When Is the Best Time
Geierlay is one of the most picturesque bridges in Germany. Inaugurated in October 2015, the bridge became a popular site with more than 300.000 visitors annually. 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.
Usually, the bridge is open 24/7, but changes were required because of COVID19. The visitor terminal is open each day from 10 am to 4 pm and provides a map in different languages. Make sure to read my 5 Must-Know Tips below.
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) - not at the moment due to COVID19 restrictions. There are very few visitors in winter only.
COVID-19 Restrictions Update mid-November 2021
The bridge is open and accessible! However, due to COVID-19, some restrictions are in place after a complete closure for months.
- Face masks before entering the bridge or the bridge area are not mandatory at the moment but can change at any time. Keep a distance of at least 1.5 m for your safety.
- Access to Geierlay from Mörsdorf only, and you must leave the bridge from Sosberg! For people with mobility issues, the 6.4 km "Geierlay Loop" hike may be too long.
- Opening Hours for Geierlay Bridge: 10 am - 5 pm.
- Security guards are at each side from 11 am until 7 pm to make sure visitors follow the rules.
- To cover the expenses of the Corona concept, a fee of 5 € for age 14 and older are required. However, as soon as possible, the community would love to give you free access again.
- Booking the ticket online doesn't exist any longer. It has to be purchased at the entrance.
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.
Check out how busy the bridge is to get an idea for an exceptional visit to the Hunsrück area. WebcamLink
Best Months to Visit
Location and Tips
Geierlay is the second-longest suspension bridge in Germany, 360 meters long at the 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. 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.
The suspension 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 that much, just a little if it's bustling. The view to this fascinating bridge is impressive from all sides; the bottom of the valley, from either side or in front of.
5 Must-Know Tips and Facts Temporarily Changings are Listed
- Always Open: Not Now due to Covid19 10 am - 6 pm in the winter until 5 pm
Usually, the bridge was 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.
- Two Sides: Only from Mörsdorf to Sosberg at the moment.
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 between 1.9 and 3.0 km.
- Free Entrance: Fee 5€ as long as COVID19 restrictions exist.
Visiting the bridge itself is free. 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).
- 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 - 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.
- 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; during these times, you have the bridge for yourself! Cochem is a great alternative for staying overnight: It has amazing scenery, mesmerizing castles, an excellent wine next to the river Mosel. Nearby Accommodations - Cochem
Parking in Mörsdorf
There are four huge parking areas, and they 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
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
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. Bear in mind 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. For the rest of the year, bring plenty of water and a snack.
Geierlayschleife - Loop Trail
This is not any longer a hiking tip. Now you are forced to hike at least the loop trail after you left the bridge. The path leads through the beautiful landscape 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.
Hiking in the Hunsrueck Area
The Dream Loop - Geierlayschleife
- Nearby is the Saar-Hunsrueck-Steig, a 410 km long premium hiking trail.
This hike is called Layensteig a 14 km loop trail that takes about 4-5 hours.
- Baybach Ravine
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;
Stay in one of the Guest-Houses close to the bridge and other awesome hiking trails. I recommend at least one night to explore more of this outstanding landscape and river Mosel. Guest-Houses in Gonderhausen and Emmelshausen via booking.com.
- Eltz Castle
Another popular spot is the unique Eltz Castle, surrounded by beautiful natural 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 late afternoon. Our top tip for Eltz Castle is the Eltz Castle Panorama Trail.