Haunted by history, the ghosts of Beelitz-Heilstätten

Filed 4/10/2012 | Updated 22/8/2014
Everybody and their dog knows about Beelitz-Heilstätten, which is why I hadn’t written about it before. Not everyone has a dog, though. Some have other pets, less inquisitive or knowledgeable than dogs. So this is for the goldfish.
Beelitz is where Hitler and Honecker were treated for injuries/ailments sustained in World War I and East Germany’s last days, respectively.
The huge military hospital complex is abandoned now, shrouded in mystery, haunting, eerie, waiting to see what fate holds for it next...
A swarm of flies rose to greet me on my maiden visit, buzzing about me furiously as if to guard the secrets of the past. I’d just stepped into the flaky corridor, long and well lit by the grace of sunshine and contemporary window frames with glass intact. Glass is not normally intact in such places.
The flies went berserk, in my face, my eyes, my mouth. I tried swatting the fuckers away but there were too many of them, probably still feasting on the flesh of a discarded patient and angry at the rare disturbance.
I had to withdraw from the infuriated cloud and then it struck me: These were no ordinary flies. They were Hitler’s henchmen, his henchflies if you will, guarding the entrance to the site were he was once at his most vulnerable, preserving the stillness and serenity for him, and driving visitors from rooting around in the past where the past had no wish to be disturbed. Fucking Nazi flies.
But damn it, I wasn’t going to be dissuaded by flies, Nazis or not. I regrouped, gathered myself, and plunged through the swarm, swatting wildly even as the fuckers followed me. Eventually they desisted, left me on my way, and returned to gorging on whatever dead thing had been lying in the corridor.
I hurried on, there’s a lot to see. And smell. The smell of disinfectant still lingers in the operating rooms, permeating through the airy corridors, a caustic whiff in sharp contrast to the gentle palettes of old paint flaking off the walls and fantastic window frames. Beelitz’s dusty tiled corridors really are quite beautiful, and the abundance of fading glory and subtle shades make it a photographer’s dream.
It’s not quite forgotten – some of the buildings have been painstakingly restored – but the rest of the site, once home to more than 60 buildings, is in various stages of decay or preservation. I guess there just isn’t enough money to preserve them all, and it’s not something someone will do unless there’s something in it for them.
Its history begins in 1898, when Berlin’s health insurance authority bought around 140 hectares here to build a tuberculosis sanatorium and nursing home. The newly built 600-bed capacity treatment center opened in early 1902, with separate facilities for men and women.
It was expanded over the following years to cater for Berlin’s sickly population, but all the patients were kicked out on August 3rd, 1914, shortly after the outbreak of war, when it was taken over by the Red Cross and 1,525 beds were made available for the new patients.
Hitler was among 12,586 of them to be treated here during the war, the poor blighter injuring his thigh after some inconsiderate buffoon threw a grenade at the Battle of the Somme. I’m sure he wasn’t complaining as he recuperated in nice peaceful surroundings under the supervision of the Beelitz Mädels.
Of course Hitler was a nobody then, so the nurses probably just ignored him and made fun of the fucker’s Austrian accent. The real heroes were off fighting at the front and not whining in luxurious hospitals. He managed to while away almost two months at Beelitz until December 1916.
The hospital went back to catering for civilians again in 1920 and it underwent further expansion. Another 200 hectares were purchased in 1928 and by the following year there were 1,338 beds available, two-thirds of them for lung treatments.
The next war saw it commandeered to care for wounded soldiers again. Of course, Hitler was a big wig by then, and indirectly responsible for sending new patients back to his old stomping ground. Not that he had been doing much stomping with his gammy thigh.
The Russians took over after the war, as is their wont. The Red Army took over anything that could be taken over. How they managed to do it all is beyond me.
Beelitz became the largest Soviet military hospital outside the USSR, and they weren’t all that keen to let it go either – they didn’t leave until 1994.
The seriously ill Honecker was admitted here with liver cancer in December 1990, having just seen his country cease to exist. He fled with his wife Margot to Moscow three months later as the vultures of justice began to circle. The Russians returned him, but Honecker’s story is too long to get into here. He died in Chile in 1994.
Beelitz lost its raison d’être with the departure of the Russians that same year. Investors stepped in and duly went bust in 2001. More recently it seems to have fallen into the hands of people who are committed to preserving the buildings somewhat.
Those buildings have seen some heavy shit. In July 2008, Anja, a 20-year-old model was beaten with a frying pan and strangled to death by a fetish photographer, who then had sex with her corpse. It was all part of a sex game apparently, sadomasochism gone wrong.
“Something got out of control there. My client didn’t want that,” the killer’s solicitor said.
It got out of control a few years before that, too, when the “Beast of Beelitz” was on the loose.
He murdered five women and a baby between 1989-91, and tried to kill at least three more – he attacked one woman and left her seriously injured, as were two 12-year-old girls in a separate knife attack. He sexually abused most of his victims.
He was Wolfgang Schmidt, a former police employee, who should have been caught a lot sooner but for the incompetence of his former colleagues.
One of the victims was the wife of a Russian doctor working at Beelitz. After killing her three-month old son Stanislaw by smashing his head off a tree stump, he gagged the screaming mother with a bra, strangled her and had sex with her corpse. Must be something in the air.
Schmidt was very tall and had a penchant for pink women’s underwear, earning him the nickname “Rosa Riese” (pink giant). Sometimes he left it at the crime scene. He was eventually caught when two joggers found him masturbating while wearing women’s clothing in the forest.
That was 1991. If the Russians hadn’t enough reasons to leave already with that nutjob hanging around outside…
They left three years later. Some traces remain, like the murals on the walls, graffiti in the attics and the iconic Soviet soldier standing guard outside, but otherwise the ghosts roaming Beelitz have the place to themselves. They like it that way.

