A picturesque German island plays host to one of the longest building complexes in Europe – a structure that straddles almost three miles of coast overlooking the Baltic Sea. The enormous edifice is known as the “Colossus of Rügen,” and its identical windows and balconies stretch on for as far as the eye can see. What’s more, this grand yet forsaken facade masks an aspect of the darkest period in European history.
The massive construction that still dominates the landscape here was in fact once intended to be the biggest holiday resort in the world; indeed, it was built to cater for as many as 20,000 visitors at once. Alas, though, history had very different designs in store for the imposing complex.