Fort of Mutzig (Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II)
Also known as Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II, Fort de Mutzig is a fascinating place for those interested in strategic military architecture. Highlights include an underground area, which still boasts many of its original furnishings and equipment, as well as a large collection of armaments. Take a tour to get an in-depth look into the fort's history and construction as well as its significance in many of the wars that shaped modern-day Europe.
Things to Know Before You Go
Fort de Mutzig is popular with those interested in military history.
Wear comfortable shoes; the site requires a lot of walking on uneven surfaces.
Tours are available in French, German and English, if you pre-book.
The fort is not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Fort is located in Mutzig, about a 20-minute drive from Strasbourg: Take the A35 to the A352, then departmental road D1420. You can also reach the fort by taking a train from Strasbourg to Mutzig and catching a cab or taking a long (roughy 1.5 hour) walk along a trail that takes you through Mutzig City Hall.
When to Get There
Opening hours and tour times vary throughout the year, so check ahead and make sure to pre-book your tour.
The Forts of Alsace
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