Jahnstrasse 6, Goch, 47474, DE
More about Goch
Old map of Goch, visible in the Steintor's gate
From beguinage to convent to hospital to ... etc.
Goch's clockwork decorates the market square
Walkingbridge that brings you to green tranquility
Travel Tips for Goch
The historical review of Goch
In Roman times there was already a small village here that got the name "Gochum". This village became a regional centre and received in 1261 cityrights from the local duke Otto II. The town however was always in conflict area, which conciderably disturbed it's growth. When in the 15th century Goch stil belonged to Gelderland (The Netherlands) it was "given" to Kleve later and in 1614 became a part of the Brandenburg territory. Between 1620 and 1815 it became even worse. Then and again the Dutch, French and Spanjards were masters of Goch. Finally it went into the Pruisian empire, which became Germany.
The town thrived on the wool industry in 13th and 14th century. that however was completely down around 1700. Then a short period of leather and iron industry brought economical stability, but then again ... never ofa more then just important role in the region. Connection to the railroad brought some relieve, but also the line that was running along Goch, was never a main rail. Goch now counts just over 30.000 inhabitants and is with that number a small, but quite nice town.
All (almost) join the dress-up party of town
Goch is like the average town in germany, which means that the majority of the people are doing their best to add some alumination to their windows or house. Some even make the most fantastic light-shows on the facades of the house, creating a very own atmosphere during the dark December-month. This is definately one of the specialities of Goch and Germany in general. Slowly the tradition also takes hold of us Dutch.
Museum for cultural history of Goch
The Kastell is between a must see and a off the beaten path tip. It is a modern building that is on a historic place. Here used to be the castle of Goch, but only fundaments are left on which this huge building is made in special style. The Kastell is now housing some conference-rooms, but also the interesting cultural historic museum of Goch and surroundings. For those who want to know much more about this part of germany / the world, it is recommended to take a walk to and through the museum.
About jewish inhabitants that lost their synagoge
In a street there is a dark monument telling a sad story that happened before it even got more dramatic. Goch used to have - as every medieval town in these surroundings - quite a number of jewish citizens. But in the years preceding the second worldwar, Germany was not anymore a safe home for them. The monument recalls that on the night of the 9th and 10th of November 1939 a group of national socialists burned down the synagoge that used to be in this spot.