As the rest of Northern Germany, Ostholstein was formed during the ice age.
Even though the last ice age dates back thousands of years, its traces remain visible in many places until today. The landscape in the district of Ostholstein is one of the results of this long-gone era.
Considering the hilly countryside of Holstein Switzerland today, you would hardly think of the enormous glaciers that once shaped the region. Originating from Scandinavia, they moved to Central Europe, burying mountains, valleys and rivers. The remaining moraine landscape – wall-like rock accumulations at the foot of the glacier – is often to be found in northern Germany. The cliffy steep coasts of the Baltic Sea, as well as the peninsulas of Graswarder and Steinwarder with their bizarre rock formations, are particularly fine examples of such intensive glacier work.
No less exciting, even though not quite as old as the surrounding landscape is the history of the district of Ostholstein. It can also be considered a result of different eras which were shaped by events, people and laws. Today‘s district of Ostholstein was created on April 26 1970, following a merger of the districts of Oldenburg in Holstein and Eutin. Both formerly belonged to the Duchy of Holstein and to the prince bishopric of Lübeck, respectively. The present-day district’s administration is located in the district town of Eutin.