Harzer Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie
THE ABANDONED HOSPITAL IN GERMANY
On the outskirts of Großörner, a small village in the Harz, behind the former REWE supermarket, I found this derelict hospital. The ‘Harzer Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie’ is an old hospital. It was built in 1939 and eventually demolished in 2008, after six years of abandonment.
This disused hospital was a children metal health ward in DDR-times. It was built in the late 1930s as a local hospital. The patients moved in 2002 to the new ‘Klinikum Mansfelder Land’ in Hettstedt, as all medical competencies were concentrated here. For this reason, the site in Großörner was abandoned. The Hettstedt psychiatric ward has four wards with 80 beds in single and double rooms. The new facility cost around 8.5 million euros.
The old abandoned building was hit hard by more than ten years of neglect. Therefore, plans to reconvert or to save the buildings were never made. I took these photos of the Harzer Psychiatrie in 2014. Eventually, the site was demolished in 2008. Check this link for more reports of both abandoned hospitals and clinics.