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Germany is located in Central Europe and it shares borders with Denmark in the North, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France in the West, Austria and Switzerland in the South and Poland and the Czech Republic in the East. The North Sea and the Baltic Sea represent additional National Borders in the North. The official language of Germany is German and Berlin is the capital.
Leverkusen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the eastern bank of the Rhine, half way between Cologne and Dusseldorf. The population of the city in 2005 was 161,342. The area of the city is 78.85 square kilometers with a population density of is 2,047 per square kilometer. The city is elevated at about 60 meters from above the sea-level.
The city of Leverkusen is a product of economic growth in the Rhine-Ruhr region. It was a rural area until the late 19th century. The present city is made up of several villages, originally called Wiesdorf, Opladen, Schlebusch, Lutzenkirchen, Steinbuchel, Rheindorf and Bergisch-Neukirchen. Wiesdorf, dating back to the 12th century, was chosen by the apothecary Carl Leverkus for establishing a dye factory in 1860.
Leverkusen was founded in 1930 by merging the above mentioned villages that had become towns in the meantime. Today the town is home of the somewhat successful football club Bayer Leverkusen. The places of interest in the city are Bay Arena which is the Leverkusen's multifunctional soccer stadium, Bayer Cross Leverkusen, which is one of the biggest lighted adverts worldwide, Schloss Morsbroich which is a moated castle in barock style, Water Tower Leverkusen-Burrig, which is a 7245 meters high water reservoir containing a observation deck and Neuland Park, a large park alongside the Rhine.
Leverkusen is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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