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Odenwald (ōˈdənvält) [key], hilly, forested region, S central Germany, bordering on the Neckar and Main rivers and the Rhine plain. Its highest point (2,055 ft/626 m) is the Katzenbuckel. Fruit and grapes are grown in the western and southern regions, and there are porphyry quarries. The region is a popular tourist area, its landscape dotted with castles and medieval ruins.

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