MASTERS IN CELEBRATION.
Anyone who visits a beer exchange in Kaiserslautern or Dresden would never dream that this kind of festival had been invented in Leverkusen-Opladen with the Opladener Bierbörse! But that’s how it is. It started in 1987 with a handful of beer stalls in the Opladen pedestrian zone. Today, unless there is a pandemic, the Beer Exchange in Opladen has up to 20,000 visitors who can choose from 1,000 types of beer on the Wupperwiesen. Prost! Skål! Salute! Leverkusen is also open to the world when it comes to the Christmas market. Every year, a very Scandinavian Christmas market takes place in the Neulandpark. Not to forget the carnival, which has its own special character because the city borders on the Kölsch-Altbier equator, a play on the local rivalry between different brewing traditions. The motto here is: Charm instead of pomp. The marksmen’s fairs in Schlebusch and Bürrig, which have grown into extraordinary public festivals, are also legendary. Take a look at a city’s festival calendar and you can see whether a city is actually alive. We in Leverkusen love to celebrate, laugh and dance, and we gladly invite people from near and far to join us.