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Geierlay - Suspension Bridge

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Geierlay - Suspension Bridge

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Geierlay is one of the most picturesque bridges in Germany. It's a half-day trip to the popular suspension bridge if you are in the Hunsrück area, at river Moselle, Eltz Castle, or as a good stopover. The bridge is open 24/7. The visitor terminal is opened each day from 10 am to 4 pm and provides a map in different languages. 

Avoiding Crowds

The Sunday Crowds at Geierlay Suspension Bridge

It's utterly crowded during the summer and weekends are the worst, especially on sunny days. In autumn the views are just spectacular with the fall foliage. To avoid the crowds, visit the bridge early morning or late in the evening in the summer. Very few visitors in winter only.

Tip for photographers;  The sunlight is best in the evening. The sunset is just gorgeous here.

Geierlay Suspension Bridge best in the evening

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Germany, Mörsdorf
Review and Tips 

Geierlay is the second-longest suspension bridge in Germany with 360 meters at a height of 100 meters. In contrast to the longest suspension bridge in the Harz, the entrance is for free. The bridge was opened to the public on October 3. 2015. The construction began in May, and it was completed in a record of 130 days. 

View to Geierlay from the Sosberg Side

The bridge is located in the heart of the Hunsrück mountains. It's a truly unique experience to walk from Mörsdorf above the valley floor to Sosberg. The bridge is an attraction for people without a fear of heights and suitable for all ages. It's not swinging much just a little if it's bustling. The view in front of the bridge, at the bottom of the valley or from the side is quite impressive.

Parking

Parking No 2 at Geierlay Bridge

There are four huge parking areas, and all of them are full during the peak season at midday. The fee is 1 € for 1-hour minimum of 2 € from 7 am to 9 pm. Bring enough coins; the ticket machine can't change and doesn't take notes. Parking 1 at the visitor center is the closest. No 2 is very good located if you like to walk through the forest with lots of shade to the suspension bridge instead of the main paved track along the fields. It's a 2 km walk from the visitor center and roughly 2.5 from parking No 2 to the bridge. Parking 4 is quite far from the bridge; try the other ones first. Map Geierlay Bridge and Hiking Trails

The foot path along the fields to Geierlay in the distance
Need to Know

If you have any mobility issues or you come with small children; it's quite a distance of about 2.5 km one way to the bridge. The car park at the visitor center is 2 km away and often full. The footpath to the bridge is wheelchair and stroller friendly except the last 150 meters or so. Bear in mind the last restrooms are at the visitor center and Parking P2! Fee for the restroom at P2 is 0.70 €.

Food and Beverages

The visitor center in Mörsdorf provides an information terminal, restaurant with beer-garden, and public facilities. During the summer months and especially at weekends there are also some food and beverage stalls and ice cream as well. For the rest of the year bring plenty of water and a snack.

Tip 

To enjoy the beautiful tranquil landscape hike the Geierlayschleife (loop trail) which is 6.4 km long. You almost see any people as soon as you left the suspension bridge. Proper trainers or hiking boots are recommend. The loop looks like an eight and takes roughly 2 hours.

Hiking in the Hunsrueck Area
  • Nearby is the Saar-Hunsrueck-Steig, a 410 km long premium hiking trail. 
  • Layensteig is a 14 km loop trail and takes about 4-5 hours.
    Layensteig close to the Geierlay suspension bridge
     
  • Baybachklamm - Baybach Ravine is a 10.5 km long loop trail and our favorite one. Along the trail is a beautifully located hotel and restaurant; the Schmausemühle.
    Baybach Ravine Hike close to Geierlay
     
  • Best Accommodation around:
    Hotel Schmausemühle
     (our favorite). Stay here for a couple of days and explore the area. You'll love it! Make your booking in advance. It's one of the most popular ones due to the location. Weekends are often fully booked. A delicious breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner are also yummy. Try a smoked fish or local game. We celebrated my birthday in the old mill with family and friends. We couldn't have chosen a better place. Alternatives if you're too late for a reservation: Hotels near Geierlay Bridge (via TripAdvisor)
    Schmausemühle along the hiking trail Baybach Ravine close to Geierlay
     
  • Another popular spot is the unique Eltz Castle surrounded by beautiful nature scenery. It was already built in 1157 and got bigger and changed through the centuries. The owners are still the same family, which is pretty rare. Come here to be set back to the medieval time. It is open to the public from the beginning of April to the beginning of November from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm last guided tour. Midday is utterly busy; to avoid the queues come either in the morning or in the late afternoon. Our top tip for Eltz Castle is the Eltz Castle Panorama Trail.
    Eltz Castle in the Moselle area
 
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Mar 23, 2017

We visited the bridge in January because we have limited places to visit in the winter but this location is open year round. We had hoped to see the bridge when it was covered in snow but it had melted by the time we got there. Even though it was overcast, the scenery is breath taking and well worth the trip.
We parked in Morsdorf at the tourist information parkplatz. Zentraler parkplatz geirlay for the GPS. The restaurant was closed when we went which was midday on a Wednesday but the toilets and information booths were available. We then followed "Hangebrucke" signs through the city to a short field path that lead to the bridge. We took some pictures of the bridge then followed a short loop trail on the other side. We had many stops planned for the day so we didn't do much exploring in the woods. We plan to go back in the spring to hike the many trails available in the area.
The walk toward the bridge is paved and should be stroller & kid friendly. We took our dogs with us and had no issues as long as you pick up after them. There are trash bins and bag dispensers along the trail.
Being as we went during the week there were minimal people, however, if you plan a trip on the weekend, be prepared to cross people on the bridge. If you are jittery about heights, there are handles on either side that are about 4ft tall. the base of the bridge is wooden planks that you can not see through. The bridge does sway a bit in the wind and bounces if you walk heavy. This bridge is one of our favorite locations and we highly recommend a visit. Rated 4 stars because of minimal trail scenery, however when we go back to explore we may find a route to the base to see the river which will increase the rating.