Most Germans think of Leverkusen as a company town - not least because pharmaceuticals giant Bayer sponsors the BayArena stadium and gave the city's team its name. But booking Leverkusen football tickets is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the city on the Rhine.
Part of Germany's industrial heartland, the area has plenty of surprises, the highlight being Morsbroich Museum, built as a baroque castle and now an award-winning art gallery. Cologne, one of the country's most historic cities, is only a half hour away. But one of Leverkusen's biggest attractions is the stadium: tours are affordable and easy to book. The club takes real pride in its family-friendly reputation and football matches in Leverkusen have a surprisingly good atmosphere, with the old nickname "Werkself" - 'factory team' - becoming a badge of honour for players and fans.