Hi guys! Another throwback post today to one of the most interesting things I did in Berlin – exploring the abandoned Children’s Hospital in Weissensee (Kinderkrankenhaus-Weißensee). History
Inaugurated in 1911, Kinderkrankenhaus-Weißensee was the first municipal hospital of Prussia, complete with a 2.8 hectare park surrounding the hospital and an onsite dairy that produced milk for the young patients and their mothers. It survived two World Wars and the Cold War, but since its closure in 1997 has fallen into disrepair. MWZ Bio-Resonanz GmbH purchased the building in 2005, saying it was going to build a cancer-treatment center but was apparently a front for Russian investors and the buildings fell further into ruin. Eventually the site was given back and buildings and grounds are now protected as historic monuments under the care of the municipal government. Their future at this moment is unclear.Nowadays this is a playground for urban explorers, graffiti artists and amateur photographers. You’re likely to meet other people there. Be aware it also tempts visits from vandals, homeless people seeking refuge. Buildings were set alight 17 times in 2013 alone, giving it the dubious distinction of being one the most arson-attacked places in Berlin. If you’re brave (or have a better torch then me!) you can also get down a long way into the cellars of this place.Daytime is the best time to go because there are a few uncovered manholes and a lot of broken glass lying around.How to get there
The address is Hansastraße 178-180, 13088. Get the M4 tram from Alexanderplatz to the Buschallee/Hansastraße stop and you’re basically there. How to get in
(True as of September 2018) There is a big metal fence around the property, though in a few areas along the main road this is low enough to jump over. For a more subtle entry, you can just walk in through the broken wire fence behind the houses on Buschallee.aware that it is an old and decaying building, with many collapsed/collapsing portions. People have been injured here, especially on the roofs. I hope you enjoyed this insight into Berlin’s urban exploration scene. Would you go here? Have you been? Let me know!