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Colditz Castle, Colditz

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#7 of 142 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 travelled here by chance, whilst staying in Leipzig. This is a great town and the square is picturesque and everything you would expect in an old German castle town. The castle itself dominates the...  more »
  • If you want to go to colditz castle i recommend that you catch the bus Leipzig you come into the town and see the castle on the hill colditz town is nice to look around with some nice cafe and ice cre...  more »
  • Excellent tour, steffi was happy to share the escape antics of the prisoners and it was very entertaining  more »
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  • It was eerie. Because you know the history of colditz but to be there and see what the prisoners did to try to escape it brought it to reality
  • 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.
  • Interesting displays and free other than the Museum which is reasonable anyway
  • 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!
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