Geierlay - Suspension Bridge - 5 Tips

Geierlay - Suspension Bridge - 5 Tips

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Geierlay is one of the most picturesque bridges and the longest suspension bridge in Germany. Inaugurated in October 2015, the bridge became a popular site with more than 300.000 visitors annually and in total 1.6 million at the beginning of April 2022. It's a half-day trip to the popular suspension bridge from the Hunsrück area, river Moselle, or Eltz Castle. Geierlay is an amazing experience not to be missed on your journey through Germany. 

People in front of me on the Geierlay suspension bridge

The bridge is open 24/7 again. The visitor terminal is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm and provides a map in different languages. Make sure to read my 5 Must-Know Tips below.

Avoiding Crowds

A little busy around and on the Geierlay 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 (around 10 a.m. or earlier) or late in the evening in the summer (after 7 p.m) - There are very few visitors in winter only.

Geierlay without any people early morning
Geierlay is quieter in the evening.

Good News 

Finally, Geierlay is open to the public without any restrictions or fees. No masks are any longer mandatory. Open 24 hours again. Have a great time here!

    Geierlay bridge view from Sosberg
    Busier during the day

    Tip: Arrive early at the bridge to avoid waiting for 1-2 hours! Being there at around 10 am is usually sufficient, and you can enter the bridge immediately.

    Tip for Photographers 

    The sunlight is best in the evening from Mörsdorf for an awesome sunset. The sunrise is stunning from the other side of the bridge coming from Sosberg. The villages were forced to put fences on either side. Taking pictures is more difficult at the moment.

    Weather Geierlay-Hunsrück

    Geierlay suspensionbridge on a sunny day in summer

    There is a high amount of precipitation, more than 1000 mm, throughout the year. However, due to the rainfall, lush and dense vegetation occur excellent for hiking and cooling in the summer. A proverb says, “Where wine is growing, the sun is shining”. The region is popular for excellent wine located close to river Moselle. I will give you an overview of the average weather pattern for each season.

    Spring (March-May)

    The spring is the driest season and a lovely time for hiking Geierlay and the Hunsrück area. March and April are still colder due to the higher elevation of 340 m above sea level. Temperatures range between 9-13°C during the day, and nights drop almost to freezing. May is lovely, and temps can rise to 20°C during the day. Nevertheless, night temps are below 10°C.

    View to people coming from Moersdorf on Geierlay bridge

    Summer (June-August)

    Also, the summer is relatively dry. Day temps in the shade are around 23°C but can easily reach 30°C. It is never too hot at night with temps around 13-15°C. If you visit in the summer, pack swim clothes into your car, and you may pass by a river or lake.

    Autumn (September-November)

    September is as pleasant as May, not too hot and still sunny. In October, the temps drop significantly to 13°C during midday, and nights are below 10°C. Increasing precipitation in November and temps are cold at 7°C while nights are almost freezing.

    View from Sosdorf to the Geierlay bridge

    Winter (December-February)

    Most precipitation is in the winter. It usually snowed throughout this season in former times, but nowadays, less snow occurs. Nevertheless, blue skies also appear in the winter. Day temps are, on average, above 0°C and below during the night. The trail to Geierlay is exposed, and you may feel colder than it is due to the wind. Wear proper shoes, a beanie, and a warm jacket.

    Top Tips

    Me in the shadow of a tree looking to Eltz Castle
    I enjoy the magnificent views of Eltz Castle.

    Eltz Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Germany and is just half an hour's drive away from the Geierlay Bridge. Even if you are limited in time and can't explore the castle itself, it is already worth the drive to walk to some viewpoints to admire the 865 years old castle. 

    View to the main tower and the wineries of Cochem Castle.
    Already the view from the paved path to Cochem Castle is stunning.

    Another stunning castle at Moselle River is Cochem Castle. The guided tours and medieval dinners are outstanding.

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    Location and Tips

    Mörsdorf
    Germany
    Germany

    Geierlay is the second-longest suspension bridge in Germany, 360 meters long at a height of 100 meters. The entrance was free for more than five years, but a fee had to be introduced for the additional COVID19 restrictions but now there aren't any restrictions any longer. The bridge was opened to the public on October 3. 2015. The construction began in May 2015, and it was completed in a record of 130 days. 

    View from below to Geierlay with a blue sky

    The suspension bridge is located in the heart of the Hunsrück mountains. It's truly a 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 is suitable for all ages. It's not swinging that much, just a little if it's bustling. The view of this fascinating bridge is impressive from all sides; the bottom of the valley, from either side or in front of it.

