Tucked between the Mississippi River and majestic limestone bluffs, historic Guttenberg has been designated an Iowa Great Place. We’re nestled in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, where natural beauty and resources abound. Friendly people, unique shops and restaurants, excellent schools and year-round recreation combine to make Guttenberg a “Great Place” to live, work and play.
Incorporated in 1851, Guttenberg was founded by German immigrants who built their homes and businesses from the area’s abundant limestone. Many of these pre-Civil War buildings survive today, contributing to Guttenberg’s unique architectural landscape. Located in Clayton County, Guttenberg has a population of approximately 2,000. In addition to permanent residents, Guttenberg boasts a thriving tourism industry. The city has been named one of “America’s 20 Prettiest Towns” by Forbes magazine.