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StateLower Saxony
LocationUpper Harz
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationnear Hahnenklee
 ⁃ elevationca. 540 m above sea level (NN)
 ⁃ location
in Lautenthal into the Innerste
 ⁃ coordinates
51°52′11″N 10°17′06″E / 51.8698°N 10.2851°E / 51.8698; 10.2851Coordinates: 51°52′11″N 10°17′06″E / 51.8698°N 10.2851°E / 51.8698; 10.2851
 ⁃ elevation
300 m above sea level (NN)
Length6 km (3.7 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionInnersteLeineAllerWeserNorth Sea

Laute is a river of Lower Saxony, Germany. It is a right tributary of the Innerste.

The Laute rises in the vicinity of Hahnenklee in the Upper Harz and discharges about 6 km (3.7 mi) later into the Innerste in Lautenthal. The source is at an elevation of about 540 m at the bottom of a mountain called Kuttelbacher Berg. The Laute flows to the west parallel to road L 516 which is called Hahnenkleer Straße in Lautenthal. The name of the town means Laute Valley. The mouth is at an elevation of about 300 m in the west of Wildemanner Strasse, the high street of Lautenthal.

In 1875 a railway bridge of the Innerste Valley Railway was built over the Laute close to its mouth.[1] Although the railway line was closed in 1977, the bridge is well preserved and still used by hikers. A flood of the Laute caused considerable damage in Lautenthal in 1877.[2]

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  1. ^ Evert Heusinkveld: Die Innerstetalbahn Langelsheim - Altenau, p.11. Nordhorn 2007
  2. ^ Fremdenverkehrsverein Bergstadt Lautenthal e.V.: Lautenthal - wo der Harz am schönsten ist, p. 38. Lautenthal 2003