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.

Protestant Kirche am Markt in Goch
Protestant Kirche am Markt in Goch
Coat of arms of Goch
Coat of arms
Location of Goch within Kleve district
Emmerich am RheinKleve (district)North Rhine-WestphaliaViersen (district)KrefeldDuisburgWesel (district)Borken (district)NetherlandsWachtendonkKalkarGochKerkenStraelenRheurdtGeldernKranenburgReesBedburg-HauWeezeIssumKevelaerUedemKleveGoch in KLE.svg
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Goch is located in Germany
Goch is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
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
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf
 • MayorKarl-Heinz Otto (CDU)
 • Total115.38 km2 (44.55 sq mi)
18 m (59 ft)
 • Total33,825
 • Density290/km2 (760/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02823,
02827 (Kessel, Hassum, Hommersum)
Vehicle registrationKLE



Historical affiliations

  County of Guelders 1259–1339
  Duchy of Guelders 1339–1393
  Duchy of Jülich 1393–1423
  Duchy of Guelders 1423–1473
  Duchy of Cleves 1473–1521
  United Duchies of Jülich-Cleves-Berg 1521–1614
  Duchy of Cleves 1614–1622
  Spanish Empire 1622–1625
  Duchy of Cleves 1625–1666
  Brandenburg-Prussia 1666–1701
  Kingdom of Prussia 1701–1757
  Kingdom of France 1757–1762
  Kingdom of Prussia 1762–1795
  French Republic 1795–1804
  French Empire 1804–1815
  Kingdom of Prussia 1815–1871
  German Empire 1871–1918
  Weimar Republic 1919–1933
  Nazi Germany 1933–1945
  Allied-occupied Germany 1945–1949
  West Germany 1949–1990
  Germany 1990–present

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 residentsEdit

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 citiesEdit


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Stadtgeschichte". Stadt Goch. Retrieved 30 May 2013.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Goch at Wikimedia Commons