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The nearly 1,000-year-old German castle in Colditz was built as a hunting lodge for the king of Saxony in the 11th century, destroyed in the 15th century, turned into a mental hospital in the 19th and served as a camp for prisoners during WWII. Some prominent people -- the nephews of Winston Churchill and King George VI -- were held there. COLDITZ YOUTH HOSTEL, Colditz, Germany; 011-49-34381-45010, www.hihostels.com/dba/hostel022641.en.htm. Details: 161 beds; open 24 hours; breakfast included in price; meals available; close to bus station.
Gerhard Doerner
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