After the empty Airport I thought it’s about time for something fun and kitschy around here but some of you are really keen for the abandoned hospital, so here we go. Beelitz Heilstätten in all its glory! Enjoy.
The best is the cheapest! This was the idea behind building this hospital complex. Beelitz served as a clinic for people with lung problems. Back in the day, many people in Berlin worked & lived under not very fancy conditions. Here, people could breathe.
Heino Schmieden designed about 60 buildings around 1898. The sanatorium was funded by the Berlin workers’ health insurance corporation. People who went here, were far from fancy. Yet, the sanatorium was top notch. See what health insurance can do?
I’ll cut this really, really short but these buildings served a purpose or two during WW1 and WW2. Beelitz Heilstätten also granted Erich Honecker (General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, SED) refuge after the Wall came down. You may even recognize the premises from The Pianist or some music video by Rammstein.
Today, the walkway around the tree tops enables you to have a birds view. Roughly 20 meters high, it certainly feels a lot more! It was fun when we first got there, once people rock up, the walkway will start swaying. Not for the faint hearted! While I made it on the sky hammock, the tunnel to climb under the canopy walkway was not for me!
Our tour took us into an old hospital building for women. While it was certainly interesting, our guide was on the thorough side of things … They offer photo tours as well, which may be a wee bit more fun. Either way, it was very impressive how they built back in the days and how much thought went into all the details.
Remember to breathe!