Abandoned Hospital Neukölln

by Sara · 27.06.2013 · Kiez Life, Places · 3 comments

There are plenty of moldy ruins in Ber­lin and you’ve prob­ably seen them all. Spreep­ark, Eis­fab­rik, Teufels­berg– if any­thing, those aban­doned places are deeply integ­rated into the usual tour­ist excur­sions through the city . They all look the same after a while. Trash and graf­fiti, trash and graf­fiti, trash and graf­fiti. That said, it’s still a very spooky adven­ture if you end up in an aban­doned place that you haven’t heard about (my bad).

So appar­ently there once used to be a chil­drens and womens hos­pital in Neuk­ölln. The first build­ing, a proud Alt­bau, is right in sight when you’re on Mariendorfer Weg. It’s gloomy and stately and has the air of a very import­ant, albeit for­got­ten build­ing. I found out it it was build right after WWI. But there’s another, addi­tional, rather ugly build­ing attached to the back of the hos­pital — another hos­pital, sprung right out of the six­ties or sev­en­ties. Both com­plexes have been shut down 2005 and are now being diges­ted by mother nature.

Obvi­ously, nobody is will­ing to buy this place– even though it’s beau­ti­ful. I figured there must be a reason and a quick search revealed that the Alt­bau is under monu­ment pro­tec­tion which means that all those for­eign investors can’t just tear everything down and build up lux­ury apart­ments. So the city is still wait­ing for a sov­er­eign buyer (instead of, say, giv­ing it away to the people who are will­ing to refur­bish the whole thing and use it as cul­tural space; then again, I haven’t heard or seen any­one ask­ing for it, so maybe I’m going too far). In the mean­time, it’s pretty easy to tres­pass the area. I should men­tion that it’s “not” pos­sible (depend­ing how far you’re going to take your inno­cent stroll) to break and enter into the Alt­bau. It’s cam­era sur­veilled and the doors are locked. We found an obvi­ous path (that we didn’t use because we’re chicken) that has been used before by clever artists and prob­ably also home­less people, but we opted for the safer routine and went into the super ugly Neubau only.

There we enjoyed the creepy atmo­sphere of an aban­doned hos­pital without dis­cov­er­ing any­thing new — graf­fiti and trash, some BBQ leftovers, and even a des­ig­nated “toi­let area” (ser­i­ously) hin­ted at per­man­ent res­id­ents. I think I saw someone shak­ing their cov­ers out of the win­dow above me. Not sure I’d want to live here…

As I said, we didn’t enter the much more inter­est­ing Alt­bau. It’s prob­ably all rot­ten and I’d be scared to death about fall­ing through the floor and break­ing my neck. But I’ve prom­ised myself to return and try to get in any­way– it’s just that thing about aban­doned places. Although they all look the same, strolling through the rubble always feels like you’re part of an apo­ca­lyptic scen­ario right out of the movies..

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