New Year's holiday in Moesel-Saarland
This new year's holiday we decided to go out Germany, staying in the Moesel area right in the middle between Luxembourg city and Frankfurt, around Trier. A perfect place for going out to Saarland and walk around and next to the Moesel.
There were two main interest here for hiking and photography. The treetop walk near Mettlach, a 250m treetop walk and its spectacular view tower overlooking the Saarschleife (the Saar Loop). The second location, the Geierlay suspension bridge, 360 metres long and 100 metres above the Mörsdorfer Bach valley between the municipalities of Sosberg (Cochem-Zell district) and Mörsdorf (Rhein-Hunsrück district).
The first one was the treetop walk in Mettlach, Saarland. See here for more information.
The 1,250 m treetop walk and its spectacular view tower overlooking the Saarschleife (the Saar Loop) natural wonder have been open to the public since 2016. It was a unique experience to see the landscape from a new perspective! Especially the "tower" itself. I guess being here in autumn would be really nice, now the leaves were already gone. However there were some pine trees as well.
You can go for a walk at a height of up to 23 m above the forest floor. With a length of 1,250 m, treetop walk winds its way through beeches, oaks and douglas firs towards the Saarschleife (Saar Loop). Learning stations inform visitors about the flora and fauna of the surroundings; activity stations along the walkway challenge the more adventurous. This is also very nice for kids!
At the end of the treetop walk you encounter the big "loop tower" to get to an exceptional high vantage point where you can really oversee the landscape and surrounding forests. It is massive, but worth the admission price and the moderate climb. Especially the kids there were amazed by the spectacular view and perspective.
Geierlay Suspension Bridge
The next day the 360m long Geierlay Suspension Bridge was next location. This is a very special location with nice hiking trails and forests paths and ending up at the bridge itself.
Geierlay suspension bridge, 360 metres long and 100 metres above the Mörsdorfer Bach valley between the municipalities of Sosberg (Cochem-Zell district) and Mörsdorf (Rhein-Hunsrück district), holds the promise of a ‘vertiginous adventure’.
Modelled on Nepalese suspension bridges, the ‘Geierlay suspension bridge’ spans the valley from one bridgehead to the other. The name was selected in a competition and refers to the district in which it is located. The new visitor centre in Mörsdorf, which also houses a restaurant, is the first point of contact for the suspension bridge. More information here.
All in all two very nice locations and a nice short holiday with hiking in nature. The weather wasn't at its best, but nonetheless it was fun! More photos here, with drone shots as well. All photos where shot on the Fujifilm X-T2 with the Fujinon 10-24mm. The drone shots where taken with the DJI Spark.