This Giant Abandoned Nazi Resort On The Baltic Is Now A Youth Hostel

prora youth hostel

Photo: Martin Hey via Flickr

Prora, a massive seaside resort on the Baltic that was built as a holiday camp for Nazi soldiers is being turned into a youth hostel, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.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 until recently, when it reopened as Germany’s largest youth hostel.

The facility, with over 400 beds, takes up only around one-third of one of the complex’s eight blocks, according to Time.

The hostel took some flack over its original advertising campaign, which promoted the place as the “world-famous KdF resort.”

Time explains:

KdF stands for “Kraft durch Freude” (Strength through Joy), which was a state-controlled organisation in Nazi Germany that sponsored leisure activities. Many found it inappropriate to trumpet the complex’s Nazi heritage as a plus point.

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

Prora was built between 1936 and 1939

It was supposed to be a holiday camp for Nazi soldiers

But never opened thanks to the outbreak of World War II

The complex on the island of RĂ¼gen in the Baltic Sea

While part of Prora has been turned into a youth hostel, 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

Here's another hotel that gives us the chills

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