As the largest city in Clayton County, Guttenberg’s German immigration began in 1845, and by 1850 the town was sizable and nearly all German. The influence of the German population was best indicated by the construction during the period between 1845 and 1865 of over one hundred stone buildings. The bluff limestone was easily obtained and good, local clay and lime for construction was available. The city takes its name from Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of movable type. A replica of a Bible he printed is on display at the public library.
Enjoy family boating on the Mississippi River, watching eagles soar in the sunrise, and viewing the sunset on a river beach. Browse unique retail shops, art galleries and antique stores, and enjoy local cuisine at restaurants, cafes, and our winery. Stay in our comfortable inns, motels, bed and baths, and campgrounds. Stroll the two-mile river walk or trails, join our family events in the park, or check out the aquarium, Lock and Dam #10, and the Lockmaster’s House Heritage Museum, the last remaining lockmaster house on the Upper Mississippi. Be sure to visit the nearby local and state parks, and sign up for a fishing or sightseeing river charter.
Nestled between limestone bluffs and the Mississippi River valley of Northeast Iowa, Guttenberg is a “Great Place” for families young and old. Vibrant community spirit, extraordinary natural beauty, hardworking reliable workforce, comprehensive health care facilities, excellent schools and year-round recreation make Guttenberg a “Great Place” to do business, live, work and play. Named one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes.