The name “Stormarn” can be traced back to the old word for a district, later a county, whose population were already being called “Stormarii” (or Stormere) back in the 11th century.
Large parts of this district (the south and west) belong to the Hamburg commuter belt, which is clear both from the demographic trend (population growth to 225,000 from 163,000 in 1973) and the amount of commercial and industrial firms that have located here. But the northeast of the district is mainly agricultural. Stormarn is very much a community in its own right and far from being just another commuter dormitory for Hamburg – it seems almost to act like a magnet. The number of residents, which has been on the increase for decades, is proof of that.
The choice of high quality leisure and recreation facilities in the region is very attractive - to horse-riders, walkers, cyclists and canoeists, to name just a few examples of the sophisticated range of possibilities. The district also has its own historical attractions, in the shape of old castles in Ahrensburg and Reinbek.