The Kleiner Odenwald is the southern part of the central German hill range, the Odenwald, and is up to 567.8 m above sea level . It is also part of the natural region of Sandstein-Odenwald in the north of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Lying east-southeast of Heidelberg and south of the River Neckar, which separates the Kleiner Odenwald from the rest of the Odenwald, its landscape is shaped by the underlying sandstone that also dominates the northern Odenwald.
The Kleiner Odenwald lies in the counties of Rhein-Neckar and Neckar-Odenwald and on the territory of the city of Heidelberg. It is bounded in the north by the Neckar and the settlements of Neckargemünd and Eberbach, in the east by the Neckar and e.g. by Obrigheim, in the south by Reichartshausen, Waibstadt and Eschelbronn and in the west by Wiesloch, Leimen and Heidelberg on the River Neckar. Municipalities in the area are: Lobbach, Bammental, Gaiberg, Wiesenbach, Aglasterhausen, Schwarzach, Neunkirchen and Schönbrunn. The most important streams are the Elsenz, Schwarzbach and Lobbach.
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