January 24, 2021

Tour Report: Children's Hospital B.

After exploring the abandoned "Hotel Teddybear", we spent the night at a very dear friend's place - an old sanatorium in the mountains. Campfire, drinks, barbecue, stories...a perfect evening. The next morning, we had breakfast, and we drove off to explore the next location on our list - an abandoned children's hospital.

The land on which the hospital was built, had been purchased by a guy from the Netherlands who had set up a very nice campground there. Most of the old buildings were still there, although a few (the ones that were still in good shape) were used for the campground. Since the entire place was private property, it was good that our friend had contacted the owner, so we were allowed to explore the place. We just had to go to the reception of the campground and say Hi, so to speak.

As we arrived at the place, we walked up to the reception, but there was no one there. We called the phone number that was on the door, and the owner answered. He said that he was doing some "campground stuff" and asked us to wait at the reception. It was a really hot day, and of course, since we were going on an exploration, we were wearing long pants, which wasn't really comfortable just sitting around in the sun.

After waiting for about 30 minutes, the Dutch guy showed up. He was really nice and explained everything (of course, he had to make a disclaimer since we were about to walk through a few buildings that weren't really safe anymore). In the end, he even allowed us to check out two buildings that really were off limits, because they were part of the campground (but still mostly abandoned, only a few rooms were used by the owner and his family). These buildings also are of fairly historic importance. Following the introduction, we got on our way and started exploring the area.

We started with the newest, most modern buildings that were added in the 1960s and 1970s. There was nothing much left to see, and the vandals have had their go at the place over the years. After that, we went over to one of the wooden buildings that from the outside look kind of like classical mountain villas. There we found a few rooms with some nice decay and a few medical books still lying around.  Following this building, we went over to the nursed dormitory, which was equipped with a swimming pool and a gym. Aside from that, there was nothing much to see. The next of the wooden houses that we checked out, had been almost completely gutted, so that only the wooden shell was still standing.

For the "grand finale", we went across the campground to the houses that usually are off limits to visitors. These are the houses in which the children of the people were interned who had tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944. These were the best-kept buildings, because they were still partly in use by the campground's owners.

This was a legal exploration, but because the buildings were pretty far from the campground, we still felt like we were alone during our visit, and we really enjoyed the "silence" (the crickets were really loud) and the fact that we could take our time without the risk of being caught by anyone.

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