Welcome to Downtown Guttenberg, IA

Named on of America's 20 prettiest towns

"Named on of America's 20 prettiest towns"

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A little about Guttenberg

Browse unique retail shops, antique stores. Casual restaurants or fine dining. Stay in our hotels, bed and breakfasts. Stroll the 2 mile River walk, join our family events in the park or tour the river's lock and dam. Visit nearby local, state, and national parks. 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 and extraordinary natural beauty.

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The history of Guttenberg

Prairie La Porte, meaning "the door to the prairie," was the first name given to Guttenberg by French explorers in 1673. The Guttenberg area was a site of Sac and Fox campgrounds until 1823. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 transferred ownership to the United States and the Black Hawk Purchase of 1833 finally opened the area for legal settlement. Guttenberg’s past is preserved today in the many limestone buildings built by German immigrants in the mid-to-late 19th century. These structures were used for both residential and commercial purposes. Many are pre-Civil War era and are on the National Historic Register (NHR). Guttenberg's riverfront location was pivotal in its early commercial development. The town first served as a focal point for westward settlement and as an early governmental and administrative center. It was the early location of the county seat from 1838-1843. Guttenberg served as a supply center for the general area until the Civil War

Contact Information

323 S River Park Dr
Guttenberg, Iowa

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Businesses in Guttenberg, Iowa

Here is a collection of downtown Guttenberg, Iowa businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Shepherd Gallery & Creativity Center


Supporting creativity and the arts


Guttenburg Haus Bed and Bath


Historic and warm stone and bean interior


River Park Place


Historic buildings brought back for your comfort


Breitbach's Country Dining


Iowa's oldest restaurant and bar


Doug's Pub and Grill


Your local pub away from home


The Riverside Grind


Espresso, specialty coffee, smoothies and more


Garments & Goods


Quality produced, local clothing and accessories


Heavens Hill


Antiques and vintage decor


Kann's Imports


Treasures from around the world for 65 years