Odenbach (Glan)

The Odenbach is a 22.7-kilometre-long (14.1 mi) orographically right bank tributary of the Glan in the counties of Kaiserslautern and Kusel in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Odenbach
Location
LocationNorth French Scarplands

Germany

Reference no.DE: 25468
Physical characteristics
Source 
 • locationSouth of Schneckenhausen near the hamlet of Sonnenhof
 • coordinates49°32′1.20″N 7°44′39.60″E / 49.5336667°N 7.7443333°E / 49.5336667; 7.7443333Coordinates: 49°32′1.20″N 7°44′39.60″E / 49.5336667°N 7.7443333°E / 49.5336667; 7.7443333
 • elevationca. 332 m above sea level (NHN) [1]
Mouth 
 • location
In Odenbach from the right into the Glan
 • coordinates
49°40′58.29″N 7°38′58.73″E / 49.6828583°N 7.6496472°E / 49.6828583; 7.6496472
 • elevation
ca. 152 m above sea level (NHN) [1]
Length22.72 km (14.12 mi)[2]
Basin size85.956 km2 (33.188 sq mi)[2]
Basin features
ProgressionGlanNaheRhineNorth Sea

GeographyEdit

CourseEdit

The Odenbach rises about 8 km (5.0 mi) north of Kaiserslautern in the North Palatine Uplands near the hamlet of Sonnenhof. It flows – mainly in a north-northwesterly direction – through the municipalities of Schneckenhausen, Schallodenbach and Niederkirchen in the county of Kaiserslautern and through Hefersweiler, Reipoltskirchen, Ginsweiler and Adenbach in the county of Kusel, before emptying into the Glan in the eponymous village of Odenbach after a distance of just under 23 kilometres.

CatchmentEdit

The catchment of the Odenbach covers an area of 85.956 km2 (33.188 sq mi) and consist of 50% arable land, 25.6% pasture, 20.2% woodland and 4.2% settlements.[3]

TributariesEdit

The most important tributary of the Odenbach is the Nußbach [de; cv], which alone drains 21% of the catchment of the Odenbach. The other streams have a catchment of less than 10 km2 (3.9 sq mi).

The following table shows the tributaries of the Odenbach from source to mouth, as listed by the Water Management Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate. The table gives the name, whether it is a left or right tributary,[1] its length,[2] its catchment area,[2], the location of its confluence, the height of its confluence[1] and its waterbody number.[2]

