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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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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Horse and Buggy Pretzels and other salty things

Well, when the kids were young we discovered this place, took the tour, learned how to twist pretzel dough and returned many times for bags of broken pretzels--seriously, they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Hillsdale, New Jersey
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Forest Hills, New York
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408 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Informative , narrative tour of the 150 years of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel factory. For $3.50 it was worth it. We enjoyed learning hands-on pretzel twisting, well actually it was a simulation, the dough was a flour water mix, not pretzel dough and not baked, so sorry no tasting your hand rolled masterpiece. I enjoyed watching the baker hand twist... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small shop in town. The fresh warm pretzels are to die for and the flavored and chocolate covered pretzels are awesome. Prices are not bad either. Friendly staff.

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Lancaster, United States
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour was inexpensive making it easy to include in any budget and the tour was short so it can easily be squeezed in at anytime. Great tour for all ages because you get to twist your own pretzel and learn why it was done a certain way and the meaning behind it. Unfortunately, for several reasons, they don't bake... More 

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Browns Mills, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Enjoyable time, short informative tour, roll your own pretzel the way they used to do in the old days. Lovely town to walk through while visiting the Bakery.

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Paramus, New Jersey
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

For a small admission fee, there are tours every 1/2 hour. You get to learn the history of the hard pretzel, experience rolling out a pretzel and see how they are baked,etc. This is esp fun for younger children.- the tour is short enough and they are involved in 2-3 actions.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Fun to do, especially for kids of any age. History of pretzel making right here where it all started here in the U.S. . Just one of the many historical aspects of the unique town of Lititz. Had a great time here with my grand kids.

Thank Marlin M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Well, this was the first pretzel factory in America. It is old and funky and no longer in real operation, although they do make a few soft pretzels there still. But, still the tour was great. Our guide, Kevin was knowledgable and helpful. He explained in great detail all about the making of pretzels 150 plus years ago. He explained... More 

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Hillsdale, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Well, when the kids were young we discovered this place, took the tour, learned how to twist pretzel dough and returned many times for bags of broken pretzels--seriously, they were the broken ones they could not sell in the nice packaging but would bag up in huge bags for those who love the pretzel, wanted a savings and did not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This was a very informative little tour through an old factory. One of the best parts is they show you how to twist pretzels. The building itself is very old and was a little hard to find at first. They do give free samples at the end, and have a gift shop with everything pretzel related. I defenitely recommend walking... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

If you’re in the Lititz area, it’s a cute little tour. It’s the history of pretzel-making. You see some of the old equipment that was used. You are given a small piece of dough and are showed how to roll it into a pretzel shape - however, it is for show only, it is not baked. The tour costs $3.50,... More 

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