Villa Viktoriastift

THE ABANDONED CASTLE IN GERMANY


This three-winged ‘Villa Viktoriastift’ was built in the years 1919 to 1922 by architect August Greifzu in neo-Baroque style. It is situated in Finkenbach, Germany. Besides the castle there are also a big barn and stables with a slaughterhouse. 

In 1926 the owner went bankrupt and the estate was sold to a children hospitals. The children’s orphanage had 80 beds. In September 1928, the administrative and housing building burned down in a fire. It was rebuilt a year later. The orphanage was closed in 1933.

Müttergenesungsheim

In June 1934, the NSV, or ‘Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt’ bought the Villa. The NSV was the National Socialist welfare organization during the Third Reich. Viktoriastift was used as a ‘Müttergenesungsheim’, a rest home for around 120 children of railway employees. In 1957 the Müttergenesungsheim was closed and turned into a nursing home and brew house. The nursing housed between 50 and 85 people. There was not much money available, many times there was not enough money for daily food. Every year 6 to 8 people died. The nursing home was closed in 1971 because of the poor management and care.

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the buildings are listed and protected. Since then, various renovation and construction safety measures were made. I visited ‘Villa Viktoriastift’ in 2011.

Built 1919
Abandoned 1992
Endangered
Villa Viktoriastift
Villa Viktoriastift
Villa Viktoriastift
Villa Viktoriastift
Villa Viktoriastift
Villa Viktoriastift
Villa Viktoriastift
Villa Viktoriastift
Villa Viktoriastift

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