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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
717 626 4354
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Ranked #9 of 20 Attractions in Lititz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours, Food & Drink
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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.

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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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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We enjoyed this short little tour and learned a lot about the history and making of pretzels. Who knew there were so much to learn! Is it worth the price? Well considering the discount in the store we left feeling very happy and are well stocked with pretzels for months to come!

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Laurel, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The original Julius Sturgis pretzel bakery is now a small museum on the east end of main street. I never realized how much there is to pretzel baking. I now know how to tell a machine made pretzel from a hand made one. Their hot hand made pretzels are fantastic. They have samples of many unique pretzel for sale. Well... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We enjoyed this little tour, although not a very extended tour. There is really only one room to this bakery but we found the guide interesting and engaging. Really good soft pretzels too! Pobably best enjoyed by school age children

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Bakerstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

My best friend and I stopped here on a roadtrip. The factory is no longer here, but they do have the old equipment. During the tour you get to twist your own pretzel (out of play dough that's not baked) and you get a lesson on how pretzels were made. You get to see the equipment and understand how it... More

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Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I took my two granddaughters on a Saturday in October to what they called a tour. We stood at long tables for about 10 minutes and twisted dough then went to a warm room and were given a, while interesting, just a 20 minute lecture on how the hard pretzel was made in the past. It was just OK really.... More

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Lake Como, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

My husband and I went here on a whim. It ended up being a good decision as we learned a lot about pretzel making and even had the opportunity to twist one ourselves. The cheddar cheese pretzels are yummy and the folks at the retail store are so nice. Good time!

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Took a tour of the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery on a Saturday morning. There was a nice crowd. Tours available every half hour. $3.50 per person. You get to twist a pretzel with some dough, hear about the history of pretzel making, and see some of the old ovens and equipment. At the end, you get a snack size bag of... More

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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We really loved this entire experience. The town was very nice. We took the pretzel tour and had a great time. The history in this little town is very interesting.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We took the extended family for a visit and absolutely loved it. The hands-on history lesson was engaging and fun for everyone. Combined with the chance to get some of their excellent pretzels puts it in the "must see" category when visiting Lititz.

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