Colditz Castle


in short

Ruler’s seat, hunting lodge, widow’s residence – with its white gables Colditz Castle is one of the most beautiful and stylistically unadulterated architectural monuments of Central Germany in the 16th century.
Schloss Colditz, Luftaufnahme von Osten
© Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten Sachsen; Foto: bennert-monumedia
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Colditz Castle

in detail

The spacious castle was a significant internment camp for high ranking officers of the Western allies during the Second World War and it was to become world famous later through the book "The Colditz Story" and the film of the same name.

The first known construction measures for turning the imperial burgward, which was mentioned in the 11th century, into an imperial castle began in the 12th century. In 1404, Colditz Castle and Colditz Territory were sold to Margrave William I of Meissen by the Colditz family. From 1464 onwards, the imperial castle was rebuilt under the Saxon electors into a representative late-Gothic castle. Repeatedly, large parts of the castle were destroyed by fire, notably in 1504.

Between 1519 and 1525 Elector Frederick the Wise had the complex converted into one of the largest Renaissance style castles of Middle Germany. After further reconstructions under the electors Augustus I and Christian I the castle served as official residence at the end of the 16th century and also as occasional residence for the electors.

From the beginning of the 19th century until 1933 Colditz Castle was an asylum for the poor and insane as well as a hospital. During World War II it was used as prisoner-of-war camp for Western allied officers, afterwards again as hospital.
Schloss Colditz
Escape Museum: 4,00/3,00 EUR; Tour incl. Escape Museum: 8,50/5,50 EUR
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Visitor entrance

Colditz Castle
Schlossgasse 1
04680 Colditz
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