Stalag IV-B, Muhlberg, Germany May 2004
The town sits on the east bank of the River Elbe approx 45kms/28 miles east of Lepzig. If you approach it on the main B182 road from Torgau (from the north) or Riesa (from the south) please note that you will have to use a little car ferry to cross the river Elbe – all 27.5 metres of it – cost €1.50. Once across, follow your nose for about 1km/¾ mile to the town. But if you intend to return by this route please make a strong mental note of where the road from the ferry enters the town proper or ensure you get a town map! The street you will want is Am Storchennest which is the exit road from the town towards the west and the German for this river ferry is Elbfahre. It's easy to get lost here!
MUHLBERG: Ferry Central square Museum Town hall
Muhlberg is a sleepy little market town with cobbled streets straight out of a Grimm's fairy tale. The museum, which doubles as the tourist information office, is on Klosterstrasse and is signposted. The exhibits are mainly concerned with the town's long history but there are three display boards with details (in German only) and plans, photos etc of the PoW camp. There are also some artefacts from the Stalag on show and some typed historical information (in English) provided by the camp research and preservation group which operates from the museum. Opening hours can be "flexible" so it might be worth contacting them first to confirm.
Tel: (035342) 70687
Or see the town's website at: http://www.muehlberg-elbe.de/verzeichnis/visitenkarte.php?mandat=63856
The latest times I have seen are:
May–Sep: 10am–5pm (closed 12–1) Mon–Fri
Apr, Oct & Nov: 10am–4pm (closed 12–1) Mon–Fri
Dec–Mar: 10am–4pm Mon–Fri
Display boards at Muhlberg museum
The site of Stalag IV-B is about 8 kms/5 miles northeast of Muhlberg situated to the west of the railway line through
Neuburxdorf, south of the
Muhlberg–Bad Liebenwerda road, and east of the Burxdorf–Altenau road. There are two ways to get there and three entrances to the site. All are signposted with brown tourist signs saying
"Kriegsgefangenerlager" (PoW camp).
To see a comprehensive set of photographs from my trip, please click on the navigation button in the left margin or click here
Neuburxdorf village is adjacent to the Stalag about 6kms/3¾ miles northeast of Muhlberg. Amongst its few modern houses is the cemetery containing a monument to all the PoW who died in the camp and memorial tablets in English, French, Italian and Hebrew.
(Last updated 23 August, 2009)