Zombie hospital: Running out of patients

Filed 19/8/2013 | Updated 19/2/2015
There’s a zombie hospital in Weißensee. It used to be for kids but they were all eaten, their brains gorged upon by the zombies that took their place.
Now they call it home, making it a zombie hospital. Zombie ambulances ferry sick and injured zombies to their care, and after they patch them up and resuscitate their ailing comrades, they eat their brains too. Braaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnns. Or rather, Gehiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrne… They’re German zombies after all.
Like the zombies, the hospital itself is fucked. Vandals set the place alight 17 times in 2013 alone, giving it the dubious distinction of being one the most arson-attacked in Berlin. It’s a regular pastime for the gobshites who evidently have no sense of history for the “protected” buildings they’re helping to destroy.
Yep, like others I’ve mentioned before, the Säuglings-Kinderkrankenhaus Weißensee is under “Denkmalschutz” as a listed building, but that didn’t prevent the investors who purchased it in 2005 from letting it fall to the ground as they went back on promises made to procure it from the city.
Apparently a front for Russian investors, MWZ Bio-Resonanz GmbH said it was going to build a cancer-treatment center here, but the powers that be could only watch helplessly as the company did precisely nothing after buying it.
For years the state-owned Liegenschaftsfonds Berlin was looking at ways to rescind the sale, and it finally had some success last Wednesday (January 14), when Landgericht Berlin, a regional court, awarded the property back to the city. The court found the investors failed to meet several conditions specified in the original sales contract. It also fined the investors €125,343 and ruled that they must pay the registered land charges of more than €5 million.
The decision isn’t final as the investors can appeal, but local politicians were already celebrating and courting developers to build luxury apartments.
“It’s a good signal for Pankow,” said urban development councilor Jens-Holger Kirchner, probably rubbing his hands with glee. Kirchner said apartments would be built, though not low-rent social housing because of the “high investments” made. Strange logic considering the city only got the hospital back due to a lack of investment.
Pankow district mayor Matthias Köhne said plans were already being drawn up for the apartments. They can move quickly when they want to, Berlin’s politicians.
The Kinderkrankenhaus’ story begins in March 1908, when it was decided to build Prussia’s first municipal children’s hospital to help combat rising infant mortality rates at the time.
Construction got underway in June 1909, overseen by the prominent architect Carl James Bühring. He built a load of stuff in Berlin and then later in Leipzig.
On July 8, 1911, the hospital was inaugurated amid great fanfare on what was then-called Kniprodeallee. It had a little park for therapeutic purposes and – best of all – milk production facilities, with a cowshed, dairy and everything needed for milk storage and transportation.
Not only was the hospital considered one of the best of its kind anywhere, but it hosted the Third International Congress for the Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality from September 9-15 that same year.
Of course, more buildings were added down the years, as can be discerned from their varying and contrasting styles, but the cows’ facilities were done away with in 1920. Well, they catered instead to the city.
Later, in 1965, they became part of a dairy farm in nearby Heinersdorf. I presume they weren’t using the same cows or the milk must have been fairly sour.
The hospital was again expanded with a new wing in October 1987, but the whole thing was cruelly shut down after 85½ years of service to Berlin’s newest arrivals on January 1, 1997.
It’s been lying idle ever since, punished repeatedly by weather and brainless zombies who insist on burning it. Bruised, battered and burnt, it pines for the days it used to welcome brand new little people into the world and care for bigger little people who suffered misfortunes.
But no, its lifeblood is denied and now the property speculator zombies are circling. It’s the hospital that ran out of patients.

What
Abandoned maternity and children’s hospital, the first municipal one of its kind in Prussia, and surely only one of the very few to have had its own cow facilities and dairy. Now left to suffer the ignominy of vandalism and weather-induced decay before the inevitable property sharks bite.

Where
Hansastraße 178-180, 13088 Berlin (Weißensee).

