Guided Tours in English, French and Spanish at a date of your choice.

We will guide you through the casemattes, galleries, underground bunkers and other installations of the  “Fort Josef”.

The Mainz Elector 1710-1730 built these facilities as artillery and infantry fortresses. They were used until the end of the 19th century, then the surface buildings were put down, but most underground galleries and casemattes remained, however buried under building debris. In 1943 (during WW2) the underground facilities of Fort Josef were reactivated as civil air raid shelters, which got hit by allied bombings several times.

The tour will not only give a detailed description of the fortress itself, but also highlight the historical evolution of the “Fortress Mainz” over more than 2 millennia .The material includes maps, graphic arts, 3D-models and also a unique silent film documentary from 1934. It shows the „Luisenplatz“ monument Inauguration in Wiesbaden, displaying all major groups of society, military and Nazi formations, that are closely related to the history of Mainz, too.

For further details, please don’t hesitate to ask us via E-Mail.

Air temperature inside the fortress is about 12 degrees Celsius, relative humidity around 90 percent. Unfortunately the facilities are not accessable for people in wheel chairs.

English Guided Tour:         200€ fixed charges up to 20 visitors; plus 10€ per additional entrant.  (maximum size 40 visitors).

French Guided Tour:        240 € (max. 20 persons)

Hungarian Guided Tour:   220 € (max. 20 persons)

Mixed tours with german visitors possible. Max. size up to 40 visitors.

All tours are on your own risk. We and the city of Mainz don’t take any responsibility or liability for any damage to you and your belongings.

Directions to Fort Josef in Mainz, not far from Mainz Central station: