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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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COLUMBIA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
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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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Freeland, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We visited this little place on 8/15/14 and found the tour to be OK. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. The price is very inexpensive, but they sell a lot of tickets for each tour. Our tour consisted of at least 40 people. They take you all into this old room with "dough" sitting out on this long table... More

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It doesn't cost you a lot of dough to learn to twist your own pretzel. For health reasons you are using "fake dough" but the experience is done by every paid tourist. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and you get to see the working conditions and tools of early pretzel making. After the tour, everyone gets a bag of... More

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Ashkelon, Israel
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It was a short tour with a cute explanation the only problem is there is only a tour every half an hour and we missed the tour by 5 minutes so we had to wait 25 minutes

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great pretzels!!! A cute little town to visit..lots of places to shop and walk and nice little places to eat.

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Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was an interesting tour--I learned a good bit about pretzels for sure. Staff was gracious and knowledgeable. I especially liked the historic details and being able to see the original building and equipment.

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