Heilanstalt Eichhof

THE ABANDONED HOSPITAL IN GERMANY


‘Heilanstalt Eichhof’ was a private neuro clinic in the village Eckardtsheim. The residents were often alcoholic men from wealthy families.

‘Eichhof’ was opened in 1886 by the ‘Bethel Institute’ and gave private treatment for alcoholic neuropathy. This is a disorder involving decreased nerve functioning caused by damage that results from excessive drinking of alcohol. The forested surroundings gave some rest to the patients. The clinic had space for 30 patients and was open for the more fortunate people.

During the two World Wars, Eichhof was used as a military hospital and between the two wars as an orphanage. Since 1950 the old clinic served as a home for men with a mental disability or a mild mental illness. It had 60 beds.

In 1998, the last three residents moved out and shortly afterwards the building was sold. A fire destroyed the building in 2013. I took these photos¬†of ‘Heilanstalt Eichhof’ in Eckardtsheim during my visit in 2009.

Heilanstalt Eichhof
Heilanstalt Eichhof
Heilanstalt Eichhof
Heilanstalt Eichhof
Heilanstalt Eichhof
Heilanstalt Eichhof
Heilanstalt Eichhof
Heilanstalt Eichhof
Heilanstalt Eichhof
Heilanstalt Eichhof

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