The abandoned portion of the Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital is located off of Straße nach Fichtenwalde 16, in Beelitz-Heilstätten, Beelitz, the district of Potsdam-Mittelmark, the state of Brandenburg, Germany.
The Beelitz Sanatorium was designed by architect Heino Schmieden in 1898. Constructed as a sanatorium by the Berlin Workers Health Insurance Corporation. Involving a cogeneration plant, which simultaneously generates electricity as well as heat, to make funding for the large complex of over 60 buildings easier.
In 1914, at the start of World War I, Beelitz-Heilstätten became a military hospital for the Imperial German Army. After the Battle of the Somme, Adolf Hitler spent some time in recovery for a wound he received on his leg at Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital. Hence the nickname ‘Hitler’s Hospital’ afterwards.
Beelitz continued to serve as a military hospital for the Soviet military after the occupation of the Red Army into Beelitz-Heilstätten in 1945. The sanatorium continued as such until 1995, with the withdrawal of the Soviets. Afterwards, the hospital remained in different forms of use and attempts to privatize the hospital were made but never successful. As of 2014, the Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital has some buildings, of the former 60 buildings, in use as a neurological research rehabilitation center and a care and research center for people with Parkinson’s disease. The rest of the vast complex however is abandoned and unsecured.
Beelitz-Heilstätten was used as a film setting location for the 2002 movie, The Pianist, and the 2008 movie, Valkyrie. It was also used in the music video, Mein Herz brennt, by Rammstein.
Where is the abandoned Beelitz Sanatorium located? You can find it with these coordinates. 52.258892,12.930318.
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