Gronau, North Rhine-Westphalia


Gronau (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁoːnaʊ]), officially Gronau (Westf.), is a city 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.

Political Map
Gronau
Flag
Coat of arms
Location of Gronau within Borken district
HeidenBocholtBorkenHeekGronau
Gronau
Gronau
Coordinates: 52°12′45″N 7°02′30″E
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
DistrictBorken
First mentioned1365
Subdivisions2
Government
  MayorRainer Doetkotte[1] (CDU)
Area
  Total78.63 km2 (30.36 sq mi)
Elevation
27 m (89 ft)
Population
 (2019-12-31)[2]
  Total48,321
  Density610/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

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

Notable persons


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 Gronau

Transport


Gronau can be reached by road via the Autobahn A 30 and A 31, the Dutch Rijksweg 35, the Bundesstraße B 54 and B 474. 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 cities


Gronau is twinned with:[3]

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