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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
Description: 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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Pretzel fun in Litiz

Bakery tour was fun and hands on. Kids will love it. Fee is nominal at $3.50 and it is interesting if you are a pretzel lover. They have a small store front where all types of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Montville, New Jersey, United States
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Windham, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We opted to take the pretzel tour (kids were really interested).The tour was super cheap and fun! We learned so much and were even able to roll out and twist our own pretzel.Left the tour with a sample bag. Then we stopped by the store on the way out, they have the best soft pretzels I've ever had.The hard pretzels... More 

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Montville, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Bakery tour was fun and hands on. Kids will love it. Fee is nominal at $3.50 and it is interesting if you are a pretzel lover. They have a small store front where all types of pretzels can be purchased. Ourr favorites are the soft pretzels and the Jalapeno flavored.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We stopped in yesterday to buy some pretzels and decided to take the half hour tour. The fee was a nominal $3.50 but we were able to learn a lot about the history of pretzels in Lititz as well as how it was done in the old days. Josh, our tour guide was extremely knowledgable in all of the aspects.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My wife and I were impressed with the tour of this bakery and how it was so hands on. We really enjoyed being taught haw to make pretzels. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable.

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new jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

we surprised my son in law who is a huge pretzel eater and took him here for the tour. the history is interesting and the pretzels taste great. also walk around lititz and enjoy the small shops along of course with wilbur chocolate store

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Just stopped in to check it out and to buy pretzels of course! I bought the biggest I could find for the office staff and they gobbled them up. So thumbs up for them!

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Germantown, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This tour of the original Sturgis Pretzel Bakery was a fun walk back in time. We learned how to twist a pretzel and learned about the art of pretzel baking, as well as saw the original factory and pretzel ovens. A worthwhile stop in Lititz.

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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Lots of dough here, and not much dough to go on tour. Homey, takes about 1/2 hour. Buy a (cheap) hot pretzel before you leave - you'll know the true meaning of fresh.

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Rochester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Who knew that pretzels were so old? Or that pretzel-making by hand takes such finesse? A short tour (less than a half-hour) with a hands-on activity will fill you in on all there is to know, and more. At the end of the tour, a free small bag of pretzels is given out, and you can purchase a fresh hot... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Why wouldn't you stop and get a tour at the place that revolutionized the modern hard pretzel?? We arrived late in the day and were the only ones on the tour (4 of us). We got to see the way they manufactured pretzels in the "olden days" and even practiced twisting pretzel dough. While this probably wasn't the first choice... More 

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