On the island of Rügen, Germany, Adolf Hitler planned a resort for workers to enjoy vacations sponsored by the Nazi Party.

Pictured, cornerstone ceremony of the KdF [Kraft durch Freude (Strength Through Joy)] beach resort of Prora, 1936.

Photograph by DIZ Muenchen GmbH, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo/Alamy

On the island of Rügen, Germany, Adolf Hitler planned a resort for workers to enjoy vacations sponsored by the Nazi Party.

Pictured, cornerstone ceremony of the KdF [Kraft durch Freude (Strength Through Joy)] beach resort of Prora, 1936.

Photograph by DIZ Muenchen GmbH, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo/Alamy

On a Baltic Island, Holiday Homes That Hitler Built

Beach Resort
Beach Resort

On the island of Rügen, Germany, Adolf Hitler planned a resort for workers to enjoy vacations sponsored by the Nazi Party.

Pictured, cornerstone ceremony of the KdF [Kraft durch Freude (Strength Through Joy)] beach resort of Prora, 1936.

Photograph by DIZ Muenchen GmbH, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo/Alamy
Cornerstone Laying
Cornerstone Laying

Robert Ley, head of the German Labor Front, lays the cornerstone for the resort on May 2, 1936.

Photograph by Ullstein bild/akg-images
Baltic Shore
Baltic Shore

A view of the shore of the Baltic Sea at Prora.

Photograph by Hans Blossey/euroluftbild/akg-image
After the Fall
After the Fall

On Prora's beach, the first holidays of East Germans after the fall of the Berlin Wall, June 1990.

Photograph by Jean-Paul Guilloteau/Roger-Viollet/The Image Works
Apartment Blocks
Apartment Blocks

The Colossus of Prora is the dilapidated complex of identical, unadorned apartment blocks built by Hitler to house 20,000 vacationing workers. It’s more than twice as long as the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Photograph by Jens Koehler/AP Photo
Neglected Buildings
Neglected Buildings

After being used as barracks and police vacation homes during the Cold War, the buildings fell into disrepair.

Photograph by Hans Blossey/Euroluftbild/AKG-Images
Weedy Gardens
Weedy Gardens

Amid weed-choked gardens strewn with rubble, colorful banners advertise new developments.

Photograph by Dalia Fahmy
Renovation Plans
Renovation Plans

Four of the eight apartment blocks are being renovated. Backers of the projects are betting on a continuing property boom that has lifted German home prices by 23 percent in the past five years.

Courtesy Architekt
Colossus Prices
Colossus Prices

Developers have started offering apartments in the Colossus of Prora for as much as $900,000.

Vacation Destination
Vacation Destination

Developers hope to draw young vacationers with spas and tennis courts.

Courtesy Architekt