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
Colditz Youth Hostel Facilities
The Youth Hostel mainly offers four to six-bed rooms with a total of 161 beds. All rooms have a shower and WC. Alongside a dining room, outdoor patio and barbeque area, a children's play room, a disco and TV room and a reading room all provide plenty of space for leisure activities in the hostel.