Goch Travel Guide

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Goch Things to Do

  • A modern tower on the place of the...

    The Saint Maria-Magdalena is the main catholic church of Goch. Here used to be a chapel already in the beginning of the 14th century. Howeve, what you see is not older then the 50'ies of last century as the second worldwar destroyed the church that was fighting against the centuries to stay up. Well, that one can't built as proper as one used to do...

  • Watch the various styles in architecture

    Walking around the centre of Goch one can see perfect examples of various architectural styles. From neo classic to baroc and from late gothic to jugend style. The mixture of these houses gives a special, yet a bit chaotic. Still I enjoyed this and some other examples can be seen in the attached travellogue.

  • The bells of the marketsquare

    On the marketsquare of Goch there is a very beautiful clock across the road of the town hall. This "carrillion" contains 18 bells and on top a clockwork. It is in shrill contrast to the open square and plays it's clear happy songs over it every hour around the clock.

  • House of the five rings

    This magnificent house, just besides the marketsquare dates all the way back to 1500. It is the last late gotic patricians houses of Goch and thanks it's name for the brewery that was located in it in the 18th century. It even has the name to be the most beautiful civilian house in the whole Lower Rhine section of Germany.

  • On the marketsquare a slim tower point...

    In Goch alerady was a religious guesthouse on the marketsquare in 1358. It became knowns as the house of the holy spirit and later became a reformed church. As the church looks now it only was formed in 1700 and renovated in baroc in the year 1889. The church was completely destroyed by a bombing on february 7th 1945, but on the 14th of March 1951...

  • The lifeline of Goch, the river "Niers"

    A walk along the small river Niers should not be forgotten when visiting Goch. This small waterstream was responsible for much of the importnace that this German town had in medieval times. It formed the main connection to the surrounding area and offered connections to many large towns in The Netherlands as well as Germany and even Belgium. One...


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Goch Shopping

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    The shoppingstreets of Goch offer various shops

    by Pavlik_NL Written Mar 9, 2004

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    Besides the Christmas, Goch is always a nice place to get your shopping goods or just average groceries. Of course, this town is also "infected" by the usual shop chains and even a lot of Dutch are to be found in the main shoppingstreets. But still it's also having the local special shops, just in the alleys and roads leading away from that big one.

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Goch Local Customs

  • Who is "Poorte Jantje"

    In Goch I met this statue and even on the extensive internet I did not find the answer to my question: Who is this "Poorte Jantje"?Can anybody tell me?In Goch sah ich diese Standbild und sogar auf then ausgebreitene Internet konnte ich kein Antwort finden auf mine Frage: "Wer ist diesen "Poorte Jantje"?Gibt es jemand die es mir sagen kann?In Goch...

  • Monuments in a different light

    Of course the town administration also does some extra decorations. Especially the main monuments are aluminated in a special way and above all the "Steintor" (Stone gate). Together with all other lights, Goch is transfered to a wonderful little town that is very cosy to walk through and do some (X-mas) shopping in.

  • All (almost) join the dress-up party of...

    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...


Goch Off The Beaten Path

  • About jewish inhabitants that lost their...

    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...

  • From Beguinage to Saint John's convent

    In 1358 this used to be a beguinage that was situated against the city walls. It changed into the Johannes convent and was that for centuries long. Only in 1802 Marianne van den Bosch took over the almost empty convent and made it into a hospital, named after her father Wilhelm Anton". This was still not the stop of changes as in 1928 the...

  • Take a walk on the ... quite ... side

    Behind the Kastell, the cultural and historical museum of Goch, a walkingbridge brings you over the river Niers into a quite and green area that is the small park of Goch. Here one can follow the stream to the next bridge to have a small tour in a very peaceful and quite environment.


Goch Favorites

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    Old map of Goch, visible in the Steintor's gate

    by Pavlik_NL Written Mar 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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