|• Mayor||Jürgen Goldschmidt (FDP)|
|• Total||109.91 km2 (42.44 sq mi)|
|Elevation||72 m (236 ft)|
|• Density||180/km2 (460/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Forst (Lausitz) (Lower Sorbian: Baršć) is a town in Brandenburg, Germany. It lies east of Cottbus, on the river Lausitzer Neiße which is also the German-Polish border, the Oder-Neisse line. It is the capital of the Spree-Neiße district. It is known for its rose garden and textile museum. The town's population is 20,618. In Forst, there is a railway bridge across the Neiße belonging to the line Cottbus–Żary which is serviced by regional trains and a EuroCity train between Hamburg and Kraków (2011). There is also a road bridge across the river north of Forst.
Part of the region of Lusatia, Forst was awarded to the Kingdom of Prussia in the 1815 Congress of Vienna. The town was subsequently administered within the Province of Brandenburg. After World War II it became part of the German Democratic Republic.
Forst has experienced severe problems as a result of the 1990 German reunification, most notably from extreme unemployment. In the past, the town was known for textile manufacturing, but all of the textile plants and factories have closed down in recent years.
- Hugo Baum (1867 - 1950), botanist
- Georg Thomas (1890–1946), general
- Bruno Kastner (1890–1932), actor
- Max Seydewitz (1892–1987), politician
- Brigitte Frank, née Herbst (1895–1959), wife of Hans Frank
- Erich Neumann (1892–1948), politician
- Werner Heyde (1902–1964), physician
- Georg Bose (1921–2011), German soldier during WWII, Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipient
- Günter Nooke (born 1959), politician
- René Rydlewicz (born 1973), footballer
- Ronny Scholz (born 1978), cyclist
- Media related to Forst (Lausitz) at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website of Forst (Lausitz) (German)
- Forst's Rose Garden (German)
- "Forst". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911
- "Forst". New International Encyclopedia. 1906.