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With a population of around 3.5 million, Berlin is Germany’s largest city. After the Wall came down in 1989, Berlin became the capital of Germany in 1990 and the seat of government in June 1991. Nowhere else is German history reflected so vividly as it is in Berlin. In addition to historic sites, like the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall, the city has innumerable other attractions and a unique cultural scene. Bayer has had offices in Berlin since acquiring Schering in 2006.
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Frequently asked questions about the Berlin site
In 2006, Bayer AG acquired the Berlin-based pharmaceuticals company Schering, which was renamed Bayer Schering Pharma AG in the same year. Its headquarters remained in Berlin. Bayer Schering Pharma was re-named Bayer Pharma AG in 2011, and integrated into Bayer AG as its Pharmaceuticals division in 2016.
Berlin manages the global activities of the Pharmaceuticals division. Strategic and management functions are based here, as are research and development, marketing, production and services. The focus of research and development in Berlin is oncology and women’s health. Global marketing teams manage the marketing of our products all over the world, and some of Bayer’s most important products are produced and packaged in the Berlin Supply Center. A number of Bayer AG functions are represented in Berlin, as are several service units of Bayer Business Services. Furthermore, our site in Berlin is a major training center, offering 16 different vocational training and dual-degree programs. With its 5,000 employees, Bayer is one of the biggest employers in Berlin.
Bayer is located in Berlin’s Wedding quarter. This former West Berlin neighborhood, with its 80,000 residents, is today part of the city’s Mitte district. Wedding is known for its multicultural flair, reflected also in its urban image. Its diversity is symbolized in its architecture, mainly Wilhelminian buildings mixed with council high-rises of the 1970s and 80s. The housing developments typical of the 1920s and 1930s are today found only in the African Quarter. The Bayer site in Wedding is on Müllerstrasse, just a few yards from the “Reinickendorfer Strasse” subway stop. The famous “Berlin Friedrichstrasse” station is just four stops away.
The Government Quarter is located in Berlin’s Tiergarten and Mitte districts, not far from Friedrichstrasse Station, and very close to the Brandenburg Gate. In the center is the Reichstag, the dome and roof terrace of which can be visited free of charge; prior registration is required. Close by are Paul Löbe House and Marie Elisabeth Lüders House, where the German Bundestag representatives have their offices. Directly opposite the Reichstag is the German Federal Chancellery. In the Government Quarter, visitors can sightsee on foot, or take a boat tour along the Spree River.
There most certainly are! The largest and most famous green areas in the center of Berlin are Tiergarten Park at Brandenburg Gate and Tempelhof Field, on the grounds of the former Tempelhof Airport. But Wedding also has quite a few green spaces. Rehberge Park was built in this district in the 1920s. Covering some 70 hectares, it offers visitors pedestrian and cycle paths, lawns, a small zoo, playgrounds, a sled run, athletic fields, restaurants and a historic open-air stage. There is also a swimming area at Plötzensee Lake that is over 100 years old – a quiet hideaway in the middle of the city.
The capital city’s cultural program is as diverse as its residents. Here is a short selection.
- Museum Island
Museum Island is a tourist highlight for everyone interested in art. Situated in the middle of Berlin Mitte, on an island on the Spree River, are the Pergamon Museum, Old National Gallery, Bode Museum, and the Old and New Museums. Museum Island was named a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999.
- East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is along the longest preserved section of the Berlin Wall, in the Friedrichshain district, on the banks of the Spree River. It is both a memorial and an open-air gallery. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1990, 118 artists from 21 countries painted a 1,316 meter-long section of what the East German government termed the Anti- Fascist Protection Wall. The sections still remaining today are replicas completed in 2009 after restoration work.
- Friedrichstadt Palast
Numerous theaters are located along Unter den Linden, Friedrichstrasse and the Hackescher Markt. In their midst is the theater with the world’s largest stage: the Friedrichstadt Palast. Eighty meters wide and 110 long, the theater was completed in 1984 and is the last imposing piece of architecture built in East Germany. Some 700,000 visitors attend numerous shows and events at the Friedrichstadt Palast every year, such as the Berlinale.
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