The haunted past of Beelitz-Heilstätten

I had heard so much about  Beelitz from other urban explorers, so it was a must do explore for me to do, as soon as I arrived at Beelitz in the distance was one of the large pavilions, it is just an awesome place to explore so many buildings.

The females pavilion was the one that gave me a bad gut feeling, it was Bombed in ww2 by the allied forces, and it just shows what devastation and destruction these fire bombs done to buildings, just ripping the heart out of the places.

   

Beelitz-Heilstätten 

A district of the town, is home to a large hospital complex of about 60 buildings including a co generation plant erected from 1898 on according to plans of architect Heino Schmieden.

Originally designed as a sanatorium by the Berlin workers’ health insurance corporation, the complex from the beginning of World War I on was a military hospital of the Imperial German Army. During October and November 1916, Adolf Hitler recuperated at Beelitz-Heilstätten after being wounded in the leg at the Battle of the Somme.

In 1945, Beelitz-Heilstätten was occupied by Red Army forces, and the complex remained a Soviet military hospital until 1995, well after the German reunification. In December 1990 Erich Honecker was admitted to Beelitz-Heilstätten after being forced to resign as the head of the East German government.

 

Following the Soviet withdrawal, attempts were made to privatize the complex, but they were not entirely successful. Some sections of the hospital remain in operation as a neurological rehabilitation center and as a center for research and care for victims of Parkinson’s disease.

The remainder of the complex, including the surgery, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, was abandoned in 2000. As of 2007, none of the abandoned hospital buildings or the surrounding area were secured, giving the area the feel of a ghost town. This has made Beelitz-Heilstätten a destination for curious visitors and a film set for movies like The Pianist in 2002, the Rammstein music video Mein Herz brennt and Valkyrie in 2008.

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