2015-03-16

Prora, The Massive Nazi Resort Complex with 10,000 Bedroom

Prora, The massive complex, stretches for 4.5km or 2.8 miles along Ruegen Island's beautiful beaches. It is well-known for its biggest Nazi-planned tourist structures. In fact, the six-story high mega-resorts complex has a total area of 185,000 sq. m and 10,000 rooms. All are facing the sea. They are located approximately 150 meters from the beach. Although they were originally intended as a Prora holiday resort, Adolf Hitler never used them. 

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Prora

Hitler's Hotel


This complex is a striking example of Third Reich architecture and has been listed in the official heritage. The massive Prora Resort building complex, originally designed by Robert Ley, was constructed between 1936 and 1939 as part of Strength Through Joy or KdF Seebad Prora. Prora saw nearly 9,000 workers and all the major construction companies in the Reich participate in the construction of the Prora apartments during the short time it was being constructed. The building of Prora was stopped at the outbreak of World War II, in 1939. Construction workers were transferred to the V-Weapons plant in Peenemunde.

The construction would have been completed by summer 1940. However, World War II brought an immediate halt to the work. The only items that were ready to go at the time were the theater and Prora Hotel blocks. Prora was never used for the intended purpose. During World War II, the complex was used as a military hospital and SS training school. Finally, it was used as an inn for Germans whose houses were destroyed by the Allies.

The Soviet Army gained control of the area in 1945 and established a military base there. Prora. Block 5 was occupied by the Soviet Army's 2nd Artillery Brigade from 1945 to 1955. Two of the blocks, one on the North and one to the South, were demolished in the late 1940s and most of the remains were removed.

Hitler's Hotel — Hitler's plans for Prora were ambitious. He wanted to build a huge resort at the sea, with 20,000 beds. A massive building was planned to be built in the middle. Hitler also wanted it to be converted into a military hospital in the event of war. Hitler demanded that the plans for a huge indoor arena designed by Erich Putlitz be included. Putlitz's Festival Hall was designed to hold all 20,000 people at once. Two wave-swimming pools, a cinema, and a theatre were some of his plans. Also, a large dock was planned for passenger ships.
Image credit Panoramio
prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Prora Germany
Image credit Frank M. Rafik

Prora Germany


Many of the buildings were rebuilt by the East German military in the 1950s. The Prora resort German buildings were demolished to their bare bricks in the late 1940s. Most of the interior and exterior finishes that are visible today were done by East Germany. The buildings were made into a military zone that housed several East German Army units after the 1956 formation of the German Democratic Republic's National Peoples Army (GDR). The elite 40 were the most prominent. The building was taken over by the West Germany Bundeswehr after German reunification. Initial plans were to demolish the buildings. However, it was granted landmark protection and tax breaks to allow developers to renovate it. The Military Technical School of the Bundeswehr used parts of the building from 1990 to 1992. A portion of the building was used from 1992 to 1994 to accommodate asylum seekers from the Balkans.

Prora today, still stands mostly empty.  One section of the rooms is used as a gallery, while another houses a museum dedicated to the site. The largest portion of the hostel houses Germany's largest youth hostel. Recently, it appears that some parts of Prora are being converted into luxury condos. It may be possible to turn Prora's vacation rooms of Hitler's into luxury homes for the wealthy.

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Prora Rugen Island

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Hitler's vacation Resort
Image credit Rupert Ganzer

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Colossus of Prora
Image credit Mark Rushton

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Prora Apartments
Image credit Clara

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Rgen Prora
Image credit Bea K.

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Prora holiday resort
Image credit Mark Rushton

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Prora resort Germany
Image credit Bea K.

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Prora Rugen
Image credit Clara

prora, prora germany, prora resort, prora hotel, hitler's hotel, prora location, prora holiday, prora condos, prora rugen, prora resort germany, prora holiday resort, rgen prora, prora museum, prora apartments, prora germany map, colossus of prora, hitler's vacation resort, kdf germany, prora germany history, prora rugen island,  prora rügen, prora today,
Prora Condos
Prora, Binz, Germany, Image credit Mark Rushton

Source — Wikipedia | Atlasobscura

1 comment:

Alpine Ibex Goats on Dam

Ibex Mountain goats have an incredible ability to climb over rugged, mountainous terrain. Sometimes they even defy the law of gravity,  in ...