What
Beelitz-Heilstätten, former TB clinic and sanatorium turned military hospital during the first and second world wars, and kept on as same afterwards by the victorious Russians. Hitler and Honecker were its most famous patients but there were plenty of others too.

Where
Beelitz-Heilstätten, 14547 Beelitz, Germany. Simple, huh?

How to get there
You can get a regional train directly from Ostbahnhof, Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstraße, Hauptbahnhof usw. It takes 50 minutes from Alex. Got off at the conveniently named Beelitz-Heilstätten Bahnhof. Apart from its name, you’ll know you’re on the right track when you arrive at the train station – it too is derelict.
There are buildings to explore left, right and center. If you turn left when you’re coming out of the station (south east), you’ll find the women’s clinic on your right, and the men’s clinic to your left. That’s the one with the stone-faced Soviet guard out the front. Take no notice of him. He looks severe but he doesn’t move. If you turn right out of the station and take the road in a northwesterly direction, you’ll find the women’s TB clinic on your left and the men’s on your right, where you’ll also find the so called “Whitney Houston House.” Here’s a very handy map that will give you an overview of the complex. And here’s a map of the area so you don’t get lost.

Getting in
Well, this is the thing. Some of the buildings are ridiculously easy to get into, with doors open practically inviting you to enter, while others are securely boarded up and locked making entry very tricky indeed. Most of the locked-up buildings (and better preserved ones) are to the left of the main road. The ones to the right were no challenge at all, apart from the flies.
Of course, it’s always the locked buildings that are the most tempting to enter. Why is it locked up? Imagine the treasures inside! So use your discretion. You’re not going to get into all the buildings, but you’ll probably see enough for a satisfactory outing.
I crawled around the drainage tunnels under one building hoping to find a way in, only to emerge in another building I’d already explored. On another two occasions I’d to get in through windows, first by balancing on a metal beam over three meter drop, and then by climbing boarding and squeezing in through a gap on top. It’s worth it though. Just make sure if you’re climbing in somewhere, that you’ll be able to climb out again. It’s good, but it ain’t that good.

When to go
Go during the week, when you’re less likely to run into tour groups. If you really wanted to avoid them you could check their site to see when they’re visiting to plan around it.
Otherwise go early in the day, giving yourself plenty of time and daylight to explore. It’s not really the place to come for parties at night though of course there’s nothing stopping you from doing so if you have a mind to.

Difficulty rating
5/10. Getting here is piss easy, getting into some of the buildings easier still, but some of those buildings are stubbornly difficult to get into – if not impossible without actually breaking and entering (very much illegal and in no way encouraged) – which jacks up the difficulty rating a little bit.

Who to bring
Yes, this can be a romantic adventure for those of a romantic nature so certainly bring along your wives, girlfriends, husbands and boyfriends. What the hell, bring them all! It’s certainly a good idea to bring someone along to call for help if you get stuck in a tunnel or a roof collapses on your head.

