Gronau, North Rhine-Westphalia



Coat of arms

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
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Münster
District Borken
First mentioned 1365
  Mayor Sonja Jürgens (SPD)
  Total 78.63 km2 (30.36 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 47,010
  Density 600/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 48599
Dialling codes 0 25 62
0 25 65 (Epe)
Vehicle registration BOR

Gronau (Westf.) (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁoːnaʊ]) 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.

Notable persons

The musician Udo Lindenberg, the footballer Winfried Berkemeier, the boxer Cengiz Koç were born in Gronau. The Dutch singer Rania Zeriri lives in Gronau. Rolf Eckrodt, CEO of Mistubishi Motors 2001–2005, was born in Gronau in 1942. The tennis player Agnieszka Radwańska grew up here; her father was tennis coach at the local club.

Reformed church
Sculpture near Neustraße-Döhrmannplatz


Gronau can by 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, Dortmund and Münster in Germany. The nearest airports are Münster Osnabrück International Airport and Enschede Airport Twente, although the latter has no scheduled flights.

International relations

Gronau is twinned with:


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