The Kinderkrankenhaus aka Children’s Hospital in Neukölln, Berlin used to be full of new borns crying and kids trying to get healthier. It also used to be Germany’s biggest women’s gynaecology hospital but currently the hospital itself is sick and left alone.
The hospital was built in 1917 during the war by King Kaiser Wilhelm II. The first medical director of the hospital was Sigfrid Hammerschlag and was there until 1933. He had to give up his position because he was a Jew and Hitler didn’t want him there. Afterwards the hospital was severely damaged during World War II and was rebuilt over the years. The second building or “new” hospital was built in 1969 next to the old one. After all the years being Berlin’s and Germany’s gem, it has been left to its faith since 2005 due to the bigger and newer hospital up the road.
How to get there
It is very easy to access the hospital. Take the train(U8 or S41/42) to Hermannstrasse S+U Station and walk towards to Mariendorfer Weg 28 (old building) and Mariendorfer Weg 41 (new buildings). It shouldnt take more 10 mins. Here is the map.
How to get in
It is really easy to get in. Although the main gate is locked up and sealed, you can always jump over the fence or wall which isnt high enough to break a bone when you land. Also there is another path which I heard of in the back where the apartments are. To get in the old buildings are almost impossible (unless you can climb walls). The old building windows are sealed up with metal plates from the first floor and they arent willing to come down. Although if you have the courage you can try to climb up the metal plates to the roof of the main door at the old building and sneak right thru the window on the second floor. But of course this is very risky. The newer buildings are easy to get in and there are lots of places to explore.
What you’ll see
From the basement to the roof there is loads to see. I think one of my favourite was the roof and getting a great view of Berlin or the nursery rooms. There are still pictures and paintings on the walls and reminds you of your childhood when you were in the hospital.
There is pretty much nothing dangerous on the site. Use common sense and be safe of course. Rumour has it that there is a motion sensor in the old building that pulls the alarm off and the Polizei come down but I’m not sure about this information.