The Kitchen and the Boiler Room of the abandoned sanitorium

Here are a few more shots from my visit to Beelitz-Heilstätten, which is  home to a large hospital complex of about 60 buildings erected from around 1898.  The complex was originally designed as a sanitorium by the Berlin workers’ health insurance corporation.  From the beginning of World War I the facility served as a military hospital of the Imperial German Army.  Interestingly, 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 Soviet forces, and the complex remained a Soviet military hospital until 1995, well after the Herman reunification. In December 1990, Erich Honecker was admitted to Beelitz-Heilstätten after being forced to resign as the head of the East German government.

Much 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.  I was in the psychiatric ward shooting after sundown tonight and I can tell you it was eerie.

The Kitchen

The Boiler Room

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~ by exposedbythelight on November 15, 2009.

One Response to “The Kitchen and the Boiler Room of the abandoned sanitorium”

  1. Like a movie…..

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