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Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
717 626 4354
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Ranked #7 of 19 attractions in Lititz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Wakarusa, IN
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We were a bit disappointed by this bakery. We didnt go on the tour, so maybe we missed a lot that way. They did have a nice store area and we got some pretzels at a good price. Their pretzels are very good.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

What a great way to spend 30 minutes when walking around Lititz. Great history of how hard pretzels came to be. You get to roll your own pretzel with "practice" dough. No eating or baking those do to health regulations. However, their rolling and making soft pretzels off to the side which you can purchase in the gift shop for... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The tour is very short and quick but it was fun to learn the facts of the bakery and see how they did it so many years ago. We all loved rolling out a pretzel and learning their techniques. Afterwards, we enjoyed tasting some of the hard pretzel varieties. We really enjoyed their freshly baked soft pretzels as well.

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Pasadena, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Interesting free tour of the first commercial hard pretzel bakery in the US. Buy some at the bakery store to take home.

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Brownsboro, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This was so informative about the way the soft and crisp pretzels came about. We had a great tour guide and it was amazing to learn how pretzels were originally made and how they are made now. Lots of fun!

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Milford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Nice place to go with the kids or just as a couple. Pretzels are so yummy love going here. Would go here again also went to Wilbur Chocolate factory. Never disappointed going to these 2 places.

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is a good place to do quickly if you time the tour right. The tour is short but informative. It is a piece of history especially if you like pretzels. You'll learn about the making of the preztel at the site where it started. You'll even make your own. The store is attached and sells soft pretzels made on... More

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Yucaipa, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Not the place for SOFT pretzel lovers. We were pretty excited about visiting the bakery and taking the tour but were disappointed once we got in there. The building looks like a historic storefront from the outside but once you enter it's a waiting room and two additional rooms where they sell you their goods. Unlike other "factory" tours found... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

You have to go here and twist your own pretzel while touring the museum. Home of the First HARD Pretzel. I thank Julius he finally discovered how to make them. Worth the visit. Missed the free samples the last time I went.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This one one of my wife's "must" destinations for our short trip to Pennsylvania Dutch country. I say must because when our grown kids were little, the Pretzel Factory was so overcrowded we didn't dare go in. It's a cute historic bakery with original period equipment, a cute tour guide explaining how the pretzels were made, their religious significance and... More

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