I try not to click on random links on Facebook, but this one caught my eye.
There’s a hotel on the island of Rügen, Germany that has never hosted a single guest. In fact, it has 10,000 rooms, and is built on the beach resort of Prora. This 10,000 Room Hotel has never seen a single guest.
They were built between 1936 and 1939 as a holiday beach resort by the infamous Adolf Hitler. When a need was seen to build more planes and war infrastructure, the workers who were building the hotel were re-located and the project halted.
From the Wikipedia article on the subject,
Hitler’s plans for Prora were ambitious. He wanted a gigantic sea resort, the “most mighty and large one to ever have existed”, holding 20,000 beds. In the middle, a massive building was to be erected. At the same time, Hitler wanted it to be convertible into a military hospital in case of war. Hitler insisted that the plans of a massive indoor arena by architect Erich Putlitz be included. Putlitz’s Festival Hall was intended to be able to accommodate all 20,000 guests at the same time. His plans included two wave-swimming pools, a cinema and a theatre. A large dock for passenger ships was also planned.
Now, the site is currently being sold off and renovated, in the hopes it will one day again be home to tens of thousands of people. Some of the buildings will be marketed as homes for the elderly, others luxury apartments, and still others as a 300 room hotel. I wonder whether this property will in fact ever play host to another guest, but its very interesting that this hotel has gone abandoned for nearly 75 nears, without every seeings its first guest.
You can read more about the project here.
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