A Massive Abandoned Nazi Resort On The Baltic Will Reopen As A Luxury Hotel

prora youth hostel

Photo: Martin Hey via Flickr

Part of Prora, a massive seaside resort on the Baltic that was built as a holiday camp for Nazi soldiers, will be turned into a 400-room luxury hotel and apartment complex, according to the Daily Mail.A section of the enormous property sold at auction this weekend for $3.5 million, well above its $1.1 million estimate.

Another section opened as a youth hostel earlier this year.

The sprawling German hotel was designed to house 20,000 vacationers, but construction on the property was abandoned in 1939 when World War II broke out. It sat vacant and decrepit for decades, but over the past few years various sections of the complex’s eight blocks have been renovated for apartments, hotels and hostels.

We’ve pulled together some images of Prora before it was revamped into a luxury destination.

Prora was built between 1936 and 1939.

It was supposed to be a holiday camp for Nazi soldiers.

But never opened due to the outbreak of World War II.

The complex sits on the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea.

While part of Prora has been turned into a youth hostel, and another part will soon house a luxury hotel, most of the resort is still defunct.

Parts of the resort are crumbling.

An unused hallway.

Here's what a typical room looked like.

A sculpture on the grounds.

The building is the largest in Germany.

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