Abandoned Nazi Hospital: Beelitz-Heilstätten

Located just an hour south of Berlin is the abandoned hospital complex, Beelitz-Heilstätten.hospitalThe complex was originally built in 1898, in response to a rampant outbreak of Tuberculosis.

Original footage of the complex, courtesy of Google images

During WWI it became a military hospital, treating wounded war victims.DSC_5116At one point the hospital even treated Adolf Hitler for a leg injury. 😮hospital11With so many patients to treat, the medical complex became a small village, with 60 buildings spread out over almost 500,000 acres. IMG_0438It was additionally used to treat soldiers during WWII, and in the Cold War, it became an elite treatment center for Soviet leaders, such as Erich Honecker.DSC_5122After Communism crumbled, the hospital was abandoned.DSC_5108Now I found out about the site through Atlas Obscura. I always like a good scare around Halloween, so when I saw photos of the place, I knew I had to check it out. 😮

Courtesy of kuriositas.com

Now abandoned places seem to carry a presence of the past, and this place was definitely no exception. 😮hospital5I got the heebie-jeebies just wandering the property, even before I went inside.DSC_5074DSC_512130342258615_51c5f7fbaa_oNow this site used to be easily accessible to all, but the government felt that this was obviously a safety hazard. 😮DSC_5229As such, a sturdy fence now surrounds the property, and access is only available via tour.DSC_5105With 60 buildings in the complex to choose from, I booked a tour to view the abandoned surgical ward.IMG_0459IMG_0450Since my guide only spoke German, I was left to wander on my own, to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of this gruesome place. hospital14Abandoned staircases and vacant hospital rooms. hospital4IMG_0447Empty hallways and inoperable elevators.
hospital13DSC_5131Rusting surgical prep tubs and crumbling cabinets. DSC_5147DSC_5142Spine-chilling surgical wards with operating tables in disrepair. hospital3DSC_5222Vacant balconies surrounded by forests, far from civilization. DSC_5169Personally, I just felt better having a group with me. You couldn’t pay me enough to walk through this place on my own! :/hospital15The satanic graffiti from previous years really adds to the intensity as well. 😮hospital9DSC_5156hospital2hospital8It felt as if I were in a scene from House on Haunted Hill.

courtesy of Google images

I was secretly loving it…I’m not gonna’ lie. 😛IMG_0456In fact, this eerie space also made a Hollywood debut, ironically as the location for The Pianist, a film about a Jewish musician’s struggle to survive the Holocaust. 😮77314-004-5c25d1c8Now, the tour cost 10 USD, and lasted about 1.5 hours. DSC_5094Personally, I was surprised with my tour group, everyone from children to seniors interested in exploring this spooky abandoned space.hospital10One thing’s for sure, I will need to watch some funny movies later, just to be able to sleep tonight. I’m really bad at faking a scared face, so I’ll just give a nervous smile. 🙂IMG_0444
Getting There

To get there, I took the RE7 train from Berlin. The ride was 50 minutes and cost about 5 USD.DSC_5236DSC_5235The area is heavily wooded, and has since been converted into a nature sanctuary for those not interested in a good scare. DSC_5097DSC_5088Overall, highly recommended for both history and horror fans alike.

Anyway, that’s all for now folks. Stay tuned for more exciting ventures in Poland. Until then. 🙂

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