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|Bundesland: Niederösterreich||Lower Austria|
|Bezirk: Wiener Neustadt|
Gutenstein is situated at an elevation of 481 m at the confluence of the three headstreams of the river Piesting. Due to its natural beauty the area around Gutenstein is a popular summer resort and has been protected as a nature reserve.
The old castle [top background] was first mentioned in 1220 and had been founded by Duke Leopold VI. King Friedrich I (“the Fair”) died here in 1330. The Turks besieged the castle in 1529 but could not conquer it. Nevertheless it fell into dereliction after 1595.
Gutenstein was a favourite place for the famous austrian dramatist Ferdinand RAIMUND (1790–1836). Raimund died here and was buried in the cemetry. A memorial museum has been set up in the town. His villa is now privately owned and not open to the public.
The austrian painter Hubert ARATYM (1936–2000) was born in Gutenstein and
also was buried here.