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Passages in time

The name Beelitz-Heilst├Ątten has quite a sinister tinge to it and once off the train, it was obvious that this wasnt entirely misplaced. The district is home to the large hospital complex which also shares its name and not alot else.
The hospital was built just before 1900 and in its lifetime saw various transitions from German to Soviet occupation – it was where Adolf Hitler recuperated after being wounded in WW1.

Most of the buildings were boarded up, adding to the sinister and empty atmosphere of this massive complex – one of the buildings had been bombed in WW2 and this had an open but hollow feel to it, the inside dusty and earthen :

The more grandiose buildings which had been more secure (although not completely) were in much better condition, the brightly painted corridors although peeling with age, were much brighter in appearance but retained a spooky feel to them none the less :