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The Lauter (in its upper course also: Wieslauter) is a river in Germany and France.

Lauter
Scheibenhard Lauter 273.jpg
The Lauter between Scheibenhard and Scheibenhardt
Location
CountryGermany, France
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationPalatine Forest
Mouth 
 ⁃ location
Rhine
 ⁃ coordinates
48°59′6″N 8°16′4″E / 48.98500°N 8.26778°E / 48.98500; 8.26778 (Rhine-Lauter)Coordinates: 48°59′6″N 8°16′4″E / 48.98500°N 8.26778°E / 48.98500; 8.26778 (Rhine-Lauter)
Length55 km (34 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionRhineNorth Sea

The Lauter is a left tributary of the Rhine. Its length is 55 kilometres (34 mi). It is formed by the confluence of two headstreams (Scheidbach and Wartenbach) north of Hinterweidenthal in the Palatine Forest in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It flows through Dahn, crosses the border with France, flows through Wissembourg, and then forms the French-German international boundary until its confluence with the Rhine near Lauterbourg and Neuburg am Rhein.

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