The surrounding areas of Berlin are full of hidden history mainly from WW2 unexplored by the average tourist.Being me, I discovered that an old military complex used during WW2 was still in tact so I sneaked in to get some photos, it’s so in tact that they shot a few scenes from Inglorious Basterds here. This place is amazing. Unfortunately we got kicked out by an annoyed security guard before we could explore the whole place but next time I’m in Berlin I’ll be going back.
The complex was used by the Germans between 1938 and they left in 1945. The Russian Soviets took over a day later and stayed until 1992, where they left behind 5o buildings, most of which remain abandoned today. Even seeing the place completely abandoned and derelict we could tell that this had been a serious place that meant business. I doubt the Nazis or the Russians ever liked unwanted guests here, hopefully none of them could see us…
Russian newspapers remain in good condition, over 40 years later. I began to wonder what the lifestyle and day to day lives were like of the soldiers that lived here… During the war were they just asked to go and fight in Berlin? Brainwashed by propaganda, following their leader? Or did the people here really know what was going on? Curious of things I will never know for sure I could really feel a strange presence, mysteries of the past waiting to be discovered.
For about an hour we assured ourselves that we were the only ones here… our footprints brand new on a blanket of snow, going down into the basement into the darkness in the first building I couldn’t help but feel that we were not alone.
Upstairs in one of the bigger buildings we found a small door inside a room, which lead upstairs to an attic that possibly hadn’t had any one else inside it until 1992. Unfortunately the floor had almost completely crumbled so I didn’t go much further due to it seeming so unsafe. Overall this place is a must see for anyone interested in seeing authentic things from the war, just be wary of security and careful of some of the rotting floorboards.
Elizabeth Sanitarium is a huge abandoned clinic located near a small town next to Berlin called Potsdam. Located on a main road in Stahnsdorf, the sanitarium was used to treat tuberculosis patients in the early 1900’s and was still standing after WW2. After the war it became a skin clinic and had capacity for 90 inpatients. There was a second smaller building that looked like a house which I think was used as an administration building and for employees accommodation.
Getting in is fairly easy, walk around the small fence and there are people sized holes all over where others have got in previously. There is a dog training centre in front of the building so just be careful that no one see you whilst entering as it’s ‘verborten’ but once you’re in, you’re in! The building is a whole has seen better days, abandoned in 1994 the days left here seem numbered as many roofs have collapsed entirely.
Walking around you can’t help but feel as if there is a presence following you… any small noise you hear (other than the motorway) gives you heart palpitations and makes you feel as if you are not alone there. In fact, I’m not sure that we were as when we went to the gloomy underground floor it was pitch black and with our phone torches all we could see a fresh blanket and pillow in one of the rooms, I’m sure it was just a harmless homeless person but it was still creepy!
Unexpectedly the small house-like building just opposite ended up being surprisingly one of the most interesting places I’d been in… full of mystery. As we opened one of the doors inside we were met with nothing but darkness… As we walked further in we came to the realisation that this entire room had had the doors closed and set on fire. Everything was burnt and the on the black walls people had put hand prints which now looked white due to the absence of soot. There were fresh sofas and blankets in there which made me feel as if people had been in there chilling together in the dirt… possibly the homeless person but I guess I will never know for sure…
Beelitz is an abandoned town near to Berlin, Germany. I was pretty lucky to be living near to here for a while so when I found out about it I woke up at 7.30am the next day to sneak in. The place is quite difficult to get into if you don’t know what you’re doing and it’s a shame but many of the buildings have been knocked down since the war so we only managed to access 3 out of the 60 buildings. We only left because we were threatened by the police… But it was still pretty cool. Also Rammstien made a video here.
Many of the buildings were used as hospitals and sanitariums during the war. And a lot of it remained a soviet military hospital until 1955. I’m not sure exactly why an entire town was abandoned but the concept of a ghost town and not really knowing what happened there makes it feel even weirder. We circled around the main buildings for a while, I started getting frustrated, but never give up and you will get in.
First we went through the underground tunnels, darkness.. nothing but darkness. I got pretty scared thinking about it all because it was an old war hospital, many people would have died here, every noise i heard I was certain… GHOST! The darkness didn’t help either, my mind was playing tricks on me. Every other floor was really interesting. It’s a shame the time the buildings have left there doesn’t seem promising but I’m so happy I got to go even if it was only 3 of the buildings.
There was an eerie feel to the place, I couldn’t tell if this was to do with the derelict buildings on a cold, snowy day or the fact that Hitler had actually stayed here and someone had helped him to get better… maybe if he’d died here world war 2 wouldn’t have happened and I wouldn’t be writing this post… weird.