Sunday, 3 March 2013

Beelitz heilstatten march 2013

Visited with SpacInvader and UrbanGinger
History from wick
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. 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 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 from 2002, the Rammstein music video Mein Herz brennt and Valkyrie from

On with some pics

 couple of night shots from roof of hotel

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