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Sorauer Straße 37
03149 Forst (Lausitz)


Leisure Wheelchair users Leisure time mentally handicapped
Forst as a flourishing industrial city? The museum in the former cloth factory, Daniel Noack tells the incredible and yet true story of the German Manchester.

Did you know that Forst was the centre of the German textile industry during the imperial era? At that time there was hardly a family in the small town of Lusatia who had nothing to do with the production of fabrics in any way. Around the turn of the century, about one in three of the 30,000 or so Forsters worked in one of the 100 or so factories! In the 1920s there were already more than 400 textile companies in Forst. German Manchester, the city was called logically. The era is long gone. But a museum worth seeing keeps the memory alive.

The history of cloth making in Forst - as in the whole of Lower Lusatia - goes back a long way. Already at the beginning of the 15th century it was an important economic factor for the city. The conversion to machine weaving in the 19th century brought the final breakthrough. Forst also exported its fabrics abroad. Wealth came to the city. Manorial villas were built. A city railroad was built. Forst blossomed.

Then came the war. And another one. And the second, the front went right through the city. At the end of the fighting Forst was a field of rubble. Gradually the textile industry recovered and, integrated into the state planned economy, was continued until the end of the GDR. Then the glorious chapter of German Manchester finally ended.

Numerous former cloth factories are still preserved today. These are architecturally attractive ensembles of production halls, gatehouses and factory mansions. One of these is the Daniel Noack factory, built until 1897. Today it houses the Brandenburg Textile Museum.

The permanent exhibition tells the story of the clothmaking trade, which is closely linked to the history of the town of Forst. In the following exhibition workshop, handicraft and mechanical processes of cloth production are shown on historical hand tools as well as on functional historical machines. It is one of the few places in Lower Lusatia where looms still rattle almost daily.
In the museum, visitors are given a sketch for a walk through the city's and industrial history. The path leads to the railway station, to the factory owner's villas, to the building of the factory owner's association and to the town mill.

The museum is also an ideal excursion destination for school classes. It offers an extensive museum educational programme, for example on the process of textile production or on the subject of the change from manual production to the industrial production of textiles.

Opening Hours

01.06.2021 - 30.09.2021
Monday 09:00h - 16:00h
Tuesday 10:00h - 17:00h
Wednesday 10:00h - 17:00h
Thursday 10:00h - 17:00h
Friday closed
Saturday closed
Sunday/Holiday closed

New Opening Hours 01.10.2021

01.10.2021 - 31.05.2022
Tuesday 10:00h - 17:00h
Wednesday 10:00h - 17:00h
Thursday 10:00h - 17:00h
Friday 14:00h - 17:00h
Sunday/Holiday 14:00h - 17:00h
01.01.2022 - 31.05.2022
Saturday 14:00h - 17:00h

t Information for guests with reduced mobility

Short description

  • 1 designated disabled parking space available
  • Indoor access: stepless
  • Guest toilet for guests with restricted mobility, infinitely variable. Door width: 89cm, movement area in front of the WC: 54cm x 163cm, right: 0cm x 0cm, left: 84cm x >150cm, handles available
Special features:
  • Ground floor exhibition can be used at ground level
  • Hazardous areas secured in front of the exhibition objects

    car parking spaces

    • Number of designated disabled parking spaces near entrance 1
    • Comment Parking in the courtyard (cobblestone pavement), parking in front of entrance possible by arrangement

    Access and paths Indoor area

    • stepless access
    • Entrance door passage width 87 cm
    • passage width of the narrowest of all other doors to be used 87 cm
    • Width of the narrowest of all other corridors and passages to be used 87 cm

    guest toilet

    • Width of the narrowest of all doors, corridors and passages to be used 89 cm
    • Door does not open into the sanitary room
    • Length of the movement area in front of the washbasin 119 cm
    • Depth of the washbasin underride (at a height of 67 cm) 29 cm
    • Upper edge of washbasin (armrest surface) from floor 89 cm
    • mirror above the washbasin, visible while sitting or standing
    • Length of the movement area in front of the toilet bowl 54 cm
    • Width of the movement area in front of the toilet bowl >150 cm
    • Length of the movement area to the left of the toilet bowl 84 cm
    • Width of the movement area to the left of the toilet bowl >150 cm
    • Hand grips next to the WC on the right and left side available
    • Height (top edge) of handles 81 cm
    • The handles protrude beyond the front edge of the toilet bowl 13 cm
    • left hand grab handle can be folded up and locked in the folded up position
    • Seat height of toilet bowl (upper edge of toilet seat) 49 cm
    • no emergency call available

    Professional competence/service

    • Information about further barrier-free offers in the region can be made available.
    • Information on barrier-free arrival and departure by public transport can be provided.
    • Transfer or pick-up from the station/bus stop etc. is possible.
    • There are employees in the company who are trained for the target group.

    Collection of data

    • Originator 1: First name Wolfgang
    • Researcher (Institution) Tourismusverband Niederlausitz e.V.
    • Date of data collection 22.02.2018
    • The data presented here are verified data
    • Elevator 1: Last name Wippich

    t Information for Guests with Learning Disabilities/ "Mental Disability

    Short description

    • The exhibition in the old factory goes over 2 floors.
    • Visitors can see step by step: how is a cloth made?
    • The dangerous spots are secured.

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      • Everything will be explained and shown to you in peace. You can ask questions.

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      • We can pick you up at the station. Or from the bus stop. Or we can recommend a driving service to you.
      • Further information:
        • Guided tours are made according to the wishes of the guests.
        • There are no display boards in Light Language.

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