For decades, the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea has attracted tourists with its beauty and stunning scenery. However, few people know that there is one of the most amazing historical places in the world – Prora Solitaire Apartments & Spa, a former Nazi recreation camp, conceived by Hitler. Now it has become a luxury hotel.
In the early 1930s, Adolf Hitler ordered construction to begin on a giant concrete complex called Prora on the east coast of the island of Rügen. This project was part of the Kraft durch Freude initiative. The hotel, consisting of eight blocks, was planned to be used for recreation by German employees of the government and law enforcement agencies. The complex was planned as one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in the world.
The project included the construction of prestigious buildings with 10,000 rooms, which could accommodate about 20,000 families of Hitler’s “master race”. Construction began in 1936 but was halted in 1939 due to the outbreak of World War II. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, the coastal strip with a length of about 4.8 km, together with the houses, came under the control of the Communists of East Germany, and some were converted into barracks. The dull gray concrete shell of the resort remained empty for many years, and the giant resort fell into disrepair, saved only by the granting of landmark status. The site became one of the largest surviving Nazi relics in Germany and was officially listed as a historical monument in 1994.
These days, however, Prora has undergone an amazing transformation. The British publication Daily Star drew attention to this. This historic complex has been carefully restored and converted into luxury apartments and a spa. Tourists from all over the world come here to stay in unique rooms overlooking the Baltic Sea.
On the TripAdvisor website, you can find reviews of tourists, mostly German, who shared their impressions of their stay at Prora Solitaire Apartments & Spa. So, one German traveler wrote as follows: “I am renting apartments for the second time and, as always, I am very satisfied. Great weather and great food in restaurants. We’d love to go back, while a British tourist highlighted: ‘Have you ever wanted to stay in a pre-war holiday camp, now you can.’ Other guests noted the amazing beauty of the apartments and the good location of the complex for various day trips around the island of Rügen.