How to get there
I just cycled there, the best way to get anywhere in this city. If your bike was stolen, however, (the biggest drawback of having a bike in this city), you can get the M4 tram from Alexanderplatz to the Buschallee/Hansastraße stop and walk from there. It’s just a stone’s throw away. Here’s a map so you know what to aim at

Getting in
This place is so desperate for love and attention it’s practically inviting people in. The gate is locked and secured from time to time, oftentimes unlocked and unsecured again. It was locked on my last visit but I found a convenient hole in the fence a little further on. It was a different hole to the one I found on the visit before that. They seem to move with the times.

When to go
Daytime is best because there are a few uncovered manholes lying around in which you could break a leg or even worse if you took a wrong step. You’re likely to meet other explorers. It’s become quite popular. Of course, you could also go along at night if you have a strong torch/neck, but you’re liable to run into the nighttime dwellers who may or may not be happy to see you.

Difficulty rating
1/10. Like I said, this place is begging to be explored. There’s no security and it’s accessible by public transport. It’s almost too easy.

Who to bring
It’s not really that romantic a setting anymore, but if abandoned hospitals are your thing, then by all means, bring your girlfriend/boyfriend. Otherwise just like-minded explorers would suffice.

What to bring
Camera, beer, a decent torch, brains for the zombies.

Dangers
The aforementioned manholes are worth looking out for. Then there’s the ceilings which are liable to collapse on your head. One of the stairs had collapsed since the previous time I was there, so the buildings are neither safe nor stable. The place is inhabited by a few unfortunate homeless, but I’m sure they’d leave you alone as long as you left them alone. Obviously watch out for any nosy neighbors, Polizei etc. Be suspicious of anyone who invites you to go along with them. They might be after your braaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnns…
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37 comments

hahahahaha... good one... on a hot day you can relax, after exploring, at Weissensee... assuming we'll have another hot day this year... very nice photos... and yet more shenanigans committed with state property...

I was just there yesterday, about sundown. I would've stayed longer, but my phone malfunctioned and refused to turn on so I was pretty much left without a light source as the day got darker. It was a pity I had to leave since it was a really great abandoned building, but it's a good thing I did. As I was at the tram station, looking back at the buildings, I saw black smoke rising from that direction. Pretty soon, 3 firetrucks were down by the place.

It really bugs me how people get a kick out of destroying these beautiful old buildings. I don't mind graffiti and street artists, but arsonists just sadden me.

-Rif

Me too. There are other things you can do for kicks besides burning places down, but these people are too stupid to realize it. Such a shame.

Dear Irish Photographer,
Many thanks for all your advice and motivation. After reading about it in your blog, I was this morning on the abandoned hospital. I enjoyed it so much that I finished a 36-pictures film it quite a short time. Next time I will go again loaded with more film!
It's a very peaceful place, very quiet, but there was a "Sportanlage" on the other side, so you could hear children's voices. Thanks for such a enjoyable opportunity.

Thank you very much for your kind comment! Glad you enjoyed your visit! :)

That place is great, especially if it's sunny outside. It almost feels like being on vacation while wandering around inside. You will have to spend hours there in order to glimpse into every room. However, don't expect to be the only one to be there. Since the buildings are right next to the tram stop and all 3 (?) gates are wide open, it's very tempting for pass-byers to go inside as well.

After visiting Ballhaus Grünau, together with all this people on their Sunday trip, I was hoping the Kinderkrankenhaus would be more quiet. Of course not, located just next to the tram stop, all gates and doors open, saying: welcome;) Silly me! Again, it's hard to get the real kick when every time you turn a corner, you find some guy with a huge tripod and ditto camera.... Oh, well! The place was still really interesting, though so close to being a ruin it was hard to read the buildings. I was trying to imagine the children in their hospital beds, but sadly there's (naturally) few signs of hospital left, except for some sinks, shelfs, white tiles and doors. When I found the sign with "Oberschwester", I almost cried with joy. The newest part was really fascinating, with a balcony for each room, and the lift stuck with a gap in the door. I wish I knew more about the different functions in the different buildings. What's the large, almost farm -like building facing the main gate? Where was the surgery rooms? Where was the recovery? Isolate? The garden must have been magnificent, the trees were so beautiful, a perfect place to recover. I really recommend a visit, go before it's too late, I truly hope the buildings can be preserved, nothing is impossible (speaking from experience, I'm working at the cultural heritage office of Oslo), but something must be done ASAP!

