Geierlay - Suspension Bridge
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.
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.
Tip for photographers; The sunlight is best in the evening. The sunset is just gorgeous here.
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.
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
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;
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)