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  1. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: A legal visit during a photo base on 21-10-2017. Felt like a last chance because renovation is being prepared. We could notice the painting done during the filming of 'a cure for wellness' very well since we did the bathhouse an men's complex illegal in 2016. Still an impressive location of course and the photo's won't be much of a surprise i guess. I already had a fascination for abandoned buildings, but my first visit at Beelitz Heilstatten in 2014 really kicked of my passion for photography of the abandoned world. Hope you enjoyed viewing this thread! grts, Peter
  2. 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)
  3. Visited this stunning hospital complex onthe Euro Tour with the SOCC crowd - Project Mayhem, Lowri, Sonyes, Darbians and Behind Closed Doors. The Explore of Beelitz was done over 2 full mornings with a third day just spending a quick hour doing some externals in the brilliant blue skys of a summer day. Part 1 Day one of the Beelitz jolly, was spent in the slightly more run down northern section of the complex, but still a great explore! Part 2 First stop of day 2 was the Badehaus, this buidling was simply stunning, so much to see inside! Second stop of the day 2 was venture through the tunnel system to the Male Block. Part 3 Quick revisit to hit some externals in nicer weather! I took way more pics so please visit my Flickr if you would like to see more! Thanks for looking!!
  4. Back with more from Beelitz, this time the Bath House and Men's Pavilion. These 2 parts have faired much better in terms of damage and vandalism than their counterpart buildings on the womens part of the site, as a result they were much more pleasing to photograph. Bath House At the south eastern part of the Beelitz site you can find one of the most interesting and visually appealing of the Hospital buildings, Zentral Badehaus the Central Bath House. Whilst one of the iconic features of this building is the stunning huge domed room with the sunken T shaped bath, this unaltered example of the original architecture is just one of the many rooms which contain amazing detail retained from the initial build. This building has been used heavily for many film and music productions including but not limited to Rammsteins Mein Herz Brennt music video and Meret – Seven Deaths of a Bird which we believe was filmed shortly before our trip. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. More photos from the Bath house here: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2014/12/06/urbex-beelitz-heilstatten-aka-beelitz-hospital-badehaus-the-bath-house-germany-july-2014/ The Male Pavilion This building much like the bath house had survived in much better condition than most of the other structures. There were obviously still lots of signs of decay but the roof’s appear to have faired better and there was less vandalism than we found at the female pavilions. Favourite parts of this one for me have to be the Hall, the many corridors and the central staircase which I had seen plenty of shot of before. We also found a pair of dummies at the end of a dark corridor which lead off from the main staircase. Covered in blood and just far enough away they fooled you at quick glance it made more than a couple of us jump when we first stumbled across them. Fun times, really glad I finally got to see Beelitz, its been on the ‘to do’ list for far too long! 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. More from the mens Pavilion here: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2014/12/07/urbex-beelitz-heilstatten-aka-beelitz-hospital-mens-pavilion-germany-july-2014/ Thanks for looking!
  5. This place needs no introduction, First of a 2 part report on this place with the other half following in the not too distant future. Visited with Andy K, Scott, Stussy, Carl and Lowri. Day 1 of our visit to the Beelitz site focused on the Female sanatoriums, we started with the Largest of the buildings, the women’s Tuberculosis Sanatorium which provided care for T.B. patients and those suffering from other chronic illnesses. This building was significantly damaged in bombing raids during World War II and has been abandoned ever since. As a result it is in pretty poor condition compared to some other areas of the site. After a few shots in the old sanatorium we headed over to the Surgical Hospital which at one time was full of surgical rooms and recovery rooms for patients. Tell tales signs such as tiled walls in a significant proportion of the rooms were still present however most of the other features has really taken a beating from the elements and vandals. I did manage to track down 1 room in the building that I had really wanted to see, the blue operating room which used to have a great surgical lamp hanging from the ceiling. Sadly the room was an utter mess, most of the tiles fallen from the walls, the light completely gone with only the rigging remaining and some slight evidence of the operating bed. A little disappointed to see that but other parts of this vast hospital made up for that . The final building we visited that day was the more modern women’s sanatorium which acted as a permanent replacement for the one damaged during the war. This building was smaller than its predecessor but featured a much more appealing design which echo’s some of the other more grand buildings on the site. I think this was my favourite of the three building we visited that day, its condition was slightly better and in terms of photography the iron bed frame made for some really nice shots as did the corridors which spanned the length of the building. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Thanks for looking, there are higher res copies of the above photos and quite a few more from this trip on my website here: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2014/12/01/urbex-beelitz-heilstatten-aka-beelitz-hospital-womens-sanatoriums-germany-july-2014/
