In the small town of Beelitz-Heilstätten was is a city within a city. This is now an abandoned hospital site and consists of around 60 major buildings. When this place was in use, it could be housing 12,000 patients at the same time.
Beelitz-Heilstätten was built as a sanatorium in 1898. During this time, tuberculosis plagued Europe and the need for hospital beds were big. The location was strategically chosen. Beelitz is located just a few kilometers outside Berlin.
When the First World War broke out, the German medical care received other areas to prioritize. They needed lots of beds for injured soldiers, and Beelitz-Heilstätten was in 1916 changed to a military hospital.
Two dictators as patients
1945 occupied Soviet troops the entire area, and the city ended up on the East German side. Soviet continued to use the area as a military hospital supplemented by other military facilities.
Decay of Beelitz
Soviet (and later Russia) continued to use the hospital area until 1995. After the retreat, the area was up for sale, but most of the buildings immediately began to decay. Today there is small-scale health care in some renovated buildings, but the majority of the giant field still stands abandoned.