What to bring
Dirty clothes. Do not wear your Sunday best or (as I did) new shoes (the only pair of shoes I had that did not make me feel like a tramp when I met real humans). But definitely bring dirty clothes. It’s worth it.
As usual, bring a camera, a couple of beers and something to eat. There are no shops in Beelitz-Heilstätten so you have to bring your own supplies if you want to avoid going thirsty/hungry. And don’t forget – as I always do – to bring a torch. Scrabbling around in tunnels in the dark may sound like fun but, well, maybe it doesn’t sound like much fun now that I think about it.

Dangers
Again, like in most of these places, some of the buildings are in a sorry state, and you don’t want them falling on you. Use your discretion and be fucking careful. If a building looks like it might collapse it means it might collapse. And as always, be on the look out for wardens, security guards, Polizei and that sort of thing.

All photos taken in July 2010 and September 2013 except the last three below, taken in July 2014. For more pics from the latest visit, and an update on the latest developments, click this.

Disclaimer – The person referred to as “I” in this post is not necessarily me, nor does “I” refer to anyone in particular. The only thing that can be said in all certainty about “I” is that it’s the letter after “H” in the Roman alphabet. Its appearance throughout this post is probably coincidental. In fact, I, like H, or even this sentence, may not exist at all.
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78 comments

came here a few months ago while i was still in Berlin. It's a pretty damn cool place to go around. saw several other people walking around and exploring the buildings as well. however in a distant apartment sized building not far from that russian statue there was a group of adults sitting in lawn chairs. not sure what that was about but we didn't bother to find out. look out for deer and other wild animals when exploring the outer garages and such. came about ten feet from something HUGE hiding behind some trees and bushes and scared the hell out of me. not sure what it was but its steps made huge thumps and thankfully ran in the other direction.

Hey,
Just a quick question. I'm planning a trip to Beelitz and I'm just curious how much the train between Berlin and Beelitz is? I've done the hospital before but I traveled there on a prepaid inter-rail ticket so I didn't need to buy a specific ticket. The Deutsche Bahn website doesn't have any ticket price information and there's a few people interested in joining me and they're just curious how much it would cost.

Thanks for any help and the awesome blog!

Hi, I can't remember exactly, but it wasn't astronomical. €6 or €7 or something like that. Certainly no more than €12 return. Bon voyage!

I am amazed! This blog is absolutely great and I am happy I came across it! :D

This place has a great history,
  one day I will visit.
In this place was filmed the clip Mein Herz Brennt?

Is it a map that shows wich buildings are what?

I did see a map somewhere, can't remember where. Google around a bit and I'm sure you'll find one.
In fact, I just googled beelitz heilstätten plan and came up with more images and maps that I can shake a stick at. So yes, it is a map. Several maps.

congrats! really nice blog. really willing to target some of these places soon or later

I was there yesterday and the place is awesome and beautiful! One strange thing happened though, which doesn't bother me; I have heard that the place is often visited by other explorers... I heard a female voice from the floor above me so I thought (because I was there alone) it would be nice to meet somebody to join/talk with. But when I got to the second floor, it was nobody there! Strange!?
That happening didn't felt "spooky", it was more like: I hoped that I would make a friend interested in UE to explore with here in Berlin, which i don't have.

A funny incident when I have heard from so many sources that the place is haunted.

Thanks for the information given on this blog, it was very helpful!

Hi Mikael,

I've heard you have to pay now to enter... is that true?

Cheers,
Laura

Nope. Not true. There's a small historical museum in one of the restored buildings. There's probably an entrance fee to that.

I was there in november last year with a group of friends and it was total fun. We spend the whole day exploring the buildings from the right side of the track. Met a lot of explorers or just people that were walking aroubd to enjoy a sunny late autumn sunday afternoon. No one cared about anyone but we did find something strange. There was a woman that was offering paid tours of the buildings and that we met couple of times and each time she told us to go away because if not she will call thr police...that didnt happend...but she was still weird.

I went there yesterday as part of an abandoned asylum: hospital project! This is my first one outside of the uk! Absolutely loved photographing it! Thank you for this incredible blog, very informative and beautiful photographs. Charli x

I went there yesterday and we managed to get into some of the buildings, but there was some kind of photography course going on and they claimed we couldn't go into the buildings they worked in, because the course was going on. They occupied two of the big buildings close to the Russian statue. Made me wonder if those buildings had been opened up specifically for the course or if they're always easy to get into.

Thanks for a great blog!

How did you find getting in/around the place ? Any issues with security etc or was it free reign? I am in Berlin for a couple of days and my friend and I want to visit the place.

As a general rule, if there are people already in a building, avoid it. Beelitz is huge. Even if the buildings close to the Russian statue are occupied - and they're the buildings that are hard to get into anyway - there are more than enough to the west and to the north that are easily accessible and worth exploring too.

