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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
717 626 4354
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Ranked #7 of 19 attractions in Lititz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Factory Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Very good & interesting museum. They worked hard back in the 1800s for these pretzels. You should take the tour and visit this cute little pretzel museum to learn the history of pretzels & prayer!

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Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I eat pretzel with well knowledge after the tour. The gift shop has great deal pretzels and highly recommend to get fresh baked soft pretzel($1).

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This was such a fun little stop! We showed up just as a tour was about to begin - the cashier squeezed us in and we were off. The group was a perfect size for the facility and the guide was full of information - he was humorous and easy to hear/follow. The tour itself is quick but very educational... More

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Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Not knowing what to expect, we happened to make this our first stop in our day touring the area. The tour of the factory is worth every penny of the $3.50 admission price (includes a pretzel twisting lesson and a "diploma"). It's a total of about a half hour, but it goes fast and is full of fun and interesting... More

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Wakarusa, IN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We were a bit disappointed by this bakery. We didnt go on the tour, so maybe we missed a lot that way. They did have a nice store area and we got some pretzels at a good price. Their pretzels are very good.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

What a great way to spend 30 minutes when walking around Lititz. Great history of how hard pretzels came to be. You get to roll your own pretzel with "practice" dough. No eating or baking those do to health regulations. However, their rolling and making soft pretzels off to the side which you can purchase in the gift shop for... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The tour is very short and quick but it was fun to learn the facts of the bakery and see how they did it so many years ago. We all loved rolling out a pretzel and learning their techniques. Afterwards, we enjoyed tasting some of the hard pretzel varieties. We really enjoyed their freshly baked soft pretzels as well.

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Pasadena, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Interesting free tour of the first commercial hard pretzel bakery in the US. Buy some at the bakery store to take home.

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Brownsboro, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This was so informative about the way the soft and crisp pretzels came about. We had a great tour guide and it was amazing to learn how pretzels were originally made and how they are made now. Lots of fun!

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Milford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Nice place to go with the kids or just as a couple. Pretzels are so yummy love going here. Would go here again also went to Wilbur Chocolate factory. Never disappointed going to these 2 places.

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