Today Sabine and I visited the Geirlay Hängeseilbrücke (Suspension Bridge) in Mörsdorf Germany which is the longest walking suspension bridge in Germany. Travelling by car takes about 1 1/2 hour from Hütschenhausen following Autobahn 62 to Birkenfeld and then Landstrasse 269 to Landstrasse 327 to Hahn and then Landstrasse 421 to Kappel where you get back on Landstrasse 327 and then look for the signs for Mörsdorf when you get to Kastellaun.
The bridge is 360 Meters (approx. 400 yards) and over 100 Meters (330 feet) high. It cost 1,200,000 Euro and opened to the public on 3 October 2015.
Parking in only allowed in specific parking lots in Mörsdorf and on the outskirts or the village and costs 2 Euro for the day. From the parking lot you have to walk 1.2 Kilometer (a bit under 1 mile) to the bridge. The entire way is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Walking across the bridge is not for the timid! Both Sabine and I were a bit nervous while walking across especially since it does sway a bit in the wind and due to the other people on the bridge. I was not sure if we would make it across but once we started out we kept going. We both just kept our eyes looking forward and DID NOT look down!
Once we made it to the other side I took time to find Geocache GC646DK – Geierlay-Runde #08 – Auflager Sosberg that it right there and then we walked the nature trail though the valley back to the village and our car.
Unless you have GOOD hiking boots I DO NOT recommend walking back via the valley. The trails are not well maintained and they were extremely muddy. Many people were struggling and sliding around and I am glad Sabine and I have good Salomon hiking boots or we would have been miserable. But we really enjoyed the scenery.
This is a really fun day trip from the Kaiserslautern / Ramstein area and I recommend to all.
Mörsdorf and the surrounding area expect up to 170,000 visitors to the bridge every year and expect it to bring in 2,500,000 Euro in revenue. The official website for the bridge is in German and can be found HERE. The bridge also has a WEBCAM that takes photos.
The village of Mörsdorf has history going back to at least the year 1103 when it was mentioned in the Tithe records of St Stephens Cathedral in Mainz Germany. “Beginning in 1794, Mörsdorf lay under French rule. In 1814 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1946, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Before 1 July 2014, when it was assigned to the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, it was part of the Cochem-Zell district.” Source – Wikipedia.