In the nineteenth century it became a workhouse and then a mental hospital. Once you are in Germany hiring a car makes sense as trains go nowhere near Colditz. The bus driver can direct you although you see the castle from everywhere. My trip to Colditz was amazing. One word of warning - the hostel does food but places to eat in the town are few and are closed completely on a Monday. Vistiting Colditz Castle Museum. Well done Colditz Castle and staff. We drove down from Berlin which took about three hours. The little museum about digging tunnels to escape is a pretty unique touch as well. Explore a selection of 137 holiday homes, including holiday houses, flats & apartments & more. The place was very quiet. Thanks for introducing me to this historical place that so much influenced the UL-US culture after WWII. I had no idea you could stay! Awesome. You can go by various routes (straight from Leipzig, via Grimma, via Bad Lausick…) and the buses run frequently. This is brilliant Catherine! Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes. Colditz Castle, German prisoner-of-war camp in World War II, the site of many daring escape attempts by Allied officers. We then embarked on a wide ranging exploration of the surrounding countryside. Very authentic and an unique experience. So much history in this place! Click here to learn more or control your settings. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Kids get kicked out of the communal areas at 10pm so you get a very good night's sleep. Perhaps wine too. The extended tour with Steffi was excellent, one of the best tours I have ever been on. I didn’t know you could stay here. Hostel breakfast bread-and-spread based, and a bit chaotic with the many youth groups surging in. The youth hostel was very clean and the staff very helpful and pleasant. In the courtyard are cardboard cutouts of the inmates and their guards. Follow-up was by email. You don’t need to stay at the Castle in order to see inside. I’m glad you managed to find your way in (and out) . Probably also soft drinks. Unlikely though it sounds the dense woodland behind the castle housed Europe’s largest zoo in the sixteenth century, the stream that runs in the valley is still called Tiergartenbach or Zoo Stream. If you fancy some Germany themed reading check out my Books to Read in Germany post. Standard youth hostel but nice because it's all shiny new. The Youth Hostel occupies the part of the building that house the German officers, the older Renaissance part of the Castle where the Allied Officer were held is kept as a museum. Colditz is a very beautiful and imposing castle, you can see it for miles around, with a fascinating 1,000 year history but for most British and American visitors it is the six years it was host to Prisoners of War that hold the most fascination. #FarawayFiles. Help yourself to cheese, jam, coffee, ham, liver-sausage, cereals, etc. The front desk manager, Marion, speaks very good English. Bit of a trek from the parking area to the hostel proper. Hostel breakfast bread-and-spread based, and a bit chaotic with the many youth groups surging in. Among those who went on to achieve fame after the war were Group Captain Douglas Bader, the pilot who lost both legs early on in the war but returned to flying. No facilities to make or store your own food. Even though this is off the main tourist route it is well worth a vist. If you want you can get a light supper in the canteen (vegetable soup that evening), which is convenient if there isn't anywhere open that day for dinner in town. Anyway - 

 It's not as luxurious as a hotel, obviously, but it's much more fun. Very worthwhile especially for members. Review tags are currently only available for English language reviews. Colditz (2 miles from Colditz Castle) Located in Colditz, Wasserschloss Podelwitz features a restaurant, bar, garden, and free WiFi. The hostel provides duvets, duvet-covers and sheets. The pretty central square has a couple of good cafes in which to sit and watch the world go by whilst eating an ice cream. Get off at Colditz Sportplatz and walk toward the castle through the main square. Then in the early 70s came the Colditz television series starring David McCallum. Once we had arrived we set about discovering our room and the rest of the Castle. We paid about €50 for a double including breakfast. Breakfast was included in the tariff and it was very good, even flowers on the table! Also in the canteen. Oh wow! No traffic to speak of at all. Fashions changed and the chic white walls were no longer quite the thing, the Electors let the castle rundown. I love staying in places that make you travel back in time. You can get an ice-cream on the way in the square if it's hot. Second Lieutenant Desmond Llewelwyn who went on to be better known as Q in the James Bond films. We drove down from Berlin which took us about 3 hours. We are big fans of Youth Hostels in re-purposed buildings! One (very provincial) restaurant in town that closes at 8pm if there are no customers - but food was delicious, if pork-heavy. x. Also – really liked your film! Staying at Colditz Castle, star of one of my favourite 1970s TV shows, became a must, as soon as I realised that it is now a Youth Hostel. Breakfast is fine. Check with the front desk manager. What a fantastic find for #FarawayFiles, What a fascinating place to stay – and great that you can get a budget option for staying in a castle! Standard youth hostel but nice because it's all shiny new. My boys would just love to stay somewhere like this! Worth it for the anecdote of staying in the castle - and don't leave without doing the extended Castle tour with Steffi. It's not as luxurious as a hotel, obviously, but it's much more fun. Probably also soft drinks. Ask Quiggers1967 about Colditz Youth Hostel. Perfect for those who want to sleep in Colditz Castle, colditz castle youth hostel and castle tour were both excellent. Nice pictures. A film ‘The Colditz Story‘ starring John Mills followed in 1955. The tours of the castle are excellent and the service in the youth hostel is very helpful. I would recommend the hostel and the tour to anyone..it was a fascinating place. If you want you can get a light supper in the canteen (vegetable soup that evening), which is convenient if there isn't anywhere open that day for dinner in town. We have stayed in some fantastic buildings that are now Youth Hostels! We actually found that getting into Colditz was harder than getting out. Say you are staying in Colditz Castle to any British or American over 40 and they will respond with “I hope you manage to Escape”. To book, I first telephoned (+49 (0)34381 45010). It's based in the German Army administration block from when the castle was a POW camp. Our double room was sparse but clean and excellent value. In fact that turned out to be an unexpected bonus - trundling along little winding roads, through woods and fields and tiny hamlets with streams and weeping willows. Say you are staying at Colditz Castle to a younger British or American person and they might ask if that was the Prisoner of War Castle. Good views of the grounds and secure storage parking for two motorbikes in the courtyard. After the war Colditz Castle lay behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany where it was used first as a prison and then as an old people’s home. They have small dorm rooms with your name on them! The bedrooms are on the first floor, but there's a good, wide lift, and I think it should be do-able even or people in wheelchairs. In the evening you can sit outside with a drink on the terrace and watch the sun go down. Slowly it has been restored as a museum, youth hostel and home to the Saxon State Music Academy. The castle sits on a steep hill overlooking the Mulde River as it flows through the small Saxon town of Colditz, about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Leipzig. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. The vast white castle that we see today is a Renaissance Schloss but the first castle on the site dates back nearly 1,000 years.

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