Jugenderholungsheim Endlerkuppe

THE ABANDONED HOSTEL IN GERMANY


This building was built in 1928 as ‘Jugenderholungsheim Endlerkuppe’ by architect Kurt Bärbig. It was a recreation center where children could spend their holidays.

The youth hostel is located on the hill Endlerkuppe, north of the Kirnitzschtal. The recreation home was meant for children of the working class. It offered space for 80 boys and 80 girls. The bedrooms were housed in the side wings, one for boys and another one for the girls. Part of the girls’ wing was the library with room for a thousand books and many magazines. It also had a fireplace, for cozy stories in the evening. The main building had a large dining- and ballroom with a big stage. Also remarkable is the observation tower, it had a big watertank and viewing platform.

Bund Deutscher Mädel

In 1933 it was home of the Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM). This was the girls’ wing of the youth movement of the Nazi Party, the Hitler Jugend. In fact it was the only legal female youth organization in Nazi Germany. At the early 1940s it was also used by the Lebensborn, an SS-initiated, state-supported, registered association in Nazi Germany with the goal of raising the birth rate of “racially pure and healthy” children.

After the Second World War the building was used as a school for the SED, the Socialist Unity Party of Germany. Eventually the buildings were abandoned after the fall of the Iron Curtain in the early 1990s. In 2009 works started to redevelop the site was luxury hotel, but for some unknown reasons the works were not continued. I visited ‘Jugenderholungsheim Endlerkuppe’ in 2016.

Built 1928
Abandoned 1991
Endangered
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