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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-Entertaining-Yummy

We were here on 2/28/15 and we had a great time. The staff were wonder and answered all our questions about the area. The young woman who lead our tour (I do not remember her... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Summit, New Jersey
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Summit, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We were here on 2/28/15 and we had a great time. The staff were wonder and answered all our questions about the area. The young woman who lead our tour (I do not remember her name, young with blonde hair) was informative and had a good story to tell. The hands on part of the tour was the best. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Took my 9 yr old daughter and we all enjoyed this experience. Learned a lot and enjoyed a nice hot pretzel. The tour guide was very good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

Kids will get a kick out of making pretzels....Adult will also enjoy....Staff is very outgoing......Don't miss

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Havertown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We took our three grandchildren ages 4, 5 and 8 for a Christmas outing and had a wonderful time. The tour was very educational and the kids learned how to make a pretzel. They all selected a bag of pretzels to take home and got their picture taken with the big pretzel out front. This was a very nice place... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

In my opinion, the pretzels are just OK, but the tour is fantastic! There is a fee, but it's not much for the 30 mintues of time you get to find out how America's first pretzel maker got his start. You'll also get to try your hand at twisting the dough yourself, very fun. Great for all ages!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

you can get on an old timey pretzel tour! the prices were great too. soft pretzels were freaking amazing. bags and bags of pretzels to take home.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

it's great to go to their little shop and pick up different types of pretzel snacks, plan to go back to go on the tour.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Took an early morning tour which was fun and educational. We had the opportunity to learn how Sturgis started making pretzels and got the chance to learn how to twist our own! Our tour guide was very patient with our 3 year old. Great experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Excellent tour describing the history of pretzel making. Professional guides. Various hard pretzels for sale at retail store.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We stopped here at the direction of some family members that this was kind of a fun thing to do on our way through. You go through the tour of the oldest pretzel manufacturing facility in the area and you get to learn how to make pretzels and actually learn how to roll them out and do the flip yourself.... More 

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