16 Best Things To Do In Leverkusen, Germany

things to do in leverkusen germany
Richard Dean
Richard Dean
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Leverkusen is located on the right bank of the Rhine in the middle of Düsseldorfn and Cologne. In 1975, Leverkusen was only an urban center but, made its way to be one of the most prosperous cities in Germany. Today, Leverkusen continues to shine from the rest. This city boasts of natural beauty, delicious cuisine, exciting attractions, plenty of parks, and of course, the global brand Bayer. Did we mention that this city is known as the city that developed aspirin? Leverkusen is also the home to many big names, from Bayer 04 Leverkusen (football team) to Bayer Cross (largest advertisement) to Leverkusen-Bürrig Water Tower and more. If you plan to visit Germany, be sure to add Leverkusen to your list. To learn more about this city, scroll down and discover the best things to do in Leverkusen, Germany!

1. Join the BayArena Football Stadium tour


Visiting BayArena Football Stadium is probably, a dream come true, for most tourists who love football. If you remember the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, then definitely, the BayArena Football Stadium will ring a bell. Luckily, this fascinating BayArena Football Stadium tour provides spectacular behind-the-scenes insight into the stadium and includes walking through the tunnel onto the pitch, visiting the business and premium lounges, the press conference room, and the dugouts.

BayArena Football Stadium Tour

Address: Bismarckstraße 122-124, 51373 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: BayArena Football Stadium Tour

Price: 12 USD

2. Take a stroll through the Japanese Garden


Discover this small gem which has become the oasis of beauty and silence for everyone in Leverkusen. The Japanese Garden is a perfect spot for those who just want to relax and reflect on life. The garden is a portion of the Carl Duisberg Park and is surrounded by lush greenery and flora. This is a good choice for an afternoon family stroll. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the beauty of this garden.

Japanese Garden

Address: Kaiser-Wilhelm Allee 51373 Leverkusen

Website: Japanese Garden

3. Play a game of miniature golf at the Neuland Park


Neuland Park is one of the best urban parks in Leverkusen. Situated along the Rhein River and a 15-minute walk from Rathaus Gallery, this park is a combination of pretty flowers, bushes, playgrounds for children, and has a huge amount of space. Every day is a day of fun here. You can do a lot of things with your family, from riding a bicycle to running and even playing miniature golf.

Neuland Park

Address: Nobelstraße 91, 51373 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: Neuland Park

Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)

4. Visit the Reuschenberg Wildpark


Reuschenberg Wildpark can be considered as a small zoo, which gives a jungle-like feel, as it has a huge number of trees. The animals are well secured and kept in good conditions. It also has a huge playground for kids to enjoy and a nice small restaurant for a quick snack. In here, you’ll have the opportunity to feed the goats, an activity that kids will surely enjoy.

Reuschenberg Wildpark

Address: Am Reuschenberger Busch 6, 51373 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: Reuschenberg Wildpark

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

5. Take the kids to the NaturGut Ophoven environment education center


In the middle of Reuschenberg Forest, you will find the NaturGut Ophoven environment education center, which is suitable for small and large kids. This park houses 80 different species of domestic and wild animals and plenty of flora and fauna. In here, kids will learn a lot of things, as there is plenty of child-friendly information on nature and conservation. They will also have the chance to see the electricity and conservation exhibitions on display.

NaturGut Ophoven

Address: Am Reuschenberger Busch 6 51373 Leverkusen

Website: NaturGut Ophoven

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 9am - 6pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 6pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 97 USD

6. Check out the lovely Herz-Jesu Church

Herz-Jesu-Kirche in Leverkusen, von Sueden
Source: Photo by user Jörg Wiegels used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Tourists should never miss visiting the Herz-Jesu Church. Though the location is central, in the middle of Leverkusen’s city center, this church is still a place of solace, prudence, and calm. It is a refreshing place for spirituality and prayer, and best if you have your family to come along with you.

Herz-Jesu Church

Address: Herz-Jesu-Kirche, Wiesdorfer Pl., 51373 Leverkusen, Germany

7. Explore Morsbroich Museum


Located 20 km (12.42 miles) north of Cologne, in a quiet area, you’ll find the Morsbroich Museum. This German museum of contemporary art showcases splendid artwork and great curation, especially the exhibition by Peter Radelfinger. The museum was surrounded by nature, which makes this place perfect for a relaxing tour.

Morsbroich Museum

Address: Gustav-Heinemann-Straße 80, 51377 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: Morsbroich Museum

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11am - 5pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 10 USD

8. Do a spot of shopping at Rathaus-Galerie

things to do in leverkusen germany | do a spot of shopping at rathaus-galerie
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Of course, no Leverkusen’s tour is complete without shopping at its largest shopping center, the Rathaus-Galerie. Located in a very prime location in downtown Leverkusen’s pedestrian area, Rathaus-Galerie presents a wide range of food, unique stores, and services. With its 120 shops, we bet, you can find something for you to take back home.

Rathaus-Galerie

Address: Friedrich-Ebert-Platz 2, 51373 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: Rathaus-Galerie

Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (closed on Sun)

9. Catch an aerial view of the city from the Leverkusen-Bürrig Water Tower


Leverkusen-Bürrig Water Tower is one of Germany’s landmarks, which was built in 1978 and has a total height of 72.45 meters (237.7 feet) and 4,000 cubic meters (1056688 US liquid gallons) of water reservoir. You can see splendid views and the wonderful surroundings, from its observation deck. This is a good spot if you want to conquer your fear of heights.

