A visit to the Geierlay suspension bridge in Germany had been high on my bucket list for a while. The spectacular Geierlay suspension bridge is 360 meters long and is the longest suspension bridge in Germany. The bridge is no less than 100 meters above a beautiful valley and you have to have nerves of steel before crossing the bridge. What a cool adventure it seemed to me! On a beautiful summer day I drive to this bridge together with two friends and we decide that we will all go across the bridge anyway! And we also hope to enjoy the beautiful view from the bridge.
Curious about my visit to this suspension bridge? I’ve described it and also all the information for your visit to the Geierlay suspension bridge in Germany!
The Geierlay suspension bridge in Germany
This bridge is inspired by the suspension bridges as you also find them in Nepal for example. This bridge was opened in 2015 and connects the villages of Mörsdorf and Sosberg. It is also on one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Germany: Saar-Hunsrück-Steig. The suspension bridge has a length of 360 meters and is thus one of the longest suspension bridges in all of Europe and is 100 meters above the valley where a stream flows.
My visit to the Geierlay suspension bridge in Germany
From the parking lot we walk a short 2 kilometers to the suspension bridge. The route is clearly signposted and we walk through the countryside. It is really beautiful and it is nice and quiet. We only meet a few other people along the way. When we arrive at the bridge we see that there is hardly anyone there. Yes, I like that. You only see the bridge when you are close to it and that view is impressive.
How beautiful can a suspension bridge be, is the first question that comes to mind!
On the bridge there are 2 people and there are a few people who are doubting whether they will go onto the bridge or not. We immediately walk up the bridge and despite the fact that a friend of mine has a fear of heights, she bravely steps up the bridge. Only 85 centimeters wide and it wobbles a bit because of the light wind that is there. The people in front of us stubbornly cling to the railing and walk in small steps and it does not look like they are enjoying themselves.
The suspension bridge
We decide enthusiastically to hold a photo session on the middle of the bridge, but suddenly the bridge starts to wobble enormously. We are very scared of that and we see that a group of young people has decided to jump on the bridge. This wobbling of the bridge is a nasty feeling and makes us afraid. A friend of mine is screaming if they can stop jumping and luckily they do it pretty quickly. With the shock in our legs we continue and decide to stop the photo session.
We arrive safely on the other side and there are a few benches where we sit on.
Let’s wait until we see that the group of rowdy young people leave the bridge and we return to the bridge and this time we are the only ones. The landscape enormously beautiful and it almost seems that we are not in Germany, but somewhere far away in Asia. I’ve never known that Germany is so beautiful! We decide to take a break and we sit down in the middle of the bridge and enjoy the sun in the valley. Then we walk down the bridge and back to the parking lot.
We unanimously agree that it was a very cool experience that we would not have wanted to miss! Our visit has succeeded!
General information about the Geierlay suspension bridge in Germany
● It’s located near the village Mörsdorf and there’s a visitor center where you can get a map with hiking trails and other information. There is also a large parking area where your car can be parked.
● From the village the bridge can only be reached on foot or by bike. The distance is about 1.8 kilometers on a paved country road.
● The bridge can be walked free of charge and is open 24 hours a day.
● You can combine a visit to the Geierlay suspension bridge with a 6.2 kilometer walk and you can pick up the route at the visitor center.
● Since the opening of the Geierley in 2015, more than 300,000 people have visited the suspension bridge. It can be busy, especially in the weekends. Avoid crowds and make sure you are on time in the morning or late in the afternoon.
● There are no toilets or shops at the bridge or on the route to the bridge and therefore it is wise to bring something to eat and drink.
● Combine your visit to the suspension bridge with a visit to Burg Eltzt.
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