With its striking white gables, Colditz Castle is one of the most beautiful Central German architectural monuments of the 16th century. It served as an important POW-camp for high-ranking officers of the Western Allies during World War II; Winston Churchill's nephew and the nephew of the then British King George VI were also among its prisoners. Secret radio rooms, tunnels broken through the masonry and a secretly built glider are examples of the many tales told of the numerous creative escape attempts in the »Escape Museum«. The book entitled »The Colditz Story« and its film adaptation have made Colditz world famous.
Today, guests from all over the world can enjoy a princely stay at the European Youth Hostel and the unique atmosphere of Colditz Castle at events and concerts, in special exhibitions and on guided tours such as »In the Footsteps of the Prisoners« featuring a prisoners' feast.
History of Colditz Castle
Mentioned for the first time in 1046 in a marriage certificate as Codlitz Castle, the castle later becomes a lunatic asylum, concentration camp and prisoner of war camp. Find out more about the eventful history.
Find out more about the impressive history of the castle. The »Escape Museum« tells of ingenious escape attempts from the detention centre undertaken by imprisoned officers of the western allies during the Second World War. Sound stations and historical film material make the tales and display exhibits into an impressive collection.