Leverkusen-Bürrig Water Tower

Address: Olof-Palme-Straße, 51371 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: Leverkusen-Bürrig Water Tower

10. Check out Bayer Cross - once the largest illuminated ad in the world

things to do in leverkusen germany | check out bayer cross - once the largest illuminated ad in the world
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Bayer Cross is world renowned as the largest illuminated advertisement in the world. It’s actually a company’s logo created with lights above a factory which measures 51 meters (167 feet) across and weighs about 300 tons (600,000 pounds). Wherever you go in Leverkusen you should be able to see this gigantic advertisement sign. It will be nice to take some pictures as a memory.

Bayer Cross

Address: Nobelstraße 37, 51373 Leverkusen, Germany

11. Watch a movie at Scala Cinema

Posted by Scala Cinema Leverkusen on Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Scala Cinema reminds you of cinema halls from the previous era. Though small, the cinema has a great ambiance that can make you feel comfortable and relaxed. This place is for people who are not after movie effects but, just sought relaxation and the joy of watching a movie. The films shown here are interesting and the tickets are charged at very affordable prices.

Scala Cinema

Address: Uhlandstraße 9, 51379 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: Scala Cinema

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:15pm - 10:30pm; Sat - Sun: 2:45pm - 10:30pm

Price: 6 USD

12. Check out the Elefantenbrunnen elephant fountain

Rundgang durch die Kolonie III in Leverkusen

Posted by Michael Schrieber on Saturday, 25 November 2017

For many locals, the Elefantenbrunnen elephant fountain has been part of their childhood. This has been the meeting place of teenagers, friends, and lovers! In other words, the elephant fountain has become and continues to be a beautiful venue for all. Perhaps, this can be a good starting point for exploring the beauty of Leverkusen.

Elefantenbrunnen

Address: Havensteinstraße 21, 51373 Leverkusen, Germany

13. Explore Freudenthaler Sensenhammer - an industrial museum

Posted by Industriemuseum Freudenthaler Sensenhammer on Saturday, 15 August 2015

Presenting Freudenthaler Sensenhammer, an 18th-century preserved scythe factory and known as the “living” industrial museum. It features demonstrations, temporary exhibits, forge performances, concerts, theater evenings and much more. Overall, this museum is all about the industrial history of Germany and how it shaped the agricultural sector of the nation.

Freudenthaler Sensenhammer

Address: Freudenthal 68, 51375 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: Freudenthaler Sensenhammer

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 10am - 1pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed Mon & Fri)

Price: 10 USD

14. Visit Schiffsbrücke Wuppermündung - a historic bridge


Schiffsbrücke Wuppermündung is a historic ship bridge in a beautiful and peaceful setting in Leverkusen. If you want to relax, stay away from the hustle and bustle, and reflect on life, an evening yoga session is a perfect idea to do in this place. The view on the Rhine and nature gives a good sensation for everyone, plus, you can also buy cakes and cold drinks at the small kiosk, that has been set up nearby in the middle of the ship bridge.

Schiffsbrücke Wuppermündung

Address: Rheinuferweg 100, 51371 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: Schiffsbrücke Wuppermündung

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 10am - 7pm

15. Try authentic German food at Dom Brauhaus


To complete your Leverkusen escapade, you should never miss out on tasting German delicacies. Luckily, Dom Brauhaus is a superb brewhouse and is a combination of comfort, cool ambiance, fast service, and a great selection of food and brews. After an exhausting tour, this restaurant is ready to serve you all the way with their friendly gestures and welcoming smiles. Perhaps, an order of lumberjack steak and a nice cold beer will energize you for your next adventure.

Dom Brauhaus

Address: Saarstraße 1, 51375 Leverkusen, Germany

Website: Dom Brauhaus

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 12pm; Sat: 5pm - 12am; Sun: 11:30am - 11pm

Price: 12-23 USD

16. Try local beer at Stadioneck Leverkusen


If you want to truly immerse yourself into German culture, then there’s no better way than to do so than by drinking their local beer and joining the Happy Hour celebrations. Beer plays a major part in German’s culture. Every day here is a celebration, as is evident in the jovial atmosphere in the local pubs and bars. Stadioneck Leverkusen is one of the best bars that you must visit if you are looking for great beer and a cool place to hang out.

Stadioneck Leverkusen

Address: Karl-Marx-Str. 36 51373 Leverkusen Germany

Website: Stadioneck Leverkusen

Opening hours: Thu: 6pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 6pm - 12am (closed Sun - Wed)

Price: 15 USD

Leverkusen - home to many wonders

Leverkusen BayArena 7
Source: Photo by user Валерий Дед used under CC BY 3.0

Families will have a quality time at the Neuland Park, believers will find serenity at the Herz-Jesu Church, artists will find inspiration at the Morsbroich Museum and partygoers will have a good time at the Stadioneck Leverkusen! With all of these things to do, there’s no reason not to visit Leverkusen. Indeed, this city is home to many wonders!

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