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lookout tower active experiences ServiceQuality Germany Level 1 Accessible for people with impaired mobility Service Quality Germany Baumkronenpfad "Baum & Zeit"

Straße nach Fichtenwalde 13
14547 Beelitz-Heilstätten
Phone

033204–634723

https:/​/​baumundzeit.​de/​
info@​baumundzeit.​de
Leisure Wheelchair users
More than 100 years ago the famous Beelitz sanatoriums were built. Here today, a spectacular treetop & time travel trail (barrier-free) winds its way over the ruins of the Alpenhaus World War II, with its unique roof forest*. Once upon a time in Beelitz, the workers of the imperial capital Berlin - surrounded by high-quality architecture and generous forest parks² - were to recover from the tuberculosis rampant at that time. In both world wars the sanatoriums served as hospitals for German soldiers. From 1945 to 1994 they were the largest hospital of the "Red Army" outside the motherland. After the withdrawal of the Soviet army, numerous buildings that had been in use until then fell victim to vandalism. Today these buildings radiate a morbid charm reminiscent of sleeping castles despite - or because of - romantic wild plant growth. Exciting times and thus many - very different - visitors have left their visible traces since then.

During a walk along and on the treetop path and during one of the guided tours through the forest park and the preserved houses, guests receive exciting, sometimes unique insights into the history(s) and nature of this rescued place. The lookout tower (40 m) offers views both far and wide. From the top viewing platform, which can be easily reached by lift, you can look far into the sanatorium area, over the Fläming and as far as Berlin.
Interesting information summarized:
  • Opening date:September 11, 2015

  • Length: 320 meter path and 5 large viewing platforms in the tower

  • Maximum height: path 23 m, tower 40 m

  • View: Unique view of the historic garden, building and technical monument Beelitz-Heilstätten and the enchanted forest park landscape.

  • Other Facilities & Attractions: Castle-like clinic buildings; huge World War II ruins with a 20-metre-high forest roof can be walked over; circular paths through the old park landscape; forest playground

  • Special features: The historical area of the Beelitzer Heilstätten is one of the most photographed places in Germany and the location of many internationally known films such as The Pianist, Operation Valkyrie, Hotel Adlon, Street Dance etc..

  • The development of this area by a treetop path, with the crossing of a multi-storey ruin, on whose roof a forest has been growing for 70 years, is unique in Europe.

  • Gastronomy: Different gastronomic offers with beer garden at and in the pavilion at the tower and at the historical loungers in front of the ruin, restaurant and beer garden outside the core area at the old kitchen at the entrance "Porter House".

  • Other: There is a lift for prams, wheelchairs and people with walking disabilities.


Hints:
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult to visit the trail.

  • In case of bad weather (thunderstorm, storm, hail, ice etc.) the path will be closed.

  • Dogs are not allowed on the treetop path.


Botanical peculiarities:

) Dachwald: Today's tourist attraction "Baum&Zeit" owes a special botanical highlight to the blackest hour in the history of the Beelitz sanatoriums: the fights of the "Army Wenk" against the troops of the "Red Army" closing the ring around Berlin in 1945. The "Alpenhaus" burned out. A rain must have pressed the rising ashes onto the uppermost ceiling construction. Pines settled on this mineral-rich layer. Uninteresting as a ruin for the Soviet military doctors - there were enough buildings in the area - the building stood untouched over the decades. A roof forest grew. Without sufficient water supply, barely supplied with soil, the trees have thrived for 70 years in the "Bonsai format" and hold with their roots the ceiling of the building, which by the way is the largest preserved World War ruin of a secular building in Brandenburg and Berlin.

² ) Forest park: To level the park terrain, it was sometimes necessary to fill the old trees of the existing forest up to two meters - which the Mark Brandenburg pines stoically endured. Today, old trees can still be found in the terrain, which have roots in two floors - due to the changed water and soil horizon. Three-quarters of the old forest remained, despite all the garden design. Mostly deciduous trees and flowering shrubs, but also exotic conifers were planted, so that soon a worth seeing forest park landscape grew up. Today, there are around 65 different tree and shrub species in the area, which ensures a magical play of colours, especially in spring and autumn.

Opening Hours

Labour Day 10:00h - 19:00h
germanUnity 10:00h - 19:00h
Good Friday 10:00h - 19:00h
Easter Sunday 10:00h - 19:00h
Easter Monday 10:00h - 19:00h
Ascension Day 10:00h - 19:00h
Whit Sunday 10:00h - 19:00h
Pfingstmontag 10:00h - 19:00h
reformationDay 10:00h - 19:00h
01.04.2022 - 31.10.2022
Monday 11:00h - 17:00h
Tuesday 11:00h - 17:00h
Wednesday 11:00h - 17:00h
Thursday 11:00h - 17:00h
Friday 10:00h - 19:00h
Saturday 10:00h - 19:00h
Sunday/Holiday 10:00h - 19:00h

