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Geierlayschleife (Geierlayloop)

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  • Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay
    / Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Wegweiser an der Hängeseilbrücke
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Unter der Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Gleichlauf Zuweg Saar-Hunsrück-Steig und Geierlayschleife
    Photo: G. Shatanawi, Tourist-Information Kastellaun
  • / Im Tal
    Photo: G. Shatanawi, Tourist-Information Kastellaun
  • / Auf der Geierlayschleife
    Photo: G. Shatanawi, Tourist-Information Kastellaun
  • / Im Schatten der Bäume
    Photo: G. Shatanawi, Tourist-Information Kastellaun
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The Geierlayloop is a 6.4 km long premium circular hiking trail that includes crossing Germany's most beautiful suspension rope bridge, the Geierlay.
moderate
6.6 km
2:30 h
252 m
285 m
The highlight of the tour is Germany's most beautiful suspension rope bridge, the Geierlay.

Author’s recommendation

Do not forget your camera!

Hold on to your mobile phone while crossing the Geierlay, as the gaps between the wooden planks are exactly the size of a mobile phone.

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Iris Müller
Updated: May 04, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
339 m
Lowest point
210 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Crossing the bridge is at your own risk. Surefootedness and a head for heights are important.

Tips, hints and links

www.geierlay.de and www.kastellaun.de

Tourist-Information Kastellaun, Marktstr. 16, 56288 Kastellaun
Phone: +49 6762 - 401698 or 401873, E-Mail: touristinfo@kastellaun.de

 

Start

Besucherzentrum Geierlay, Kastellauner Straße 23, 56290 Mörsdorf (338 m) (338 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.103527, 7.346864
DMS
50°06'12.7"N 7°20'48.7"E
UTM
32U 381781 5551450
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Destination

Besucherzentrum Geierlay, Kastellauner Straße 23, 56290 Mörsdorf

Turn-by-turn directions

We hike from the Geierlay Visitor Centre along Kastellauner street first through the small, tranquil village of Mörsdorf with its 600 inhabitants. In the village centre, we turn left into Pohlstraße and follow it to the street "Auf der Lex". Here we turn right and walk towards the valley. We change from the tarmac path to the narrow forest path at the sewage treatment plant, which leads us slightly uphill and through a small wood towards the Mörsdorfer bridgehead.

Arriving at the bridgehead, we get a first impression of the unique bridge structure. The Geierlay suspension rope bridge was opened in October 2015 after only 6 months of construction. It connected the communities of Mörsdorf and Sosberg. The bridge is 360m long and swings 100m above the Mörsdorf stream valley. Now that we have admired the structure from close up, we summon up all our courage and head for the bridge.

It is still quite wide at the head of the bridge at 1.40 m, but this changes the closer we get to the middle of the bridge, where it is only 85 cm. Accepting the bridge's slight fluctuations, we hike slightly uphill again from the middle of the bridge to the Sosberg bridgehead, where we take another look back, happy that we have made the crossing. Leaving the Geierlay behind us, we turn left and follow the forest path that winds slowly along the slope, with only a small uphill passage, then into the Mörsdorfer steam valley.

Once in the valley, we meet the Saar-Hunsrück-Climb premium long-distance hiking trail, which runs along the same path as the Geierlayloop down here in the valley. Enjoying the valley's peace and idyll, we hike along the Mörsdorfer stream, which ripples comfortably beside us. The path from the bridgehead into the valley was still a wide forest path, but down here in the stream valley, it has the character of a climb. Near the 5-way place, it is worth taking a look upwards because you will see that we are right under the bridge if you look closely. Before, we had a great view from the bridge into the stream valley, but now we can see the Geierlay visitors walking across the bridge. After a short rest, we tackle the last part of the Geierlayloop. The ascent is steep and strenuous, but when we walk out of the forest back towards the village's centre, the conclusion is that the tour was worth it.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

www.vrminfo.de

Line 630,631 and 632 from Kastellaun - stop in Mörsdorf Geierlay Visitor Centre

Getting there

Coming from Hahn via the B327 to Kastellaun, exit Kastellaun at the elevated roundabout, third exit L204 to Mörsdorf,

Car park P1 at the Geierlay Visitor Centre (Kastellauner Straße 23).

Destination for navigation system:

Kastellauner Straße 23, 56290 Mörsdorf

Parking

There are four car parks in Mörsdorf. All car parks are signposted and subject to charges. 
Car park P1 at the visitor centre is for short-stay parkers, as parking fees are highest there.

At the car parks P2-4, the fees are somewhat lower.

The route from the car parks to the Visitor Centre (tour start) is signposted. However, coming from P2-4, you can also join the hiking trail in the village's centre (Pohlstraße).

Coordinates

DD
50.103527, 7.346864
DMS
50°06'12.7"N 7°20'48.7"E
UTM
32U 381781 5551450
w3w 
///insulation.impinging.smoggy
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Suitable footwear is required. Otherwise, no special equipment is necessary.

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Reviews

4.3
(3)
XC Racer
October 26, 2020 · Community
Sehr schöner Rundweg über die berühmte Hängebrücke. Was man wissen sollte: Parken pro Stunde 2,50€. Der Rundweg ist gerade im Tal sehr matschig. Sicheres Schuhwerk ist erforderlich.
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Completed this Route on October 26, 2020
Geierleybrücke
Photo: XC Racer, Community
Matschiger Weg
Photo: XC Racer, Community
Markus K
October 20, 2020 · Community
Highlight ist natürlich die Brücke. Ansonsten ist der Weg schön und ohne Probleme zu begehen. Viel begangener Weg. Wer Ruhe und Einsamkeit sucht, ist hier fehl am Platz
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Laurent Birgen
June 07, 2020 · Community
schöne Tour welche mit Kindern gut begehbar ist
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Completed this Route on June 03, 2020

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.6 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
252 m
Descent
285 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available

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