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Leverkusen
BayArena Leverkusen
BayArena Leverkusen
Coat of arms of Leverkusen
Leverkusen is located in Germany
Leverkusen
Coordinates 51°02′0″N 06°59′0″E / 51.033333°N 6.983333°E / 51.033333; 6.983333
Administration
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Cologne
District Urban district
Mayor Ernst Küchler (SPD)
Governing parties CDUSPD / Bürgerliste
Basic statistics
Area 78.85 km2 (30.44 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m  (197 ft)
Population 161,279  (30 June 2008)
 - Density 2,045 /km2 (5,298 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate LEV
Area codes 0214, 02171 & 02173
Website Welcome to Leverkusen

Leverkusen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the eastern bank of the Rhine, half way between Cologne and Düsseldorf.

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History

Dating to the 12th century as Wiesdorf, the Leverkusen area was rural until the late 19th century.

Chemical facility
In 1860, Wiesdorf was chosen by the apothecary Carl Leverkus for establishing a dye factory. The factory was taken over by the Bayer company in 1891. The company moved its office to Wiesdorf in 1912, turning the town into the centre of German chemical industry. In World War II, the Bayer (Standard Oil/IG Farben) plant[1] was bombed on August 22, 1943,[2] and during the Battle of Berlin (air) on November 19/20 and December 10/11, 1943.

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.

Main sights and places of interest

Morsbroich Castle



International relations

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Twin towns — Sister cities

Leverkusen is twinned with:

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "Twin towns". www.ouka.fi. http://www.ouka.fi/kansainvalisyys/english/ystavyyskaupungit.html. Retrieved 2009-11-07.  
  2. ^ (Bracknell Town, part of the Bracknell Forest local authority twinned with Opladen in 1973, Opladen then incorporated with Leverkusen in 1975
  3. ^ "Profit Over Life" (html). The Nuremberg Pharma Tribunal. http://www.profit-over-life.org/rolls.php?roll=95&pageID=33&expand=no. Retrieved tbd.  

Literature

  • Blaschke, Stefan (1999): Unternehmen und Gemeinde: Das Bayerwerk im Raum Leverkusen 1891-1914 Cologne: SH-Verlag, ISBN 3-89498-068-0 (German)
  • Archive of Leverkusen (2005): Leverkusen. Geschichte einer Stadt am Rhein. Bielefeld: Verlag für Regionalgeschichte, ISBN 3-89534-575-X (German)
  • Franz Gruß (1987): Geschichte und Porträt der Stadt Leverkusen. Leverkusen: Verlag Anna Gruß, ISBN 393047803X (German)

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  1. Leverkusen (city in western Germany)

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Leverkusen
The Bayer skyscraper in Leverkusen, seen from the Japanese gardens

Leverkusen
Coordinates 51°02′N 06°59′E / 51.03333°N 6.98333°E / 51.03333; 6.98333
Administration
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Cologne
District Urban district
Mayor Reinhard Buchhorn (CDU)
Governing parties CDUSPD / Bürgerliste
Basic statistics
Area 78.85 km2 (30.44 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m  (197 ft)
Population 161,336  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 2,046 /km2 (5,299 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate LEV
Area codes 0214, 02171 & 02173
Website www.leverkusen.de

Leverkusen is a city near Cologne at the river Rhine in Germany. As of October 2005, about 162,000 people lived there.

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