New Opening Hours 01.11.2022

01.11.2022 - 30.11.2022
Monday 10:00h - 16:00h
Tuesday 10:00h - 16:00h
Wednesday 10:00h - 16:00h
Thursday 10:00h - 16:00h
Friday 10:00h - 16:00h
Saturday 10:00h - 16:00h
Sunday/Holiday 10:00h - 16:00h
01.12.2022 - 28.02.2023
Thursday 10:00h - 16:00h
Friday 10:00h - 16:00h
Saturday 10:00h - 16:00h
Sunday/Holiday 10:00h - 16:00h
Zusätzlich in den Ferien des Landes Brandenburg geöffnet. Im Oktober nur bis Sonnenuntergang geöffnet. Kassenschluss ist eine Stunde vor Ende der Öffnungszeit.

t Information for guests with reduced mobility

Short description

  • 3 disabled parking spaces available on request
  • continuous access to the treetop path by elevator
  • Condition of the path: flat wooden planks on the path
  • Guest toilet for guests with restricted mobility, infinitely variable. Door width: 93 cm, movement area in front of WC: 146 cm long x >150 cm wide, right: >150 cm long x 98 cm wide, left: >150 cm long x 96 cm beit, handles available
  • Gastronomy on the ground floor continuously accessible
Special features:
  • The path is 320 m long (one direction), there are slight inclines of less than 6%, the path is at least 2.23 m wide, and there are even wider alternative points. Seating available.
  • An elevator takes you to the path and viewing platform on the tower.
  • The path is laterally secured by a wire fence and a wooden beam located at a height of 1.10 - 1.20 m. The path is surrounded by the sea. Glass will soon be used at the viewing platforms for an even better view.
  • In the building next to the observation tower there is a WC and a gastronomic service. The entrance door can be extended to a width of 1.50 m (single door leaf 76 cm) and is infinitely variable.
  • In addition to the treetop path, a 7.5 ha large part of the sanatorium grounds can also be visited. These paths are mainly forest paths, some of which are fortified with bark mulch. A pushing aid is recommended here. Guided tours through the surgery are also possible for guests in wheelchairs ("Mottenausflug").

    car parking spaces

    • comment
      • The official visitor parking at the gatekeeper's cottage is approx. 400 m from the entrance. The path is paved and has no inclines.
      • Guests with walking disabilities can travel to the ticket office by arrangement (please register!). There are 3 reserved parking spaces.

    Reception

    • Comment The Thresen at the cash desk is located at a height of 1.19 m. In addition to the turnstile, barrier-free access is possible through a 93 cm wide door.

    Access and paths Outdoor area

    • stepless path guidance possible
    • via elevator or other technical device
    • Entrance door passage width 90 cm
    • passage width of the narrowest of all other doors to be used 90 cm
    • Road condition:
      • The path from the parking lot to the treetop path is flat and well paved.
      • The treetop path itself is laid out on flat wooden planks
    • Comment: In addition to the treetop path, a 7.5 ha large part of the sanatorium grounds can also be visited. The paths are mainly forest paths, some of which are fortified with bark mulch. A pushing aid is recommended here.

    elevator

    • stepless access
    • Width of the narrowest of all doors, corridors and passages to be used: 90 cm
    • Lift door width 90 cm
    • Length of elevator car: 209 cm
    • Elevator car width 110 cm
    • lowest height of control elements 90 cm
    • Top height of controls 117 cm
    • Length of the movement area in front of the elevator >150 cm
    • Width of the movement area in front of the elevator >150 cm
    • comment

    guest toilet

    • Door width to sanitary room 93 cm
    • Width of the narrowest of all doors, corridors and passages to be used: 93 cm
    • Door does not open into the sanitary room
    • Length of the movement area in front of the washbasin >150 cm
    • Width of the movement area in front of the washbasin 146 cm
    • Depth of the washstand undercarriage (at a height of 67 cm) 20 cm
    • Upper edge of washbasin (arm rest surface) from floor 79 cm
    • mirror above the washbasin, visible while sitting or standing
    • Length of movement area in front of WC bowl 146 cm
    • Width of the movement area in front of the toilet bowl >150 cm
    • Length of the movement area to the right of the toilet bowl >150 cm
    • Width of the movement area to the right of the toilet bowl 98 cm
    • Length of the movement area to the left of the toilet bowl >150 cm
    • Width of the movement area to the left of the WC bowl 96 cm
    • Hand grips next to the WC on the right and left side available
    • Height (upper edge) of the handles 84 cm
    • The handholds protrude beyond the front edge of the toilet bowl 12 cm
    • Distance between handholds 71 cm
    • Both handles can be folded up and locked in the folded up position
    • Seat height of toilet bowl (upper edge of toilet seat) 46 cm
    • Emergency call available
    • Comment:
      • The WC is located in the building next to the elevator to the observation tower.
      • a separate nappy-changing room is available

    Professional competence/service

    • Information about further barrier-free offers in the region can be made available.
    • Information on barrier-free arrival and departure by public transport can be provided.

    Collection of data

    • Researcher (Institution) Tourism Academy Brandenburg
    • Date of data collection 16.03.2018
    • The data presented here are verified data