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Beelitz-Heilstätten Sanatorium

Type CountryExploration DateOn the MapStatusRating
2008-08-15Where is it on the map???Endangered****

Beelitz-Heilstätten Sanatorium - Click to enlarge!

The power house and water tower have been renovated.


The Giant's Tormented History

This immense hospital complex was designed by architect Heino Schmieden and built in 1898 in the Southwest portion of Berlin near the city of Potsdam.

Originally built as a tuberculosis sanatorium this massive complex was converted into a military hospital during World War I by the German Imperial Army. As mentioned above a young Corporal Adolph Hitler was treated at this hospital in October of 1916 for a leg wound received from British shelling during the Battle of Somme.

In 1945, after the defeat of Nazi Germany, the German nation was divided in two. At this point in history the USSR took control of the facility turning it into a Soviet military hospital. Even after the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990 the Soviet Army remained in control of the hospital until 1995.

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 Parkinsons 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... (Source: wikipedia.org)

Beelitz-Heilstätten Sanatorium - Click to enlarge!
The site map with the numerous buildings

An Exploration-Super-sized!

Our journey brings us to a place more than 400 miles away from Brussels and we traveled a very long time to get here. Arriving around 2am I step out of the car and into the cool damp night air.

I take a moment to survey our surroundings and to become acclimated with the environment. Everything around us looks abandoned, decaying, and void of life. There are no streetlights illuminating our path and the full moon is no help since we are in the middle of a down pour. This will make photographing the buildings at night impossible.

We camped in the car for the night while the water tower loomed in the background 100 yards away. I eventually drifted off to sleep planning our adventure for the next day and I couldn't wait for the new day to come.

Finally dawn approached and after a cramped night in the car I realized we stopped right in the middle of the complex the night before. The sun's rays showered the entire area with golden light and I saw for the first time how truly gigantic this facility was. My mind strained to comprehend how we would be able to navigate such a vast area (see map to the right or examine the aerial view of the site) and exactly where we should begin.

The buildings, for the most part, stand empty, but the architecture from a bygone age has passed through history still intact. Though most of the buildings are locked and appear inaccessible, it only takes a bit of creativity and ingenuity to find a way into this amazing site. This complex is a real urban explorer's paradise with various buildings and structures to examine. As you wander the long lonely halls it is hard not to imagine what has taken place in the very areas you are wandering.

We discovered a utility tunnel system linking the Power House to the rest of the complex. While exploring this concrete labyrinth of tunnels it is hard not to get excited about finding access to new areas, new environments, and completely new atmospheres.


There are 43 comments
March 14, 2014 - 17:58
Addition to the previous comment!

I am the writer of previous comment and sorry, I forgot to put my email addres, which is:



March 13, 2014 - 16:59

I'm also planning a visit here next month, so any experiences are welcome! Is there an easy access to the most of the buildings and rooms? Someone who has been there lately, did you encounter any problems? Is it easy to find if I take the train/metro from Alexanderplatz?

Thanks for any kind of help and information! (I'm glad to post some photos from the place if you want to - and if I get there, of course!)


March 07, 2014 - 23:20

Hello Ophelia,

I'm planning on visiting this location. Any update on the security or legal possibilites on visiting this location? Please poke me at tmmkp386@gmail.com. Tnx!


February 08, 2014 - 14:58
Visit, maybe camping?

We are planning to visit this place to take pictures, maybe camp 1 night. I would like to know how the security in this place is. And if it's do-able to sleep 1 night there. mail me on manish_nl@live.nl
I thank you very much.

Ingrid – Norge
December 16, 2013 - 17:02

Hello, I was wondering about updates about this place? Is the security still laid back, can I get into the building? hexyl.nicotinate@gmail.com please email me, thanks.

Neil Smith – UK
August 25, 2013 - 05:24

Hi there,
Is anyone able to provide me with a little update regarding the security of this place? And if you can actually get into the building. It wold be much appreciated. Please email me at 09008246@uhi.ac.uk great thanks in adance

December 10, 2012 - 21:00
Preparing a visite

He everyone,

I'm also preparing a visite to this amazing place. Since I have to travel 600 km I will be very greatful for any tips or recent comments to help ones I get there........ any info is much appreciated!!!

