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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

#1 of 3 Tours in Lititz
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Address: 219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543-2011
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+1 717-626-4354
09:00 - 17:00
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The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, established in 1861, is the first...

The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, established in 1861, is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. As of August 2007, the site is under new ownership. The bakery and store have been completely renovated and are now operated once again by the Sturgis family. Visitors can tour the original pretzel bakery, see soft pretzels being made by hand, and find pretzels baked by the oldest pretzel baking family in the United States.

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Nice Historical Visit

We returned after many years this time with grand kids. Still a great place to learn the history of the pretzel. Good soft and hard pretzels! Furnaces no longer working as more... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We returned after many years this time with grand kids. Still a great place to learn the history of the pretzel. Good soft and hard pretzels! Furnaces no longer working as more modern oven now in operation. Nice for kids to roll out dough and shape the pretzels

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You'll learn more than you'll ever want to know about pretzels. A very interesting tour where you get to see the original baking area as well as roll your own pretzel dough. Fun for people of all ages. Tour guide was friendly and informative. Cheap too. I think it was like $5 a person. Just be advised: if you are... More 

Thank crazyhorse30
Franklin County, PA
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Worth the drive to Lititz! Get a quick tour, practice pretzel twisting, see how pretzels were made and how technology has changed for mass production...and sample their delicious products. Kids will like this place.

Thank patravels_7
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove to Lititz on our way home from Hershey specifially to do this pretzel tour. It was a beautiful day and a lovely country ride to get there. Once we arrived a tour was just starting but I was able to buy tickets for the 2pm tour. While we waited I bought both of my kids a hot pretzel... More 

Thank 78traveler
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing fancy but that is the charm of this place. The tour was very informative and not too long, about 20 to 25 minutes. All the employees were friendly and helpful. The pretzels were yummy and we were so glad we made this stop.

Thank LaneyLou72
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can purchase various pretzels in the gift store, learn about the history of the company and see how pretzels are made.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour is not too long (for anyone with really small kids) and has very interesting facts and some fun all rolled together. Not over priced either! If you've never done this tour it would be a very nice beginning or ending to a lovely day in Lititz! It's interesting to all ages - youngsters, teens and adults. You get... More 

Thank Sandra C
Pilesgrove, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by while visiting Lititz and did the 20 min or so tour of how pretzels are made and began at the Sturgis pretzel.

Thank joannehav
Barnegat, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not only are the pretzels great, both hard and soft, this is an historic place that goes back a bit. There are many choices of different types of pretzels in this small store, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding one or more types you'd like to purchase. But I have to tell you, for a reasonable price, you can... More 

Thank Jack K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We toured the factory today and enjoyed learning the history and rolling our own pretzel. It's a quick tour - maybe 25 minutes - but definitely worthwhile.

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