Hirschenstein

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue August. 30, 2018 3010 views

King Matthias Corvinus (1443-1490) visited Burg Schlaining. Of course the king’s court went hunting and of course the king himself successful speared a deer in this area. Therefore the second highest "mountain" (862 m) of Burgenland, Austria’s most eastern state right at the border to Hungary, was named after this hunting episode. I don’t know, if it’s true, but at least it’s a good story and nothing interesting was happening in the middle of nowhere since, the name maybe never changed or had once a complete different meaning.

The name Hirschenstein describes also the hospital, which was built back in the 1950s for patients with serious lung problems. Tuberculosis was back then a big problem. The hospital was used until 1986 for lungers, later repurposed as a special care home and finally closed in 2012. The building is impressive, the view is spectacular, and the surroundings are as beautiful as healthy. I don’t understand why the owner, a health organization, doesn’t revitalizing it - for example with an unusual concept for hikers, cyclists, bikers and for the growing health tourism in the Naturpark Geschriebenstein. Maybe the monopolized organization is already rich enough after bleeding dry the already ailing healthcare.

I was never inside the building, but my father and a friend was once visiting some acquaintance, who had some health problems. He didn’t see much, because as soon as my father stepped inside, the janitor closed the door and turned the key in the lock. My father was fleeing the place at once, but he is still – after maybe 30 years - shocked about the idea to be trapped inside the building.

A lost place like Hotel Waldlust, photographed lately by Heike.

The lonely lamp post reminded me of Narnia - maybe, there will be the wardrobe inside ...

The lonely lamp post reminded me of Narnia - maybe, there will be the wardrobe inside ...

Large balconies for the sick, which were resting in the fresh air in their beds.

Large balconies for the sick, which were resting in the fresh air in their beds.

Sadly it was a little bit misty, therefore the spectacular view wasn't a view at all.

Sadly it was a little bit misty, therefore the spectacular view wasn't a view at all.

A abandoned old truck of the fire brigade.

A abandoned old truck of the fire brigade.

Glass bricks as a light-flooded roof in front of the entrance.

Glass bricks as a light-flooded roof in front of the entrance.

We were the only visitors ...

We were the only visitors ...

... and glad to leave this creepy place behind.

... and glad to leave this creepy place behind.

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Scribe 2 years, 9 months ago

Haunting set... feels like the place
has been haunted for years, and... still...
I'm so glad you're here, dear Sislau,
I mean, didn't walk in some place,
and mysteriously disappear ghost  

Whenever I come across an abandoned vehicle,
I always wonder why people would do such a thing.
I come across them in the strangest places,
and they're all over the world fallen leaf

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Scribe 2 years, 9 months ago

Haunted by ghosts with a bad cough and rattling lungs - maybe they will drive around with the old fire truck at midnight?!

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Scribe Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 9 months ago

flushed ... smile satisfied . heart decoration

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Scribe 2 years, 9 months ago

thumbsup

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

Nice work! Looks like a place I would not like to be confined.......like a prison or insane asylum.......

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks! I don't see it in such a bad light - maybe my father does it,
who was shocked about his five seconds of "captivity" there. But I have
to admit, I never saw the interior. At least the surroundings are
beautiful - if you a big fan of pure nature.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 9 months ago

The surroundings are lovely! After working in several hospitals/institutions, the image brought back some unpleasant memories....Excellent camera work, as always!!!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

OmG, that is not funny at all!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 9 months ago

Luckily that period is in the "rear-view mirror" these daze.....

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Andi Saw 2 years, 9 months ago
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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 9 months ago

Ghosts with a bad cough and rattling lungs? AAAAAAARRRRGHH

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 9 months ago

... looking like axe swinging Jack Nicholson in "Shining"?

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 9 months ago

Deerstone - because the speared deer died on a stone - I think, the legendary explanation is wrong.
Yes, there will be snow - sometimes.
Do you know "The Others" with Nicole Kidman?  fearful

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 9 months ago

I have seen this hospital on tv ina documentary. Nice to see your take on it

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 9 months ago

Wow, I didn't expect, that there was an documentation at all! I knew of this hospiutal, and I knew it is closed.  I was there for the first time and only because I told Roland, that I never saw this place before. Actually I would love to have a sneak peek of the interior ...

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David Swatton 2 years, 9 months ago

It might have a great view but it's a horrible building - quite sinister... it looks like that resort the Nazis built in the 1930s for their devoted party workers.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 9 months ago

Maybe there was still some "Gemeindebau" idea  (https://www.photoblog.com/strohschneider-laue/2018/05/10/karl-marx-hof/) playing along. I know, it's not such a beautiful building, but I'm still impressed about it - maybe it was very functional inside and had some amenities for the long term patients. The surroundings are very beautiful - if you are a friend of an overdose of "nature".
The mother of a friend of mine spent back in the mid 1960s  almost a year in this hospital and she came back with an healthy lung. Either she fled the ugly institution or the health system worked. wink

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

I bet your lungs are much better now smile  Love the pictures

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

joy At least I wasn't inside - maybe a lot of mold there ...

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Heike 2 years, 9 months ago

Architekten der 50iger Jahre müssen echt extrem phantasielos gewesen sein. Diese Bauten sind immer extrem häßlich. Könnte genauso gut eine Kaserne oder, wenn noch eine hohe Mauer drum wäre, ein Knast sein. Der Feuerwehrwagen hätte mich gereizt. Seid ihr da nicht rangekommen ?

Der bekannteste Lost-Place in Deutschland sind übrigens die Beelitz Heilstätten in Brandenburg. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beelitz-Heilst%C3%A4tten  
Solltest du mal in Berlin sein, solltest du dir das nicht entgehen lassen. Ein Teil des Geländes ist mittlerweile verkauft, aber das Gelände war so riesig, das da momentan noch jede Menge Verfall zu sehen sein soll. Ich persönlich war noch nie dort, aber es scheint eine wahre Pilgerstätte für Fotografen und Geisterjäger zu sein.  ghost Davon schwirren massenweise Bilder und Artikel im Netzt rum.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 2 years, 9 months ago

Manchmal denke, ich, die wollten an die Gemeindebauten in Wien anknüpfen, die für die 1920er echt fortschrifttlich waren, und haben irgendwie den die Erfordernisse der Zeit verpasst. Ich weiß nicht, wie gut es drinnen geplant ist. - Mein Vater hat ja nur die Eingangstür von innen gesehen und dann, weil der Schlüssel hinter him umgedreht wurde, sofort die Flucht ergriffen -  Jedenfalls ist das Gebäude wie die Lungen-Pavillions des Wilhelminen-Spitals in Wien gebaut. Die Patienten konnten in den Betten auf die Balkone geschoben werden.
Der Feuerwehrwagen war unspektakulär (1980er?) und stand an der Mauer geparkt. Vielleicht ist das der Ersatzwagen im Ausgedinge, falls mal ein Feuer ausbricht, damit sie schon einen vor Ort stehen haben.
Ja, von den Beelitz Heilstätten habe ich auch schon Berichte gesehen.  Womit wir bei der Frage wären, warum hierzulande niemals irgendwer was mit Fotografie etc. an solchen Plätzen hochzieht ... Verfall hätten wir genug. Ich dachte schon mal über "village decay" nach, solange ich jetzt wieder bei meinen Eltern festsitze.

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