Alternative Berlin: The Abandoned Children’s Hospital

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. Be 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!

Hazel x

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18 Comments

  1. Mashibaby
    January 21, 2019 / 7:30 pm

    You are so brave!! But what an amazing array of graffiti!

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
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      January 21, 2019 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you! It was such an amazing place x

  2. January 22, 2019 / 8:28 am

    This place is a bit scary but still interesting.
    I am curious, do you follow any safety tips when exploring places like this?

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
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      January 22, 2019 / 5:48 pm

      There have been accidents there so you have to be careful! We took torches, wore decent trainers, and I wouldn’t go alone! x

  3. January 22, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    This building looks so cool but also creepy! 😂 I’d love to explore some of the abandoned buildings next time I go to Berlin. Amazing pictures x

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
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      January 25, 2019 / 10:56 pm

      Thank you! It’s an amazing experience, the graffiti in these places is incredible and I love the history x

  4. January 25, 2019 / 11:02 pm

    Love your blog and love your post. I’ll make sure i visit this gem next time i go to berlin x

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
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      January 27, 2019 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you! Definitely check it out, it was such an beautifully melancholic place to visit! x

  5. Chloe Jane
    January 25, 2019 / 11:19 pm

    I’d love to visit Berlin but this is very cool, slightly scary I definitely wouldn’t go alone haha, and the fact you can go into darker bits with a good torch is probably something I may not do either but I love learning the history about places!

    Chloe Chats xx

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
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      January 27, 2019 / 9:03 pm

      Yeah the basements definitely weren’t for me! It does have such an interesting history x

  6. January 26, 2019 / 2:49 am

    The children’s hospital building is so depressing and sad. It looks so unsafe. I would be afraid to go near the building in fear that it would fall apart on me.

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
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      January 27, 2019 / 9:02 pm

      There have been accidents there so it’s always good to be wary, but I think it’s beautiful too! x

  7. radicalfire8
    January 26, 2019 / 10:11 am

    That looks amazing, creepy and exciting at the same time! Amazing photo’s you took!

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
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      January 27, 2019 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you! It was all of those things x

  8. January 26, 2019 / 11:06 am

    Great photos, this looks like such a cool place! I’ve never been to Berlin but I’d love to and would definitely try and visit this place, though I’d probably be creeped out too!x

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
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      January 27, 2019 / 9:00 pm

      It did have a bit of a sad/creepy feeling to it, especially the chapel, but it was so beautiful too! Very different from the standard tourist places x

  9. January 26, 2019 / 11:10 am

    Great photos and it does look like such an interesting place to visit, I’ll check that out if I ever head to Berlin.

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
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      January 27, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you! It’s definitely worth a visit x

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