Aschbach (moss ointment)

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Upper reaches: Rambach

Aschbach zwischen Alter Schmelz und dem Jagdhaus

Aschbach between Alter Schmelz and the hunting lodge

Water body code DE: 2642624
Location Haardt Mountains

  • Palatinate Forest
    • Western Palatinate Forest

Palatinate-Saarland shell limestone area

  • Zweibrücker Westrich
    • Eastern Western Rim
      • Moosalbtal area


  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • City of Kaiserslautern
    • County Kaiserslautern
River system Rhine
Drainage via Moosalbe → Schwarzbach → Blies → Saar → Moselle → Rhine → North Sea
Source of the upper course Rambach[1][2] southeast of Kaiserslautern-Mölschbach
49° 22′ 11″ N, 7° 50′ 10″ E
Source Height 429 mabovesea level[3]
Mouth north of Schopp from the right into the MoosalbeCoordinates 49° 22′ 9″ N, 7° 41′ 42″ O
49° 22′ 9″ N, 7° 41′ 42″ O
Mouth height 275 mabovesea level[4]
Height difference 154 m
Bottom slope 11 ‰
Length 14.6 km[4](with Rambach )
Catchment area 60.461 km²[4]
Flowing reservoirs Hunting lodge pond, Walz pond

The Aschbach, called Rambach from its source for almost half its length, is a right tributary of the Moosalbe in the northwestern Palatinate Forest (Rhineland-Palatinate) almost 15 km long.



Upper reaches of the Rambach

According to the official maps, the upper course of the Aschbach almost to the hamlet of Weiherfelderhof is called[1][5] Rambach. Its source, the Rambachbrunnen, lies at an altitude of 429 m [6] on the southern slope of a small valley southeast of Mölschbach, which is a district of Kaiserslautern.[2]

After 1.4 km, the Rambach picks up a tributary from the left at the southern edge of Mölschbach, the Eulenmühlenbach, which at its confluence exceeds that of the Rambach itself with its 2.4 km length. The source of the Eulenmühlenbach, the so-called Schreederbrunnen at an altitude of 431 m, [7] has been set in stone since 1935.

From the confluence, the watercourse initially still flows as Rambach through Mölschbach. At the border between the city and district of Kaiserslautern, shortly before the Weiherfelderhof, the name changes to Aschbach.

Lower reaches of the Aschbach

The Aschbach later passes the hamlet of Aschbacherhof, which belongs to Trippstadt, the Alte Schmelz and the Jagdhaus, below which the stream flows through a Woog, the Jagdhausweiher, which is about 180 m long and up to 40 m wide. From the district road 53, which leads to Stelzenberg, the brook forms the border between Kaiserslautern and the district up to the hamlet Espensteig, which is located in the district of Hohenecken in Kaiserslautern. In the south the local municipality Stelzenberg borders here. At Espensteig the river turns to the south and is now accompanied by the Biebermühlbahn and the Bundesstraße 270 (Kaiserslautern-Pirmasens) for 3 km. In this part of the valley, the Aschbach flows through another Woog, the Walzweiher, which is about 10 hectares in size[8] Walzweiher. Soon after its weir, the brook flows from the right into the Moosalbe, which has considerably less water here, at the abandoned Karlstal stop north of Schopp.


From the source to the mouth.

Rambach section

  • Eulenmühlenbach(left), 2.4 km
  • Stünebächel(right), 0.5 km
  • New Letzbach(right), 1.3 km

Aschbach section

  • Stag’s Leap Brook(left), 3.9 km
  • Schützenackerbach(left), 3.1 km
  • Bear Creek[9](right), 1.7 km
  • Hoheneckermühlbach or Gelterswoogbach(right), 4.9 km
    Dammed 1 km before its mouth to form the 11.5-hectare Gelterswoog.[10]

References and notes

  1. a b Geoportal Wasser Rheinland-Pfalz, map section Weiherfeldhof with watercourse names Aschbach and Rambach.
  2. a b Geoportal Wasser Rheinland-Pfalz, map section Rambach above (source) and below Mölschbach.
  3. Geoportal Wasser Rheinland-Pfalz, data set for the spring: right-hand value 415506.600, high value 5469203.400, measured height 428 m.
  4. a b c GeoExplorer of the Water Management Administration Rhineland-Palatinate (Notes)
  5. According to the GeoExplorer RP, on the other hand, the watercourse is called Rambach up to the tributary of the Hirschsprungbach and only afterwards Aschbach. According to GeoExplorer RP, the Rambach is 7.0 km long and has a catchment area of 22.39 km².
  6. Location and elevation of Rambachquelle on: Map Service of the Landscape Information System of the Nature Conservation Administration of Rhineland-Palatinate (LANIS map) (references), retrieved 11 April 2021.
  7. Geoportal Wasser Rheinland-Pfalz, data set for the Schreeder well: Right value 415655,000, high value 5468555,200, measured elevation 431 m.
  8. Ericsson:Home waters.In:Angling Forum. 6 July 2009, retrieved 30 January 2017.
  9. Opens into a tributary.
  10. Geoportal Wasser Rheinland-Pfalz, map section Hoheneckermühlbach with Gelterswoog.