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Colditz Castle, Colditz
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With a 1,000-year history, Colditz Castle was built in the 11th century to be a royal hunting lodge, the castle was repurposed as a mental hospital and sanatorium in 1829. The building's most infamous role, however, was as a prisoner-of-war camp for high-ranking Allied officers during World War II (many of whom successfully escaped). During your visit, you can see the actual escape artifacts, escape tunnels, and uniforms of the prisoners in the O Flag IVC Escape Museum. Newly renovated and repainted to reflect its look before the war, the castle also contains a chapel, a World War II display dedicated to Poland, and a souvenir shop. Use our Colditz family vacation planner to add Colditz Castle and other attractions to your Colditz vacation plans.
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  • If you want to know the story behind 'the great escapes; this is worth a visit. Do spend time looking at the amazing artefacts in the museum and remember how ingenious these men were. 
  • We've toured many castles around Germany, but Colditz surpassed them all. Not knowing what to expect, we showed up and were able to get a private tour that was offered in either English or German. We ...  more »
  • Spent half a day at Colditz Castle in early December. Ultimately decided to hire a car from Leipzig airport as public transport seems to be none existent from Leipzig at the weekend, and difficult mid...  more »
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  • Well worth the detour if you are a history buff. The guided tour was excellent. Our guide was knowledgeable and a great storyteller too!
  • Superb Guide - Alex - and beautifully restored Chapel.
  • Fantastic tour round Colditz Castle. We went for the extended tour (2 hours) covering the WW2 prison period. It included all the key places in the castle and most importantly, our guide related numerous stories of escape attempts by the Prisoners of War. Well worth doing the extended tour if you have the time.
  • Great tour, great story! Don't miss the guided tour, available in German and English.
  • Well being in the British Army my Regiment went on a Battlefield Tour here we stayed overnight in the hostel, The Grounds it self was impressive as was the Castle we had a tour guide taking us around. If you are interested in WW2 history then i suggest this is for you. The town itself is only small but also has a lot of WW2 history