Beelitz Heilstätten: A lost place canopy walk in Germany

If you’ve never been to or heard of Beelitz-Heilstätten in Germany, chances are, that you have seen a movie that was partially filmed there. Some of those movies are:

  • A cure for Wellness
  • Men & Chicken
  • Pianist
  • Valkyrie (starring Tom Cruise)

Beelitz-Heilstätten is a former sanatorium complex and area that contains dozens of hospitals and support buildings. It’s located near Berlin, Germany, and was used for treatment of mainly lung related diseases. After World War II, it was used as a hospital complex by the Russian Red Army and abandoned for good in 1994. Since then, dozens of buildings decayed and eventually became partially accessible through paid photo tours.

But it seems, the days of this fantastic lost place are over. Part of it will be torn down, part will be restored and sold as apartments.

You can see some photos of photo tours I did through those abandoned buildings in the blog.

But a part of the Beelitz-Heilstätten will probably remain in a kind of arrested decay and can be seen and inspected from a canopy walkway.


Beelitz-Heilstätten Canopy Walkway

The walkway will take through the forest where and past one of the most impressive ruins there. The huge decayed building was a part of the hospital complex and heavily damaged during World War II and it was never restored.


During the past 70 years nature started to take back the building and a huge forest grew on top of the building. That’s allegedly the biggest rooftop forest in the world.

The canopy walkway is not long. It will take you maybe 15 minutes if you walk slowly but the view of the impressive decayed building with its rooftop forest is just spectacular and you’ll get dozens of great photos there.

The Berlitz-Heilstätten canopy walkway is 45 minutes by car from Berlin and roughly 25 minutes by car from Potsam. There’s also a local train that stops right here. The stop is called Beelitz Heilstätten. What a coincidence.


During one of my photo tours through this place I could only see the building from outside. Entering was strictly forbidden. However. The view from the canopy walk was even better.

If you’re curious, I’ve more photos from inside the abandoned, soon gone, buildings at Beelitz-Heilstätten in the blog and on my Flickr account.