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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

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Address: 219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
Phone Number: 717 626 4354
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Description: 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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Fun little stop

Fun and interesting, we got to twist our own pretzel and hear learn some history.. Not too long, held the kids interest. Nice little stop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Fun and interesting, we got to twist our own pretzel and hear learn some history.. Not too long, held the kids interest. Nice little stop.

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Queens, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The 'tour' consists of a guide explaining the way hard pretzels were originally made. this is far from a high tech plant. You wont see modern machinery shooting out pretzels. You will however be given a piece of water/flour dough to shape your own pretzel. after the tour you get free pretzels with the option to buy soft pretzels in... More 

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Little Rock, AR, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Fun, interactive 30 minute tour of pretzel factory. A bit warm in the baking room. Lively, enjoyable tour guide. Good stuff in the gift shop.

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Fox River Grove, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I'm a pretzel-lover, so we deliberately headed to Lititz while in Lancaster County for this bakery. The tour takes about 30 minutes, and is not very expensive ($3.50/adult in summer 2015). Visitors are taught how to fold a pretzel (not using real dough - you don't eat what you are handling). The guide then explains the ovens and other processes.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The shop has a tour running every 20-30 minutes that shows the old factory. Attendees learn to hand roll pretzels (not real dough) and learn the history of the manufacturing process. Diplomas are offered after learning to roll the pretzels. The actual factory is no longer located at this facility, but they do make some fresh soft pretzels here. The... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stopped here because my husband loves pretzels, and it was a rainy day. The shop and tour area are small, but the staff were friendly (even after a large group of small children at camp had come through - a feat in and of itself) and seemed to enjoy their jobs. I wasn't sure that the tour would be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is a very small little shop, but provides a great history of the hard pretzel in the United States. You get the chance to roll your own pretzel as well as take some hard pretzels home after the tour. Great for small kids.

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Wallkill, NY
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Not fun or informative at all. We got to form a pretzel with make-believe dough which was not very exciting. We were showed all the equipment used in the past to make pretzels; however, we had to use our imagination because no pretzels were actually made. The best part of the whole tour was the free bag of pretzels

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We did not take the tour, but decided to stop in to buy some pretzels. Their bagged pretzels are greta, but I really liked the soft pretzel I bought.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We've visited before, but this time we decided to take the tour. Great job by our guide explaining all about the bakery and the pretzel tradition. And we got to make our own pretzel! Great fun. And don't forget to buy plenty of delicious pretzels to take home. Be sure to try the softpretzels too...they are wonderful!

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Additional Information about Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

Address: 219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
Phone Number: 717 626 4354
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lititz
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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