Beelitz Heilstätten

Southwest from Berlin, a short train ride away, is the town of Beelitz with its Heilstätten hospital. It’s like a lost place, except that they have built a skywalk over it and do tours. Trees now grow in buildings and on partially collapsed roofs, and much of the facilities are open to the public.

In the late 19th century the factories and uncontrolled growth of Berlin caused by migrants seeking work in the rapidly expanding factories made Berlin a very unhealthy place for workers. So at the turn of the century they built an enormous and – for the time – luxurious sanatorium witth some 60 buildings scattered in the forest so workers could recuperate and remain productive. Hitler recuperated here at one point during WWI.






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