    5 Must-Know Tips and Facts 

    Geierlay loop trail through forest - Hiking Sign

    1. Always Open
      The bridge is never closed and always accessible. You can visit it year-round at any time. Even at midnight if you like. Visiting in winter? Yes, definitely worth the trip! It's a lot quieter, and if you're lucky, you'll have an awesome view when the landscape is peaceful and quiet covered with snow.
    2. Two Sides: From Mörsdorf and Sosberg
      You can visit the bridge from Mörsdorf (Google Maps) or via the other side from Sosberg (Google Maps). Both are villages. Most people visit via Mörsdorf as it has larger parking areas (P1 - P4, see ‘Parking’ below) and some facilities. It’s also more touristy. Sosberg is quieter but provides only one parking area with limited space. You cannot park directly at the bridge, regardless of the side! The easy walks from P1-P4 in Mörsdorf or Sosberg parking lot are 1.9 and 3.0 km.
    3. Free Entrance:
      Visiting the bridge itself is for free again. There is no entry fee. However, you have to pay for parking. Depending on your time and the parking lot it’s quite cheap, between 2 EUR and 4 EUR (you have to pay a little more when staying longer than 4 hours).
    4. Be Early: Most important!!
      On weekends and during the summer peak season, you can easily avoid heavy crowds (or waiting lines during COVID-19 measures) by arriving early. Being at any of the parking lots between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. is usually sufficient. Walking from there to the bridge takes about half an hour (depending on where you parked). That way, you arrive at the bridge around 10 a.m without the crowds. It's starting to get very busy around midday. Later, the crowds start to dissipate in the evening after 7 p.m.
    5. Stay One Night: If you are a (hobby) photographer and want to take the most stunning pictures, you have to stay the night: Arrive at Mörsdorf or Sosberg in the evening, then walk to the bridge right before sunset. Take amazing pictures. Next morning get up very early and be there at sunrise. Now you can take stunning sunrise photos and often even some with fog in the morning or late afternoon in autumn. Another big advantage is that you have the bridge for yourself during these times! Cochem is a great alternative for staying overnight: It has amazing scenery, mesmerizing castles, and an excellent wine next to the river Mosel. Nearby Accommodations - Cochem

    Parking in Mörsdorf

    Parking No 2 at Geierlay Bridge

    There are four huge parking areas, which are full during the peak season at midday. The fees are between 2 and 4 EUR if you stay up to 4 hours. Bring enough coins; the ticket machine can't change and doesn't take notes. Parking 1 at the visitor centre is the closest. Parking #2 is perfect if you like to walk through the forest with lots of shade to the suspension bridge instead of the main paved track along with the fields. It's a 2 km walk from the visitor centre and roughly 2.5 from parking No 2 to the bridge. Parking 4 is the only one without toilets and is quite far from the bridge; try the other.

    Picture available parking lots

    Parking in Sosberg

    Sosberg is quieter than Mörsdorf. However, there is only one parking area with limited space: Sosberg Parking & Brückencafe Google Maps Link. The second time we visited, we went via Sosberg. It's a 2 km walk from the parking lot to the bridge. The walk is easy as you stay on a path without any elevation. The parking area is small, and you have to be there early to avoid a full parking lot. We arrived shortly after 9 am, and it was almost empty. It starts to fill up around 11 am in the peak season. The parking fee in Sosberg is 2 EUR for 4 hours. 3 EUR for 6 hours, and 4 EUR for 8 hours. The is a cafe right at the parking lot, which opens at 12 pm. They offer beverages and snacks. Besides the cafe, there are no other facilities and no restrooms here at the Sosberg parking.

    Need to Know

    Geierlay last 100 m uneven terrain

    If you have any mobility issues or 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 centre is 2 km away and often full. The footpath to the bridge is wheelchair and stroller friendly except for the last 150 meters or so. The last restrooms are at the visitor centre and Parking P2! The fee for the restroom at P2 is 0.70 €.

    Food and Beverages

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

    Geierlayschleife - Loop Trail

    Hiking Sign for the Geierlayschleife - Dream Loop Trail

    The Geierlay Loop Trail leads through a beautiful landscape and forest and is 6.4 km long. To enjoy the tranquillity on this walk, enter the bridge in the morning. Proper trainers or hiking boots are recommended. The loop looks like an eight and takes roughly 2 hours. The hike can be done from both suspension bridge entrances. Picture Hiking Map

    Hiking in the Hunsrueck Area

    Passing a stream on a wooden bridge on the Geierlay Dream Loop
    The Dream Loop - Geierlayschleife
    • Nearby is the Saar-Hunsrueck-Steig, a 410 km long premium hiking trail. 
       
    • Layensteig
      Layensteig close to the Geierlay suspension bridge
      This hike is called Layensteig, a 14 km loop trail that takes about 4-5 hours.
       
    • Baybach Ravine 
      Baybach Ravine Hike close to Geierlay
      Baybachklamm - Baybach Ravine is a 10.5 km long loop trail and our favourite one. Along the trail is a beautifully located hotel and restaurant, the Schmausemühle.
       
    • Best Accommodations; 
      Schmausemühle along the hiking trail Baybach Ravine close to Geierlay
      Stay in one of the Guest-Houses close to the bridge and other awesome hiking trails. I recommend exploring more of this outstanding landscape and river Moselle for at least one night. Guest-Houses in Gonderhausen and Emmelshausen via booking.com.
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