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The Odenwald, along with many of Germany’s low mountain ranges, belongs to the Variscan, which more than 300,000,000 years ago in the Devonian ran through great parts of Europe. The cause of this orogeny was the collision of Africa’s and Europe’s forerunner continents.

The northern and western Odenwald belong to southern Hesse, with the south stretching into Baden. In the northeast, a small part lies in Lower Franconia in Bavaria.

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  • Miltenberg
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    Miltenberg is the seat of the like-named district in the Regierungsbezirk of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken) in Bavaria, Germany. It lies on the Main’s left bank on the left knee of the Mainviereck (main square) between the Spessart and Odenwald ranges.…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Birkenau (Odenwald)
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    Birkenau (Odenwald)

    Birkenau is a village in the fabled Odenwald forest, about 25 kilometers north of Heidelberg, in the state of Hesse. Birkenau is an historic and picturesque location from which to base your vacation in central Germany: in 1995 it celebrated its 1200th…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Michelstadt
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    Michelstadt in the Odenwald is a town in the Odenwaldkreis (district) in southern Hesse, Germany between Darmstadt and Heidelberg. Michelstadt is the biggest town in the Odenwaldkreis and borders on the district seat of Erbach.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Rothenberg
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    Rothenberg is a community in the Odenwaldkreis in Hesse, Germany. Rothenberg lies at elevations between 200 and 500 m in the southern Odenwald in the Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald, 7 km north of Hirschhorn on the Neckar. The main centre lies in…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Eberbach (Baden)
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    Eberbach (Baden)

    Eberbach is a town in Germany, in northern Baden-Württemberg, located 33 km east of Heidelberg. It belongs to the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis. Eberbach includes the boroughs of Neckarwimmersbach, Brombach, Friedrichsdorf, Lindach, Rockenau, Badisch Igelsbach,…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Otzberg
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    Otzberg is a municipality in south Hesse. Otzberg consists of seven villages: Habitzheim, Hering, Lengfeld with Zipfen, Nieder-Klingen, Ober-Klingen and Ober-Nauses, and Schloss-Nauses.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Eppertshausen
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    Eppertshausen is a municipality in southern Hesse (Germany) in the district Darmstadt-Dieburg. The municipality has a total population of 5,805 inhabitants. Currently, the mayor is Carsten Helfmann.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Seckach
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    The community lies at the junction of land between the Odenwald and Adelsheim and beech. The municipality lies in the nature park and Neckar-Odenwald is crossed by the eponymous Seckach, a tributary of the Jagst.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Amorbach
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    Amorbach is a town in the Miltenberg district in the Regierungsbezirk of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken) in Bavaria, Germany, with some 4,100 inhabitants (as of December 2006).  [ + ] More Details

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  • Babenhausen
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    Babenhausen is situated on the river Gersprenz, 25 km southeast of Frankfurt, and 14 km west of Aschaffenburg. South of its general borders, the mountain range of the Odenwald is situated about 15 km away. The landscape is rather flat due to the landscape…  [ + ] More Details

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