Southwest of Berlin, Germany, you can find the Beelitz-Heilstätten – a giant hospital in the forest. They were built between 1898 and 1930 as a sanitorium for lung diseases. During World War I and II the sanitorium was used for soldiers and after 1945 it became the largest Soviet hospital outside the Soviet Union. Then deterioration began, buildings became ruins and nature conquered this place partially – now trees are growing within the ruins.
In 2015 a treetop walk was created that leads along and over these ruins. On top, you can learn about the history of this place and about nature (that is why they call it ‘Baum & Zeit’, ‘Tree & Time’). An elevator brings you up to a viewing platform giving fantastic views on the complete region and from there you can walk the path between the treetops to its end and back again. Currently, the entrance fee is 11 Euros and there is very good infrastructure: you will find a restaurant with seats outside and inside and a nice playground in front of it.
To reach the Beelitz-Heilstätten from Berlin by public transport you have to take a regional train in the direction of Dessau. You can get on board for example at the Ostbahnhof or Bahnhof Alexanderplatz. The trip lasts around an hour and after reaching the Heilstätten railway station it is just a pleasant walk to the treetop walk. If you want to participate in a walking tour through the buildings make sure to book it in advance.
Baum & Zeit
Straße nach Fichtenwalde 13