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Ziegelhausen lies on the northern banks of the Neckar River and extends northward into the Odenwald Forest. It has a small shopping district but is dominated by single-family and multiple-family houses.
Ziegelhausen's abundant supply of water and steep, south-facing slopes made it a center of the Neckar Valley laundry trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Johannes Brahms summered in Ziegelhausen during the 1880s.
Ziegelhausen has several small parks, including one that features a playground of Niki de Saint-Phalle-inspired tile sculptures.