The Odenwald is so close to my home town Frankfurt, but apart from a single excursion with my primary school class — about 25 years ago — I have never really made it to this area in the past. In addition, a possibility has opened up for me, because of which I am traveling a lot in the region of Odenwald and Spessart. The Odenwald is a low mountain range in southern Hesse, Lower Franconia, and northern Baden, which offers a fabulous landscape. Castles and palaces offer the perfect basis for numerous legends and stories that entwine around the places. Rough rocky landscapes alternate with wide, romantic valleys and gentle hills with peacefully rippling streams… The small towns in the Odenwald such as Michelstadt and Erbach are no less idyllic and live from the picturesque old towns, which are known nationwide with their colorful half-timbered houses. You will find all this in the Odenwald, making the area interesting and exciting for holidaymakers, day-trippers, and photographers alike.
The Felsenmeer – The Sea of Rocks in the Odenwald
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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. The Odenwald, along with other parts of the Central German Uplands, belongs to the Variscan , which more than million years ago in the Carboniferous period ran through great parts of Europe. In the Triassic , about million years ago, the land sank again, forming the Germanic Basin in which the metre-thick layers of red sandstone could build up. These were later covered over with layers of muschelkalk from a broad inland sea, then followed by sediments from the Late Triassic or Keuper.
Hiking in the Odenwald – Discover Your Home And Have Fun in the Outdoors
I was about 10 years old when I went on a school trip to the Felsenmeer German for sea of rocks in the Odenwald. It was the first and only time I saw this place. I remember how fascinated I was climbing over the rocks, even though at the same time I did not understand how magical these rocks really are. More than two decades later I returned.