BEELITZ HEILSTATTEN

Str. nach Fichtenwalde exit from Autobahn 9, Beelitz, DE

Status: Former Tuberculosis Sanitorium; Former Military Hospital; Partially Repurposed; Tourist Attraction

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History

This massive complex of over 60 buildings was originally constructed in 1898 by the newly formed German Empire as a tuberculosis sanatorium.

It functioned as a sanatorium until 1930 but was taken over by the military during the World War I (1914-1918) for treating causalities. A young Corporal named Adolf Hitler was hospitalized here in 1918 suffering from a mustard gas attack and leg wound from a machine gun.

During World War II (1939-1945) the complex was also turned into a military hospital for the treatment of war injuries.

In 1945 when the war ended the hospital was in the Soviet section of a divided Germany – soon to be known as East Germany – and they kept it functioning as a military hospital until 1995. Curiously, this is 5 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its hold on any German territory.

Once the hospital was passed to the new unified Germany, they closed most of it. One section was left open for the creation of a neurological institute and hospital and rest was left derelict.

There are some very dark chapters related to this site while it was mostly abandoned.

In the 1990’s a serial killer was active in the area who would kidnap women related to the hospital site and straggle them with pink lingerie. He would then leave their bodies draped in the lingerie.

In 2008 a photographer – Michael – brought a model – Anja – to the site to take photos of her in the abandoned operating theatre. He then brought her to a converted apartment in the old gatehouse where he beat her to death with a frying pan and raped her corpse.

In 2015 some of the buildings were converted into residential apartments and a canopied walkway was built through the abandoned part for tourists to walk and see the buildings from the outside. Entering the buildings is forbidden and quite dangerous due to their ruined state and levels of asbestos, lead and other dangerous materials.

 

Paranormal Activity

This hospital complex is more haunted by its reputation than ghosts. It is massive and hundreds if not thousands or tens of thousands of people have breathed their last within its confines so it stands to reason there could be paranormal activity. Then there’s the murders and the rumours of what happened while it was under the ownership of 2 of history’s most brutal regimes – the Nazis and the Soviets.

The German Empire - under Prussian control - weren't the sweetest people either for that matter. Not to mention tuberculosis had a well deserved reputation as having a 50% fatality rate.

There are reports of what could be genuine paranormal activity that have been witnessed by the urban explorers and paranormal investigators that have flocked to this site since it was abandoned.

These include: apparitions of former patients, soldiers and staff; shadow figures sliding along the walls who occasionally approach the living; disembodied voices, phantom footsteps, screams and other unexplained sounds; light anomalies; cold and hot spots; dark shapes moving quickly past the empty windows and feelings of being watched, being followed, not being alone and not being wanted.

An eeriness is said to cover the entire site but that would be hard to avoid in such a large abandoned area with such an unknown but dark and legendary history.