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2016 Geierlay below.jpg
The Geierlay crossing a valley
DescendantUnderspanned suspension bridge, Suspended-deck suspension bridge, Stressed ribbon bridge
CarriesPedestrians, livestock
Span range360 m
MaterialWood, steel wire rope

The Geierlay is a suspension bridge in the low mountain range of the Hunsrück in central Germany. It was opened in 2015.[1] It has a span range of 360 metres (1,180 ft) and is up to 100 metres (330 ft) above ground. On both sides of the bridge are the villages of Mörsdorf and Sosberg. A stream named Mörsdorfer Bach runs through the valley below the bridge.[2] The nearest city is Kastellaun 8 km eastwards. The state capital Mainz is 66 km towards east.

The bridge has a weight of 57 tons and can support 50 tons.[2] It is a pedestrians only bridge and is open permanently without a fee for walking on the bridge.[3] Twenty per cent of all visitors visiting the bridge do not cross it.[4] The bridge site is within the Top 100 sightseeing destinations in Germany.[4]

Swiss Engineer Hans Pfaffen designed the bridge with similarities to Nepalese suspension bridges.[5]


  1. ^ "Geierlay-Brücke im Hunsrück: Hängebrücke wird zum Touristenmagneten - FOCUS Online". (in German). 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  2. ^ a b "Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay". Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  3. ^ "HÄNGESEILBRÜCKE GEIERLAY : Fragen & Antworten" (PDF). (in German). Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  4. ^ a b "Deutschland: Die längste Hängeseilbrücke der Republik - SPIEGEL ONLINE". 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  5. ^ "Fakten & Technik - Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay". Retrieved 2017-05-24.