Colditz Castle

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Colditz Castle
Historic Sites • Castles • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Very good

Barney W
3 contributions
Oct 2020
Alex really is a wonderful tour guide. He knew so much about the tour and happily took us round well beyond the 1.5 hours we had booked in for. Make sure to e-mail in advance and book a tour. It greatly enhances the experience, especially if you have someone like Alex or John.
Written October 18, 2020
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions
Colditz very interesting and a great tour by Steffi
Sep 2020 • Couples
On Friday 11 Sept 2020 we had a tour around the Colditz Castle from our tour guide Steffi Schubert. What a guide Steffi. Steffi told so many interesting story's of the WW2 period of Colditz and with so much passion and humour. We had such a good time. And our compliments to Steffi on her English. It was our privilege to have Steffi as our tour guide. Thanks a lot from Patrick and Marina from The Netherlands 😊
Written September 16, 2020
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North Wales, UK79 contributions
UK visitor
Aug 2020 • Couples
Made reservation in good time by email. Extended tour with Steffi and one other couple from Holland. Started at 1400 hrs and finished at 1630 hrs. English spoken. Excellent walking tour. Interesting and informative. Boiling hot day but really enjoyed it. We drove 2.30 hrs each way to visit however it was one of our highlights of our Germany touring holiday during Covid 19 concerns.
Excellent value for money.
Written August 23, 2020
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Bolton, UK833 contributions
Mar 2020
I was on the 2 hour English tour with Alex and a dozen other Spurs fans visiting Leipzig for the Champions League game. The tour costs 18 Euros and is worth every bit of it as it was informative, humorous and extremely interesting. It really made you think of how great these soldiers really were and what they did for us all back in the day.
You get to see the tunnels, the glider and the courtyards. You can walk around the outside of the castle to get great photos before you go on the tour.
When you go there get off the bus at Leipziger Strasse NOT Sportsplatz where everyone does. Here you will see the derelict Colditz station where the PoWs were taken to and you can then do the same 8 minute walk they did to the castle crossing the bridge at the River Mulde where you can get fantastic photos of the castle high up on the hill.
The best way to get there from Leipzig is a train from the main station to Grimma ob. Once outside cross over the square to the main road and get bus 619. Each journey takes around 35 minutes. Buy two single tickets at 7,80 Euros each and ask for the 5 zone ticket as this is the best value. However, if you are planning on using public transport for the rest of the same day then there is another ticket for 17,80 Euros which represents better value.
This is not to be missed and do not make the mistake some people have done and just pay the entrance fee without the tour. In doing this you are restricted to what you can see and is not worth doing at all.
Written March 16, 2020
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United Kingdom5 contributions
Big tick on the bucket list!
Apr 2019 • Couples
As a young boy, I was captivated by the Colditz tv series and subsequently read as many books about the castle and it’s history as a wartime POW camp as I could find. Back then it was an impossible dream to think I would ever get to see it personally, as it was buried behind the “Iron curtain”, not so now. My wife and I jumped at the chance to seek out the place when we were visiting Berlin a while back. We drove a hire car from Berlin to Leipzig and stayed there a night. We had booked on the morning tour for the next day and drove down to the town. Parking could be easier and more of it, but it’s only a small town after all. The best place to park is probably in the car park right opposite the Lidl supermarket as you arrive over the river. You can take the alleyways up to the town square from there and the steps at the top of the square to the castle front gate easily. Five minutes walk. When we arrived at the tour office we were astounded to find that we were the only two on the tour, so we had our own personal tour guide! Amazing! With our guide armed with a bunch of cruciform keys, we had a fantastic tour of every place in the castle one could wish to see. Because I was enthusiastically asking all the right questions, (from reading former prisoners books) our guide even opened up a door into part of the Officers quarters that was off limits to tourists, as it had not been renovated yet and was a bit of a building site. We were so privileged to be allowed in there. Our guide was a total Colditz enthusiast and enjoyed showing around like-minded people so much, that our tour went way beyond the normal time allotted for a group visit. The museum with artefacts in is small but excellent, particularly as it’s housed in one of the rooms above the guardhouse, one of the historic escape locations. All in all, a fantastic place to visit, it’s an absolute must for anyone interested in wartime history. A couple of things for visitors to note: We got there early, as we’d heard parking was a bit scarce. We needed that time, as we headed for the town square parking but it fills up very quick. We hunted around and lucked out with a space in the car park opposite Lidl. Try there first. Germans are very good with the English language, particularly in and around cities. Out in the sticks such as here, they don’t do it so well. We tried to ask some shopkeepers where the best parking was and just got blank stares! Also the people of the town don’t really get our (British) enthusiasm for the prisoner camp side of their castle. So excuse them for thinking you’re a bit odd for visiting.. One final gem. If you’re driving there, don’t forget to do as we did on leaving the town. After you’ve driven over the river bridge, take the right turn down to the old, disused railway station and stand outside of the building. Look up at the castle from there. It’s the first view those prisoners had of the Oflag when they got off the train, they all mention it in their books and it’s a scene that made their hearts sink. A superb place to say farewell.
Written February 18, 2020
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Jennifer G
Dalry, UK11 contributions
Colditz Castle Tour
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband & I highly recommend this tour.

