Tuberculosis was a major problem in Berlin. A hospital was needed where patients could get regular air baths. Deep in the forest of Beelitz Heilstätten was the chosen location. The mens pavillion was built with large balconies for the patients air baths.
The first construction was between 1898 and1902. A further phase between 1908 and 1910 doubled the bed count from 600 to 1200 and a final phase between 1926 and 1930.
It became a Military hospital in WWI and even treated Corporal Adolf Hitler for a leg wound in 1916.
After WWII the hospital was taken over by the Russian forces where they stayed until 1995. Hitler was not the only leader to be treated here. In December 1990 Erich Honecker was admitted with liver cancer after standing down from office.
The stunning architecture and decay draws different people from all over to the site. From photographers like myself to large budget movie makers.