Eberbach (Germany)

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49.47060 N, 8.98469 E

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Eberbach is a town in Germany, located in northern Baden-Württemberg, 33 km (20,5 ml) east of Heidelberg. Eberbach belongs to Rhein-Neckar-Kreis and its sister cities include Thonon-les-Bains, France and Ephrata, U.S.

Eberbach is situated at the foot of Katzenbuckel, at 626 m (2,053 ft) the highest elevation in Odenwald (Naturpark Neckartal-Odenwald), on the Castle Road (Burgenstraße, leading from Mannheim all the way to Prague) along Neckar River. Ohrsberg is a peak located in Eberbach which shapes the town at 229 m (751 ft) high.

Eberbach is an ex- Imperial Free City. It was established soon after 1227 (then the castle was mentioned for the first time) by German King Henry VII of House of Hohenstaufen. In 1330, following his pledge to Counts Palatine, the old Imperial Free City belonged to Electorate of the Palatinate. It passed to Principality of Leiningen in 1803, and since 1806 has belonged to Baden. The city was the seat of Bezirksamt (authority office) until 1924 and in 1977 celebrated a 750-year jubilee.

Eberbach is the headquarters to the biggest gelatin producer in the world, GELITA Group, rowboat building yard Empacher, textile machine factory Dilo, and Krauth Technology, ticket vending and fare collecting machine manufacturer, whose products are sold worldwide. Headquarters of wire makers Neckardraht Group is likewise also found in the city on the Neckar.

The historic old town of Eberbach is a pedestrian precinct. It is a magnet for tourists with its 4 well maintained towers, some town wall remnants and well kept timber-frame houses. Likewise, Eberbach castle ruins, standing above Eberbach on one of the mountains in Odenwald range which surrounds the town, are worth sightseeing as part of a string of castles along Neckar River.

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