The Essebach in Elbersdorf above the Blaubach bridge
|DE : 42786
|Osthessisches Bergland , Werra-Meißner-Kreis , Schwalm-Eder-Kreis , Hesse , Germany
|Pfieffe → Fulda → Weser → North Sea
|north of Retterode
in the Pfieffe
|approx. 156 m
|approx. 13 ‰
|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 . A little to the west of it is the Hamberg ( ) 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 ( ), the highest elevation on the Günsteröder Höhe . Then he passes the former Walbachsmühle , today Gut Walbachsmühle . It then runs southeast below the Pentersrück ( ), 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 above sea level into the Fulda tributary Pfieffe coming from the east .