On July 8, 1911, the first and largest maternity and children’s hospital from all over Prussia was inaugurated. Right next to it a home for milk production for therapeutic purposes was built to supply daily fresh milk to the patients. The building is surrounded by a park that was used as a therapy for the treatment of children.
In 1987 the complex was extended to add a new house with more beds to accommodate more patients. However, ten years later, on January 1, 1997, the hospital was closed for good.
To this day it has remained abandoned, and its state is deteriorating year after year due to the acts of vandalism and to different fires that have occurred in the buildings of the enclosure.
Some tourists and locals come attracted by curiosity, it is not uncommon to find people taking pictures, friends having a beer or groups of children jumping among the ruins. It is interesting to see how after having lost its original functionality, the hospital continues to be alive and to keep in contact with the inhabitants of the city in a somewhat less legal and riskier way.
Much of the roof of the three houses was burned and collapsed, as well as the floor of the upper levels. The debris inhabits the corridors that were previously unpolluted, but the same tranquility continues as in that time. Most of the windows are broken, the doors have been torn and the wallpaper has given way to its most innovative and artistic version: numerous graffiti that give color to the space and make you forget the past of this place. Some of the rooms have been totally and completely decorated with the same pattern: clouds, hearts, bananas, cupcakes, … which, together with the structure of the beds that still prevail, gives a feeling of uncertainty regarding the temporality of the location around us. The designs evoke with strident colors to the childhood, while the decadence incites us to think that nothing from its innocence remains and everything is far away already.
Undoubtedly, it is a different experience that can give a little mystery and positively alter your daily routine.
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