Inside Germany’s Most Secure Abandoned Place – GDR Hospital, Berlin

The abandoned GDR hospital lies buried in the woods, withstanding anything that Berlin has to throw at it. Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch was abandoned in 1999 and the reason for its untainted condition is, that it is one Germany’s most secure abandoned buildings. Berlin is littered with abandoned places and attracts urban explorers from all over the world. Finding an entrance without breaking anything was, as usual, our first priority.

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Cables hang from the ceiling and patients documents lay strewn down the corridors in an apocalyptic manner, putting the opening scene of 28 Days Later to shame. The operating theatres’ heavy steel doors sit ajar, just begging to be opened and medical supplies remain carefully placed on a window ledge. After scouring the perimeter, my crew and I entered through an already smashed window near the front entrance of the hospital, that familiar clinical smell filling our nostrils.

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Helios Klinikum Berlin Buch was closed down and relocated (just down the road) as the infrastructure was not suited to the needs of the staff or patients. The hospitals’ buildings are spread out across a few sites which meant driving sick patients from one location to another. A portion of the site has been refurbished and made into modern apartments which are currently inhabited.  The once government-owned hospital now acts as a fortress due to there apparently being a backup generator in the basement that is connected to another hospital. The basement also is home to an emergency bunker due to the high status of the patients at Helios Klinikum.

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Due to the bunker presence and high-quality finishing of this hospital, it was obvious that this was no ordinary health care facility. In its heyday, Klinikum Buch served as a hospital for politicians and government members including Erich Honecker, who was the leader of the German Democratic Republic (East Berlin).

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Sadly for us, most of the equipment had been moved to the new hospital location, however, a few gems remained such as signs and clocks. Even the taps had been removed from all the sinks leaving them looking as if they had a run in with The Hulk.

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Through an open window in the utility room, we made our way onto the roof. The serene forest surrounding accompanied by chirping birds made for an idyllic setting for the once patients of this hospital. An epic view of the surrounding buildings was our reward

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As we entered the main entrance hall of the Helios Klinikum we found out that we had unknowingly triggered the motion sensors. A burly security guard strolled down the corridor towards us, shining his flashlight in our faces. After being escorted off the premises and much negotiating in German the guard told us he was calling the Polizei. Cue some further negotiations and finally producing our identity cards, the guard concluded that his coffee was waiting. I think disturbing his Sunday was the worst thing we had done that day.

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Tourist-o-metre: 0/10
Apart from the security guard, we did not see another soul at Helios Klinikum Berlin Buch. There were some telltale signs that people had been here before us – the usual graffiti and vandalism, however, it was quite minimal.

I would not recommend entering this building, and doing so is at your own risk. The security is tight and most entrances are blocked with metal grates to prevent break-ins. If you are interested in more abandoned buildings in Berlin, you can click on the related posts below to see more!

Disclaimer: I do not claim to have ever trespassed on this property nor do I condone doing so. 


Sources
Galileo Lost Places Berlin
Berlin-Buch News
Berliner Morgenpost

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