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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
717 626 4354
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Ranked #2 of 3 Activities in Lititz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We took the tour on our visit and really enjoyed it. We got to learn how pretzels are made, the history of them and how to twist a soft pretzel. It was all in the original factory with original equipment so that was very fun to see. It was worth the few bucks and the half hour.

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Winchester, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

One of the most enthusiastic tours we experienced. The young lady who was our guide actually knew the business. She made it fun AND informative. Oh, we learned to make pretzels, too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This place is really small. Mostly bags of pretzels. We did splurge and got a soft pretzel. It was good. They do have a tour but we didn't do it.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I was in Lititz this past weekend with a group of 12 ladies. I found the pretzels to be extra fresh and crunchy. About 8 of us did the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery tour and that was a lot of fun. In about a half hour we learned a lot about pretzels, the history of the Sturgis bakery, twisted our own... More

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Mechanicsville, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My family of five stopped into the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery several times for hot soft pretzels on a recent trip to Lititz and they were only a dollar each. We actually ate the pretzels for lunch on more than one occasion. A bonus was their sodas were only a buck too. I was grateful to not get ripped off... More

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COLUMBIA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Its located in the original (small) building, with adequate parking in the back. The short tour with the hands on pretzel rolling (twisting?) demonstration, and good narration of history and interesting tidbits of information works great. I cannot typically find Sturgis pretzels in the local supermarket and now my wife is hooked on the hot cheezers hard pretzels... I do... More

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Clifton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very nice people and a great history lesson in the founding of the pretzel. Highly recommend the tour of the oldest and 1st American pretzel factory.

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Windber, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A quick tour, the highlight was making a fake pretzel shape, and the pretzel shop. We all got a soft pretzel, but I wasn't a huge fan preferred the bags of pretzels in the store.

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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Having grown up in this area of PA, I can tell you that "factory tours" are a big part of the tourist draw, and much is made of them in terms of advertising. However, it is important to realize that all "factories" are not the same, and part of the fun of these excursions is the chance to experience something... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I'm surprised by all the good reviews of this place. Perhaps my expectations were too high, based on tours of other food manufacturing facilities but there is really isn't anything here. I can't believe it's a top attraction of Lititz. There is a pretzel store - which doesn't have much more than my local supermarket, it's just merchandised differently. It... More

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