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Coat of arms of Hesseneck
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Hesseneck   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 49°34′N 09°04′E / 49.567°N 9.067°E / 49.567; 9.067Coordinates: 49°34′N 09°04′E / 49.567°N 9.067°E / 49.567; 9.067
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Odenwaldkreis
 • Mayor Thomas Ihrig
 • Total 29.98 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Elevation 420 m (1,380 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 640
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 64754
Dialling codes 06276
Vehicle registration ERB
Website www.odenwald.de/hesseneck

Hesseneck is a community in the Odenwaldkreis (district) in Hesse, Germany. With only just under 700 inhabitants, Hesseneck is Hesse’s smallest self-governing community.



The community lies in the southern Odenwald at the foot of the Krähberg at elevations of 230 to 500 m. It lies at the three-state common point shared by Hesse, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The community's name itself means "Hesse Corner". The outlying centre of Hesselbach has no road link to Hessian territory and can only be reached through Baden-Württemberg.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Hesseneck borders in the north on the towns of Beerfelden and Erbach (both in the Odenwaldkreis) as well as the market town of Kirchzell (Miltenberg district in Bavaria), in the east on the community of Mudau (Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis in Baden-Württemberg), in the south on the town of Eberbach (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis in Baden-Württemberg) and in the west on the community of Sensbachtal (Odenwaldkreis).

Constituent communities[edit]

Hesseneck’s Ortsteile are Hesselbach, Kailbach and Schöllenbach (the community’s administrative seat)


The municipal election held on 6 March 2016 yielded the following results: [2]

  • CDU: 3 seats
  • SPD: 8 seats


Mayor Thomas Ihrig (SPD) was reelected in the first vote held on 12 June 2005 with 71.7% of the vote, he was also reelected in 2011.[3]

Culture and sightseeing[edit]



  • Worth seeing is the course of the Neckar-Odenwald Limes through the outlying centre of Hesselbach with the like-named castrum and the watchtower foundation as well as the Quellkirche (church) at Schöllenbach (built in 1465).
  • Near Kailbach is found the Haintalviadukt on the Odenwaldbahn (railway; RMV Line 65). It has nine arches each with a 15 m span, and is 173 m long and 30 m high.


  • Eutersee (lake with bathing)

Economy and infrastructure[edit]


Hesseneck is linked to the long-distance road network by Bundesstraße 45 (HanauEberbach), with Erbach lying 9 km along the road. The Odenwaldbahn serves the community with two halts in Kailbach and Schöllenbach.