Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
The "Colossus of Prora", a 4.5 km long complex of five-storey concrete buildings, was built by the Nazis as a Kraft-von-Freude-Seebad (KdF). In ten thousand 2-bed rooms with sea view 20,000 vacationers and 2,000 employees should find accommodation here.
Laying of the foundation stone was on 2 May 1936 and in a record-breaking time of only 17 months, the shell was completed. At the outbreak of the war, the construction work was stopped. In the carcass 8 bed houses and a part of the quay were finished. The whole thing was not completed and never used as a seaside resort.
In the 1950s, military use began as barracks and military schools, while in the southern section the NVA recreation center "W. Ulbricht" was built. In 1990, the site was taken over by the German Armed Forces, which completely abandoned Prora in 1992. Large parts remained empty and left to vandalism. Today there are numerous museums and exhibitions in the buildings.
February 6, 2017
Prora is a bit confusing for the first time visitor. Here is a little orientation
The hostel is the northern start of the building. Shortly behind it comes the Museum Prora Center.
prora-zentrum.de In the museum there is information about the history and also guided tours
This is followed by a section with unused parts of the building and partially used areas.
This is followed by a first block that is turned into apartments.
This ends the first building complex.
You now come in the middle, clearly recognizable by the one realized central wing with the blue semicircular building. Here is the Documentation Center Prora.
Again, there are exhibitions and guided tours. I personally liked that very much (6 € admission)
From here it gets bizarre, now you come to the "New Prora" dust gives way asphalt, wheels soft Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5. This is crowned by the luxury hotel in the middle of the building.
Sounds critical? Yes, but it is precisely because of these contrasts a visit that I can recommend. With this orientation, you can choose what you want to see.
September 9, 2018
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