The Michelsbach is a tributary of the River Rhine in the German region of South Palatinate. Its nominal start is the confluence of the Erlenbach and Otterbach in Leimersheim, but the Otterbach is officially not counted within its catchment area, but seen as a tributary of the Rhine. On the other hand, the Klingbach which joins it from the north and is roughly equally in volume is counted as a tributary of the Michelsbach.
The Michelsbach drains partly into the Leimersheim Old Rhine , and partly flows northwards and empties into the Sondernheim Old Rhine . In doing so it passes through the municipalities of Leimersheim and Hördt as well as the Hördter Rheinaue nature reserve.
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