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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
717 626 4354
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Ranked #6 of 19 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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Rauma, Finland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

There is a small museum and pretzel making tour where you can twist your own pretzel. The tour provided information about the history of the pretzel and the shape and more. Afterwards they gave a pretzel sample and you could buy the products in their shop. A nice activity to do when visiting Lititz.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had a great time taking this tour, learning about a bit of food history, and tasting different kinds of pretzels. This is a must visit while in Lititz.

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Portland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Nice selection of pretzels. It was fun to see why pretzels have their shape. There is a tour available, but we did not do it.

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Sebring, Florida, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The small museum has a a tour and soft pretzel baking oven in which you can purchase pretzels right out of the oven. This small factory was started in the late 1800s. The commercial pretzel factory has relocated to a much larger facility. This was a great time for the family, and only takes a small amount of your time... More

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Buffalo, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

was surprised how limited the flavors were there from our last visit. Can't turn down their Hot Pretzels for a $1.

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Thornton, Colorado, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We did the tour as a family and it was very interesting. It's not very long, but one of the first things you do is they show you how to roll out and shape a pretzel (you don't make/bake your own pretzel. This is just not real pretzel dough that's used to let you practice rolling). Factually it was really... More

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We skipped the tour ($3.50 was a bit much for a quick tour) and opted for the tasting room. YUM! Who knew there were so many varieties of pretzels. What make this worth a stop is not only the great location in the very charming and welcoming town of Litiz-but the great selection of goodies to ship home!

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Expecting to see factory making pretzels. No factory there.....tour is one big room and just of the original bakery. Worth the 3 dollar fee to hear history of pretzels and the family....free samples.

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Midland,Mi.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We enjoyed our soft pretzels for one dollar each. They have a tour of the original bakery where you can make your own pretzel. Lots of history to see.

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Springfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Parking on the street is free in front and across from the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. However, if you parked on Main Street in Lititz, there is metered parking. From this bakery, it is an easy walk to the other attraction, Wilbur Chocolates which is also a fun place to visit. After the pretzels, visit the chocolates or vice-versa. Google... More

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