Goch

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Goch
Protestant Kirche am Markt in Goch
Protestant Kirche am Markt in Goch
Coat of arms of Goch
Coat of arms
Goch is located in Germany
Goch
Goch
Coordinates: 51°41′2″N 06°9′43″E / 51.68389°N 6.16194°E / 51.68389; 6.16194Coordinates: 51°41′2″N 06°9′43″E / 51.68389°N 6.16194°E / 51.68389; 6.16194
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Düsseldorf
District Kleve
Government
 • Mayor Karl-Heinz Otto (CDU)
Area
 • Total 115.38 km2 (44.55 sq mi)
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 32,894
 • Density 290/km2 (740/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 47574
Dialling codes 02823,
02827 (Kessel, Hassum, Hommersum)
Vehicle registration KLE
Website www.goch.de

Goch (archaic spelling: Gog, Dutch: Gogh) is a town in the district of Kleve, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated close to the border with the Netherlands, approx. 12 km (7 mi) south of Kleve, and 27 km (17 mi) southeast of Nijmegen.

History[edit]

Goch is at least 750 years old: the earliest mention of Goch is in a document dated 1259. It was a part of the Duchy of Cleves. During World War II, the city was completely destroyed by Allied bombers.[2]

Watertower
View to a street: Am Steintor


Notable natives and residents[edit]

The city is the birthplace of:

The Spanish author, military leader, and governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Francisco de Moncada, died here in 1635.

Cultural ties[edit]

It is twinned with the town of Andover in England, the town of Redon in France and the town of Veghel in the Netherlands.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 31 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stadtgeschichte". Stadt Goch. Retrieved 30 May 2013.