The abandoned Sanatoriums in Beelitz [Upd. 02/16]

You know that I love old and abandoned buildings. Last weekend I flew to Berlin (it's a just 50 minute flight from Vienna) for a photo tour at the abandoned Beelitz Sanatoriums. Those sanatoriums are within a huge area that has dozens of abandoned and decayed buildings.

They were built between 1898 and 1930 and served people suffering from lung diseases. In WW II the buildings were used as a military hospital. Until 1990, some buildings were used by the Russian army. Since then, the buildings deteriorate.

The area was used a few times as a movie set. Allegedly part of the movie "Operation Valkyrie" starring Tom Cruise was filmed here as well as Roman Polanskis "The Pianist".

The area is private property and not accessible to the public. So I was quite happy to find go2know, a company which offer (paid) access to the properties under strict rules, but you can move freely within the buildings.

"Empty"; a hallway of an abandoned sanatorium in Beelitz, Germany; (cc) by-nc squics.com

"Empty"; a hallway of an abandoned sanatorium in Beelitz, Germany; (cc) by-nc squics.com

Exploring the old buildings was fun and also a little spooky (that was the fun part :). The wind moved doors and windows with a creaking sound. When I took this photo, suddenly the door behind me opened slowly as if was moved by an invisible hand. 

Photographing with an iPhone in the abandoned buildings was a little tricky. You mainly have low light settings. I shot almost all photos using PuresShot and Pro HDR X with the iPhone mounted to my AmazonBasics Travel Tripod.

First I shot three bracketed photos and then created the HDR with Pro HDR X. Finally I edited them with Enlight and denoised them.

"Schools out"; abandoned auditorium at Beelitz sanatoriums; (cc) by-nc squics.com

"Schools out"; abandoned auditorium at Beelitz sanatoriums; (cc) by-nc squics.com

"Rooftop garden"; trees have been growing for several  years on this abandoned building at the Beelitz sanatoriums; (cc) by-nc squics.com

"Rooftop garden"; trees have been growing for several  years on this abandoned building at the Beelitz sanatoriums; (cc) by-nc squics.com

The red hallway at the abandoned sanatoriums in Beelitz, Germany; (cc) by-nc squics.com

The red hallway at the abandoned sanatoriums in Beelitz, Germany; (cc) by-nc squics.com

In November 2015 I've been to Beelitz a second time. More photos from the abandoned sanatoriums are on my flickr account.

Apps & aear used for those photos: Pure Shot, Pro HDR X, Enlight, Amazon Basics Travel Tripod, Joby Griptight