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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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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I didn't go on the tour but it looked liked it would be interesting. Most of the people that were touring were families with school aged children and they seemed to be having a great time. I bought pretzels at the store and of course had a hand made warm fresh one with mustard. Yum!

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New Castle, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

While roaming the streets of Lititz, PA, we found the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. For a small fee we took the tour and learned the history of the pretzel and were taught how to roll out the dough and twist it into the pretzel shape. We also learned that the people who were employed to make the pretzels produced more... More

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PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We recently spent a day in Lititz, PA. Although we have briefly visited the town previously, we had never visited Sturgis Pretzel. The tour was not lengthy, but started off with hands-on pretzel twisting, which really distracted the children on the tour, and was followed by information regarding the origin of the bakery. Very good value for the money, and... More

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CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This tour was interesting and the kids, ages 4, 4, and 6, enjoyed rolling the dough It was also interesting to hear about the history of pretzels. It was very cheap and lasted less then 1/2 hour. The hot pretzels that you can buy in the little store were delicious. The girl that led the tour was not real exciting,... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had fun learning about pretzels found this tout a pleasant way to fill time. There were some young children in the the tour group that enjoyed rolling dough but quickly got bored with everything else. Tour was informative, and we received some samples at the end. I would not make this a destination, but a fun place to add... More

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Stamford, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

This was just a 30 minute stop. We made pretzels, leaned about the history of this factory and ate a small bag of pretzels. If you need to get out of the car and do something, this is fine. But you could skip it and you wouldn't miss much!

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