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Beelitz, Germany

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Mar. 23rd, 2009 | 02:59 pm
posted by: danger_aardvark in abandonedplaces

I went to Berlin this past October and, while I was there, I took a day trip to Beelitz, home of a fantastic abandoned hospital complex.

Beelitz Military Hospital was built in the late 1890’s for the recuperation of injured soldiers. It was built in 4 sections that included hydrotherapy, surgery, psychiatric care and even a rifle range. After WWII it was taken over by the Soviet Army as it fell on the Eastern side of Berlin and Germany. After the fall of the wall and communism in Germany the hospital was slowly closed down with the last Soviet military patient leaving in 1995. Some of the buildings have found further use, a large block is now home to a center which cares for people suffering from Parkinson's and coma’s, another small block is now a hotel, and a former gate house is now an ice cream parlour! A lot of the grounds are being cleared to make way for the redevelopment of the other buildings due to be complete in 2013.

Never, in all my explorations, have I been in an abandonment that was so full of people. Not only were there other photographers and urban explorers, there were families of patients from the active buildings strolling through the abandonments, appreciating the decayed aesthetic and the graffiti art. I can't imagine that ever happening in any abandoned site in North America.

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A photographer with her model.
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In other news, I'm going to New York city on Wednesday and I'll be there for about a week. Anyone interested in some exploration? Any suggestions of good places to hit up in or around the city?

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Jesse

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from: magickcat
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Some of that grafitti looks rather new... and... American.
Very interesting.
Great photos. I'd love to be able to travel.

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danger_aardvark

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from: danger_aardvark
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.

There's so much graffiti in and around Berlin that, while they may have once been inspired by American graffiti, they seem to have taken it to a much more extreme level.

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furre

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from: furre
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Some of those are spectacular. You wouldn't happen to have them in hi-res somewhere?

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danger_aardvark

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from: danger_aardvark
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. As a matter of fact, I would happen to have them in hi-res.

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*Mrs Angela*

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from: glass_doll
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
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oh wow
what amazing photos
and a fascinating place!

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danger_aardvark

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from: danger_aardvark
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

It was a fantastic place. And HUGE. By the end of the day I was literally running from building to building hoping to see it all before I ran out of daylight.

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falling_towers

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from: falling_towers
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
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unbelivable!

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Geordie

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from: geordie
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Wow! Excellent. What an interesting building.

Gift is poison in German? That illustrates an interesting etymology of the word and its use in English.

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Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum

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from: voluptuary
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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It is. xD

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dooropener

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from: dooropener
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
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wonderful

check this out: www.99rooms.com

Some Grafitti looks like yours

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danger_aardvark

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from: danger_aardvark
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
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That was a fantastic site! Thanks!

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Nine

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from: dragonappartion
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
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I love the iron walkway in the garden. What is that wall of paper though?

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danger_aardvark

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from: danger_aardvark
date: Mar. 24th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
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I have absolutely no idea! I think the mystery is more fun.

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sybilla13

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from: sybilla13
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Somedays checking in on lj's abandonedplaces is like opening a treasure box. Today is one of those days. Thank you for the great photos!

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Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum

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from: voluptuary
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Gorgeous photographs. Makes me want to see Germany even more.



P.S. Do you have these in high-resolution?

Edited at 2009-03-23 09:09 pm (UTC)

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faeriecat

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from: faeriecat
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
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holy crapzors!!! these are *AMAZING*! location, composition, angle, everything. my jaw hung open as i looked through these. thanks so incredibly much for sharing. i'm just... awed. srsly.

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The Sheryl

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from: thesheryl
date: Mar. 24th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
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I second this comment!

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Transitioning into liminal space

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from: stormdog
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Wow; so many of those rooms are just astounding! The architecture, the ceilings, the artifacts, the graffiti; thanks so much for sharing those!

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the stalking preditory mouse

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from: wolfmouse
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
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it's just odd to me to have Russian and German in one building like that, the English not so much for me. When I was taking German my teacher used to say all the time if you go to Germany Germans will be more then happy to practice their English on you.

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Angie

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from: angiealight
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Everything about this set of photos is "wow." I can't even begin to pick out a favorite photo. Well done, and thanks for sharing.

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dipsybla

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from: dipsybla
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
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amazing place, amazing photos!! ^-^

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Эшли

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from: asukamisu
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Great photos. The "Why so serious" reminds me of Resident Evil for some reason.

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