Heal­ing Tree­tops

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

If you’ve ever vis­ited Beelitz-Heil­stät­ten, you’ll al­ready know the eerie charm this place holds. This sana­to­rium and park were built at the end of the 19th cen­tury as a place of re­cov­ery for Ber­lin­ers suf­fer­ing from tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, of­fer­ing wood­lands and fresh air. Dur­ing the two world wars, the build­ing served as a Ger­man mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal (Hitler was its most fa­mous pa­tient,) and in 1945, it was taken over by the Red Army, re­main­ing the largest mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal out­side of the USSR un­til 1994. Since then, the site’s im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture has been left to de­cay, and the best view of this fad­ing glory is from the Baumkro­nenpfad Baum & Zeit. This path takes you on a 23-me­ter-high jour­ney back in time over the tree­tops and the ru­ins, of­fer­ing tid­bits of in­for­ma­tion here and there about the his­tory of the sana­to­rium and life of the pa­tients. The 36-me­ter high ob­ser­va­tion tower also pro­vides a strik­ing view of the sur­round­ing land­scape. Open­ing times are usu­ally from 10am to 7pm, but on 9 April early birds can join the sun­rise tour and bird con­cert. Straße nach Ficht­en­walde 13, Beelitz-Heil­stät­ten. T: 033204.634723. www.bau­mundzeit.de

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