A Nazi holiday camp built by Adolf Hitler before World War II broke out has been turned into a luxury resort – boasting apartments worth more than £500,000.
The Prora resort on Rugen, a German island in the Baltic Sea, had been left abandoned for decades after building work was halted in 1939.
It was meant to be the Nazi leader’s ‘dream resort’ but ended up being left as a drab, concrete shell, stretching three miles along the coast.
It never opened its doors to guests and was later taken over by development company Prora Solitaire.
Now, the site has been completely transformed, with plush apartments and huge swimming pools.
All the flats boast their own private balconies, and the area around the hotel has been completely landscaped to leave a beautiful view of the public gardens and white, sandy beach.
The apartments have been snapped up quickly by buyers, but a few are still available for £500,000.
In Hitler’s vision , eight holidaymakers would have been crammed into each apartment, but now the blocks boast spacious, open-plan rooms with plenty of private outside space.
It was intended to be a respite camp for over 20,000 Third Reich workers who would be able to benefit from a few days in the fresh air.
Sessions in Nazi ideology would also be held to keep holidaymakers entertained – and indoctrinated.
After the war, most of the building were destroyed under East German communist control while ome were used as Cold War barracks.
Historian Katja Lucke, the manager of a museum on the island, said: “This is a place where 20,000 people were to be groomed to work and wage war.”
But it is hoped that, despite the building’s past, it will be allowed a fresh start.
A spokesman for Prora said: “The past is the past. Prora may have been built by the Nazis, but it was never used by them or their soldiers.
“Now the place is so lovely, visitors want to get back to nature and enjoy its beauty.”
Eight apartment blocks are ready to go, with three more planned to complete the sprawling resort.
Prices for the holiday homes have ranged from £297,000 to more than £550,000 if you want to bag yourself a sea-view penthouse.
And because the building is considered historic, German tax payers can claim tax breaks on their purchases.
The Prora resort also includes a museum and documentation center and a youth hostel.