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"Are there any organised tours of colditz castle which leave from Dresden?" (posted 07/07/2015)

whether there are organized tours from Dresden, I could not investigate. However, you will find more information Information & Details under certain: www.schloss-colditz.com or in English: www.uncommon-travel-germany.con / colditz.html these 2 addresses, among other things I found when googling. Mfg. Isa Pfefferle-Walther, Holiday home, Apartment & practices are in accordance www.praxis-im-einklang.de
Answer provided by Isa Pfefferle-Walther on 07/08/2015
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"Could you please inform me how it is possible to book a tour of Colditz Castle, i am an independent tracer arriving by car in July 7th 8th July 2014, i have tried all the official sites but unable to find a booking site, even Schloss Colditz site" (posted 05/10/2014)

Colditz has many opportunities for education, culture, sights to offer; one can find lots of interesting information on http://www.colditz.de/ http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colditz http://www.schloss-colditz.com/ as well as many small videos on Youtube Enter "Colditz" on Youtbue, and you’ll get: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Colditz You can also find potential housing there Yours, Peter Lehmann
Answer provided by Martina Abicht-Lehmann on 05/10/2014
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No problem, there are three tours daily in July, at 10.30, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (http://www.schloss-colditz.com/engl/Colditz-Castle-for-english-speaking-people.html) I am not sure, however, what the correct telephone number for bookings is, maybe you should just try the general number given on the website: Telephone:0049 34381 43777 Telefax:0049 34381 43788. Good luck and best regards from Sonnenhof, Sylke Friedrich
Answer provided by Sylke Friedrich on 05/10/2014
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  • Colditz Castle
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    Colditz Castle

    Colditz Castle is a Renaissance castle in the town of Colditz near Leipzig, Dresden and Chemnitz in the state of Saxony in Germany. Used as a workhouse for the indigent and a mental institution for over 100 years, it gained international fame as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II for "incorrigible" Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped from other camps.

    The castle lies between the towns of Hartha and Grimma on a hill spur over the Zwickauer Mulde and had the first wildlife park in Germany.

  • Colditz Castle and Escape Museum

    Colditz Castle and Escape Museum

    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. When nowadays groups of travelers from around the world crowd around the castle and its grounds, it is not only because of their interest in Renaissance architecture. The reason for the crowds has more to do with recent history than with the past since 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.

    Mainly British, Dutch and French military personnel were kept prisoner here including the nephew of Winston Churchill and the nephew of the then King of England, George VI. The prisoners of the Oflag (officer‘s camp) IVC were, however, only minimally impressed by the lovely atmosphere of the castle – they were mainly interested in escaping. About 300 documents of escape attempts exist, some of them reveal an unbelievable creativity, including successful escape attempts which today are part of this legendary military history. Secret radio rooms kept the prisoners in contact with their home country, tunnels were forced through the castle walls and even a glider was made. The Escape Museum looks at this aspect of the castle‘s history in great detail. But also the battlements with the mighty walls, the prince‘s house, the Renaissance portal of the Trinity Church, the castle tower with the Welsh dome and the old stone bridge still impress visitors today. Also incorporated in the castle are the Saxon State Music Academy and the Colditz Castle European Youth Hostel.

    Hours: Apr – Oct: daily 10 am-5 pm, Nov – Mar: daily 10 am-4 pm.

    Admission: Adults 7 €, Concessions 3 €.

  • Colditz Castle
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Colditz Castle

    Colditz Castle is a Renaissance castle in the town of Colditz near Leipzig, Dresden and Chemnitz in the state of Saxony in Germany. Used as a workhouse for the indigent and a mental institution for over 100 years, it gained international fame as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II for "incorrigible" Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped from other camps.

    The castle lies between the towns of Hartha and Grimma on a hill spur over the Zwickauer Mulde and had the first wildlife park in Germany.



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Colditz Overview

Colditz is a city in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, near Leipzig (Leipzig vacation rentals | Leipzig travel guide), located on the banks of the river Mulde. The city has a population of 5,188 (2005).

The city is most famous because of Colditz Castle, which has been used as a workhouse, mental health institution, a prisoner-of-war camp camp during World War I and as Oflag IV-C in World War II.

Things to See in Colditz

Colditz Castle

St. Nicholas Church - Originally built in the middle of the 12th century.

Old Market Place - Markt, the houses at #13 and #21 were built about 1600.

Lower Market #3 - Untermarkt 3 - a Gothic house with steep gabled roof with date 1564.

Johann David Köhler house - the grandfather of information science and a grandfather of library science was born here 16 January 1684.

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More about the History of Colditz

The first record of a settlement, located on the river Mulde, called Cholidistcha is from the year 1046. In 1083, Henry IV recommended that Markgraf Wiprecht of Groitzsch build a castle on the cliff above the river. During the 12th century houses were built around the market-place and the St. Nicholas church was built. In 1265 town rights were granted by the ruler. In 1504, the baker accidentally set Colditz on fire, and the city hall, church, castle and a large part of the city went up in flames. In 1506, reconstruction began and new buildings were raised around the rear castle courtyard.

During World War II the city did not suffer any damage. The town became headquarters for the military personnel guarding the prisoner of war camp for officers, Oflag IV-C. that had been established in the castle. 14 April 1945 the U.S. Army entered the town and freed the prisoners. However, under the agreements signed at the Yalta Conference, the Americans withdrew and were replaced by Soviet occupation forces late June 1945. As a result Colditz and the entire state of Saxony became part of East Germany. In 1958 a factory manufacturing porcelain was established

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Colditz is a city in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, near Leipzig, located on the banks of the river Mulde. The city has a population of 5,188 (2005).

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