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Beelitz-Heilstätten - Central Bath House - Germany (July 2014)

AndyK!

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The history of Beelitz-Heilstätten Military Hospital


Beelitz Heilstätten is a large abandoned hospital in Germany. The complex comprises around 60 buildings built from 1898 to the plans of architect Heino Schmieden. The buildings were built in the German Country Style, with impressive brickwork.

From 1898 until 1930 the Beelitz Heilstätten complex served as sanatorium for lung diseases. At the time lung diseases were commonplace and many such as tuberculosis were often fatal.

During the First World War the sanatorium was used as a field hospital to treat casualties of the newly developed weapons such as machine guns and mustard gas. A notable patient during this period was a young Adolf Hitler, at the time a soldier who had been shot in the leg and blinded by a British gas attack at the Battle of the Somme. This earned him the Iron Cross.

As irony would have it, his successful treatment at Beelitz and his experiences of war would set the stage for the hospital to once again be used as a field hospital, this time treating wounded Nazis during World War II.

In 1945 the hospital was occupied by the Red Army and it served as a Soviet military hospital for the next 50 years until its closure in 1995.

Today a handful of the buildings have been converted for modern use, including a neurological rehabilitation hospital and a Parkinson's research centre. The majority of the complex, including the surgery ward, the psychiatric ward, and a rifle range, have all been abandoned and left to decay back into the surrounding forest.

1. The Central Bath House with ornate brick exterior

The Bath House at Beelitz


Das Zentralbadehaus - The Central Bathhouse - is a prominent building that forms part of the Sanatorium für Männer (Men's Sanatorium) - one quarter of the hospital complex.

The bath house is by far one of the more feature-some buildings at Beelitz. Built primarily with cream and fawn glazed clinker bricks, and decorated with glazed red engineering bricks creating a beautifully ornate exterior. Considering the original function of the buildings, it is surprising to find the ornate features are not limited to the exterior. Inside the building, where one would expect to find characterless and functional spaces, are also adorned with pleasing architectural aesthetics.

The ground floor of the bath house has several bathing areas, including an enormous cathedral-like domed extension strangely containing nothing but a tiny plunge pool in the centre! The first floor contains mainly treatment rooms, except for the a huge exercise hall. The high arched ceiling here is supported by huge timber beams, each decorated with carved Gothic dragons.

The bath house is probably the best preserved of all the buildings at Beelitz, despite extensive water damage due to neglect.

Our Visit


Beelitz was the most anticipated location on our tour of Germany. Such huge sites are always fun to explore, especially when they are actively patrolled by security! And with such an interesting history and an amazingly ornate look, this was one not to be missed. We spent three mornings looking around the site, and it didn't disappoint. After finding an entry into the bath house we discovered most of the features we were expecting to find across the extensive site right in that building. I'm sure this will always rank as one of my favourite buildings I have visited.

2. The main bathing room with tiny plunge pool



3. Main bathing room



4. Main bathing room



5. View from top



6. Fisheye view from the top



7. Round window



8. Ceiling



9. Dentist chair in red room



10. Red tinted room



11. Columns in entrance hall



12. Entrance hall



13. Entrance hall



14. Staircase



15. Entrance hall fisheye



16. Staircase



17. Entranceway



18. Steps inside the main entrance



19. Main entrance



20. Piano in decaying room



21. Piano in decaying room



22. The piano had been left after a music video was filmed here



23. Grand piano



24. Grand room



25. Large exercise hall with ornate dragon carvings



26. Chair in light



27. Exercise hall



28. External (as viewed from the Bath House)


 

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What a stunning location!! :eek: Really cool images mate, some great looking decay in there (y)

 

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That's an absolute belter mate, really wanna see this with my own eyes and definitely looks like it's the cream of the crop at that site (y)

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Just been there on sunday. All fenced in, and guards with dogs. Now it's only planned photo tours. They even have made a flyer with prices and trips!!!

 

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Just been there on sunday. All fenced in, and guards with dogs. Now it's only planned photo tours. They even have made a flyer with prices and trips!!!
Dont you just hate it when they do that :angry2:

Thanks for the update Tommy (y)

 

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Yes i hate it so badly!!! The plan was driving to House Of Wheelchairs, but time quickly went on, and we just thought Beelitz has some buildings we havent been in to, so we were so angry!! :-D

 

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Yes i hate it so badly!!! The plan was driving to House Of Wheelchairs, but time quickly went on, and we just thought Beelitz has some buildings we havent been in to, so we were so angry!! :-D
That's a massive shame for you Tommy, they were saying that re-development would start in 2015 and seems to be the case...unlike in the UK where development is just talk and many buildings are left to rot year after year

 
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