|Westwall Museum in Gerstfeldhohe:
A Huge Bunker/Museum near
What Is There To See? Here's a rare chance to see inside a huge WWII German
bunker, filled with a growing collection of German and US WWII vehicles, relics,
and displays. The museum includes excellent one-of-a-kind local displays on the
Reichsarbeitsdienst, bombing of Pirmasens, and the 6.SS "Mountain Troops"
billetted here in Operation Nordwind in Jan 1945. Their tempting bookstore is
well-stocked, with many locally-published books.
How Long Does it Take? Driving time is about 35 minutes from Ramstein, with
about one - two hours in the museum. The trip plus a meal in Pirmasens makes a
nice half-day trip. Maps and directions are here.
Food & Services: The museum has restrooms and ample parking. Many
restaurants and a McDonalds are available in nearby Pirmasens. We recommend
the "Alt Brauhaus" downtown, with inexpensive delicious food.
What Else Do I Need To Know? BRING A JACKET - IT'S COLD (50'S)
YEAR ROUND! At present all displays are in German but translations are in the
works this winter. The Museum is open 1300-1700 on Saturdays and Sundays
from 1 April through 30 September, or by appointment at 06331-46147 (closed
from 1 Oct through 1April except by appt). The director Gunther Wagner and his
museum staff are always friendly and helpful, and most speak a little English. Price
is 5 Euro for adults, 3 Euro for students, and children under 6 free. Tours are
available with prior arrangements.
More Info? Check the website at www.westwall-museum.de or the links below:
The Main Tunnel of the Bunker
Sd.Kfz 251"Schutzenpanzerwagen", used for
Infantry troops in support of the Panzers. It
carried a ten-man crew and had two mounted
machine guns with a max speed of about 30
mph. The rear opens up just like a Bradley!
Check out this 4 minute clip on youtube for a
historical look at these in action.