06-Jan-2011 -- I've been working in Leverkusen for over a year now, and daily I'm reminded that my desk is about 1 mile from this confluence. So I figured I buy a cheap sat nav for Christmas and track the confluence down. It was a remarkably simple task, as you can easily drive to within 100 meters of the confluence. Of course I decided to walk through the rain and snow instead.
The confluence is right next to the Cologne-Duisburg railway, one of the most important lines in Germany (opened 20 December 1845). So I guess you could say that millions of people have actually passed by this confluence...
The area is home to one of Germany's largest companies, Bayer. The factory dominates the area, and its boundary reaches virtually to the confluence itself. The founding family, the Duisburgs are buried in a mausoleum nearby and the Japanese gardens are well worth a visit too.
If you are using public transport, probably the easiest way to get here is on the express bus 250 from Cologne or Leverkusen and get off at the stop on the corner of Düsseldorfer Str. and Grüner Kuhweg. Walk 300 meters along Grüner to confluence. Bus only runs once an hour but that is more than enough time to complete the visit.