006 finals. Jürgen Klinsmann, former national coach, however decided against Leverkusen and opted for Berlin as the main training facility. BayArena will supposedly host two national matches as compensation, which were never played.
The Morsbroich Museum (German: Museum Morsbroich or Morsbroich Castle Municipal Museum (Städtisches Museum Schloss Morsbroich), is a German museum of modern art situated in Leverkusen, 20 km north of Cologne.
Formerly a Baroque castle, it is now a municipal museum for the exhibition of current art. It also provides the setting for theatrical productions and other cultural events under the title "Morsbroich Summer".
In 1948 the castle was leased to the city of Leverkusen. Since 1951 it is used as an exhibition space. In 1974 it was sold to the city of Leverkusen and subsequently renovated in order to permanently function as the city's museum of modern art.
The Museum Morsbroich was the first museum in North Rhine-Westphalia explicitly exhibiting works by famous international post-war painters, sculptors and installation artists. It presented artists such as Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Louise Nevelson, Andy Warhol and Robert Motherwell. During the last 50 years it collected 400 paintings and sculptures and 5000 prints by contemporary artists.
In 2009, the Museum Morsbroich was named "museum of the year" by the German section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).
Leverkusen-Bürrig water tower
Water Tower Leverkusen-Bürrig is a 72.45 metre high water tower built in 1978 in Leverkusen-Bürrig. It has a water reservoir for 4000 cubic metres with a diameter of 42 metres. The Water Tower Leverkusen-Bürrig should be transformed by special markings in world's largest compass. It has also an observation deck for visitors.
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Leverkusen's city borders are determined mostly by the local rivers, the Rhine, Wupper, and Dhünn. Leverkusen gained popularity and notoriety especially in the group Bayer AG and the sports club Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Things to See in Leverkusen
BayArena, stadium and home of the Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Cross Leverkusen - one of the largest illuminated advertisements in the world
Schloss-Morsbroich - moated castle in the baroque style
Water Tower Leverkusen-Bürrig - 72.45 metres high water reservoir containing an observation deck
Neuland Park - large park beside the Rhine
Japanese Garden - A garden created by Carl Duisberg at 1923.
Bayer Media Cladding - Until 2010 will arise the world biggest Media Cladding next to the Carl Duisberg Park
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More about the History of Leverkusen
Dating to the 12th century as Wiesdorf, the Leverkusen area was rural until the late 19th century.
Leverkusen was founded in 1930 by merging Wiesdorf, Schlebusch, Steinbüchel and Rheindorf. In 1975, Opladen (including Lützenkirchen since 1930), Hitdorf and Bergisch Neukirchen joined. The present city is made up of several villages, originally called Wiesdorf, Opladen, Schlebusch, Lützenkirchen, Steinbüchel, Rheindorf and Bergisch-Neukirchen.
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Leverkusen is a county-level city in Southern North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The city is geographically a part of the Bergisch Land and belongs to the same Rhineland. It is located on the eastern bank of the Rhine, half way between Cologne and Düsseldorf.
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