Urbex: Visiting an abandoned hospital in Bratislava

When I was born, this hospital on Bezručova street in Bratislava was still in use. In 1990, many babies were born there; not me though – the hospital where I first saw the light doesn’t exist anymore.

Many people seek ways how to enter this building and long to explore it. Even if you have missed this on your visit to Bratislava, this article can offer you a peak inside of the famous abandoned hospital.

The long hallways, broken glass screeching under your boots, weirdly colored tiles and torn chairs are an eerie sight, but nevertheless an interesting experience.

A little bit of history

The hospital on Bezručova was built in 1937, near the St. Elizabeth´s Church, better known as the kitschy Blue Church. Its functionalist architecture is specific for its purpose – it has wide halls, suited for many patients walking or being carried around. The elevators were of the kind people here call paternoster – a slow elevator that doesn’t stop but circulates perpetually, has no door and you must get in and out rather quickly when reaching your floor. (There are still a few places in Bratislava where such elevators operate, I even got to try it out once!)

The building has five and seven stories in its different parts and some underground floors as well. Last doctors left its gates in 2003 or 2004. In 2005, it got sold.

Future of the Bezrucova hospital

At the moment, there are plans for reconstruction – the hospital is a protected historic building so it cannot be easily demolished. Or so we hope. For urbex (urban exploration) fans, however, the sight is perfect as it is.

Update: The reconstruction has started as of 2016. It is no longer possible to enter the hospital as there are fences and besides, the work is in progress. Unfortunately (and typically for Slovakia, I might add), the developer has not been respectful towards the architectonic value of this building and has demolished some precious parts of it. The municipality, as usually, is contently oblivious to any critique. These photos were taken a few days before the reconstruction started and offer you the last look at what it was before.

How I entered?

We entered through the main entrance, as the patients used to, although through a broken glass pane. There are other ways to get inside, too; the writings and signatures on the walls prove that (many?) people come here relatively often.

The hospital also had a couple of permanent residents – we didn’t meet them, but we saw their belongings. Have a look at the photos yourself:

Photos of the Bezrucova hospital (before the reconstruction):

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Bezručova hospital. One of the entrances can be found on the left of this tower.
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Entering the hospital.
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Silence.
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The whole building is silent; it seems we are alone…
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…well, not entirely. But the new “owner” is not home.
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St. Elizabeth´s Blue Church
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Staircases…
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The inner court; it is easy to get lost inside.
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This is no the only courtyard.
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Broken glass is everywhere.
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Long halls with many doors.
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Sometimes I hear echos of footsteps and voices…
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Another courtyard, covered with a glass roof.
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A cleaning room.
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Another set of stairs…
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We are not the first to be here, obviously.
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Strange rooms of weird colors…
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…like this one.
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What are these windows meant for?
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It seems like a bathroom.
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Buttons…
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…cushioned doors…
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…we hear somebody coming! Adrenaline pumping in my ears, I listen to the footsteps.
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But it´s just another visitor like us.
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Welcome to hell.

 

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In front of the hospital.
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The main entrance.
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Passers by don´t pay attention to it.
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Weird sculptures from the 30´s.

Other abandoned objects in Bratislava

Since this hospital is a no-go by now, you might be interested in other places worth exploring. I have written about several and you can read them by clicking on these links:

Abandoned metro station in Petržalka

Abandoned hospital of Rázsochy in Dúbravka

Exploring Danube on a bicycle (how to find the 2nd World War bunkers)

Communist guide to Bratislava (on communist architecture in the city)

What you need to know about the UFO bridge

Abandoned house under the UFO bridge (preparing)

Abandoned rocket base at Devínska Kobyla (preparing)

Abandoned manor house at Kunerád, Žilina (preparing)

Urbex around the world

I also wrote some posts on abandoned places we explored during our travels. If you are interested, you might want to read:

Ghost village of Kayakoy (Turkey)

A night in a ghost hotel in Sicily

10 breathtaking urbex spots around the world

Urbex in Marmaris (preparing)

Squatting in Sicily (preparing)

Do you love abandoned places? Would you be scared to enter? Is there a similar place where you live? Share your thoughts with me. I´m listening.

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    • Thank you for commenting! I actually entered with my husband, hahaha 😀 He is a foreigner so I am thoroughly introducing him to the city and all the interesting spots – and discovering lots of new things myself 🙂 We both had our adrenaline running high though, especially when we heard some steps!

  1. A great read! I saw this when I passed the blue church last month, and couldn’t believe how such a bombsite was opposite a major tourist draw. We saw loads of cats and bowls of cat food that people had left out, but no way would I have had the nerve to go inside myself!

    • Oh, so you have visited my hometown, so nice to hear from you! How is your overall feel of the town? Actually, some hostels do organized tours inside of the hospital with the guests who are interested 😉 I do believe it is cats paradise haha!

        • It´s not allowed here neither, it is a private property, but people just walk in and nobody bothers to stop them. Why even do that? People like to go inside and have a look and the building is not in a state of decay when it would be dangerous 😉

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