I didn't see any security - but like I said there were people doing a photography course who seemed to have paid someone to be there, they'd put up signs and had badges on them etc. so when they told us not to enter two of the buildings, we didn't. That said, the signs outside say it's illegal to be on the whole site but since we met quite a few other explorers (of all ages) there, I assume it's become "legal" to be on the grounds, just not in the houses.

Irish - yes, you're right, I had a really good time exploring the other buildings, was surprised so many were "open".

I was there on Sunday 12 May with a group of 8 and we were stopped by a guard who was part of this photo tour thing. He said we could not get in to the site unless we booked a photo tour which costs 40€ per person so we just took the train back... We met the guy on the female ward side and he said the same went for the other ward across the street.

I'm sorry but this is complete and utter horseshit. There's a crowd called go2know cashing in on these places, doing tours, and they obviously want to make as much money as possible. They can't tell you not to do what they're doing.
Beelitz is huge. If there's a guard in one part trying to scare people away, go to another part. There's more than enough to explore. But going with a group of eight naturally increases the likelihood you'll be seen.

Will ignore them next time so, hopefully the place will still be standing when I return to Berlin in a couple of years. Thanks for all the tips and your great blog.

Hi all,
we were in Beelitz last Sunday (19.05). We first took a guided tour with Frau Krause: https://sites.google.com/site/beelitzheilstaetten/fuehrungen
The tour took about 2,5 hours and was actually very interesting but you cannot enter any buildings. During the tour, we saw a lot of other people exploring the site on their own but Frau Krause didn't say anything to them, she didn't send them away. She just repeated a few times to us that it's horrible that people keep destroying the place... After the tour we paid our 5 euros and then did kind of the same tour again on our own. This time we, of course, did enter some of the buildings and took amazing pictures. We didn't see any guards.
So I think for people (like me) who don't have a lot of experience with visiting abandoned places, it would be interesting to take the tour first. I will definitely go there again.

Hey Nele,
Your suggestion is a pretty good one. I wouldn't object to paying €5 for the tour, finding out about everything, and then going off exploring on my own. Thanks for the link, I'm sure others will find it useful too.
The other crowd charging €40 is just a rip-off though. Avoid.
Cheers,
IB

is anyone planming to go there?
contact me, i wanna join
kiawiesel@gmx.de

Hello,

I am writing from a press agency in Birmingham, England, called HotSpot Media, and noticed this fantastic project of yours online.

I think it is really really brilliant, and I would love to work with you to put together an article surrounding it.

As a press agency, we write for all the national newspapers, such as The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and The Daily Mail, as well as many more, as well as syndicating abroad in order to get the best exposure of the article we can.

It wouldn't require much of your time, just a few questions and having the photograph sent over.

We work on a 50/50 split basis, meaning anything made from the article, we split with yourself. Because of this, we do ask that you work with us exclusively on the article, meaning you don't send the pictures to other press agency who write for the same publications as us, while we're working with you.

As I said before, the project is really great, and I think would make really well in the papers!

Get in touch at jess@hotspotmedia.co.uk to me know if your interested, I will look forward to your reply.

Thanks,

Jess
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If I was rich and of German descent I would buy this place and restore it Looks beautiful Thanks for the funny comments made me laugh Hitler's Henchflies LOL :)

I was there today and there were a few things that I wanted to share with you about it.

First of all, it looks like they are refurbishing the part on the left (West?) of the train station. This is the part where the Sovjet statue is. The water tower is currently completed and I believe that the other buildings will follow soon, as I could see preparations for it.

All in all, there was still a lot to explore and I did really enjoy walking underneath one of the main buildings. A torch or smartphone with a similar app are highly recommended!

The part on the north east side (right of the train tracks) was interesting... A company called "go2known" put up all kinds of tape to lock down the area. Furthermore, they put up sings that it was illegal to go there as it was their property..... Clearly, I ignored it and during my trespassing I did see many other people there. Everyone was very friendly.

Near the end I bumped into a security guy from the company and he asked me to leave. I confronted him with the fact that his company did not own this property and he said they have permission to do this. I argued with him for some time, but he ended by threatening to call the police. Whilst I wasn't scared at all, actually it would be fun if the police did show up as the site has 1000s of places to hide... haha.


I just checked this "company's" website and they are scamming tourist as they charge 40 EUR to do a tour, or 90 if you want a model photo shoot.... bleh.... Not only do they host tours in Beelitz, they also do the same at Teuvelsberg and other places.