Thanks for a wonderfully presented and interesting blog. I visited this site just the other day, and have made a nice little video from my time there. I forgot to take some beers, but was lucky enough to run into a couple of goths who were busy doing some paperwork!

You're welcome Uncle Evey. Don't forget to come back and share your video with us all!

Hi Irish Berliner, after my experience at the Zombie Hospital, I'm hoping to discover more of Berlins abandoned buildings.
My video from the Kinderkrankenhaus somehow turned into a little Horror movie!
here's the link, if you fancy a little look :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9DpXDG9bcg

Visited here at the end of October (Halloween was the only day I had free in Berlin so I was pretty scared!) and it didn't disappoint. Looking at urbex with my university project and we managed to get in everywhere as easy as you said! Thankfully as we went early we were the only people on site so managed to get loads of great photographs (310 to be precise!). Just wanted to thank you for your great website as I wouldn't have known about this otherwise.

Alix, Newcastle.

Can anyone tell me if the building is still there? Just saw the fire comment, not sure if the building was destroyed ?

The building is still there! And you can't miss it! Today I was there..really amazing! I am going to send you some photos! Thanks!

The place was averaging more than a fire a month when I wrote about it. The buildings are still there.

Went their yesterday great place apart for the Vandalism. Bumped into two other groups on the explore. Thanks for the info, great site.

Yeah, the place is pretty fucked unfortunately. The idiots who keep setting fire to it are the worst.

Went there yesterday with a friend.
the place is nice. was more than inviting, everything was open. you won't even ask yourself if you're allowed, it is like a public square almost.
were many people: a young couple making out, high school kids, some explorers, and a film crew also.
a lot of nice art and some stupid graffitis also. using stairs seems quite secure.

In the building in the back there was a lonely zombie attached to some heavy chains. he looked more like a adult than a kid, probably someone in his 20s. he managed to break his chains but we had a stick and a m16 with silencer, so we putted him down rapidly. haven't seen any other zombies there.

nice place, thanks so much for this website. this is our guide for our week here..

Thanks for your comments Franswa! Happy to hear you managed to beat off the zombie! I wonder how many other people who would have left comments weren't so lucky... Good thing you had the stick and M16 handy. ;)

We went there a couple of days ago in the morning. The gates were all locked up with chains, but we just went around the corner away from the street and were able to hop over the green fence on the side, where someone build a little ladder out of a europallet.

We saw no one else there except when we where sitting at the bus stop after we left, we saw two people running around inside. And when we went upstairs one of the burned out buildings, there was a little fox roaming around.

It's a really cool place and there is so much to explore, so thanks alot for the tip!

Cool! Always nice to see some (non-human) wildlife!

Me and my girl went here today. This place is a total mess. Litter and debris everywhere, everything smashed and generally looking like a dump. It's hard to find anything here untouched by graffiti artists (though some pieces are very good looking) and/or vandals, but even in this terrible shape the 4/5 buildings on this terrain are quite worthwile exploring. Easy to spend around an hour here, just wandering around the early 1900s hospital buildings. Would love to have seen this in better days.

Getting on the terrain was easy (part of the wire mesh on the street side was cut open, easy to climb over) and the tram stops directly in front of it. One of these days half of it will probably collapse or burn down... so if you're interested in exploring, better make it quick. Be careful though, this building is beat up and certain ceilings look ready to come down on you.

We walked into a few other people making photos this afternoon, no homeless or junkies to be seen, no rooms seemed like they had been inhabited recently.

