Gerstfeldhohe: A Huge Bunker/Museum near Pirmasens
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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 Bunker Museum Entrance
The Main Tunnel of the Bunker
Displays in the Museum
The History of the Bunker
Gerstfeldhohe and SS troops in Operation Nordwind
Retreat to the Rhine - a First Person Account on an Air Attack
The Reichsarbeitsdienst in this area
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.
The Bombing of Pirmasens