Heilstätte Hohenlychen. Mere words cannot describe the jaw-dropping otherworldly beauty of Heilstätten Hohenlychen. Idyllic charms weave their magic to convey an air of secluded innocence, enveloping past nightmares in a cloak of dreamlike stupor. Gotthold Pannwitz managed the sanatorium at the turn of the 20th century under the auspices of the German Red Cross. Tuberculosis was well spread at the time and clinics to counter it were numerous. Pannwitz was famous for TB curing, and so the first sanatorium, for kids, was founded in 1902.
The Sanatorium has been used as a military hospitals during World War I.
After WW I, the swimming pool and a sports center were built and a department of sports medicine was established under the watchful eyes of Karl Gebhardt who as a chief physician run the place until 1933. More than 25,000 patients were treated between 1933-42. Hohenlychen became war hospital. After WW II, the Red Army took over. They trashed the place, stole all the valuable equipment, and then occupied the vacant buildings. The Russians stayed nearly 50 years, using some of the buildings to house soldiers and the rest as a hospital and maternity ward until they finally left on Aug. 31, 1993.
The place is not anymore secret like a lot of other Urbex places. Approaching Hohenlychen without a grant to visit is a high risk. Parts of the compound have changed hands and new neighbors watch strongly. All openings are secured tightly. Entrance admission is provided by www.go2know.de.
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