Weschnitz

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Weschnitz
The course of the Weschnitz.
The course of the Weschnitz.
Origin 49°38′22.4″N 8°49′43.1″E / 49.639556°N 8.828639°E / 49.639556; 8.828639 (Weschnitz source)
Mouth 49°42′39″N 8°24′36″E / 49.71083°N 8.41000°E / 49.71083; 8.41000 (Weschnitz mouth)
Progression RhineNorth Sea
Length 58.9 km
Source elevation 455 m
Mouth elevation 84.9 m
Basin area 435.725 km²
River system Rhine

The Weschnitz is a 58.9 km long right tributary of the Rhine River running through the German states of Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. The name of the river traces to the Celtic god Visucius, who was worshiped in the region.

The river source is in the Odenwald, in the town of Grasellenbach. It then flows in a westerly direction through a number of communities, including Fürth, Rimbach, Mörlenbach and Birkenau. At Weinheim, the river splits into two branches as it enters the Upper Rhine Plain. The two courses join at Lorsch. It then flows through the communities of Einhausen and Biblis before emptying into the Rhine at the Biblis Nuclear Power Plant.