I saw a group of about 50+ people being guided through the area, but the German tour guide did not say anything to me. Later on I saw another "security" guy, who looked like a 16-year old boy. So, all in all not very impressing.

Go2known (what a shitty name) is clearly a company that wants to take advantage of tourists. They have no interest whatsoever in restoring the site(s) and only do this for their own benefit. Sickening behaviour!

Anyway, I would encourage everyone to go to these sites for free and let's annoy the hell out of these bastards.

Peace

Tom

Hey Tom, thanks very much for your comment and for sharing your story. I agree that that company is just ripping people off, and would also encourage people to visit these places for free. I think all their "tours" are €40. Ridiculous.

I'm going to see this place on Sunday. We're coming from BC Canada. I found this site on-line and have visited it many times as I find it fascinating. Thanks for sharing this great story with us all. You definitely have us impressed. Cheers!

Very interesting documentary on the subject on RBB TV showing tonight (10.09.2013).
A Frenchman watching German TV, and proudly reporting about it in english! :))

Thanks so much for taking the time to document these fascinating places. Some UK friends pointed me to your site before my Feb visit to Berlin. I will be back next month for 2 weeks of building exploration.

Michelle

Went there end of August; no problem at all (on a Monday), no one around or almost. We could get into the little tower on the roof of one of the buildings and see all around, it was a blast! Thanks for the article - as for the other ones; I just left Berlin so I won't be able to do more than those I did, but I keep reading you for the hell of it. Keep exploring for us!

Thanks for the kind words! (To you both - Threaded comments no longer seem to be working since I changed the layout.)

You are absolutely intriguing the way you talk about the things you experience. It is infatuating.

Ehy guys, I went there today, friday 25-10-2013.
Still to be easy to go in, such an amazing place! You need at least 3 days to see it all, it's huge!
Tomorrow I'go a couple of days to Vogelsang, I'll write a note about the conditions of the place when I come back.
I'll upload some pictures as soon as possible on my page.

Thanks to Irish berlin for such a good job!

Glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to your Vogelsang impressions...

Is there any way to obtain an official permission to shoot? From a city hall maybe? Has anyone tried this? :)

Thanks to your advice me and my girlfriend went there twice (first time in autum, second in spring). here are some analog pics we took when we first got there http://andrejrusskovskij.com/?p=309

If you liked the previous shots, take a look at these ones, taken in Beelitz few months later (spring 2013) http://andrejrusskovskij.com/?p=512

I went here on Tuesday great could'nt get in the two main buildings as its been very well boarded up, the others were easy, but I bumped into a film crew there who are going to use the location for a movie . I asked if I could come in but he wouldn't let me as they probably paid. but he did share the details of who to get in contact with. Maybe my next visit, its along way from Australia though,..

I went today (1st Feb 2014) and I fell straight through a rotten staircase in one of the buildings (the building on the right just before you get to the huge building with the huge elevator shaft in it) and nearly died. My advice: don't use any wooden staircases. They're likely rotten. The concrete ones all seemed fine.

Apart from that, the trip was amazing. Is there a detailed map of the underground passages somewhere? Or just a map of the buildings? We got really lost down there.

Yes, as I wrote under "Dangers" - be fucking careful. That goes for stairs as well as ceilings, walls and floors...

does anyone know exactly in which building is the room with the hospital beds and machines?
something like that
http://blog.discoveryholidayhomes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/abandoned-places-22-2.jpg
?

You were right. I'd love it. I'm going to have to visit.
Great photos, great words.

I normally love to explore places, for the fun of it... but with this one... i was interested to come to this place to shoot photos and videos in a serious way.
When you want to shoot you need time and the serenity to know that no one will interrupt you (or worse).
So i found some contacts info i wrote to, and the answer is:
300 euros for the whole day... take it or leave it.
It's kind of disappointing, because if you want to do it for artistic sake and with no intention to make any money out of it... it's a serious expense!
The problem is that there's no way to know if you paying to an authorized entity...or if it's just wasted money.
Nowadays it's sad that if you love decay you have to pay for it... and someone else will make money out of it.
I'm seriously evaluating if it's worth to pay. On one hand, i really love the atmosphere of this place, and making a good shooting could be a sort of gift to myself, but i can't help i feel pretty stupid to pay.
I repeat if it was just for the sake of exploration, i would never even think to pay...but in my specific case... i'm battled...

