in the Odenwald
is a community in the Bergstraße district
in southern Hesse
. Its nickname is Das Dorf der Sonnenuhren
– “The Sundial Village”.
The community lies in the Weschnitz valley in the Odenwald
some 25 km north of Heidelberg
and about 20 km northeast of Mannheim
. It is on Bundesstraße
38, and the river Weschnitz flows through it. The land is hilly, green and dotted with horse farms and forests.
Birkenau borders in the north on the community of Mörlenbach
, in the east on the community of Abtsteinach
, in the south on the community of Gorxheimertal
and in the west on the towns of Weinheim
(both in Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
are Birkenau, Buchklingen, Hornbach, Kallstadt, Löhrbach, Nieder-Liebersbach, Reisen and Schnorrenbach.
Owing to its location near the Bergstraße, a mild climate prevails in Birkenau, which can often be seen in what for Germany is a very early blossoming of almond
Birkenau had its first documentary mention in 795 in the Lorsch Codex
as a cell of the Lorsch Abbey
. As one of the Abbey’s holdings, it passed into the ownership of the Archbishopric of Mainz in 1232. The centres of Hornbach and Balzenbach, on the other hand, belonged to Electoral Palatinate
, meaning that after the Reformation
, they belonged to different denominations. In 1532 the town... Read More