We were really fortunate to have Alex as our guide. Alex is so informative re all things related to the Castle, especially regrading its history as a WW11 POW camp. He made our tour very personal, sharing some terrific stories regarding the exploits of the prisoners.

The castle is very well preserved so as you walk around it doesn't take much imagination to envisage life for the men during their long stay.

My husband is a WW11 enthusiast with a special interest re the experience of POWs in Colditz Castle so this part of our trip was his favourite... so much so he intends visiting again!
(additionally we stayed in the Colditz Castle hostel - a great experience!)

Anyone interested in WW11, POWs, Colditz Castle history will love this tour.

As an added bonus the surrounding area is beautiful, Colditz Town is especially pretty with some good places to eat & relax around the town square. Public transport via train then bus from Leipzig was straightforward.

Back to the tour.. I'm sure all the guides are great however if you get Alex you'll be delighted.. he's a Yorkshire man who now lives in the area & so is a wealth of information.

Thanks Alex 👍😁... & thanks to all the staff who work hard to preserve this wonderful castle.

Jennifer & Gordon Gillespie
Written February 8, 2020
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Deborah H
Manchester, UK48 contributions
You've got to come here
Dec 2019 • Couples
Have been on some tours regarding the war and there have been tears of sadness, Colditz however is a brilliant tour. The stories of how imprisoned soldiers came together is unbelievable, everything is explained and the stories from original items from making it to how it was used is great. We laughed with amazement as we've never seen the film "Escape from Colditz" but we will now, the only thing that let my partner down was he couldn't get a t-shirt with "I escaped Colditz" on. It's a brilliant day out and we highly recommend it
Written December 11, 2019
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United Kingdom838 contributions
May 2019
Brilliant place to visit, it was slightly raining when we went and it created an 'eery' feel to the place. It was very interesting to find out what it has been used for since it was created (most famous WW2). I am pretty sure the PC game 'return to Wolfenstien' was based on the place. Highly recommended if your passing or near by.
Written November 3, 2019
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Stephen L
Cambridge, UK403 contributions
Don't miss
Oct 2019
Apart from being a WW11 prisoner of war camp the castle also fulfilled a number of other functions including euthenasia in 1937-39. Do take the tour.
Written October 10, 2019
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Worcester, UK119 contributions
Most interesting
Oct 2019 • Couples
A group of 49 of us visited the castle and were treated to a lively and interesting tour by Alex, the castle guide.

Besides being a prisoner of war camp for Allied forces officers during WW II the castle has served a number of different purposes over the centuries.

The church and museum are particularly interesting and the extensive tunnelling undertaken by some french officers, only to be discovered after their great efforts. The guide dispelled the film representations of the various escape attempts. The colour-blind Airey Neave was, of course, one of the successful escapees, who went on to play a big part in the establishment of escape lines. In short, this site is well worth a visit.
Written October 6, 2019
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