Name Left/right tributary Length
[km]
Catchment
[km²][2]
Distance from mouth
[km][4]
Height at confluence
[m above sea level]
GKZ
Steidelbach left 0.7 00.415 West of Schneckenhausen 326 25468-1112
Horterbach right 2.2 02.205 On the western edge of Schneckenhausen 319 25468-112
(stream from) Gorrhof left 0.5 00.222 Between Schneckenhausen and Schallodenbach 314 25468-1192
Kirschgraben[Z 1][Z 2] right 0.8 00.535 Between Schneckenhausen and Schallodenbach 313 25468-1194
Sellbach right 1.0 00.781 East of Schallodenbach 308 25468-12
(stream from the) source left 0.4 00.198 East of Schallodenbach 304 25468-132
Baierbach right 0.9 00.825 West of Schallodenbach 301 25468-134
Faulborn left 1.0 00.618 Northwest of Schallodenbach 292 25468-136
Neuhöfer Bach left 0.9 00.742 Between Schallodenbach and Niederkirchen-Wörsbach 290 25468-14
Wörsbach left 1,4 01,584 südlich von Wörsbach-Rauschermühle 281 25468-16
Lenzelbach[Z 3][Z 4] left 0.5 0 Near Wörsbach-Rauschermühle 281 25468-1912
Finstergraben right 1.7 00,349 NNE of Wörsbach-Rauschermühle 265 25468-1914
(stream from the) Flachsgarten left 0.1 00.410 S of Niederkirchen 261 25468-1916
Käsbach[Z 3][Z 5] right 0.3 00.687 S of Niederkirchen 260 25468-1918
Weilerbach (Bellenmühlbach)[Z 6] left 2.4 02.984 In Niederkirchen 259 25468-192
Steinbach right 4.2 09.879 In Niederkirchen 259 25468-2
Farsbach[Z 7][Z 8][Z 9][Z 10] left 1.2 00.777 NW of Niederkirchen 241 25468-31129
Kohlengraben right 0.6 00.431 NE of Niederkirchen-Bügenmühlerhof 240 25468-312
Morgraben left 0.3 00.232 NW of Niederkirchen-Bügenmühlerhof 240 25468-3192
Moorbach left 3.1 03.385 in Niederkirchen-Morbach 236 25468-32
Kallbach[Z 11][Z 12] right 1.8 01.420 SSW of Seelen 233 25468-3??
Mühlgraben left 0.5 00.214 S of Hefersweiler 225 25468-392
Wambach left 1.9 01.973 In Hefersweiler 224 25468-4
Borngraben right 1.1 00.690 W of Hefersweiler-Berzweiler 221 25468-512
Zangengraben left 1.7 01.127 NE of Hefersweiler-Ahlbornerhof 216 25468-52
Emmersbach right 1.0 00.665 SSE of Reipoltskirchen-Ingweilerhof 211 25468-592
Hirzbach left 0.4 00.106 Opposite Ingweilerhof 210 25468-594
Nußbach right 7.4 018.468 SE of Reipoltskirchen 199 25468-6
Ausbach left 3.0 02.636 In Reipoltskirchen 199 25468-72
Hahnenbach[Z 13] left 1.3 NW of Reipoltskirchen 187
Schlappenrecher Graben right NW of Reipoltskirchen
Becherbach right 2.5 04.305 W of Ginsweiler 177 25468-8
Olkengraben[Z 12] left 0.6 00.960 E of Adenbach-Brucherhof 170 25468-91?
Adenbach right 2.6 02.451 W edge of Adenbach 166 25468-92
Igelsgraben right 0.3 00.425 In Odenbach 155 25468-9992

Transport routesEdit

The L 201 runs through the Odenbach valley.

Leisure pursuitsEdit

The Odenbach Valley Cycleway runs through the Odenbach valley for 31.5 kilometres (19.6 mi). It runs from Otterberg via Niederkirchen to Odenbach[5][6]

SightsEdit

The best known sights in the valley are the two water castles:

  • Odenbach Castle, at the confluence of the river with the Glan, was built in the 2nd half of the 12th century by the counts of Veldenz and blown up in 1683 by troops of the French king, Louis XIV. The ruins include the renovated remains of the bergfried, which is built of impressive rusticated ashlar blocks and, as the Weiherturm, has become the symbol of the village of Odenbach.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Taken from the flur name Kirschgraben
  2. ^ At GeoExplorer is the name Wickelhöfer Tal.
  3. ^ a b Name taken from the Karte zur Anordnung nach § 36 FlurbG Maßstab 1: 5000 der Flurbereinigungsbehörde
  4. ^ Landschaftsplanung der Verbandsgemeinde Otterberg, April 1997
  5. ^ At GeoExplorer is the name Amoshof.
  6. ^ LANIS Maßstab 1:8000
  7. ^ Name taken from the flur name In der Farsbach.
  8. ^ At GeoExplorer is the name Ingelwege.
  9. ^ At GeoExplorer, the length of the whole section is not given, so this has been measured from LANIS.
  10. ^ The length on GeoExplorer is 0.456 km
  11. ^ Name taken from the Flurnamen im Quellbereich.
  12. ^ a b Missing at GeoExplorer, so the length and catchment have been measured on LANIS.
  13. ^ Missing at GeoExplorer, so the length has been measured on LANIS.

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