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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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  • I visited Colditz castle with my son and son-in-law as part of a surprise birthday present for all of us on 21/2/17. Getting there was relatively easy as we travelled from Leipzig to Grimma on the 690...  more »
  • Because we had other appointments that day and I don't know whether we could get a lead in the short time we joined an English-speaking guide (tour extended) on. This tour was conducted with great personal commitment, detailed knowledge in the matter and high linguistic level. The only point of criticism: the length of the Board.
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  • This place is alive with history, be sure to book a tour with Steffi Schubert via the castle website as she has an wealth of knowledge, speaks good English and brings the place alove with stories of t...  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