  6. Visited this place some months ago, had to hide for some people who were comming in and start working there. My girlfriend and I were seperated, and hiding behind a door with that guys just 60 cm away from us, kinda scary. We managed to get out through the front door, which they didnt lock yet, and our entrance was shut down by them. After escaping, grabbing a beer in front of Beelitz, lovely day! But.. i hadnt found the bath, used for the video "Mein Herz Brennt" by Rammstein, so we needed to go back 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: ! A couple of months later, we headed to Berlin again, and we did found it! 1: 2: 3: 4:
  7. Evening all, Thought its time to post another report. This set of photos is nowhere near complete but thought I'd report on some of the photos that I've processed so far. For those in the know and have also visited, this is a place filled with history including the hospital where a young 17 year old Adolf Hitler was treated in October and November 1916 after he was shot following a leg injury during the Battle of the Somme. Beelitz-Heilstätten, a district of the town, is home to a large hospital complex of about 60 buildings including a cogeneration plant erected from 1898 on according to plans of architect Heino Schmieden. Originally designed as a sanatorium by the Berlin workers' health insurance corporation, the complex from the beginning of World War I on was a military hospital of the Imperial German Army. In 1945, Beelitz-Heilstätten was occupied by Red Army forces, and the complex remained a Soviet military hospital until 1995, well after the German reunification. In December 1990 Erich Honecker was admitted to Beelitz-Heilstätten after being forced to resign as the head of the East German government. 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. This has made Beelitz-Heilstätten a destination for curious visitors and a film set for movies like The Pianist in 2002, the Rammstein music video Mein Herz brennt and Valkyrie in 2008. We had a bit of drama getting around the buildings due to the size of the place and some of the older buildings had been redeveloped, the maps thankfully served us well but we did run into the Police. Thankfully, we went and hid for half hour while they did their checks and had no further drama. On with some photos. The rest will be on Flickr in due course. Normally I wouldn't drive hundreds of miles for an empty building but this was kind of special and was one that was on the list for a long time. Thanks for looking in.
  8. Visited with Urban Ginger,SpaceInvader and met up with Humpa and his cousin..and a few random German bods while there This trip was supposed to be a day or so longer and we had a full on list to get thru. That all went tits up after a car crash bad enough to write off two cars.The insurance company mugged us off and although saying they would get the car moved it was down to the breakdown cover people to get us home.. The breakdown cover said it was the other way round and when we tried to get back to insurance company the automated message informed UG that business was closed till Monday morning ,so we where stranded..Thankfully Humpa and co. came back and got us to the hotel which we had booked for that night and after getting quoted 800 for train tickets for us to get to Calais or a hire car for 600 euros we where getting rather stressed as we didn't have a huge amount of money..UG' family to the rescue and easy jet tickets where paid for in the uk and we had our way home and could get some sleep before we had to leave.Big thanks to silver rainbow for the lift back from the airport.. So all in all bloody stressful few days after a ten hour drive to Germany..The upside was a visit to Amsterdam to check out the tulips and the women in the little rooms with big windows where very friendly:) History from wicki On with some pics Couple of shots from the hotel roof to finish..and thank you for bearing with me i know its a bit pic heavy Sad to say this is the only report but thew trip did end with a Bang!
  9. explored with wevsky and urban ginger ... a big to humpa and his cousin As wevsky explained things didn't quite go to plan on this trip, but saying that cars can be replaced good friends cant ! so all good in the end . After a flying visit to Amsterdam on the way through we push on to Berlin . We arrived at beelitz early morning and as we had been told of different things to look out for we expected someone to be on site. After coming out the third building and bumping into a group of seven German explores. We exchanged a few locations and they told us that secca wasn't a problem i didn't really get anoth pics to show the place in all its glory but no doubt it wont be long before were heading back that way really need a couple of days to cover it properly ... on with the pics .... thanks for looking ...