To Spudnik... what do you mean with "it's too late, it's all gone"? That picture is amazing, do you mean that stuff like that has been removed?
That's another doubt i have: i'm gonna make a long trip to come to Berlin, and then there to Beelitz, and i wouldn't like to discover when i'm there, that all the interesting stuff is gone... anyone knows more details?

Been there today, haven't seen any buildings that were not completly distoryed on the inside, apart from the building that was renovated. Haven'tbeen to the other side, since a (very friendly) security guard told us it was forbidden to shoot there. Made a few pictures, but I am dissapointed that there wasn't a lot to see on the side I went on :( Mind you, on that side we saw 2 security guards, with 2 big ass dogs. So be careful! We traveled 8 hours, and it's probably my own fault for not noticing there was more stuff on the other side, but in my opinion, it wasn't worth it :( Did get startled by an other group of explorers, and they actually paid for a tour, they were with a pretty big group as well.

That's my fear...going there, maybe being charged, as i see they ask money... and then not being able to see/photograph anything valuable.

The place has been vandalized and due to that fact people have been employed to guard and charge fees ( which will help to renovate some of the buildings) and they keep,an eye on the people and their wherabouts! As it is private proberty any trespassing is illegal ....not funny ! Pay up , enjoy as long as it is still possible.

Are you on commission? As far as I know, the company charging €60(!) for tours does not contribute to their renovation. They're in it for the money. So, pay up yourself if you're happy to.

is this place still okay to visit? is it still accessible?
Any tips? Will be visiting end of june!

It will still be there in June. You're better off going during the week as opposed to weekends.

I'm not sure wether someone knows it. There was a brutal murder there. A judge met a young woman from the internet there and he killed her and dismembered her body.. its not long ago and a little secret. The people don't talk about that cause the place has already a bad name in the area around berlin.sorry for my bad english i have to practice more...

This is amazing. I love creepy places but don't ask me why this one does not seem as scary or haunted to me so maybe I'll finally get over myself and just go. Dein blog ist echt genial! Hahah du machst das was ich mich nicht traue ;)

I was lucky to get the chance to work in there and it was incredible!!!

http://timokerberphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/here-are-some-making-of-images-of-my.html

http://timokerberphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/picture-of-day-on-vogueit.html

So the final word right now is that it costs 60 euro to visit anytime? Are the guards ever NOT there?

taken over by the Red Army 1945th....taken over. This place was in end of April 45 full of wounded German soldiers and medical persons...what happened with them? Where are they? That is damnation of Beelitz, not Hitler or Hoenecker. Dirty pages of history?

Came here past tuesday (8 july 2014). People were at the area with the russian soldier statue, telling us (in a quite unkind manner) we should leave because they were filming there and the grounds were 'privatgelände'. so we went to the other side of the road and explored a few buildings from the inside there. we haven't seen anybody there, heard some sounds but that could've been dripping rain as well. No one charging for tours, no other explorers, no guards with dogs. All good :)

got there on a sunday, caught by a guard who was very furiously chasing us off the ground. when we tried to get back in and were caught again, he took pictures of our passports. dont think that will have any further story to it, but it doesnt make it easy to get in and explore it in peace :)

are they guarding the part where the bombed-out-forest-on-the-roof-building is or just the one with the sovjet statue?

Went there saturday afternoon, one hours drive from Berlin, so I was very excited about getting in and the pricing.

I parked at the train station, and walked a few hundred meters, found a grass path left into the area, without using
the main entrance. Met a lot of couples and people with cameras, and was told the price was 70 Euros to get in
(yellow bracelets?) - but that it was worth it.

Never met a security guard until four hours later though, when I was leaving anyway. I was shooting photos in the
three main buildings near the statue on the left of the road. On the right I think they guarded the entrance.

Great rough, beautiful rooms and halls with at least 4 colours of wallpaper, but perhaps I missed some furniture
and hospital gear. I only saw two "hopital bed arrangements".

Thanks for a great site, which I will definitely use on my next visit to Germany.

Is there anything to prefer when visiting this place... i am thinking about joing a go2know fotobase for a legal 9h shooting. Depending on the date i can go in Frauenklinik, Lungenklinik or Whitney Houston Haus plus the common stuff... is any building of the 3 more worth seeing?

Thanks in advance for any advice... :-)

no, that is all empty there. better save your money for better places unless you are not 150 % keen on peeling color. that is all you'll see there. beelitz is most boring.

I can't offer any advice on anything that crowd does. You'd need to ask them if you're determined to throw money away. My best advice would be to avoid them altogether, go on your own and save your money.

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