Leverkusen has experienced an impressive transformation from a stagnant scattering of villages to a thriving cultural town. Originally established to harbour a prosperous factory, the town has risen from the ashes of post-industrialism like a phoenix, creating a compelling cultural scene along with many impressive monuments. Home to an incredibly successful football team and equally imposing stadium, the town offers visitors a varied programme of activities; visit medieval monuments, wander verdant parks or absorb the unique atmosphere of Leverkusen in a cosy café.
The aristocratic majesty of Morbroich Castle has meant it has been the setting for many period dramas attempting to depict affluence and authority; the fabulous façade of the castle will immediately impress visitors with its manicured windows and illuminated yellow colour. In contrast to the classic architecture, the contents of the castle comprise creative collections of contemporary art, all of which is specially selected for its innovative and inspiring quality.
Located about a kilometre from the town centre in a remarkably rustic hunting lodge is the Municipal Museum for Modern Art, an exceptional exhibition that boasts some of art’s biggest names. Wander amidst the 400 painting and 5,000 sculptures, looking out for painting pioneers such as Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys. The museum’s Japanese Garden is an alluring additional attraction whose blissful beauty and tranquil serenity will enrapture visitors for hours.
Occupying a picturesque and prime position in one of the town’s most gorgeous green spaces, Haus am Park is a glamorous gourmet restaurant whose food draws inspiration from rich regional delicacies. Expert chefs encompass the sophistication and style of the bourgeois by served refined dishes presently as perfectly as a work of art. (Bismarckstraße 186, 51373 Leverkusen, Germany)