The "Colossus of Prora" is the core of the complex and originally consisted of eight identical blocks lined up along the Prorer Wiek for a length of 4.5 kilometers. Three blocks were destroyed between 1945 and 1949 except for a few segments. Five blocks remained over a length of about 2.5 kilometers, which were converted and expanded around 1950 under the auspices of the "Cold War" into the "most monumental barracks complex of the GDR".

After 1990, the Bundeswehr wound up the military site. After initial interim civilian use, a large part of the former barracks fell into disrepair. Since 2004, the blocks have been sold off individually and converted into residential and hotel complexes.

Tree top path in the natural heritage center of Rügen

The Natural Heritage Center Rügen is a nature experience center in Prora on the island of Rügen in the municipality of Binz in the district of Vorpommern-Rügen. It was opened on June 15, 2013 and offers experiential exhibitions, a tree-top walk, as well as guided tours and information on the surrounding ecosystems.

The Galileo-Wissenswelt museum is the newest attraction and sight on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen.

On 3.000m² you make a journey through the "BIO-WORLD" and "TECHNIC-WORLD". From the Big Bang to today's man and his technology.

The tour through 40 years of divided German automotive history from 1949 to 1989 documents an eventful era. It bears witness to the ingenuity of the designers, who achieved something new despite extreme shortages.

In the presented East-West comparison, which does not exist a second time in Germany, more than 80 passenger cars and their special features are typified. The VIP among these cars is undoubtedly the Volvo 264 TE, the state car of the GDR.


Prora is a district of the municipality of Ostseebad Binz on the island of Rügen and was in fact created by the KdF seaside resort of Rügen, which was built between 1936 and 1939 but remained unfinished. Prora is located on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen on the Prorer Wiek, an extensive sea bay, on the so-called Schmalen Heide (with the Prora, a former forested hill range), which separates the Kleiner Jasmunder Bodden from the Prorer Wiek and the Baltic Sea. In 1950, the KdF complex was converted and expanded into a monumental GDR barracks facility and used for military purposes for more than four decades. As a result, the village of Prora became a restricted area during GDR times.

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Rügen Island in public sources

Information about the island of Rügen.


(Source: Wikipedia)

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