Youth Hostel Colditz
Serenity and hospitality

The fortress above the Zwickau Mulde River is almost 1,000 years old and, thus, counts among the oldest castles of Saxony. Today, the European Youth Hostel Colditz Castle attracts international life to the old walls. In 1404, the castle passed into the Wettins' hands, who established an official seat here. About one hundred years later, a fire destroyed both the town and the castle, in the aftermath of which the castle faced many renovations and conversions.

At the end of the 18th century, the Dresden court didn't take the castle to be up-to-date anymore, thus making way for public use. Workhouse, lunatic asylum and prison camp now were the terms associated with the once noble building. During World War II, Colditz Castle became noted all over the world being used as an internment camp for high-ranking officers of the Western allies. Afterwards, it was used as a hospital.

But gloomy times are history now: the European Youth Hostel made serenity and hospitality return to Colditz.


European Youth Hostel Colditz Castle

Hostel manager: Stefan Steinbach

Schlossgasse 1 | 04680 Colditz

Property of State Palaces, Castles and Gardens of Saxony, non profit

+49 34381 45010