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The largest towns of the Kraichgau are Sinsheim, Eppingen, and Bretten. On the western end of the Kraichgau lies the town of Bruchsal, which is the gateway to the Rhineland plains.

The word Kraich apparently arose from the Celtic word Creuch, meaning mud or loam. The word gau signifies an open area, free from woods, such as farmland or meadows. The area of Kraichgau was first mentioned in the Early Middle Ages, in the Lorsch codex, as Creichgowe in the year 769. In 773, it was called Chrehgauui, in 778 Craichgoia. By 1594, the name was closer to its modern form, being referred to as Kreuchgau.

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