As part of the guided tour of Colditz, the escape museum forms a fascinating incite into the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the prisoners in "borrowing" numerous items to make up escape equipment and maintain several radio receivers which were smuggled in. there are so many items that it takes up a number of rooms now
One of the main problems for the prisoners was boredom. Unlike the other ranks, officers did not have to work. Though various activities took place within the castle the prisoners had no idea how long the war was going to last and therefore how long they would remain locked up. The area where the prisoners were kept is fairly small and must have felt very claustrophobic. With so much time on their hand and with a duty to escape you can see how these young well educated men became dab hands at escape.
One of the most audacious escape plans was the construction of a glider. 2 men would have sat side by side in the glider which would have been launched from the roof using a system of rails and weights. The gilder was to be flown over the River Mulde 200 feet below and landed in a field on the other side of the river. Work on the glider took place behind a false wall in the attic. Though the glider was completed it never flew because the prisoners realised that the war was coming to an end and it was not worth the risk. The glider disappeared after the war, though replicas have been made including a scale down version at Colditz. The burning question for years afterwards was, would the glider have flown? A replica was made in 1999 and experiments have showed it would have flown.
There is a bus/train service from Liepzig to colditz but it seems to take for ever. Clearly the way to do it is to drive which takes a little over one hour even in the winter as a good part of the journey is on the excellent Leipzig - Dresden A14 highway although the turn off nearer to Colditz needs a little more attention especially with snow on the road.
If travelling from either Leipzig or Dresden look for the turnoff which is marked Grimma B107 South, and Colditz cant be missed.
If you wish to visit this area at a very low cost, then maybe you should take the cheap and possibly nasty Ryan Air flight out of London Stanstead which would take you to nearby Altenburg-Nobitz airport and take a rental car from there as the alternative is bus to Leipzig, then bus or train to Colditz. The train out of Leipzig will take you to Grossbothen where you have to then get a bus and which may require a certain amount of German.