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Geierlay - Suspension Bridge

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Geierlay - Suspension Bridge

When Is the Best Time 

Geierlay is one of the most picturesque bridges in Germany. It's very popular to visit if in the Hunsrück area. The bridge is open 24/7. The so-called visitor center is opened each day from 10 am to 4 pm except Tuesdays. Don't expect too much of it. Unfortunately, they don't provide you with lots of information in English. 

Crowds

It's ridiculously crowded during the summer and at weekends, 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 evening in the summer. Fewer visitors in winter only.

The popular Geierlay Suspension Bridge in Germany

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
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Geierlay is the second longest suspension bridge in Germany with 360 meters at the 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 3rd, 2015. The construction began in May, and it was completed in a record of 130 days. The bridge is located in the heart of the Hunsrück mountains. It is 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. But even if you don't want to walk above you can either have a great view in front of the bridge or at the bottom of the valley. 

Geierlay Suspension Bridge from the bottom of the valley in the winter

The visitor center in Mörsdorf provides an information terminal, restaurant with beer garden and public facilities. The village provides four huge parking areas. The fee is 2 € for 2 hours. It's a 2 km walk from the visitor center to the bridge. 

Need to Know

If you have any kind of 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 50 meters or so. Bear in mind the last restroom is at the visitor center!

Hiking in the Hunsrueck Area
  • The Geierlayschleife / Loop is 6.4 km long and takes about 2 hours. The loop looks like an eight.
  • 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;
    Baybach Ravine Hike close to Geierlay
  • 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. 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
 
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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.