The power house and water tower have been renovated.
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)
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.
Perfect! I love abandoned chospitals..
I remember going there 7 years ago - it was the biggest and the most awesome hospital I've ever been then :-) A lot of good shots and good memories, we were sleeping in one of that buildings :-))
I was there some time ago and i must to tell it;s amazing place! It's so dark and scary places where i was! I recommend to all. If you like abandoned places chech this site:
I'm going to travel to Berlin on April and this place seems to be very interesting. go2know is going to take last tour to there on April 19th before big renovation and it's going to be 8 hour tour with price 70eur. Is it worth to pay that amount of money to see the place? That price includes access to three buildings. Any other information from this place or travelling to this destination from Berlin is welcome! Please send me any info on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The whole place is Being renovated! I went around april last year, and The main buildings around the russian statue had new Windows and everything. The place was packed with constructionbuilders. I Think some of the older buildings Will stand still, but again they are not much worth due to the easiness of getting in
I am going to be in Berlin April 16 to 20. I would love to spend one day traveling to and photographing Beelitz Heilstatten. I would be happy to do a tour. Please send me any info you might have.
I will be visiting Germany this upcoming summer. I would love to check out Beelitz HeilstÃ¤tten while there. Does anyone have any updates on this place? Is there access?
I read some of the comments and I read that there are guided tours? If that is my only option of getting inside then so be it. It looks beautiful.
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Or if you know of any other beautiful places in Germany to check out as this will be my first trip. Any info is greatly appreciated
I'm hoping to visit Beelitz HeilstÃ¤tten while in Berlin for the 25th anniversary of the Falling of the Wall. I am unable to find information about tours - any help would be greatly appreciated!
hey I'm coming to germany very soon and would like to check out this location but not on a guided tour, can anyone tell me updated news on this place?? would be a great help!
Update on the place: I went there in March, and sadly it was guarded pretty well by multiple guards with dogs. We came there pretty early, got to take a few pictures, but there were already people around the place (cleaning ladies for the restored buildings?) . We only saw a little tiny piece near the station, but there was already a bus with explorers who paid for their tours of the place (+- 40/50 euro for a few hours). The guards had walkie talkies , so it didn't feel right to try the other parts of the complex, since we heard them speaking in it, and well, we were caught. He was very friendly tho, telling us it was not a museum, which I claimed I thought it was :p It's an awesome and beautiful place, I've only seen the morgue though, and a factory.
I am the writer of previous comment and sorry, I forgot to put my email addres, which is:
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!)
I'm planning on visiting this location. Any update on the security or legal possibilites on visiting this location? Please poke me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tnx!
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 email@example.com
I thank you very much.
Hello, I was wondering about updates about this place? Is the security still laid back, can I get into the building? firstname.lastname@example.org please email me, thanks.
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 email@example.com great thanks in adance
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!!!
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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.
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 : email@example.com
thanx , nice pictures btw
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?
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.
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 HeilstÃ¤tten". There, you can either choose "Frauenklinik" or "MÃ¤nnerklinik". 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 40â‚¬, students etc. can get it for 30â‚¬. 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.
I couldn't find any information in english on the guided tours people are talking about. Can somebody please help me?
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
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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.
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: email@example.com
And here's our urbex-blog from Finland if someone's interested: ghostfunfair.blogspot.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. thank you!
Tim - you need to practice punctuation. I was out of breath after reading your looooooooong sentence!
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...
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
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