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The Essebach in Elbersdorf above the Blaubach bridge

The Essebach in Elbersdorf above the Blaubach bridge

Water code DE : 42786
location Osthessisches Bergland , Werra-Meißner-Kreis , Schwalm-Eder-Kreis , Hesse , Germany
River system Weser
Drain over Pfieffe  → Fulda  → Weser  → North Sea
source north of Retterode
51 ° 10 ′ 58 ″  N , 9 ° 43 ′ 36 ″  E
Source height approx.  375  m above sea level NHN
muzzle at Spangenberg
in the Pfieffe coordinates: 51 ° 6 '47 "  N , 9 ° 38' 59"  E 51 ° 6 '47 "  N , 9 ° 38' 59"  E
Mouth height approx.  219  m above sea level NHN
Height difference approx. 156 m
Bottom slope approx. 13 ‰
length 11.6 km
Catchment area 28.574 km²
Small towns Hessisch Lichtenau , Spangenberg

The Essebach , also known as Esse , is 11.6 km long after the Vockebach, the second longest and at the same time a northern or right-hand tributary of the Pfieffe in the eastern Hessian mountainous region in the northern Hessian districts of Werra-Meißner and Schwalm-Eder .

Its catchment area covers 28.574 km².


The Essebach rises in the western part of the Werra-Meißner-Kreis in the Fulda-Werra-Bergland , part of the East Hessian mountains. Its source lies between the core town of Hessisch Lichtenau and its southern district of Retterode near the former Glimmerode colliery at around 375  m above sea level. NHN . A little to the west of it is the Hamberg ( 433.9  m ) with the Oberndorf desert .

The Essebach, which runs south-south-west in the Spangenberger Senke as the border between the Melsunger Bergland in the west and the Stölzinger Gebirge in the east, mostly along the federal highway 487 , initially flows through the village of Retterode, east of the Himmelsberg ( 563.7  m ), the highest elevation on the Günsteröder Höhe . Then he passes the former Walbachsmühle , today Gut Walbachsmühle . It then runs southeast below the Pentersrück ( 562.2  m ), the second highest elevation of the Günsteröder Höhe , in the Schwalm-Eder district through the village of Schnellrode , a north-northeastern Spangenberg district, and shortly afterwards past the Spangenberger Gut Halbersdorf .

Finally, leaving the B 487 temporarily, the Essebach reaches the Spangenberg core town, where it passes the Spangenberg Castle on the Schloßberg , after flowing through the Elbersdorf district , which borders the core town and the Schloßberg , and after passing under the B 487 at about 219  m above sea level into the Fulda tributary Pfieffe coming from the east .

Web links

Commons : Essebach  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Map services of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation ( information )
  2. a b c d Water map service of the Hessian Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection ( information )