Beelitz-Heilstätten – Central Bath House – Germany

The Central Bathhouse, part of the Men’s Sanatorium at the Beelitz Military Hospital Complex is an amazing ornate building with many stunning features.

Beelitz Central Bath House
 

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Beelitz Reports
This is part of a series of reports from Beelitz Heilstätten Military Hospital in Germany. Please have a look at the Women’s Lung Hospital Report and The Male Pavilion Report

 

The interesting history of Beelitz hospital has already been covered in previous reports, but if you haven’t read it it’s worth a look. Click below to expand….

The Bath House at Beelitz

Das Zentralbadehaus – The Central Bathhouse – is a prominent building that forms part of the Sanatorium für Männer (Men’s Sanatorium) – one quarter of the hospital complex.

The bath house is by far one of the more feature-some buildings at Beelitz. Built primarily with cream and fawn glazed clinker bricks, and decorated with glazed red engineering bricks creating a beautifully ornate exterior. Considering the original function of the buildings, it is surprising to find the ornate features are not limited to the exterior. Inside the building, where one would expect to find characterless and functional spaces, are also adorned with pleasing architectural aesthetics.

The ground floor of the bath house has several bathing areas, including an enormous cathedral-like domed extension strangely containing nothing but a tiny plunge pool in the centre! The first floor contains mainly treatment rooms, except for the a huge exercise hall. The high arched ceiling here is supported by huge timber beams, each decorated with carved Gothic dragons.

The bath house is probably the best preserved of all the buildings at Beelitz, despite extensive water damage due to neglect.

Our Visit
Beelitz was the most anticipated location on our tour of Germany. Such huge sites are always fun to explore, especially when they are actively patrolled by security! And with such an interesting history and an amazingly ornate look, this was one not to be missed. We spent three mornings looking around the site, and it didn’t disappoint. After finding an entry into the bath house we discovered most of the features we were expecting to find across the extensive site right in that building. I’m sure this will always rank as one of my favourite buildings I have visited.

 

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - The main bathing room with tiny plunge pool

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – The main bathing room with tiny plunge pool

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Main bathing room

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Main bathing room

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Main bathing room

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Main bathing room

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - View from top

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – View from top

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Fisheye view from the top

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Fisheye view from the top

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Round window

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Round window

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Ceiling

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Ceiling

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Dentist chair in red room

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Dentist chair in red room

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Red tinted room

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Red tinted room

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Columns in entrance hall

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Columns in entrance hall

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Entrance hall

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Entrance hall

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Entrance hall

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Entrance hall

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Staircase

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Staircase

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Entrance hall fisheye

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Entrance hall fisheye

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Staircase

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Staircase

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Entranceway

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Entranceway

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Steps inside the main entrance

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Steps inside the main entrance

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Main entrance

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Main entrance

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Piano in decaying room

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Piano in decaying room

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Piano in decaying room

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Piano in decaying room

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - The piano had been left after a music video was filmed here

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – The piano had been left after a music video was filmed here

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Grand piano

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Grand piano

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Grand room

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Grand room

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Large exercise hall with ornate dragon carvings

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Large exercise hall with ornate dragon carvings

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Chair in light

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Chair in light

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - Exercise hall

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – Exercise hall

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - External

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – External

Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House - The Central Bath House with ornate brick exterior

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Beelitz Heilstätten Bath House – The Central Bath House with ornate brick exterior

Further Reading If you liked this report please also see Proj3ct Mayh3m's Beelitz Bath House report or Darbians' Beelitz Bath House Report on their websites

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