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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Glimpse of a Original Pretzel Bakery

My two children and I visited on a weekday afternoon. We were the only three on our tour. Our tour guide was a very nice young woman who was very knowledgeable. The antique... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Marie S
Boothwyn, Pennsylvania
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Boothwyn, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My two children and I visited on a weekday afternoon. We were the only three on our tour. Our tour guide was a very nice young woman who was very knowledgeable. The antique equipment was well maintained and really made us appreciate modern innovations. It was fun to make our own pretzels too. The soft pretzels we purchased in the... More 

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Derwood, Maryland, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the tour. It was simple. More of an explanation of how pretzels were made. You won't see them being made now. You get a piece of dough and can roll and shape your own pretzel but it won't be cooked and you can't eat it. You'll probably spend more time in the the shop looking at the goods... More 

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Jennifer B, Manager at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We truly appreciate any feedback we get! That is correct, you will not see pretzels being mass produced in our facility. With the evolution of equipment, modernization, and government regulations, we are not capable of mass production in our facility. At one time, we were able to use pretzel dough for our guests to hand... More 

Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I visited here on a trip to Lititz and were pleasantly surprised! This small little bakery showed how pretzels where made here over 100 years ago. There is a small demonstration where you learn how to twist the dough to make the pretzels, and then how they used to cook them through the years. There is a... More 

Thank DreamRycher
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff and tour guide. Our kids enjoyed making the pretzels. The tour is nice and informative, while being short, so it's easy to do with kids along. Their pretzels are delicious, and we especially loved the peanut butter topped ones!

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Russellville, Missouri
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by while on vacation. The staff were so helpful and gave samples which lead to our purchases. Great place to visit!

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Penn Yan, New York
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You wouldn't find this if you hadn't picked up a flyer in the motel. On a side street in an old house. Had second thoughts when I walked in, small but glad we paid for the tour. Very interesting and you get to twist your own pretzel. They give you a small bag and discount bigger ones. Even have some... More 

Thank baker1576
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take a tour of the old style pretzel factory. Make your own pretzel before you go into the oven area. See how pretzels are made by hand. Take a tour of the old oven area and see how they baked the hand made pretzels. You can purchase pretzel products on the way out.

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Freehold, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a fun time visiting the pretzel factory and practicing the art of pretzel-making. For the price of $3.00 per adult, we got plenty for our money. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and engaging as she told us about Julius Sturgis and his family, and the history and art of pretzel-making. Who would have thought there was religious significance... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband, his Sister & I took the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory Tour. The cost is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children. There are no senior or other discounts posted either on their website or in the storefront where tickets are purchased. There is free parking on the side of the building. The entrance is on E Main Street which... More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

One of my childhood memories is making pretzels at this bakery with my family so that should tell you its definitely worth the visit! Because I was so young I never knew where it was, but it all came back to me when I visited last week-- and my mom confirmed if it has a big plastic pretzel outside that's... More 


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