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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
Location of Goch within Kleve district
Emmerich am Rhein Kleve (district) North Rhine-Westphalia Viersen (district) Krefeld Duisburg Wesel (district) Borken (district) Netherlands Wachtendonk Kalkar Goch Kerken Straelen Rheurdt Geldern Kranenburg Rees Bedburg-Hau Weeze Issum Kevelaer Uedem KleveGoch in KLE.svg
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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
 • Mayor Karl-Heinz Otto (CDU)
 • Total 115.38 km2 (44.55 sq mi)
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 33,701
 • Density 290/km2 (760/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 Siebengewald in Netherlands, approx. 12 km (7 mi) south of Kleve, and 27 km (17 mi) southeast of Nijmegen. Other places in Goch are Asperden and Kessel.


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 during Operation Veritable.[2]

Notable natives and residents[edit]

The city is the birthplace of:

Martin Schenk von Nideggen
Aenne Biermann

The city is the deathplace of:

  • Francisco de Moncada, (1586-1635), Spanish author, military leader, and governor of the Spanish Netherlands

Twin towns - sister cities[edit]

Goch is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Stadtgeschichte". Stadt Goch. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Goch at Wikimedia Commons