Every urban explorer is thankful for the opportunity.
As for the Beelitz Heilstätten, they’re not far away from Berlin. Beelitz, the little town, is famous for its asparagus during springtime,
but the Heilstätten are probably more famous among those with a camera.
The hospital was built in the beginning of the 20th century, back when tuberculosis was a widespread and merciless disease. Due to the need of proper lung treatment the Heilstätten near Berlin formed the largest hospital complex of the region. It was easier to cure the disease outside of the dirty industrialized city.
There are about sixty buildings to it, all spread out over 200 hectar.
Beelitz became a military hospital during the first and second World Wars, and if that wasn’t enough: during the Nazi reign it was also used as cage for all sorts of
After WWII the hospital was taken by the Russians and became the largest Sovjet military treatment facility outside of the motherland til 94. When the Russians left,
not many people were interested in re-investing in the building.
The majority of the hospital has been left and sometimes its still used as filming sets. The city has successfully sold the premises to a buyer who is allegedly trying to make a new health resort out of it, but there are no signs of progress yet. Since most of them are monument protected it’s going to be very costly to put the hospital back into work.
There are, in fact, some small parts of the complex still used for neurological research and rehabilitation but we didn’t pass those.