Coat of arms
Adm. regionKarlsruhe
CapitalMosbach (Baden)
 • Total1,126.29 km2 (434.86 sq mi)
 (31 December 2019)[1]
 • Total143,633
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationMOS, BCH

Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis is a Landkreis (district) in the north of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from east clockwise) Main-Tauber-Kreis, Hohenlohe-Kreis, Heilbronn, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Odenwaldkreis (Hesse) and Landkreis Miltenberg (Bavaria). The district is part of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.


The district was created in 1973 by merging the previous districts Buchen and Mosbach. At first it was named Odenwaldkreis, however to avoid confusion with the neighboring district in Hesse with the same name it was renamed in 1974 to be Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis.


As the name already suggests the district is located in the Odenwald mountains, with the highest elevation at the Katzenbuckel (626 m) near Waldbrunn in the west of the district. The main river of the district is the Neckar.

Coat of arms

The district's coat of arms might be described thus: Per pale dexter bendy lozengy argent and azure, sinister gules a wheel spoked of six argent. The coat of arms shows the symbols of the two historical rulers of the district. On the dexter (armsbearer’s right, viewer’s left) side is the blue and white "bendy lozengy" (that is, slanted diamond shapes) of the Wittelsbach family as owners of the Electorate of the Palatinate; on the sinister (armsbearer’s left, viewer’s right) side is the Wheel of Mainz, a symbol of the old Electorate of Mainz.


Towns and municipalities in Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis
Towns and municipalities in Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis
Towns Communities
  1. Adelsheim
  2. Buchen (with 2 unofficial district offices)
  3. Mosbach (seat of the official district office)
  4. Osterburken
  5. Ravenstein
  6. Walldürn
  1. Aglasterhausen
  2. Billigheim
  3. Binau
  4. Elztal
  5. Fahrenbach
  6. Hardheim
  7. Haßmersheim
  8. Höpfingen
  9. Hüffenhardt
  10. Limbach
  11. Mudau
  12. Neckargerach
  13. Neckarzimmern
  14. Neunkirchen
  15. Obrigheim
  16. Rosenberg (Baden)
  17. Schefflenz
  18. Schwarzach
  19. Seckach
  20. Waldbrunn
  21. Zwingenberg (Baden)
Administrative districts
  1. Hardheim-Walldürn
  2. Haßmersheim
  3. Kleiner Odenwald
  4. Limbach
  5. Mosbach
  6. Neckargerach-Waldbrunn
  7. Osterburken
  8. Schefflenztal
  9. Seckachtal


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2019". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). September 2020.

Coordinates: 49°29′N 9°17′E / 49.483°N 9.283°E / 49.483; 9.283