Colditz is a small town in the German state of Saxony, located on the river Zwickau Munde, a couple of kilometres southeast of Leipzig. The town has no more than around five thousand inhabitants, but it has become a relatively popular tourist spot. It may be a little hard to reach, though, unless you are traveling with a car. Train connection doesn't exist anymore, so your best option is a bus either from Leipzig or some other nearby town. Once you arrive you will quickly notice the town is small and there isn't much to see, in terms of attractions, besides the famous castle.
Around a thousand years old, Colditz Castle played an important role in medieval period, but gained world recognition later when it was used as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. The castle is opened daily and is an absolute must-see for any World War II enthusiast. Part of the buildings on the outer courtyard have even been turned into a nice youth hostel in Colditz -- and what better way to experience the infamous Colditz Castle than to sleep right in it.
Beside the castle, a walk through the old town can be fascinating too. Market Square with its historic town hall and St. Nicholas Church are particularly worth seeing. Even though Colditz is small, it is a nice place to relax and get familiar with one of the most notorious POW camps in World War II. There are also many hiking and cycling trails, if you want to stretch your legs and enjoy the nature.
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