Forst (Lusatia)

The district town of Forst (Lusatia) is situated next to the river Neisse and its inhabitants are looking back on a 700 years lasting eventful history. Therefore historical facilities aren’t only well worth seeing but in particular foreigners must also believe it, where celebrities having left their marks and make us curious: for example the Saxon prime minister Henry count of Brühl has been laid to rest in the crypt of the parish church St. Nicholas, and the 250th anniversary day of his death will take place in 2013.

Many rarities of the cloth fabrication are shown in the “Textile Museum of Brandenburg”, and they can tell you about the old tradition of the textile industries lasting for centuries at Forst. Due to the operative machinery one may have still experience of vivid history and fathom, at the same time, the secret of the former “German Manchester”.

Roses engrave on our mind the appearance of the town bearing the official title of “Rosenstadt” since 2004. Nevertheless, the most beautiful location has been reserved for the flower-queen in the “East-German Rose-Garden”; for ten thousands of roses of well over 900 varieties have the honour of welcome you at the 17 hectares park area, and bordered with pieces of sculpture, amphora, pergola courts and romantic waterworks. The annual “Special Days at the Rose-Garden” with the “Cut-Roses-Show” and the “Night of the 1,000 Lights” as well as the romantic guided park-tours by night with a Rose-dinner are only a few highlights in front of the enchanting park scenery.

In 2009 the historic park area became awarded “Germany’s most beautiful park”, in 2013 it will celebrate its 100th anniversary! Very good reason enough for an extraordinary event: “The East-German Rose-Garden” invites to the GERMAN ROSE-SHOW taking place from 14th June until 29th September 2013, and having as its motto “100 years rose-dreams close to the river Neisse”. With that another historic tradition gets revived which has been unfortunately fizzled out in Germany about 75 years ago.

Hikers and nature lovers feel a strong urge to see the picturesque landscape of the surrounding area: the meadows at the river Neisse, numerous nature reserves, spacious forest land, ponds and lakes. Forst is regarded as the Eldorado by the cycling tourists because of the superb cycle paths stretching for miles. Moreover, the town enjoys a good reputation within the professional cycling, thanks to its internationally well-known motor-paced race velodrome and the equestrian arena: Since in 1906 this cycle racing track was opened, exciting international and national competitions are hold, at that time and nowadays, too. The highlight is always the motor-paced race with an at all times top-flight contest. The sportive offer get being completed by international show jumping competition at the stadium.

Throughout the whole Lusatia summer the barrier-free lido planned as a zone of experience and sports is attending to the guests with a 50 metres competition lane, a 10 metres diving platform as a dare, a giant flume, a sandpit, sports grounds, spacious relaxing greens, and much more besides. However, you can “descend again...” because the swimming bath can offer recreational fun enough for the whole family, also in winter.

It’s both unique and, therefore, recommendable to pay a visit to the multimedia-based section of the “Archives of the vanished places” situated at Horno, part of the town of Forst, that’s where resettlement and lignite open cast mining are made subject of discussion. There you’ll find varied documentation of human fate, tradition, geology and economy during an interesting voyage of discovery with many contemporary witnesses.

More information available from:
Touristinformation Forst (Lausitz)
Cottbuser Straße 10
03149 Forst (Lausitz)
Tel.: 0049 3562 6690-66
Fax: 0049 3562 6690-67