Beelitz-Heilstätten was a 60-building sprawling sanatorium was built in the late 19th century, to treat and rehabilitate the growing number of tuberculosis patients in the industrialized Berlin. The sanatorium was converted into a military hospital for the Imperial German Army during the World War I. Young Adolf Hitler, who would go on to become the dictator of Germany recuperated in this hospital after sustaining a wound on his thigh at The Battle of Somme. The Soviets took over Beelitz Heilstätten in 1945 and turned it into the Soviet military hospital.
Attempts were made to privatize the hospital complex (after the Soviet withdrawal from Germany) but it came to naught. Today few sections from the complex are used as a neurological rehabilitation center and as a center for research and care for victims of Parkinson’s disease. The rest of the building remained unused. Lack of maintenance and care has paved the way for trees and plants to encroach on the buildings giving it a feel of the desolated ghost town.