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The Music City in Münsterland

Welcome to Gronau!

In Gronau, THE GOOD LIFE awaits you between urban cultural and leisure activities and excursions into the green surroundings. The population of around 50,000 is divided between the two districts of Gronau and Epe, both of which have their own town centres.

At the border triangle between NRW, Lower Saxony and the Netherlands

Gronau (Westphalia) is located in the western Münsterland region between Ahaus and Ochtrup, directly on the Dutch border. The centre of the neighbouring Dutch city of Enschede is only about 25 minutes away by car. Münster and Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO) are just under an hour's drive away, the district town of Borken about 40 minutes. Osnabrück is just over an hour away. Thanks to the good transport connections via the A31, you can also reach the North Sea coast in about two hours.

You can also take the train to Münster, Enschede and Dortmund from the two stations in the districts of Gronau and Epe.

Tip: Münsterland is a cycling region! 4,500 kilometres of cycle paths offer you almost unlimited possibilities in the city and in the countryside: you can commute to work comfortably by bike and go on great tours with friends and family.

Living in Gronau

Gronau consists of the main town, where about 35,000 of the total 50,000 inhabitants live, and the smaller district of Epe, which is about ten minutes' drive south of the town centre. About 15,000 people live here.
In the centre of Gronau there is a pedestrian zone with many shops, the former State Garden Show grounds and the rock'n'pop museum. Incidentally, the pan-microcker Udo Lindenberg grew up in Gronau and is now an honorary citizen of the town.

And in Epe you also have short distances: In the centre of town there are various shops, ice cream parlours and restaurants, as well as a park on the banks of the little river Dinkel.

Even if rental and purchase prices follow the general real estate trend overall, there are still numerous niches to be discovered in Münsterland for building, buying or renting. In the rural area of Münsterland, the average rental price per square metre is between five and seven euros, the average purchase price for flats and houses per square metre is 2100 euros.

The city of Gronau provides information on its website about whether there are currently plans for new residential building plots.

In addition, you can see information about the development of turnover and prices on the property market in the district of Borken in the property market report.

Did you know...?!

A prehistoric reptile is named after the town of Gronau: The Gronausaurus was discovered here at the beginning of the 20th century. It belonged to the plesiosaurs that lived in the sea - the place where Gronau is today was covered by an ocean many millions of years ago.

Shopping in Gronau

You can do your shopping in both parts of Gronau: In addition to supermarkets and drugstores, there are furniture and interior design shops, DIY shops and electronics shops in the town. In the pedestrian zone you can also shop in shoe and clothes shops. As in many places in Münsterland, not only the big brands are represented, but you can also browse in small boutiques and concept stores with individual ranges.

The neighbouring Dutch town of Enschede and the Designer Outlet Ochtrup are two popular shopping towns nearby.

Childcare and schools in Gronau

There are around 33 kindergartens and day-care centres in the border town to look after the youngest residents. Here you can also find information and contacts for child day care.

The educational opportunities in Gronau make it possible for children, adolescents and young adults to obtain all school-leaving qualifications and vocational training or further education:

  • Nine primary schools
  • One special school (focus on mental development)
  • One secondary school
  • Two comprehensive schools
  • One grammar school
  • Three vocational colleges
  • One college of further education (with evening school and evening grammar school)

Working in Gronau

A number of well-known companies have their headquarters in the commercial and industrial areas of the border town. The largest employers in Gronau include the packaging manufacturer mondi, the fashion companies monari and engbers, the administration and central warehouse of the supermarket chain K+K - Klaas und Kock, the organic dairy Söbbeke, the frozen bakery products manufacturer Bakerman, Job find 4 you Personalmanagement and the company Hans Schmid, which specialises in special impregnations.

There are two hospitals in Gronau: the St. Antonius Hospital, an academic teaching hospital of the University of Münster, and the Protestant Lukas Hospital, which specialises in geriatrics and psychotherapy/psychiatry.

Our tips: Leisure, sport and culture in Gronau

  • Cycle tour on the Flamingo Route
  • Gildehauser Venn moor and heathland area
  • Walk through the city park (with zoo)
  • Football, handball, basketball, water sports and much more in the sports clubs
  • Gronau Island Park with pirate playground, skate park and climbing tower
  • Riding club
  • Cinema
  • Indoor and two outdoor swimming pools
  • Gronau Jazz Festival
  • rock'n'pop museum
  • City trip to Münster or Enschede
  • Trip to the Designer Outlet Ochtrup
  • and much more.

Curious? Your free time in Gronau

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Leisure in Gronau
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