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Elztal Overview

The municipality Elztal is located in the southern part of the Odenwald, close to Mosbach (Mosbach vacation rentals | Mosbach travel guide) at the B27, B292 and L615. The next district cities are Heilbronn (Heilbronn vacation rentals | Heilbronn travel guide) in the South and Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide) in the North. The local river Elz or sometimes called Elzbach is flowing through Rittersbach, Dallau and Neckarburken and ends at Neckarelz into the Neckar river. The highest point of Elztal is located in Dallau at the Urnberg. At the moment there's a part of a former NATO base (Nike-Stellung D 1/67; later: A 3/71); today a cattle farm (Cattle-Horse-Ranch). The former living complex in the valley was demolished in 2007.

Things to See in Elztal

The water castle of Dallau was bought up by the municipality Elztal in 1974 AD. It is the only remnant of a former and much larger water castle. The water castle was built in the earlier 12th Century AD from knights of the Teutonic Order. Particularly striking are the circular tower and the palace room with a medieval staircase gable. The both fountains near the water castle are build in the 16th century AD from farmers. On the Christmas time, it is possible to go inside the water castle for the annual flu issue of the municipality.

The Protestant church was built in 1750 AD and expanded 1857 AD.

The Catholic Church St. Maria Immaculate was on consecrated on the 9th May 1737. In 1985, the transverse building was complemented and the old choir renewed. Because the historic stained glass window in the old building had no Marie reference, the newly parts was built with a baroque statue of Marie and other Marie symbols. The re-consecration of the church was held on the 10th May 1987.

In Neckarburken are forming the local church (built 1775) with its church tower (built 1811) and the surrounded half-timbered houses a beautiful a historic ensemble. Opposite is the former rectory which was built in 1818. In addition, you will find one of the very rare historical bread-back positions (from 1809) and a historic lime kiln, which was restored in 2006.

In Auerbach (Auerbach vacation rentals | Auerbach travel guide) are a Protestant church which was renewed 1789, a catholic church and several historic half-timbered buildings. These include the historic Gasthaus Lamm, the old railway station (today a S-Bahn station) and the old schoolhouse.

In 1886 the new George Church designed by Ludwig Maier replaced the former one. The predecessor was built in the 14th century AD and was made of wood. The newer one is in the New Romanized Style from Ludwig Maier consists mainly of sandstones from the surrounding mountains. In the case of a renovation 1969/1970 AD inside the church were simplified the frescoes simplified. Another renovation held in 2002.

On the Hill of Urns there was a great monastery in medieval times. Certificates for this are easy to find. So there are a lot of remains in the Große Kappel and in the Kleine Kappel. More of the wall remains are inside the Nature Reserve between the Urnbergstraße and the underlying track.

Another historical place is the Fort of Neckarburken and the Elantia Museum (Museum Elantia / Museum am Odenwaldlimes).

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More about the History of Elztal

The current area of the Elztal was populated by Germanic peoples in its prehistoric time.

Through contributions and accommodation in the time of the French Wars and the losing of the left-side-territories of the Rhine, the Elz Valley villages are hard burdened. So the nobles led a political realignment for southwestern territories within the Holy Roman Empire (Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation). In this way the Elz Valley villages were 1803 AD incorporated into the Principality of Leiningen. In 1806 the Principality dissolved and was now a part of Baden.

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The municipality Elztal is located in the southern part of the Odenwald, close to Mosbach at the B27, B292 and L615. The next district cities are Heilbronn in the South and Heidelberg in the North. The local river Elz or sometimes called Elzbach is flowing through Rittersbach, Dallau and Neckarburken and ends at Neckarelz into the Neckar river. The highest point of Elztal is located in Dallau at the Urnberg. At the moment there's a part of a former NATO base (Nike-Stellung D 1/67; later: A 3/71); today a cattle farm (Cattle-Horse-Ranch). The former living complex in the valley was demolished in 2007.

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