Gronau, North Rhine-Westphalia

Gronau (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁoːnaʊ] (listen); Westphalian: Gronauwe), officially Gronau (Westf.), is a town in the district of Borken in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located near the border with the Netherlands, approx. 10 km east of Enschede. Documentary evidence of Gronau dates to 1365.

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Saint Anthony Church
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Coat of arms of Gronau
Location of Gronau within Borken district
Borken (district)North Rhine-WestphaliaKleve (district)Wesel (district)Coesfeld (district)Coesfeld (district)Lower SaxonySteinfurt (district)NetherlandsRaesfeldHeidenRhedeBocholtBorkenRekenVelenStadtlohnHeekAhausGescherLegdenSchöppingenGronauVredenSüdlohnIsselburgGronau (Westf.) in BOR.svg
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Gronau is located in Germany
Gronau
Gronau
Gronau is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Gronau
Gronau
Coordinates: 52°12′45″N 7°02′30″E / 52.21250°N 7.04167°E / 52.21250; 7.04167Coordinates: 52°12′45″N 7°02′30″E / 52.21250°N 7.04167°E / 52.21250; 7.04167
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
DistrictBorken
First mentioned1365
Subdivisions2
Government
 • Mayor (2019–25) Rainer Doetkotte[1] (CDU)
Area
 • Total78.63 km2 (30.36 sq mi)
Elevation
27 m (89 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total48,576
 • Density620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
48599
Dialling codes0 25 62
0 25 65 (Epe)
Vehicle registrationBOR
Websitewww.gronau.de
Overview map

The city is divided into the districts of Gronau and Epe.

Notable peopleEdit

The Dutch singer Rania Zeriri lives in Gronau. The Polish tennis player Agnieszka Radwańska grew up here; her father was a tennis coach at the local club. Blaise Nkufo, a Swiss footballer with African roots, former player of the Dutch football club FC Twente, lived in Gronau. Klaus Vogelgesang [de], a German artist, grew up in Gronau.

Born in GronauEdit

TransportEdit

Gronau can be reached by road via the Autobahn A 30 and A 31, the Dutch Rijksweg 35, the Bundesstraße B 54n. Gronau (Westf) railway station connects Gronau with Enschede in the Netherlands via the Dortmund–Enschede railway and the Münster–Enschede railway. The nearest airports are Münster Osnabrück International Airport and Enschede Airport Twente, although the latter has no scheduled flights.

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Gronau is twinned with:[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rainer Doetkotte neuer Bürgermeister in Gronau", Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 24 March 2019
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften". gronau.de (in German). Gronau. Retrieved 2019-12-02.

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