Postcards from Beelitz Heilstätten

Abandoned Hospital

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.

Beelitz Heilstätten in der Nähe von Berlin - alter Krankenhaus Komplex 
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Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!
Beelitz Heilstätten in der Nähe von Berlin - alter Krankenhaus Komplex 
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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.

Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!
Beelitz Heilstätten in der Nähe von Berlin - alter Krankenhaus Komplex 
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Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!
Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!

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?

Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!
Beelitz Heilstätten in der Nähe von Berlin - alter Krankenhaus Komplex 
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Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!
Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!

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.

Beelitz Heilstätten in der Nähe von Berlin - alter Krankenhaus Komplex 
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Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!
Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!

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!

Krankenhaus in der Nähe von Berlin - alter Krankenhaus Komplex 
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Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!
Abandoned hospital complex near Berlin – amazing photo spot – bekitschig.blog for fun travels!

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!

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15 thoughts on “Postcards from Beelitz Heilstätten

  1. Thanks for the photo share, BK. Such haunting images and with a special story behind them. I’ve worked in care nearly all my life and am fascinated by buildings that once made for hospitals and care facilities.

    1. Thank you! Beelitz is such an interesting place to visit! Starting from the tiles, they only used the best materials they could find, simply believing they would last longer. Rumors go, it was absolutely top-notch for its time.

      The idea here was that people need to breath fresh air and a big part of the therapies was people lying on beds simply breathing fresh air! Women and men were treated separately, therefore the entire hospital complex was built mirrored. (Some investors tried but failed but) today some of those buildings are still in use for medical purposes. There are big plans again for redevelopment, but the heart of the small town will always be health related (and asparagus, but that is a completely different story).

      Last but not least, you could pay me, I would not spend a night there by myself …

  2. looks like a really cool trip, but then, as much as I love anything old but beautiful, or with a story or history, this feels too eerie for my taste. Tks for the great photos.

  3. So many amazing architectural details. What stories these buildings could tell! In the second photo it looks like some ghosts had a dinner party and all but one finished their wine. 🙂

  4. Very interesting and wow to that walkway – there’s some bravado for doing that walkway. I see the decorated rock at the end. We had that craze here a few years ago, but it’s died down a little. It’s interesting that everything was just left as is. That rustic-looking wood at the end is interesting too. We had an insane asylum here in Michigan that closed down. It was a huge place and quite controversial. They left everything intact, likely hoping for a buyer that might also use it as a hospital or sanitorium, etc. But no buyer. However, there have been rumors for years of ghosts walking the halls of the asylum which has been referred to as “Eloise”. Some enterprising person decided to invest money into it and turn it into a tour for the macabre for Halloween. It is supposed to go through the halls, into rooms, shock treatment area and the like.

    1. That would be a crazy place to visit for Halloween! Odd how some places just remain empty. Maybe it’s cheaper than tearign them down?

      1. Probably they figure that no one wants to build where there was an insane asylum due to the creepiness aspect. I knew you’d like seeing the write-up and the pictures, so glad I could find something on it. It must be a great tour for that amount … just going on the tour alone, without the scare factor would be interesting.

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