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Colditz Castle, Colditz

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#7 of 145 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. See Colditz Castle and all Colditz has to offer by arranging your trip with our Colditz day trip planning tool .
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • I stayed in the youth hostel, the gaurds part of the castle for one night two years ago and never got round to doing a review. It was a great experience we were the only ones in the whole castle the rooms are huge breakfast was excellent. The following morning we visited the POW part of the castle and took the 2 hour guided tour well worth it our guide was brilliant, she spoke very good English and was very passionate about the castle and it's history.
  • A MUST DO when you are in Leipzig. Famous WWII prison with escape stories that are unbelievable. Great team. Great, extremely interesting museum (or do you know the MI9 ?). Fantastic tour guide. While it seems to be that every Englishman knows about it, very few Germans know this place.
  • Really nice place, interesting and unlike so many other places of interest this one was nice and empty. Staff helpful and friendly. Bad parking!
  • Always wanted to visit the castle and wasnt disappointed. Guide Steffi was great and i could have soent longer here.
  • Fantastic. English language guide was excellent. We managed to see the replica glider in the attic and some of the escape tunnels. Worth the effort. Recommended

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