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Beelitz Heilstätten

The Beelitz Heilstätten are the most famous lost place in Brandenburg and meanwhile the largest area monument in Brandenburg. Erected more than 100 years ago as a workers' lung sanatorium by the Berlin State Insurance Company, they were one of the largest hospital complexes in the Berlin area. After the end of the Second World War until 1994, they were the largest military hospital of the Soviet army abroad. Although I live only 20 km away, I was only there in 2014 as part of a guided tour. We saw essentially the area of the men's sanatorium on the east side of the street and on the other side of the street the park, the surgery, the women's pavilion and the Alpenhaus, i.e. the area where visitors are now valued  Treetop Path is located. Here you can book tours around the grounds. Although I had a guided tour at the time, you could step away from the group and explore some of the buildings yourself. I was particularly impressed by the building with the forest on the roof, the former alpine house. Of course I also went up there, which is no longer possible today.  The building is now surrounded by a solid fence. But it was also dangerous because the roof and the upper stairs were really only covered with moss and trees. The Russians did not use this building again after being hit by a shell. Therefore, nature has taken the building back over 75 years. If you want to find out more about the history of the approximately 200 hectare facility, you can read here. Most of the buildings are now used as hospitals or apartments. An investor who wants to build apartments has now been found for the not yet renovated building on the side of the male wing. The population is expected to increase from currently 500 to 4500 in the mid-2020s. The tree canopy path investor will also continue to develop his 60 hectare site. Overall, this is a positive development for the region.

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