Please mail me at: opijpker@gmail.com

November 27, 2012 - 14:47

I have been looking for some of the blueprints and building layouts but cant seem to find them anywhere which is quite disappointing. I am specifally looking for the kitchen and warehouse layouts/blueprints. If anyone can let me know where i might be able to find them, it would be highly appreciated.

joel – beveren belgium
September 27, 2012 - 19:37

Hi ,

I have been planning to go there within 3 weeks , i've been reading all of the comments but can't make out
if it's safe or not to go there without being caught (my german is not so good) and so is my english when i write.
Is there anyone that's been there some weeks ago that saw anything ? I would have to drive 900km to get there , so
it's nice to be sure... e-mail : joelclippeleyr@hotmail.com

thanx , nice pictures btw

August 21, 2012 - 11:05

Hi JD,

we are planning to go there with a small group of friends in November for exploration and photo shoots.
Do you have any advice for us for access? What are the buildings you found most interesting?
If you have sample pictures it will be great for keeping us waiting to be there!
Any update on the MIGs location?

Many thanks,

JD – United Kingdom
August 07, 2012 - 01:20
Visited 30th July

Couldn't get access to some buildings but many very easy to access. Could not find the MIG jets - but there is a lot of forest. Anyone who wants any help (or some pictures!) leave an email address above (will check back monthly-ish for updates).

By the way, we arrived at 2pm and left after 8pm. The only people we saw were some school children by the main road and a cafe owner - no security, nothing.

July 29, 2012 - 17:09
Urbex tours to Beelitz

Hi guys

I'm doing urbex for some time now and Bellitz is on my list since the very beginning, as you might understand But as I think I read in several comments here, there are other people who can't afford trouble with the police there. So I'm already planning and doing a lot of research on how to get in there in an at least half way legal way.

This service www.go2know.de/ offers tours in Beelitz. For the ones not speaking German I'll explain it shortly. On the main page, you already see this calendar with the dates and places. Watch out, they also offer tours at other places. Interesting for you are mainly the lines with "Beelitz Heilstätten". There, you can either choose "Frauenklinik" or "Männerklinik". You won't be able to do a really ispiring tour through the whole areal at once. At least for the "Frauenklinik"-tours, they seem to offer light equipment and fog machines (sorry, my English is far away from being perfect ). I am really interested in such a tour, because as a single urbexer you can hardly bring lots of lights and fog with you. The normal price for such a 5 hours tour is 40€, students etc. can get it for 30€. I think this is quite fair and the people won't get rich with this service. So you see, it's rather by people with a passion for urbexing.

I've been in contact with other urbexers interested in Beelitz for quite some time. What I heard and read, it isn't safe to go there without permission or authorized group like go2know. Things change quickly, but my last update was that there are lots of security people already hanging around on the very beginning of the abandoned areas. So if you try to get closer or even into the tunnel system (what I do not want to recommend, I can hardly imagine it being safe enough), it won't be easy. It is said that they already catch the people before entering the area and telling them that their next step will be their last one on this area and the police will transport them away. Surely, things can have changed. But as the popularity of Beelitz still increases and several accidents happened there, I doubt that the owner sent the security away.

If you could make it to such a tour, I would really recommend it as it seems to be way safer and legal. As soon as I will have made such a tour myself, I will write again and inform you, but it seems very promising.

July 22, 2012 - 16:53

I couldn't find any information in english on the guided tours people are talking about. Can somebody please help me?

June 05, 2012 - 23:53

I'm going to Berlin for a week and I would like to visit this place cause it's so beautiful but I don't want to get in trouble with the owner or the police by trespassing. So my question is how do I contact the owner to get permission to visit?
Can anyone send me that information and if possible where I can find the entrance to the tunnel would love to see that as well
my email is hans232@hotmail.nl

Emily – uk lake district
April 18, 2012 - 19:52
Beelitz -- @Jonahi


I have family in Germany and have been twice to Beelitz now. I think its an absoloutely place. i this time took my boyfriend, but some part of it has been closed off, last time we went inside, walked around in cellars, in the phyciatric building etc etc. which now has all been boarded off... theres signs on the front of it all proportioned off saying not to go in the area, but we did, and ad a wander as breaking the wooden pannels on all the windows wasnt in our interest. i was on tuesday and even went opposite the road to see more and then drove down the road and walked again for a while where we found one house without being boarded up so we went in there, down the cellar, etc. although the stairs have come off missing the first step or so. shame to see alot of graffiti and cult drawings etc all over the place which didnt seem to be there last time. it seemed totally different this time, non the less an amazing place.
hope this helps.

