The Machine Gun Nose (Maschinengewehr-Nase) is the sector of the open-air museum that is most easily accessible, starting from the parking lot near the wind power station on the Austrian side of the Plöckenpass-border.
The entire site, the former Austrian control barrier, towers above the pass slightly to the east. It was conceptualised to serve as defence in all directions in order to prevent the enemy from breaking through to the area of the Plöckenhaus. A circular route enables visitors to explore different forms of path- and emplacement construction as well as short tunnels and caverns.
The only preserved “defence barracks” in Austria.
The construction of defence emplacements of this at important border crossings dates back to the times of Napoleon, but their military value was usually small.