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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
717 626 4354
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Ranked #8 of 20 Attractions 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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Lake Como, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went here on a whim. It ended up being a good decision as we learned a lot about pretzel making and even had the opportunity to twist one ourselves. The cheddar cheese pretzels are yummy and the folks at the retail store are so nice. Good time!

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Took a tour of the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery on a Saturday morning. There was a nice crowd. Tours available every half hour. $3.50 per person. You get to twist a pretzel with some dough, hear about the history of pretzel making, and see some of the old ovens and equipment. At the end, you get a snack size bag of... More

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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We really loved this entire experience. The town was very nice. We took the pretzel tour and had a great time. The history in this little town is very interesting.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We took the extended family for a visit and absolutely loved it. The hands-on history lesson was engaging and fun for everyone. Combined with the chance to get some of their excellent pretzels puts it in the "must see" category when visiting Lititz.

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Finger Lakes, New York
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36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This is a fun short tour for families. Even my 3 year OKs had fun twisting his own pretzel. Enjoyed hearing the history and the tour guide was great.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

If you are in the area, and have an interest in learning how pretzels were made back in the day, this is definitely worth your time. Other than (delicious) hand-made soft pretzels, the factory is no longer in use, but the original equipment and ovens are still there, and you get to try your hand at turning dough into a... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Though we arrived just before their 5 p.m. closing and thus too late for the official tour, we enjoyed looking around a bit at the photos and artifacts. I bought one of the fresh pretzels. I had it consumed before we left so I bought another one. My wife bought a bag of some of the smaller ones. Our looking... More

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Ridgely, Maryland, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

My daughter and I were very disappointed with this place. Very small, nothing interesting about it and over priced.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We didn't take the tour of the pretzel factory, but their small store and free samples are a nice find. The store offers a wide variety of their pretzels at good prices. Since these pretzels do not seem to have a wide distribution network, I bought a variety of flavors. My favorites are the Hot Cheesers!

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Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I never knew or understand the meaning of pretzel twist for the monks in 610 AD. Neat little tour great variety of pretzels

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