The Ruhla children’s sanatorium, for children in the age of 4-12 years old, was a modern, very well equipped sanatorium in the 70’s and 80’s. A sauna, solarium, in-house playground and a pool are just some of the features the property had to offer.
The sanatorium was specialized in malformations and chromosomal abnormalities, diseases of muscle bones, lung diseases and mental illness. Being a patient in this facility wasn’t always good according one of the children:
‘I too can remember the upper floor where we were accommodated. Night’s sleep was night’s sleep. As a child you laugh and do mischief, but then you are taken out and then have to get dressed in front of the educator’s room and you are told that the parents now have to pay a lot of money as punishment because I wasn’t quiet and giggled .. You can perhaps imagine what it was like as a child at the age of 5 or 6’