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Colditz Castle, Colditz

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#7 of 87 in Museums in Saxony
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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  • August 15, 2017
    We booked the English language tour and we are so glad we did. It was very informative with just the right level of humour and respect for the history. We really enjoyed our visit, what a place!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We were in a very large group on a guided tour and didn't see everything detailed by other visitors.We saw most of the main parts, french tunnel,wine cellar, chapel and escape museum. I estimate you w...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    We were staying in the hostel next door and hadn't booked a tour or tickets to the museum, we turned up with a group unexpected and the staff couldn't have been more helpful even squeezing in a quick ...  more »
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  • Brilliant I have been wanting to come since I was a kid! We didn't have much time but one of the guides was willing to do an unscheduled tour for me and my friend! Excellent!
  • MAKE TO TAKE THE EXTENDED TOUR WORTH EVERY CENT
  • Beautiful place and the most surprising during our trip... The photos do not show the whole magnificence of the castle - a must see!
  • Wonderful castle with amazing recent history, the tour is very good and available in English, staff very friendly
  • Museum is small but interesting - we needed to time visit with one of the guided tours to get the full benefit

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