Prora – The World’s Creepiest Resort

The New York Times has an article about Prora, the never finished Nazi monster resort on the island of Rügen.

I visited Prora in 2009 after a linguistics conference in the nearby town of Greifswald. It’s a stunningly creepy place, particularly since so much of it has been left to decay. I hope that at least part of it will be maintained in some form, because it is an important monument and the clearest surviving example of the Nazi’s “think big” attitude with regards to architecture.

Parts of the Prora complex are actually in use, housing several rivaling museums but also a night club with a rather incongruous name Miami and a youth hostel. There are some traces of the army base it used to be, too, though the army left in the early 1990s.

And now for some photos:

Prora, Ruegen

View down a row of blocks at Prora. It goes on like this for kilometres


Prora, Ruegen

A closer view at a Prora block.


Prora, Ruegen

A typical Prora block seen up close


Prora, Ruegen

The stairwell of a Prora block


Prora, Ruegen

The dining and sports area of a Prora block viewed from a distance


Prora, Ruegen

A closer view of the dining/sports/entertainment complex of a single Prora block. Every block had a complex like this.


Close-up Prora, Ruegen

Close-up of a Prora block. The decay is clearly visible.


Prora, Ruegen

A restored Prora block. This is the segment that houses the museum.


Prora, Ruegen

A model of what Prora would have looked like, if ever completed.

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