Colditz Castle
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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jger2015
Crewkerne, UK18 contributions
Sep 2022
We didn’t know quite what to expect but the visit was amazing. We had a pre-arranged a tour, and Alex K was a superb guide. He really bought the place to life and we learnt about the recent history, not just of the time the Schloss was used as a prison for WW2.
I thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in the area.
Written October 4, 2022
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,534 contributions
Sep 2022
The castle dominates the village and the streets leading up to it are very narrow. There is ample parking around the back of the castle. You can see the courtyards and some inside displays without a tour. There is also a museum with an entrance charge. Luckily the English curator offered a tour to us and there were only 5 participants on a very quiet late September day. The tour took us to the chapel, a tunnel and a reproduction of the glider. It was informative and added considerable context to the building. I didn't realise that the castle was so large and cold looking. Certainly a major attraction in this part of Germany if you are interested in history of the allies.
Written October 2, 2022
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Julie M
Southampton, UK2 contributions
Sep 2022
Alex, our Polish/Yorkshire guide was simply great. He connected very well with our group and explained the history of the castle in just the right detail.
He was the highlight of our visit this time.
Written September 27, 2022
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fiona w
London, UK21 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Really interesting tour by English speaking guide Alex K. Focused on POW in WW2 but odd bits of earlier history thrown in. My group was mostly interested in WW2 so he focused on that. Alex made it interesting and clip of old film very good too! Well worth a visit
Written September 23, 2022
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craice
Hockley, UK370 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
I visited here with some friends, we decided to book the 3 hour special tour which included being shown areas that you don’t normally get to see on other shorter tours, and what a great decision that was. Steffi our tour guide was amazing and told us about some of the more well known stories of escape and escape attempts.
Colditz itself is reasonably well looked after as it’s had so many uses since before and after the war there’s lots of work that still needs to be done.
We were shown everywhere from the wine seller with the start of the French tunnel, the room where Douglas Barder was kept up to the loft to see the mock up of the famous escape glider which was never used.
There is also a small museum with lots of interesting items and photos.
You can wander around the court yards without paying but why would you??
Book a tour and get shown around and learn the history and stories of Colditz.
The best day out you’ll ever have.
Thank you Colditz, thank you Steffi.
Written September 14, 2022
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John D
4 contributions
Oct 2021
October 2019 made the long haul from Brisbane to Colditz to see the famed castle and WW2 POW camp for "bad boy" escapers. Colditz is 40km south of Leipzig and travel by bus is the best option (the buses are very comfortable with airline type seating, cheap and reliable). Been reading about Colditz and its escapers for the last 60 years and never thought I would ever actually visit the castle. The guides were very knowledgeable and the tour covered almost every part of the castle that involved the prisoners and escaping. I was especially keen to see the replica of the "Colditz Cock" (a glider built by some prisoners). Colditz remains one of the highlights of my travels and well recommended for those interested in WW2 history.
Written September 13, 2022
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ContourMac
Ecton, UK54 contributions
Jul 2022
Ever since I watched the TV series in the 70's I have been fascinated by Colditz and it has long been on my bucket list to visit. Along with my wife we booked the special tour. Our host was very friendly and happy to answer all our questions. She was very knowledgeable on the full history of the castle. We cannot recommend this visit enough.
Written July 20, 2022
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John C
London, UK126 contributions
Jun 2022
A must visit
Visiting the castle is a must for those interested in history and WW2 in particular.
As an ex history and B.F.G. teacher who could not get to East Germany in the 1980s it was a visit I had always wanted to do.
Some visitors just wander aimlessly around the courtyards, buildings and the museum, which is rather a waste of time if you have spent time getting there.
My advice is definitely book a guided tour. This way you get to learn the history of the castle, its WW2 and individual prisoners history, visit the important rooms, experience and see some of the escape routes and actual tunnels, escape glider room and much more. These are not open to non-guided visitors. There is a lot of walking and many steps so to really tour the castle you will need to be mobile. There are no restrictions on taking photos or videos
If you can’t make the day or times of the official tours you can email the staff in advance and they will try to find a suitable special tour for you, at a very reasonable price, which they did for me.
My English speaking 2 hour tour was with Alex who was excellent. Some Yorkshire bikers, who had not booked, turned up after about 20 minutes but Alex was able to accommodate them. They loved it.
Getting there
It’s not difficult to get to Colditz if you are not driving. There a various rail and bus routes.
Just check the train and particularly the bus timetables which are not that
I got the train from Leipzig Hbf to Bad Lausick, from platform 23 in the direction of Chemnitz Hbf.
Train tickets are available at the automatic machines. For some reason I don’t think it’s possible to get a return ticket, so I just got a single. Also the machine I used wasn’t accepting credit cards just cash.
I got off the train at the lovely white Bad Lausick station and turned right to find the bus stop for the 613 bus to Colditz Sportplatz.
When the 613 bus or minibus arrives pay the driver. The journey takes about ½ hour winding through various small hamlets and countryside
Get off the bus at Colditz Sportplatz. The Schloss is not signposted so turn back and walk down the hill on Am Ring until you reach the ‘Willkommen in Colditz’ corner, turn right into Baderberg and carry on until till you get to Schlossstreppe (Castle Steps). If you cross the bridge you have gone too far! Some people did!
Walk up the steps to the small castle entrance door and proceed to the Schloss and free museum. (Please note this route is only really suitable for people who have no mobility problems. There are alternative longer routes for those with such conditions, but to really tour the castle you will need to be mobile. Email or telephone the castle for advice on all matters. They are very helpful)
Retrace you route and find the Colditz Sportplatz bus stop going in the opposite direction.
When you get to Bad Lausick station you may need to buy another single ticket.
Also, the train to Leipzig Hbf may depart from the same platform you arrived at.
Good luck
John
Written June 20, 2022
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Colin W
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Booked tour with Steffi in advance by email, Steffi gave us all the choices and booking very easy. On the day of the tour Steffi proved to be an excellent guide with a good level of knowledge. An amazing place to visit and well worth doing. Drive from Berlin was around 2.5hrs and motorways were free flowing.
Written June 13, 2022
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coranne1
East Ayrshire, UK4 contributions
May 2022
Our tour took 3 hours with our wonderful guide Steffi who was so informative, the knowledge she has is amazing and she tells it with so much passion she obviously adores her work. Booking a tour is a must as several parts of the castle is not open otherwise. There is good free parking at the castle but you must get there early as spaces are limited.
Written June 4, 2022
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