Glan (Nahe)

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The source of the Glan in Höchen
Pfaelzerwaldkarte Flussgebiete Glan.png
Catchment and course[1]


Reference no. DE: 2546
Physical characteristics
Main source in Höchen
ca. 480 m above sea level (NHN)
49°23′29″N 7°16′33″E / 49.39139°N 7.27583°E / 49.39139; 7.27583Coordinates: 49°23′29″N 7°16′33″E / 49.39139°N 7.27583°E / 49.39139; 7.27583
River mouth After flowing through Odernheim below Staudernheim from the right into the Nahe
ca. 131 m above sea level (NHN)
49°46′34″N 7°42′52″E / 49.77611°N 7.71444°E / 49.77611; 7.71444
Length 89.67 km [2]
Basin features
Progression Nahe → Rhine → North Sea
River system Rhine
Basin size 1,221.976 km² [2]
Landmarks Small towns: Bexbach, Lauterecken, Meisenheim
Bridge over the Glan in Meisenheim
Glan NSG Disibodenberg.jpg
Nature reserve near the confluence

The Glan is a river in southwestern Germany, right tributary of the Nahe River. It is approximately 68 km (42 miles) long. It rises in the Saarland, northwest of Homburg. It flows generally north, through Rhineland-Palatinate, and empties into the Nahe near Odernheim am Glan, at Staudernheim, across the Nahe from Bad Sobernheim. Other towns along the Glan are Altenglan, Glan-Münchweiler, Lauterecken and Meisenheim.


The Celtic root of the name comes either from glann (shining) or from glen (U-shaped valley).


  1. ^ The colour change on the map on merging with the - also highlighted – Lauter represents the classification of the Glans downstream as a waterbody of the 1st order; analogous to the Vorfluter Nahe.
  2. ^ a b Geoexplorer of the Rhineland-Palatinate Water Authority (Wasserwirtschaftsverwaltung Rheinland-Pfalz)