January 30, 2013

Abandoned Sanatorium Beelitz-Heilstätten (Part 1)

As promised, here is the first post from my trip to Berlin this past weekend.
Although our first stop was the "Südgelände", a nature preserve and abandoned railroad area, the trip to the abandoned hospital in Beelitz-Heilstätten outside of Berlin was much more memorable.

The entire complex consists of more than 60 buildings erected between 1898 and 1930 to care for the victims of the tuberculosis epidemic in Berlin. The whole thing is being patrolled by security to keep out vandals, but there are photo excursions available at go2know.de in which a couple of the buildings are unlocked and free to explore for several hours.

Here is the first selection of photos I took.

You can also check out Ghost Hospital Part 2 and Ghost Hospital Part 3.

After 1945, the Red Army took control of the hospital complex and until 1994, it was the Soviet Union's largest military hospital outside of the USSR and in 1990 was the last home of Erich Honecker, former head of government of Eastern Germany.

The hospital is huge and full of seemingly neverending corridors:

Most of the windows are boarded shut, which makes for a lot of interesting light effects. The weather was perfect, because the sun was really playing with the shapes of the windows.

I don't want to make this post too long, but there is so much more material, so there will be a part two soon.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

January 29, 2013

Lost Places - Berlin - Preview

It's been a fairly long time since my last post. There's been so much to do at work and otherwise, but last weekend I took Friday and Monday off to visit my brother in Berlin, and this gave me a chance to explore some really cool sites I haven't had the pleasure to visit before.

I went to see the "Südgelände", an old railroad area which has been used by graffiti artisits and sculptors alike and has been declared a narue preserve. On Saturday we had the privilege of visiting Beelitz-Heilstätten, a complex of overall 68 buildings that were built in the latter half of the 19th century to care for tuberculosis patients. 3 buildings were unlocked and free to explore.
Sunday, I went to an abandoned amusement park and an old brewery...plenty of space!

I am still in the process of processing the photos, so it might take a couple if days, but here are a few first impressions:

January 6, 2013

The Superhero.

On New Year's Eve, we were visited by our "cooking companions" Frank and Sylvie.
We had a nice fondue with great selfmade sauces and we had plenty to drink.
So after the fireworks at midnight, as the evening went on, Frank started to put some glittery firework leftovers on his finger's and combined with the smiley-face-mask he was wearing, he made for a pretty good superhero.
So I grabbed my iPhone and shot some photos, overcooked them with some apps, and here are the results:

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