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03 August 2017

Prora, 5-stars hotel in Nazi’s abandoned resort

Prora Solitaire inaugurates its first hotel in the “Colossus of Prora”, a landmark of rationalist (and Nazi) architecture

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Prora, a monstrous 5-km-long tourist complex ordered by Adolf Hitler according to the codes of rationalist architecture, has survived the test of the 20th century whilst grimly overlooking the rebellious Baltic Sea. Nowadays, in a feast of harsh controversies, a bunch of companies are investing into transforming the former Nazi Germany’s tourist resort into a huge residential building comprising a 5-stars hotel (Prora Solitaire) and a number of extra-luxury apartments.  

“The world’s largest holiday campus”, at least according to Adolf Hitler’s plans, the “Colossus od Prora” lies on the island of Rügen: the site employed approximately 9,000 workers and all major construction companies of the Reich, asked to erect eight housing blocks – one of which stretching over 800 metres –, alongside a theatre and cinema. Designed to house over 20,000 holidaymakers, under the national ideal that every worker deserved a vacation at the beach, Prora is actually acknowledged by several historians as an attempt by Gestapo to increase the regime’s popularity among the Germans. Three years later, at the time when World War II broke out, the nearly finished beachfront resort was bound to remain unused.


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Photo: Prora Solitaire

The venue took on a wide range of functions ever since: a shelter for refugees during the Allied bombing campaign, a military base of the Soviet Army, a restricted military area housing several East German Army units, a haven for Yugoslav asylum seekers. Back in 1994, it was named National Historic Landmark.

Out of the eight original buildings, one is owned by the regional government, with two units belonging to a shadowy company from Liechtenstein, and an additional one being demolished by the Red Army. What remains has been gradually left to a bunch of international estate agents.

Photo: Prora Solitaire

In 2013, German real estate company Metropole Marketing bought the rights to restore Prora and transform it into luxury summer homes and a full-time apartment complex. In 2014, a handful of residents from the nearby Binz settled in, and two years later 95% of properties in the Prora Solitaire complex were sold, with prices ranging between 350,000EUR and 650,000EUR. The building’s “historical” nature also means tax incentives to attract business; no wonder that Prora Solitaire Apartments and Spa has just opened its gates.

Photo: Prora Solitaire

The 5-stars hotel unfolds into three buildings of “Block 2”, facing directly the Prorer Wiek Bay. A temple of luxurious comforts, the hotel includes a sophisticated bar lounge and living area (photos above), SPA, indoor and outdoor heated pool, sauna, plus an Italian restaurant. Guests are allowed to choose among suites which do not belong to the hotel, but are made available by the original owners through 10 year lease contracts. Rooms’ size ranges from 30 square-metres to 120 square-metres, for a total amount of 100 units (soon to become 150, along with 40 attic suites). In a few words, a former Nazi icon has just turned into an avant-garde business format expected to gain definitely promising incomes for the upcoming season. 

And you, would you stay at the Prora resort regardless of its treacherous past?


by Roberto Fiandaca / 3 August 2017


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