My friend and I went last week, the fences are new and the locks as well, but it's still easy enough to climb. We used the fence of the neighbouring rugby-club, though, since the main entrance is just next to a busy street

I just went today and the place is completely fenced but it is easy to climb. It was really interesting but the place is in ruins, don't know for how much longer can it hold. Thanks for the info Spudnik

Some of my photos from yesterday's visit.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/felixcesare/sets/72157646899047087/

Visiting from Toronto Canada Sept. 24 – Oct. 2. 2014 and looking at a few urbex options in / around Berlin to shoot video / timelapse. Anyone interested to join and explore with me at this and other locations ? Please email me @r_hoff2002@hotmail.com. Cheers ! Randy. Btw i speak fluent German as well.

Hey Randy, will you stop posting the same comment over and over? Once is enough. People will see it in the comments page and I'm sure you'll get plenty of people responding to you from there. Best, Spudnik

Hey! Went there today. Wonderful place... as it's very well described in the article, the place is inviting you in. The door was even opened when we got there. It still is kind of an adventure cause the place is literally falling into pieces.
Some pics from today: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nicocaramella/sets/72157646822536555/

Went there today, was a grey and rainy day. Not worth it. The place in completely fenced up, we tried to enter from the south side, nasty neighborhood, and finally we jumped the fence from the north side. People seem just having fun trying to see you and shout out loud at you that it's forbidden... The place is really in a bad condition! watch you heads!
In my opinion the are way better places to visit that this one.

I was there yesterday at 21.45 with two friends, and we saw two bald guys in black clothing standing across the street. We watched them for quite a while to see what they were up to, and we were pretty sure they weren't zombies, but guards.
So going in from the front was not an option anymore. It took us quite a while to find another spot to climb the fence, because we took great precaution not to be seen. After about an hour we managed to find a good spot.
The guys across the street were still keeping an eye on the house so we couldn't use our camera or flashlights. We figured that the light from my old nokia phone wouldn't be noticed from that distance, so we used that to see where it was safe to walk.
We stayed inside for about an hour and the guards didn't come into the building. It was a shame that we could hardly see anything of the building (let alone any zombies), but the complete darkness and danger of being caught did add quite some excitement to the already eerily dark building.
Behind the building in the pale moonlight I could see some kind of fox walking around, which would probably be the reason why we thought we heard someone walking around the house. Gave us quite a scare though :)
When we got out of the building at 00.30 we couldn't see any of the guards anymore. I hope the zombies caught them. Stan

Went there today. My favorite part was the Banana Room. You'll know what I mean once you see it. ♡

I've shot the first episode of my video-series "LOST WORLD" in this amazing location! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3jY-ONlHl0

Sorry if I sound pretty prejudicial, but am the only semi-amateur photographer (yes, that's the right term for me :D) stumbling upon the remark about the 36-picture film in the above post? ;)

Again, sorry... :*

Cool video!! I'd share it to my post about this place, if you don't mind! :)

We have been there for quite some hours April 17th, 2015. The only entrance now is from the street side.
Fence on the side of the property is new high and not easy to climb. In my view there is no guarding at all.
A number of people even kids where on the compound. In my believe there is no guard at all.
It makes no sense for a poor city like Berlin to guard this place.
The place is in its final stage. Absolutely damaged and down. If your are a Graffiti shooter, this is the place to be.

Hey! I was there yesterday (05/30/15). I went with 2 friends. The fence was locked and all the holes closed. So we climbed up the fence just in front of the tram station. Cars, bikes and trams saw us but we did not see guards. It was at sunset time. We didn't stay for a long time because night was coming and we were afraid.. 3 girls alone in a zombie hospital. We saw no one. We didn't have time to enter in the abandonned houses but we could see them from outside and feel the horror-frightening atmosphere. But the excitement and stress you feel makes things even intense.
I decided to come back there as soon as I can. With more people and at daytime so we can explore every inch of this place and discover all the secrets.
I've always been fascinated by those sorts of creepy things.
Thanks for your blog, you made me discover a new berlin. I've planed to come to the other places you've written about.

- Elisa.

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