The rapid industrialization of Germany in the late 19th century led to an enormously increased incidence of lung deseases in the big cities and industrial centers - a direct consequence of a phenomenon that today is known as smog.
The director of the North German Miner's Health Insurance and Pension Fund had the idea to use a region of the Central German Uplands that was still very rural for building climatic health resorts.
Two of these you can already find here in this blog - the Sanatorium in the Mountains which I visited in November 2013 and more recently, the Sanatorium X.
This here is now the third sanatorium in the area that I had the pleasure of exploring together with my wife.
The way there was a bit troublesome because I had the wrong coordinates and we made three ascents for nothing. During the third, my wife waited after about half of the way stating that she wouldn't go any further. I said that I would go a little further because the path looked promising and I went on. I found the sanatorium, went back to my wife and said, "I found it...but it's on the other side of the valley...".
The good thing was that it was actually possible to drive up to the location so there was no need for another climb up the hills.
Construction of this sanatorium started in 1896 and in January 1898, the first patients were admitted. The official opening followed in October, 1898. The number of patients that could be treated here was 100 in 1898 and was increased to 130 in 1908.
Here are some outside shots for starters.