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Colossus of Ruegen

18609 Prora bei Binz,Südstrand-Str,Island of Rugia
Binz Germany

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1936
  Finished1939
Floor Count6
Building Uses
 - ruin
 - hotel
 - museum
 - unused
Structural Types
 - lowrise


Description
The construction of the complex started in 1936. It was meant to host 20,000 people in their holidays. The official name - KdF Seebad Prora - shows what Hitler had in mind with it. KdF means "Kraft durch Freude" which means "Power through Joy" in English.

When the war started 8 blocks with 500m each were completed. All rooms had two beds, water supply and seaview. Every block would have swimming pools, toilets and a restaurant. Two sea water swimming pools and a convention center for 20.000 people were also planned. Train station and underground parking slots included.

After 3 years the complex was finished and heavily promoted. During the war it was used for news helpers training. After the war the russians destroyed 2 blocks completely and one partially. In the German Democratic Republic the rest was finished and used as giant barracks and training ground.

Today it hosts a simple hotel, a documentation center and some museums.


Architect: Clemens Klotz

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