April 16, 2012 - 13:12

What a place! It seems to be quite simply reached from Berlin by train. I'm going next week and I'm planning to visit there. Does anybody know about today's situation there, is the place accessible even from the outside of the buildings? Is there a possibility to get inside the buildings as well? I'd really appreciate any information! My email is: jonah-i@hotmail.com
And here's our urbex-blog from Finland if someone's interested: ghostfunfair.blogspot.com

January 09, 2012 - 18:40

I fell in love with Beelitz as soon as I heard of it. I'm from America, but I'm planning a big trip there to explore the hospital and surrounding city soon. I'd really love any information on how accessible the grounds are and who I need to contact to get permission to access it. Please let me know if you have any info for me. Just email me at rachcanhang@gmail.com. thank you!

November 04, 2011 - 13:24

Tim - you need to practice punctuation. I was out of breath after reading your looooooooong sentence!

tim – U.K.
August 29, 2011 - 14:31

i worked on the main structure back in '96 , also on the houses opposite the imbiss, (not sure if its still there, used to be run by sylvia) ripped out most of the floors and repaired the brickwork, the architectual design of the building are amazing, such a pity not preserved, the tunnels were blocked off then, but didnt stop us from exploring them, along side the many other buildings scattered in the forest, used to be a couple of MIG jets abandoned in a field not far from there either, such a lovely place and the people so polite and friendly, special thanks to maria, for putting up with us there, (not forgotten) and sylvia, also the mayor at the time for their hospitality, if you like walking and looking at part of history, then this is the place to go, make sure you bring a camera and just stand there for a few minutes, eyes closed and feel the atmosphere...

qbanez – Poland
August 26, 2011 - 11:03
I was thereI was there, I made pictures and I'm impressed with this place. I'm sorry that so degrades the hospital. Operating ro

Great art. I was there, I made pictures and I'm impressed with this place. I'm sorry that so degrades the hospital. Operating rooms are already completely devastated.Some pics fom mi in this post: qbanez.wordpress.com

Vanni - The tunnels are safe, if you are very careful. Useful helmet. I hurt in the back, but I live


Amy – new jersey
July 13, 2011 - 05:11
I found this very interesting and I'm 16

So I've been working on this new story about greek mythology and there is a part where one of the characters gets sold by the underoworld to a collector of the unnatural in germany, who experiments and sort of tortures the supernatural things sent to him. Anyway I was looking for a abandoned hospital or factory in germany that would be a good place for the collecter to keep his victums.haha This place is perfect exactly what I was looking for with its WWII involvement which also plays a big part in the story. It's really a beautiful building and I almost feel bad using it in such a manner, but the story must go on. Thanks!

vanni – berlin
May 09, 2011 - 01:56
great experience

Great Place, I've been visiting for one entire day. please can you send me information how to reach the tunnel system? is it safe? I gotmad as now there are panwls on window so you cannot enter and you cannot even have a look. I wanted to visit the entrance of the "manner pavillon" but was not possible. Anyway I don't know when you was there. I notice some differences. Some decorate windows with stained glass has been removed, some pavillons has been vandalized... Shame!
please let me know about the tunnel.

April 10, 2011 - 13:40

Found a lot about it on www.lipinski.de/ and already planned top get there.
But then found a link that it was closed by its new proprietor and you can only visit it in groups with a guide.
I can understand it because of all the idiots destroying its beauty, but the serious photographers are punished, too.
That's quite annoying; you don't kow other ways to get in?
Have nice explorations,

April 07, 2011 - 16:40

Ich finde es zum Kotzen,dass überall Grafittis reingemacht werden
I hate it,that teenagers put in old buildings grafitties....

September 29, 2010 - 01:14
Beelitz Heilstätten

Nice pictures on your site.
We were there last week by train from Berlin.
We visited the 'HeizKraftWerk' and surrounding.
Nice buildings, we visited the huge Modern Ruin, to short time to go inside the other buildings.
Good luck,

Carlo – Varese, Italy
July 06, 2010 - 11:01

been there with my girl and took a few pictures around: it-it.facebook.com

it is such a dark and incredible place!! Quite difficult to find the right infos to reach it..

