The City of Gronau (Westphalia) is located in the Western region of the Münsterland, in the North Rhine-Westphalia – Lower Saxony – The Netherlands triangle and has about 49,000 residents. In its current form, Gronau exists since the municipal re-districting of the until-then independent borough of Epe with the Stadt Gronau in 1975.
The boroughs Gronau and Epe look back on a joint history which can be traced to the High Middle Ages. The city’s strong presence of a rapidly blossoming textile industry made it famous all over Europe. After the decline of the textile industry in the early 1980s, Gronau has succeeded in making the transformation from a mono culture to a location of great economic diversity.
The first cross-border State Garden Fair ("Landesgartenschau") in 2003 has left impressive traces in Gronau and has durably enriched the city along the river Dinkel. The attractive Island Park was built on the former site of the van Delden spinning factory. Canals were constructed and individual islands, each with their unique design, were created. Located here are the only rock´n´popmuseum in Germany, the pyramide, the water labyrinth, the Garden Island and Water Island – all in immediate proximity to Gronau’s business district with its many cafés and stores.
The positive stimuli of the unique mega project State Garden Fair have clearly advanced Gronau and they can still be felt today.