Townhall of Gescher
|• Mayor||Hubert Effkemann (CDU)|
|• Total||80.78 km2 (31.19 sq mi)|
|Elevation||59 m (194 ft)|
|• Density||210/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Gescher is a municipality in the district of Borken, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located near the border with the Netherlands. It is most often known for its bell work, and it includes a Museum of Bells.
Gescher is surrounded by farming communities and can be seen as more of a rural town.
Farming Communities and Suburbs
Farming Communities and suburbs belonging to Gescher include:
Gescher is located in the western half of the Regierungsbezirk, Münsterland. It finds itself within the District of Borken, just to the south of Stadtlohn. To the east lies the District of Coesfeld, and the Dutch border can be found to the west.
The river, Berkel runs through Gescher and used to be used extensively to deliver goods between Dutch towns and Münster.
The early history of Gescher starts as a connecting stop on a postal route running from Muenster to the Netherlands. In 1570, Gescher suffered an enormous village-wide fire that destroyed the entire town. During the time of reconstruction, many looters came over from the Netherlands to take advantage of the unfortunate situation. After the Second World War, Gescher was under the control of Mr. Ball and the British sovereignty in Germany. Gescher was under the authority of Kreis Coesfeld up until 1975 when Gescher was pulled into Kreis Borken.
Population Changes over the Years
Westfalenbus operates a few scheduled bus services through Gescher:
|Coesfeld - Gescher – Hochmoor - Velen – Borken - Rhede - Bocholt|
|Vreden - Stadtlohn - Gescher - Hochmoor - Coesfeld|
|Ahaus - Gescher - Hochmoor|
|Stadtlohn - Gescher - Rosendahl - Billerbeck - Havixbeck - Münster|
Up until 1985, Gescher was on the railroad offering services between Empel and Muenster. The old train station building can still be seen on the southside of Gescher.
The closest general aviation airport is Stadtlohn-Vreden Airport, located about 15 kilometers from Gescher. The closest airport with scheduled commercial traffic is Münster Osnabrück International Airport, which is located about 50 kilometers away from Gescher. A way bigger alternative is the Düsseldorf Airport, which is located about 85 kilometers from Gescher.
- Official site (German)
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