Colditz Things to Do
Colditz is delightful little town, deep i the heart of what was East Germany. It may be relatively unknown in Germany itself, but the castle is known to millions in Britain and elsewhere through many books and films.
The castle served as a high-security prisoner of war camp, housing prisoners (mainly airmen) who had already escaped from elsewhere.
The tales of tunnels, disguises and deceptions are known to legions of schoolboys.
I visited the place a few years back, and was impressed by the 'Escape Museum' and the guided tour of parts of the castle.
The ingenuity of these guys was amazing. When Colditz was finally relieved, the incomeing troops were amazed to find an almost ready glider built in the attic area of the castle - and it would have flown if the opportunity presented itself !
The town itself is also worth a couple of hours if you are in the area.
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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 nowRelated to:
- Family Travel
- Museum Visits
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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.Related to:
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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.