Lonely Planet Writer

Ruins of a former Nazi beach resort being turned into luxury apartments

The remains of a former Nazi holiday camp are being transformed into a selection of luxury apartments on a picturesque German island.

Aerial picture shows recently created luxury apartments at the site of the heritage-protected Prora Complex on the island of Rugen.
Aerial picture shows recently created luxury apartments at the site of the heritage-protected Prora Complex on the island of Rugen. Image by Tobias Schwarz/Getty Images)

Sitting by the sea on the island of Rugen, the huge Prora complex stands as a relic of Adolf Hitler’s reign, who envisioned the resort as a beachfront paradise for indoctrination. Stretching nearly five kilometres across the coast between sand and trees, the concrete complex was designed to house 20,000 Germans as part of the Third Reich’s “Strength Through Joy” propaganda programme which also gave the world the Volkswagen Beetle.

Inside view of the heritage-protected Prora Complex that is being turned into vacation apartments.
Inside view of the heritage-protected Prora Complex that is being turned into vacation apartments. Image by Tobias Schwartz/Getty Images)

Building originally began in 1936 but was stopped with the outbreak of World War II in 1939. The remains of the huge complex were used as secret military barracks before being left to sit unoccupied for years following the fall of communism. Developers are now transforming the leviathan buildings into top-of-the-range luxury apartments, with most of the apartments having already been sold for upwards of €500,000. They will feature beach front views and contemporary designs.

An artist's rendering of the completed luxury apartments.
An artist’s rendering of the completed luxury apartments.
The luxury accommodation is set to be completed by 2022, with a range of modern facilities available.
The luxury accommodation is set to be completed by 2022, with a range of modern facilities available.

The deluxe Prora Solitaire complex opened this summer, featuring apartments that are available to rent as well as a spa. The renovations in the area are expected to be completed by 2022, with property development company Iris Gerd having already invested millions of euros in the project. Plans have also been put forward for two museums that will merge with the property to ensure the history of the area is respected.