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Urban Exploring: Kinder & Jugendklinikum Weißensee

Urban exploring is a welcome change for many leisure researchers while exploring so-called lost places -- abandoned, some dilapidated ruins of our urban civilizations. The Kinder & Jugendklinikum Weißensee (Eng: Children & Youth Clinic) is a true gem among these lost places in the Berlin city district of the same name.

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The “Kinder & Jugendklinikum Weißensee” was Prussia’s first hospital especially made for children and infants and opened in 1911. In 1992, it was abandoned and left to decay, and eventually invited graffiti artists, urban explorers, lomographers, and other visitors with its open gates (in contrast to other scenes, like the “Spreepark” for example). From time to time, young people hold parties here, others go there to set off fires. It burned more than a dozen times in recent years, and decline is a permanent guest. Berlin construction expert Andreas Otto said the complex looks “like a war zone after urban warfare. Rather Baghdad than Berlin!”

How is that possible? Well, in contrast to others, the site of the former hospital is easily accessible and totally unguarded; the owner doesn’t matter so much that there aren’t even locked doors or signs prohibiting entry. You can come and go whenever you want to, but due to the special atmosphere it is highly recommended to visit it at night. At least we did it at this time. We had the LC-A loaded with Fujichrome Sensia 100 and the Diana F + loaded with Earl Grey.

*But, be warned! * Before entering these ruins, you must remember that in certain parts of the building, the danger of collapse lurks. You will not even find handrails on the stairs. Never head there alone and don’t go there without the appropriate equipment. Flashlights are a must, as proper footwear! Pay attention to every step: the manhole covers are missing at the entire site! This emerge holes in the bottom, which partly reach several meters down, try not to fall in!

If you’re visiting Berlin, you will find the former “Kinder & Jugendklinikum Weißensee” at the Hansastraße 180, in Berlin-Weißensee.

Some background information were taken from Berliner Kurier

written by dopa and translated by dopa

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The original version of this article is written in: Deutsch.