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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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Nice tour good pretzels

Good place to get some pretzels. Soft pretzels are only a dollar. They had samples and water available. We purchased tour tickets and the kids got to craft a pretzel from dough... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Good place to get some pretzels. Soft pretzels are only a dollar. They had samples and water available. We purchased tour tickets and the kids got to craft a pretzel from dough. No eating it though. Nice place to visit.

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My husband grew up in the area, so Sturgis pretzels are a MUST!! We love their soft pretzels--I especially like mine with mustard. The gift shop has good prices too, which is nice. If you haven't done the tour, I would definitely recommend it. It's a short tour, informative and interesting. Parking is paved and on the side and back.... More 

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Mayer, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The tour guide was knowledgeable. We were 6 senior citizens with about 20 preschool daycare children. They were a delightful addition to our tour. One little girl 'adopted' my husband & chatted with him prior to our tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is a must do for Lancaster co. Make your own pretzels in the original ovens. Lititz is a great little town, great shopping and food.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Worth the trip to stop and see. Guided 30 minute tours that start every 30 minutes. Informative and interesting, although it seemed a little bit rushed by the tour guide to me. I would have liked a slightly longer tour with a little more information. $3.50 admission fee - small bag of pretzels at the end of the tour. Worth... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Julius Sturgis is the oldest pretzel bakery in the USA. This used to be our "go-to" place to buy a bag of hard pretzels, not any more. When we first found this place the outer rooms were full of quirky items like clocks, places, antiques, local Lancaster County items, and a room of pretzels (cans, bags, dark, broken, etc). There... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My husband, two small children (ages 2 and 5), and I decided to take a tour of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery on a recent "staycation" to the Central PA area. Lititz is an adorable, quaint, historic town with some small museums, restaurants, and boutique shops. The pretzel bakery is on the main street and is worth at least an... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We stopped in for a tour and some pretzels. The tour was informative and the pretzel rolling experience was fun. Our tour guide was very young and was not quite sure how to handle some rude people on the tour that didn't follow his directions. The factory area was not very large and we had a big group on our... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The store is free to walk in if you want to buy soft or bags of hard pretzels, Also have some shirts and other such things for sale. Both types of pretzels are average. The fun part is taking the tour , which does cost money. There you will learn how to make pretzels hands on, though they are not... More 

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Marysville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The delicious soft pretzels were $1, so buy a bunch...even if you don't do a tour, stop and eat a soft pretzel!

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