Our tips for your stay
A small town with a population of 5000, Colditz is nestled on both sides of the Zwickauer Mulde. Today numerous historic buildings bear witness to an eventful past. The town's centrepiece is its market square, with its Renaissance town hall, the Church of St. Egidien and the St. Nicholas Cemetery Chapel. The historic old town is located on the right bank of the river. As a symbol of the city, today Colditz Castle continues to attract many tourists from around the world.
Leisure activities in/at the Youth Hostel
A tour or the castle and a visit to the Escape Museum are absolute musts for any visit. Above all, seeing the escape tunnel is always a truly extraordinary experience for visitors.
With its Renaissance-style buildings, the historic town centre still shows signs of the splendour of more noble times. The town museum holds historical artefacts from bygone eras. In addition, the town has a modern outdoor pool with a great fun and games pool, slide, access for disabled users right up to the water's edge and solar-heated water, a forest pool and bolwing centre.
It's quite apt to enjoy one of the day trips the Youth Hostel offers. Guests can ride by horse and carriage through the nearby Colditz Forest. A picnic in the woods is a fantastic way to enjoy your beautiful natural surroundings.
In the Youth Hostel: table tennis, table football, air hockey, pinball, library, TV room, crafts room, children's playroom, barbecue area, open terrace, WiFi, disco for use by guests, cinema with film requests (book in advance)...
Leisure activities in the vicinity
Of course, we also recommend excursions to the nearby wooded environs of Saxony's castle and heathland region and Colditz Forest. Among other landmarks, you'll find Parthequelle, Weißer Stein, Altteich and Jägerstein. Climb the "Heimatturm" ("Home Tower") and - weather permitting - be treated to fantastic views towards Leipzig. Walk or cycle along the Kohlbachtal, known as the "Valley of Butterflies", or go for a hike in the beautiful Auental, which has a barbecue area, nature trail and a shelter. Rafting or rowing down the Mulde is also a great way to pass the time.
Sightseeing and excursions
- NEAR THE HOSTEL
- Schönbach has a basket museum and Romanesque hillside church, while in Nimbschen you'll find the ruins of an abbey where the future wife of Luther stayed between 1509 and 1523, and in Kössern there are a hunting lodge, pavilion and manor house. Grimma awaits you with its old town, castle, Museum of Local History or Göschenhaus Museum, or why not pay a visit to the Water and Ship Mill Museum in Höfgen-Kaditzsch?
- EXCURSIONS AND WALKS
- Diverse walking trails in Saxony's castle and heathland region
- on foot or by bike through Colditz Forest or
- along the Mulde
- Colditz: Local History Museum, Castle Museum, "Heimatturm" tower with viewing platform
- towards Leipzig, Hainberg ruin
- Schönbach: Basket Museum, Romanesque hillside church
- Kössern: hunting lodge (built in 1718); pavilion (built in 1820) and
- manor house (built in 1522)
- Großbothen: Museum of Wilhelm Ostwald's Colour Theory
- Nimbschen: abbey ruins - between 1509 and 1523 the residence of
- Katharina von Bora, Luther's future wife; "alte Fähreiche" ("old ferry oak")
- Grimma: District Museum; Göschenhaus Museum (Seume memorial);
- old town and castle, former Fürstenschule ("prince school"),
- town hall and early Gothic Church of Our Lady
- Höfgen-Kaditzsch: "Denkmalschmiede" Gallery; Mulde ferry;
- Museum of Water and Ship Mills
- Podelwitz: Water Castle
- Zschadras: Museum of Dental History
- Thümmlitzwald nature reserve,
- Nimbschener Wald protected landscape area