Bob – Hexham, England
April 21, 2010 - 17:34

I hope to be in Berlin soon, is this place still accessible or is it difficult or forbidden to enter.
The images on the site are superb. I hope I will be able to visit.

Sensua – Leiden, Netherlands
March 10, 2010 - 10:22

hope to go there next month with a model to do a shoot

Ralf B. – Germany
November 07, 2009 - 00:56
Visit Beelitz

thanks for this nice gallery :-)
beelitz heilstaetten....a great and mystic place near berlin. i visit this place many times and collect over 1000 pictures....
more hdr-pictures on my website.

Forbidden Places, a great website to see many abandoned Places. Thx :-)



Paul – Berlin
November 03, 2009 - 11:10
I'm looking for a plan of this place

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get hold of a good map/plan of this site. I've been trawling through all the sites and the only one thus far is the one on this site which is good but not the best for printing. Any help would be appreciated

Cheers Paul


March 26, 2009 - 20:59
Obsessession Graffiti

I thought that the Obsessession Graffiti slide was really interesting. I would have loved to see the whole wall on the left of the picture. You can see words next to each other like "supertoys", "tallsummer", "unregulated" and "affects". Very very cool. : D

Christoph Hartmann – Berlin, Germany
March 22, 2009 - 20:15
Security service

Don't be disencouraged by Sebastians post.
Most of the buildings and tunnels are still freely accessible, with doors wide open and lots of traffic on sunny Sundays.

Some buildings are sealed (Its still not too difficult to get inside), but as they are exactly the same as the accesible ones you won't miss anything if you don't go inside.

The power house was renovated with EU funds, you shouldn't try to go inside there, but there are guided tours going in.

Darryl Belitz – USA
March 17, 2009 - 20:29

Am seeking info on the history of the BELITZ (personal) name in BEELITZ, Dessau and Prussia.

Darryl Belitz

Cathy – United States
March 10, 2009 - 03:49
Beelitz-Heilstätten Sanatorium

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful art of photography

Tony – Netherlands
March 04, 2009 - 15:07
How many more?

Wow!!! I came across this place by accident yesterday while visiting the town and had no idea what is was or should I say used to be.
Thanks for enlightening me. I wonder how many more incredible places there are like this in the old Communist states?
It is still so interesting for Westerners like me to "discover" places so wonderous.
More please.

Mornixuur – Netherlands
February 25, 2009 - 22:39
Night visit

Arriving there late at night must be a very weird experience. But great report. Will be waiting patiently until june for the rest...


Shelley – Netherlands
December 31, 2008 - 11:33

Hey there, I really like your pictures. I have one question for you, how come you never take any pictures of the morgues?


Sebastian – Germany
December 03, 2008 - 19:40

@becca: Yes, it is still possible to get inside at most of the buildings. But because of the newly installed security service controlling the grounds because of the great damages in the past, the new owner wishes to be informed, who will come to visit with how many people at what date to make sure the security service will not call the police because of breaking in!
So contact him, he is really friendly and polite with people taking pictures, his email can be retrieved from www.silenthalls.de!


Ines – Germany
November 14, 2008 - 23:42

Hi there,

interesting site about the Heilstätten, especially for someone who grew up in the village next to Beelitz. It's facinating to see how many people from all over the world are still interested in these beautiful houses. And just as Hanneke, many of my freinds and family cannot understand why this place is not renovated...although there are some newly renovated houses by now, most of them are still in ruins.

October 05, 2008 - 20:52

is it still posibly to get inside? and if not who take care of this building? hope you can help?

Durbar – United States
August 26, 2008 - 21:36
Enjoyed as always

Interesting place---not quite the dangerous and truly dark/forbidden photos as some of your other posts, but I enjoyed them as always. Thanks for the photos

HumanTree – poland
August 22, 2008 - 09:55

hi Slyv, i've been in Beelitz almoust month before your trip. it's realy nice place and i need to get there again cause theres still more to see. great photos - as always.
reagrds from poland

Hanneke – Maastricht/The Netherlands
August 22, 2008 - 00:45

Again, what a beautifull site I always find it so incomprehendible that beautifull buildings like these are not renovated entirely...! It is such a shame, isn't it . I want to thank you for these and all the other images you show us, it's so interesting, I'm always looking forward to "hear" from you.