Forest (if knowledge, victory)

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Coat of arms of the local community of Forst
Forest (if knowledge, victory)
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Coordinates: 50 ° 48 '  N , 7 ° 41'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Hamm (victory)
Height : 272 m above sea level NHN
Area : 4.25 km 2
Residents: 553 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 130 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57537
Area code : 02682
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 034
Community structure: 8 districts
Association administration address: Lindenallee 2
57577 Hamm (Sieg)
Website :
Local Mayor : Jürgen May
Location of the local community of Forst in the district of Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Friesenhagen Harbach (Landkreis Altenkirchen) Niederfischbach Mudersbach Brachbach Kirchen (Sieg) Herdorf Daaden Emmerzhausen Mauden Derschen Nisterberg Friedewald (Westerwald) Weitefeld Niederdreisbach Schutzbach Grünebach Alsdorf (Westerwald) Betzdorf Scheuerfeld Wallmenroth Willroth Krunkel Horhausen (Westerwald) Pleckhausen Güllesheim Obersteinebach Niedersteinebach Bürdenbach Eulenberg (Westerwald) Peterslahr Rott (Westerwald) Burglahr Oberlahr Eichen (Westerwald) Seifen (Westerwald) Seelbach (Westerwald) Flammersfeld Kescheid Reiferscheid Berzhausen Obernau (Westerwald) Walterschen Schürdt Orfgen Ziegenhain (Westerwald) Giershausen Katzwinkel (Sieg) Birken-Honigsessen Wissen (Stadt) Hövels Mittelhof Nauroth Elkenroth Rosenheim (Landkreis Altenkirchen) Kausen Dickendorf Malberg (Westerwald) Steinebach/Sieg Fensdorf Gebhardshain Elben (Westerwald) Steineroth Molzhain Selbach (Sieg) Forst (bei Wissen, Sieg) Bitzen Etzbach Roth (Landkreis Altenkirchen) Bruchertseifen Fürthen Hamm (Sieg) Seelbach bei Hamm (Sieg) Breitscheidt Pracht Birkenbeul Niederirsen Kircheib Hirz-Maulsbach Fiersbach Mehren (Westerwald) Rettersen Ersfeld Hasselbach (Westerwald) Forstmehren Kraam Werkhausen Oberirsen Weyerbusch Hemmelzen Neitersen Birnbach Ölsen Schöneberg (Westerwald) Stürzelbach Fluterschen Oberwambach Berod bei Hachenburg Gieleroth Almersbach Altenkirchen (Westerwald) Michelbach (Westerwald) Ingelbach Sörth Mammelzen Eichelhardt Idelberg Isert Helmeroth Racksen Volkerzen Hilgenroth Obererbach (Westerwald) Bachenberg Busenhausen Heupelzen Wölmersen Kettenhausen Helmenzen Nordrhein-Westfalen Landkreis Neuwied Westerwaldkreis Landkreis Neuwiedmap
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Forst ( listen ? / I ) is a municipality in the district of Altenkirchen (Westerwald) in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Hamm (Sieg) . Audio file / audio sample


Geographical location

The community of Forst in the north central Siegbergland lies on a ridge to the right of the Sieg between the Bellingerbach in the west and the Holperbach in the east, about five kilometers northwest of Wissen on the border with North Rhine-Westphalia .

Community structure

In addition to the eponymous place, Forst also includes the districts of Dellingen, Hof Holpe, Kaltau, Lechenbach, Neuhöfchen, Seifen, Seifermühle and Wäldchen.


Until the middle of the 17th century, Forst belonged to the county of Sayn . After the introduction of the Reformation in the county of Sayn, the inhabitants were first Lutheran and later reformed . After the state division of the County of Sayn in the 17th century, Forst was part of the County of Sayn-Hachenburg .

Forst formed a separate administrative district called "Sende" within the parish of Hamm , to which the places Dellingen, Holpe, Kaltau, Lechenbach, Neu-Höfchen, Ober-Seifen, Seifen and Wäldchen also belonged. The county of Sayn-Hachenburg fell to the princes of Nassau-Weilburg by inheritance in 1799 . In connection with the formation of the Rhine Confederation , Forst came to the newly established Duchy of Nassau in 1806 .

Due to the agreements made at the Congress of Vienna (1815), the region was ceded to the Kingdom of Prussia . Under the Prussian administration, Forst was assigned to the Hamm mayor in the newly established Altenkirchen district ( Koblenz district ), which belonged to the Rhine province from 1822 onwards.

Population development

The development of the population of the community of Forst, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1815 199
1835 250
1871 365
1905 415
1939 459
1950 466
year Residents
1961 452
1970 512
1987 501
2005 668
2018 558


Municipal council

The local council in Forst consists of twelve council members, who were elected by a majority vote in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman.


Jürgen Mai is the local mayor of Forst. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was re-elected with a vote of 86.89%.

coat of arms

Forest coat of arms
Reasons for the coat of arms: In the upper triangle of the coat of arms, the golden leoparded lion appears on a red background as a sign of earlier membership of the County of Sayn . The bar in blue and gold symbolizes the two brooks, the Bellingerbach and Holperbach, at the same time the eight hemispheres symbolize the eight districts. As a symbol for the forest and for the place name, three fir trees stand on a golden background.


In the Seifermühle district there is the mill of the same name, which was first mentioned in 1603 as "Kaldauwer Mühle". This listed building was restored from 1987 to 1992 and can be viewed by appointment.



  • Heinz Rötzel: Forest. From the history of a community. Roth 1988.
  • Rolf Dieter Rötzel: The Seifermühle, a testament to craftsmanship, will be preserved for posterity. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen, 31. 1988, pp. 75–77.
  • Daniel Schneider: The milling industry in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 59. 2016, pp. 219–237.
  • Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in the plan. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 58. 2015, pp. 74–80.

See also

Web links

Commons : Forst  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2018 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 10 (PDF; 2.2 MB).
  3. See Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in the ground plan, in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 58 (2015), pp. 74-80.
  4. Cf. Wilhelm Fabricius : Explanations of the historical atlas of the Rhine province, Volume 2: The map of 1789. Bonn 1898, p. 371.
  5. ^ Negotiations of the by resolution of the State Deputy Assembly ..., Volume 1 , 1836, p. 583.
  6. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal Council Election 2019 Forst. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  8. ^ The State Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Hamm (Sieg), Verbandsgemeinde, sixth result line. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  9. See Daniel Schneider: The mill trade in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen, p. 221.
  10. On the historical development of the mills cf. Daniel Schneider: The milling industry in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen, pp. 219–237.
  11. Cf. Rolf Dieter Rötzel: The Seifermühle, a testimony to craftsmanship, remains for posterity, pp. 75–77