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