In January 1893, the German emperor William II decides to fortify the hill of Mutzig. Together with the fortified belt of Strasbourg, the Feste stands in the French offensive way to protect the Alsace plain wide from the Vosges mountains to the Rhine
This new generation fort is built with concrete armoured and equipped with power stations : this is the prototype of the modern XXth century splited fortification.
7000 men are needed to run this huge defensive ensemble of 628 acres. With its numerous constructions and 22 armoured turrets it is the strongest German fortification in 1914.
The tour leads you through buildings linked by underground galleries for you to discover original troop's quarters and facilities: kitchen, well, bakery, power station and hospital.
Through a visit, you can live the history of that Fort.
1 January to 31 March and 1 November to 31 December
Saturday and Sunday : 1.30 pm (in German) and 2 pm (in French)
1 April to 30 June and 16 September to 31 October
Monday-Friday : 1.30 pm (in German) and 2 pm (in French)
Saturday-Sunday : 1.30pm, 2.30 pm (in German) and 2.30 pm and 4 pm (in French)
1 July to 15 September
Every day : 10.30 am, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm (in German) and 10 am, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm (in French)
Guided tour in English: 14 July to 31 August - Every day at 3.30 pm
Adults : 10 € - Children (10-16 years) and students: 5 € Group : 8 €
Free for children under 10 years
2.30h visit for approx. 2km (1.3 miles). 12/14° (57°F) inside of the Fort (all year long)
Groups can make a reservation all year along. Guided tours in english.
To hike to the fort
Download the hiking "On the paths of a giant" - departure from Mutzig