Colditz Castle, Colditz
Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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 could wax lyrical for hours about the Castle, the museum and the tour. But it's pointless and I'd ruin it for you. All you need to know is that the extended tour - two hours - is worth every cent an... read more »
A one-day, organised trip to Colditz Castle was the highlight of a week's holiday. The castle has been carefully restored and, if you are interested in the period as a prisoner of war camp, i.e. Oflag... read more »
Don't hesitate to visit, but take the tour with Steffi ! 2 hours long E20 includes entrance to the museum. My second visit and learnt more about the intrepid pows this time. I would go again! I took m... read more »
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.
Interesting day out to the Castle and local town. The castle itself is very impressive and the museum was well laid out and provided and good overview of the POW life. I do think they could have made more of the Castle and a tour, but for 4 Euro it was very good value for money and well presented.
Great tour, great story! Don't miss the guided tour, available in German and English.
Well, i don't know what to make of this place... Certainly the room service was standard German efficiency: cold gruel morning, evening and night, though my room was a little cramped with the glider my roommate was building out of matches and spoons. i'll never forget the smile that the oddly dressed bellhop gave me when he was torturing me in the cellar, nor the visits i got from the other bellhops in black uniforms. those ones were the worst, you could tell by the skulls on their hats that customer satisfaction wasn't in their interests at all. a long story short my roommate was taken to a 'camp' for his craftsmanship on his glider whilst i was left on my own for the rest of my stay at the castle until around December when what sounded like a fireworks show inadvertently started up in the town nearby. finally i was allowed out my cell into the courtyard where i was shot several times by the bellhops. Overall the room was second to none, they really knew how to present a stone floor for sleeping and find activities for us guests. though the service was as i say, a bit sloppy. but i couldn't expect more for the generous rates. a must for any discerning enemy of the state!
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