Westwallmuseum Pirmasens

Festungswerk Gerstfeldhöhe

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Location: Pirmasens, suburb Niedersimten.
Open: MAR to OCT Sat, Sun 13-17.
Fee: Adults EUR 5, Children (0-6) frei, School Pupils EUR 3, Students EUR 3.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 4,50, School Pupils EUR 2,70, Students EUR 2,70.
Gúided tours: EUR 20.
Classification: SubterraneaWorld War II Bunker TopicWestwall
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=5,000 m, T=8 °C.
Guided tours: L=1,000m
Address: Westwall Museumsverein HGS Gerstfeldhöhe e.V., In der Litzelbach 2, 66955 Pirmasens, Tel: +49-6331-46147, Fax: +49-6331-2190090. E-mail: contact
Appointments: Stadtverwaltung Pirmasens, Tel: +49-6331-842299.
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1938 start of work on the Festungswerkes Gerstfeldhöhe.
1940 work stopped because of Atlantikwall.


The fortification Festungswerk Gerstfeldhöhe was the biggest of all 11 fortifications of the A-Werk class between Aachen and the Weißenburger Senke. Planned were 14 km of passages, machine halls, a military hospital, barracks for 800 men, and ammunition depots, all underground. But the work was stopped before its completion, to work on the Atlantikwall instead.

About 1.000 m of the Tunnel of fortification was furbished as a museum by a local non-profit association, to create the Westwallmuseum. Since its inauguration in 1997 the museum continually grew, a lot of showcases were filled and dioramas created. The tunnel is filled with original items from this time, even huge machinery like a tank.

The entrance area after the ticket office was equptted with a typicalEingangsverteidung (entrance defense) of this time: a machine gun and a telephone. A huge colection of bomb in its original state is shown, German, US-American, and British bommbs are collected in the main passage. Partly they were never thrown and are thus completely intact, others were discovered during construction works after the war and were disarmed. A diorama shows US soldiers with Jeep and motor bike. A mine showxcase shows different mine types, especially a glass mine which was a try to build a metal free mine, to make disarming of the mine difficult. On the other hand this mine was so dangerous, it often killed the personnel placing the mine.