Monday, March 11, 2013

Prora: The Nazi Beach Resort

Prora was a residential complex built between 1936 and 1939 by the KdF (Strength through Joy). They wanted to build a holiday resort with a capacity for 20,000 people with theater, cinema and swimming pools intended that workers could spend their holidays on the beach. This building is an example of architecture of the Third Reich.

Photo: Dr. Schorsch
At the beginning of the war the project was stopped and later during the Allied bombing, some of its buildings were used as a refuge for Germans from Hamburg. At the end of the war it was used as a home to female auxiliary staff of the Luftwaffe. In 1945, the Soviet army took the region and they established a military base in block 5 of Prora. They remained until 1955.


In recent years it has been empty and abandoned until it was sold to a group of investors. Since 2000, the center hosts the Prora documentation center, which currently has an exhibition about the history of the site and from July 2011 the northern part of the complex is home to a youth hostel.
Photo Gallery of indoors: 
Official Website:
Opening hours:
March, April, May, September and October: 10:00-18 :00
June, July, August: 9:30-19:00
November, December, January, February: 10:00-16:00  
Admission to the museum : 6 euros
Guided tours (in German): 11:45 and 14:30


Location: here

Prora is on the island of Rugen , Northern Germany. It can be reached by car or train. There is a train that goes directly from Stralsund-Bergen station to Prora Nord station. From Berlin, changing at Stralsund you can get to Prora in four hours. 
To check trains and times:

To move around the island by public transport you have to take the bus 20 or 23.

From 23.50 euros/night it's possible to sleep in the old complex now become a youth hostel. You can book a room from its official website: 

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