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):
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:
Exploring Danube on a bicycle (how to find the 2nd World War bunkers)
Communist guide to Bratislava (on communist architecture in the city)
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:
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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