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Adm. Region:Darmstadt
Area:623.96 km²
Inhabitants:100,430 (2002)
pop. density:161 inh./km²
Car identification:ERB

The Odenwaldkreis is a Kreis (district) in the south of Hesse, Germany. Neighboring districts are Darmstadt-Dieburg, Miltenberg, Neckar-Odenwald, Rhein-Neckar, Bergstraße.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Coat of arms
4 Towns and municipalities
5 External links


In 1822 the district was created under the name Erbach, subdivided into two Bezirke Breuberg and Erbach. The last of several modifications of the district was in 1972, when some municipalities from the Dieburg and Bergstraße district were added to the district. In 1972 the district also changed its name.


As the name of the district already suggests it is located in the Odenwald mountains.

Coat of arms

The oak tree of the coat of arms symbolize the forests of the district, which also gave the district it's name (Wald = forest). The three stars were taken from the coat of arms of the counts of Erbach, who ruled the area before.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Bad König
  2. Beerfelden
  3. Breuberg
  4. Erbach
  5. Michelstadt
  1. Brensbach
  2. Brombachtal
  3. Fränkisch-Crumbach
  4. Hesseneck
  5. Höchst
  6. Lützelbach
  7. Mossautal
  8. Rothenberg
  9. Reichelsheim
  10. Sensbachtal

External links

Official website